Today I am writing a different type of post. One about facing the storms of life.
As you may or may not have noticed, I have been lagging in my blog posts lately. I have just been struggling with the storms of life. And I know we all face trying times. Recently, I was sitting in my bed, reflecting on personal situations going on in my life. Yes, I was feeling down about various struggles- my parenting skills, financial uncertainty, the loss of a close friendship, coordinating hectic schedules, the air conditioning going out in my truck, the list just really goes on…
So, I’m scrolling through my FaceBook feed – cause you know nothing cheers you up like skimming through photos of shiny happy people and their zippity-doo-dah lives…
When I came across a story that literally knocked me
It’s Jessica’s story. It’s Jessica’s story about April, the Cheerleader, and the unimaginable loss of her two precious little boys in the Vilonia, Arkansas tornado on Sunday, April 27th, 2014.
Please go and read this incredible blog post written by Jessica Soward. My words could never do justice:
But there in that moment, my heart broke for April and her husband Daniel. I cried all morning.
I do not know them. I do not know the author, Jessica of The Hodgepodge Darling. I have never read her blog before.
All I know is I was overwhelmed for them… and heartbroken.
I also felt so ashamed! How dare I, sit around and whining about such trivial things as the AC in my truck??
And HECTIC SCHEDULES??!! Seriously??! I am blessed beyond measure to have the honor and privilege to take my kids to softball practice, pick them up from daycare, juggle doctor appointments, kiss them goodbye in the morning and tuck them in at night….
I am so sorry Lord, for grumbling about my storms of life, that are so minuscule!
I will cherish and be grateful for every minute, every second spent with my children, my grand babies, my family, my loved ones, my friends.
I will rejoice in everyday!
I am sobbing again, just thinking about their loss, and the funeral that was held for these precious babies, Tyler and Cameron, just 4 days ago…
I did. But it felt so inadequate.
I feel compelled to do more for this family…