Today is Kendra's 4th re-birthday, Stroke-A-Versary. "Happy tax day!" I love you, friend. I could think of no better tribute to her than to share some letters I wrote myself not long after my own 4-year mark.
|What My Caregivers Should Know:|
1. I love you.
2. Thank you.
3. I'm not me right now, but I'm coming back.
4. This is exhausting, tedious, frustrating, shattering, painful, but we will get through this.
5. God has not abandoned us. He is still on His throne. He still is love.
6. Just because I cannot move or clearly express, I'm still a person. Please do not use my body to hold [medical] charts or other "table" type items.
If I Stroke Again
Hard Earned Lessons
1. God has not abandoned me! He is still good, still loving, still wanting relationship.
2. Rick still loves me and is faithful. I may not understand or agree with every choice he makes but his motive is my best.
3. It will not be this hard forever. Life will become beautiful.
4. Sunrises and lots of bright colors bring me joy.
5. A butterfly must be confined for a season of darkness before she spreads her wings.
6. The harder I work today, the more full long-term recovery will be.
7. Heaven will be beyond amazing, but since God has not taken me there yet, it is not His time. No shortcuts allowed!
8. Because God has not called me Home yet, He still has work for me to do here, a purpose for my life on earth.
9. Say "please" and "thank you" as often as possible.
10. My kid[s] NEED their mom.
|The single passage that best encapsulates this season of life.|
For me, living is Christ and dying is gain. Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me, and I don't know which one I should choose. I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ- which is far better - but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that because of me, your confidence may grow in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
-Philippians 1:21-26 (emphasis added)
If you haven't yet read my near death experience, please see why Heaven is such a predominant theme in my letters. to myself.
You may also enjoy my Homesick for Heaven board on Pinterest.