How I wish I could have made this common sketch into a beautiful painting. It's hard to make beautiful when your heart is heavy.
I wanted this to be a tribute to all those girls who have heavier hearts today but continue to rise up to whatever challenge(s) they face.
Those girls who are hiking mountains without enough rest or food or self-care.
Those girls who take one more step when they think they're done.
Those girls who are running on empty, yet pull one more day of atrocious effort out of their weary hearts.
My daughter has been sitting by a sick child's hospital bed (yes, my dear grandson Cash) for 6 days of high, spiking fevers, IV stick, needle sticks, catheters (he is 5)- waiting for the right antibiotic to kick in.
She broke my heart when she finally broke down and said, "I'm okay.... but sometimes
it's really hard."
IT IS REALLY HARD MY SWEET GIRL.
there's no way around it.
But you are braver than you think you are, stronger than you imagine.
There is a well-spring of hope and faith and courage and bravery in you that never runs dry. You are fed by a Living Stream.
May you feel those eagles' wings that let you rise above your circumstances and a peace that passes all understanding.
AND CONTINUE TO GIVE.
and know that
you are never closer to the Heart of God than you are right now.