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I haven’t updated here in awhile…for those of you who are praying for my dear friend Lynne.  She had surgery in June, I posted about it then (went very well) – and now she is in another city taking radiation treatment.  It’s about a 18 hour drive away so much too far to come home in between treatments. Her treatments are weekdays for only about 1/2 hour a day, with weekends off.

When she first got down there, the friend she was staying with suffered a tragedy which was very hard to go through (and heart breaking to be here and useless to her). However, as usual – she remains in good spirits and strong and brave, as always!  I don’t know how she does it.  She’s been gone for two weeks now – it feels like months already and she is only half way done. I miss her something terrible and our short talks over the cell just aren’t enough. I need to hug her….well the truth is, I need her to hug me!  😉

The really great news is that she’ll be home for Thanksgiving!  However, she is missing her babies a lot – since she is there alone now.  So if you think to lift her, I’d really appreciate the prayer support.

There it is…I was hoping to fly down to surprise her but it isn’t going to work out. On such short notice, the cost is astronomical!!!!  How I wish I could just drop everything and go with her.  Not very practical but…a girl can dream.

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I know that many of you have been praying for my dearest friend Lynne, and I as we walk thru this journey of cancer together.  I had mentioned that she finished chemo in June and  just before our 4-H Achievement Days, she’d had surgery and was doing well, aside from an infection she’d gotten in the incision.  Since the surgery, we’ve been waiting to hear about her radiation treatments. They said they’d call her within 10 days to set them up (July 31st).  Lynne finally got the call yesterday, she’s to be in Kelowna (17 hour drive) Tuesday for radiation. She has no idea for how long or any details but she’s leaving tomorrow for her long trip there. I’d really appreciate prayer for her as she’ll be leaving her 4 little children behind with friends and family and aside from the treatment itself, she’ll be terribly lonely there.

I feel so very sad that we’re going to be apart….

Thanks so much for the many prayers that have come before this and for the many more I know we’ll share.

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Psalms 1:3   He shall be like a tree. Planted by the rivers of water. That brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

I want to be a tree. I want to be filled by the life giving waters and shade to others who are still growing and learning to withstand the winds. God put us on this earth to bless us; so that we may bless others and draw them to Christ. That is the reason we are here. To bring glory to God.

Do you ever get caught up in the “what ifs” or the “If onlys”. Sigh.  I’m ashamed to say that sometimes I fall right into that pit. There are so many things I want to DO in my life. Living in Boonsville doesn’t always lend itself to diving into anything – since anything is always 2 hours away!  I start wondering at times what on earth God was thinking when he put me here – ME, being such a people person as I am!  My husband can go weeks without seeing a soul and he’s perfectly fine with that – where I am perishing.

Have you ever done something for someone else, thinking it would bless their socks off and in the end, it’s you who is blessed?  When I started planning L’s benefit, I wanted it to be SO special. I wanted them to feel really loved and cherished and be able to continue on their journey feeling so supported – without financial worry.  I love details. I thought of all the little details that would make them feel loved.

God had other plans.  Of course, they did feel loved.  The turnout certainly blessed their socks right off but God had a message just for me.  When we moved here, I really didn’t fit into this community.  I have mentioned that when we met, I didn’t own a pair of jeans – all dress cloths and professional wear.  I didn’t know the first thing about cows or horses.  I had never done a potluck dinner and the thought of someone ‘dropping by’  sent panic through my heart.  ‘What if I didn’t have enough food’?  Everyone was patient with me and made me feel really welcome…but it’s been a big adjustment in my life.  I have wondered at times what God expects from me here – being WAY out of my element.

I think that might be the key 😉  It isn’t out of God’s element. He loves the ranchers and their set and funny ways, and the professional people with their busy lives, and the young and old and everything in between.  There is much I can do in Boonsville. I am a server by nature, an encourager – there are places to serve and encourage where ever you are. In planning this benefit, God wanted to show me this community I live in, through HIS eyes. The calls I received offering help and the ways that everyone just pitched in when I was organizing items and running around like a crazy little Canadian girl – touched my heart deeply. I was amazed…blessed.  In fact, I was blessed beyond measure and thinking about it brings tears to my eyes.  I know I mentioned that there were 140 items donated to auction off. Many people came with 5 or 6 things to give to auction and THEN they spent money there and gave more.  This community is truly unique and I know that God just wants me to serve…to love them because they are mine to love.  To accept the challenge (not that it’s hard) of just being with them and serving them – blessing them because He has blessed me! 

I wish I could adequately put into words how this event has touched my heart…how God has shown me such beauty where I hadn’t seen it before. It’s not that I don’t love it here, or enjoy the people here; I really do!  This place has my entire heart; it’s just seeing it with fresh eyes.  I thanked L for allowing me the gift of putting this benefit on – I know she has no idea how it touched MY heart.

No matter where you are – no matter what situation you find yourself in, be like the tree. Meditate on the Word. Soak in the life giving waters and use your branches to shade others, to protect others, to care for others…to serve…to bless.  Take what He gives you and multiply it, pour it out. That is what He wants for us.

Blessings.  You can’t bless others without giving them your time. Time is so precious. FIND the time to be a blessing, to bless others. Jesus always finds time to bless us.

2 Corinthians 9:8 God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

From My Heart to Yours, With Love

Siggy

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Well friends, Saddle Up and Ride was a HUGE success!!!!!

There were about 200 people there, a fantastic turnout.  The potluck dinner was amazing, fit for a King!  There were 5 rectangular tables FILLED with food, 1 just for crockpots and 2 for desserts!  So many ladies just jumped in to help when I was busy setting items up. It was great!

There were 140 items donated to auction off! Can you imagine?! I was SO deeply touched  by all of the things people brought and the spirit of giving!!  140 items! WOW. We had a lot of fun with this auction.

Drum roll……..

Near $15, 000.00 was brought in. Yes, you read that correctly. Isn’t that amazing?!  The best part is that L had a really good time and I know she felt loved and cherished by the benefit filled with friends and family!

God has shown me so much through all of this. First of all, a huge spirit of gratefulness was over me. Grateful to have such a friend, grateful to be able to live in a community where we could pull something like this off – grateful that L gave me, our entire community of friends/family, the gift of being able to do this for them. I feel so blessed.

To all of you who prayed over this event, who’ve been praying for L and I, thank you so much dear friends.

Hugs from Canada,

Laurel

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Soooo, I painted a little box to put in the auction. I’m so excited about it.

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I got nearly all of this done today!!!!   Now tomorrow is my last day before the BIG DAY! All I have left to do is make bath bombs, yummy smelling bath salts and arrange it with my home made soap in a purdy basket.  Then I still have to make potluck. I made Almond Roca last week and froze it, so tomorrow I can make little meat pies, which are quite easy, and I’ll be mostly done. I’ll make a salad once we get there. 

IF I have time, I might paint some cutsie little box for the kids to bid on…maybe with a surprise in it. 😉

I’m having so much fun….I hope this blesses my dear friend as much as it’s blessed me preparing for it!

I likely won’t see you now until I return! Have a blessed few days friends…take good care of yourselves.

From my heart to yours with love,

Laurel

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I haven’t updated on my dear friend L for some time now and I know that many of you are covering her in prayer.  The end of her chemo treatments took place in June, she had surgery on July 8th.  The surgery went really well.  She had it on a Wed. and was out Friday – and dancing at a community wedding on Sat.  She’s a tough nut…NUT being the operative word!  She let me take care of her (a little) at 4-H Achievement Days and it was really special to be with them that weekend. 

Now, she is healing well and preparing for likely radiation treatment in another city.  I got together with this amazing community I live in, to plan a benefit for L and her family. She LOVES to dance. So we’re planning, Aug. 1st, a silent auction, potluck dinner and dance to follow. I’m so excited…she knows about it but not any of the details (so I can’t share too many here either in case she visit. I’m amazed at the donations that are flying in from friends and neighbors (and even my sweet friend Kelly from the USA). I know it’s going to be a real blessing to them. So if you wouldn’t mind lifting this event in prayer, I’d sure appreciate it.

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James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Isn’t it fantastic how God gives us many opportunities to practice growing in faith?  I always say, “Faith only grows, when you use it.”  Isn’t it wonderful how God speaks to us through His Word and guides our hearts in the ways to go? 

When I think about this scripture (as I’m studying James now and researching in preparation to bringing James to you in the coming months), I am reminded today of the importance of moving from emotion into faith.  My best friend prepares to have  her surgery tomorrow.  As always, I think I need her shoulder today, more than she needs mine. She’s my absolute hero and how she remains so calm and fearless in the face of all of this, I can not imagine.  While my thoughts seem have a mind of their own and struggle to overcome my faith – I know that God’s heart walks with mine. I know that He does not forget me for a moment, nor my dearest friend in this time.  Emotion into Faith….

I’m going to cling to this scripture today, and many others.  God is so good!

Laurel

 

 

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