Yesterday, I experienced a common event in my life. A smart aleck remark entered my head, and I had to decide if I really wanted it to come out of my mouth or not. In this case, I decided to keep it to myself. The key to this decision was asking myself a simple question: What is my hopeful outcome? This is a question I am striving to keep at the forefront of my mind. Too often I fail to consider that question, and I end up behaving in ways that are not helpful. So, I am working to be intentional with my words and actions so that I choose those that have a higher probability of positive outcomes, especially with regard to those with whom I am interacting.
For years I kept the shades of my office closed. Sure, it made my office a bit darker than I preferred, but the view of the parking lot did little to add to the restful environment I hoped to create. So, the shades remained closed. Until one summer day when I suddenly had the urge to let some sunlight in. I opened the shades just a bit and saw a hint of something shocking: a tall leafy tree had grown just outside my window! How long had it been growing there – months? A year?
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A couple of weeks ago, we found a lump on our 2-yr old son. Last week, the doctors scheduled him for surgery to have it removed and that most likely it was not a solid mass because of its rapid growth. The surgeon removed it on Monday and informed us that it was a solid mass and it was being sent to pathology to see if it was cancerous. It immediately crushed us, but God started working on our faith immediately through scripture, family, friends, and KLRC. The same songs that we've been listening to for years had a brand new meaning. Every song felt hand selected specifically for us. We had hundreds of people praying for our son, and we just got news that the pathology report showed no cancer and it was an infection. The surgeon said that he's never seen that before and that some things can't be explained. We can explain it.
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My brother, Dustin, is in critical care at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He had a stroke and a blood clot in his brain and infection in his brain and heart. He goes for open heart surgery on Monday please pray he makes it through the surgery. My brother is only 29 and has four children. Even though he's my big brother and I'm the youngest out of 7 kids I want to protect him and help him all I can!! Growing up with all brothers made me tough and that's why I'm the woman I am now!!! Thank you so much, I hope you have a blessed day!
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