|Galen, Kelli, Benaiah & Bo|
A woman of FAITH. A woman of PRAYER.
About 2 weeks ago I had one of those mornings at my MOTTTS (Mothers of Tots To Teens) group that will sure become one the most special times I'll ever have with this amazing group of women.
Kelli was our scheduled speaker for the day. We usually spend our mornings studying a chapter of our selected book for the year. But once in a while we have the privilege of having a "speaker"... someone who comes and shares about a specific topic, a particular challenge, or teaches us to "do something." You know what I mean, right? We think of "speakers" as someone who is an "expert" on something... anything! But Kelli was different.
She is one of us.
A teacher. A mommy. A wife. A friend. A daughter.
She is one of us.
2014 has been a CRAZY year for Kelli - to say the least!
Her second born son was born a month earlier than expected.
Her first born got croup.
They totaled their SUV after hitting a telephone poll that snapped in half!
Through it all, Kelli began and finished reading the book "Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson, and as she prayed and considered what she was reading, she asked God to make her a woman of FAITH and PRAYER.
As she so candidly blogged about this, the Lord did not wait to begin that process in her life.
Her husband went in for a yearly health screening and found out his white blood cell count was WAY high.
He was quickly diagnosed with chronic Leukemia.
A woman of FAITH and PRAYER... THAT is Kelli!
The morning that Kelli shared her story with all of us, 30+ women, was actually an answer to one of her prayers. She shared that when she was in college, she had a "vision" that one day she would be speaking to a group of people, sharing her story and being an encouragement to those present. WOW! Can I just say... WOW! Chills throughout my entire body! Tears suddenly engulfed my eyeballs... the same ones that could not, for a second, blink... for fear that that exact moment was a just a dream. Another one of God's visions for us women. Women in community. To think that as I sat among those women that morning, and as Kelli shared her story, the One and TRUE God was orchestrating the realization of the vision that Kelli had YEARS ago!
Crazy thought... that God would use our circumstances to accomplish His purposes for our lives!
Kelli's story and her current journey bring perspective to my daily life. She is walking with her husband Galen as he battles this terrible cancer. Cancer. A word that should not be in anyone's vocabulary at the age of 28. Cancer. A word that should not describe something you're fighting while fathering 2 young children. Kelli's faith in the God who created Galen isn't perfect, but it's exactly what she asked God to give her. Faith. And prayer from the saints, from you and me, is what carries this dear family today.
And through it all, Kelli prays to God and calls Him GOOD...
"I need to learn. My situation doesn't need to change. I do. I need to learn to trust, to be joyful, to accept the peace I am given and be thankful.
So I will choose to trust, in spite of every thing I don't know.
I will choose peace, in spite of living out one of my greatest fears.
I will choose to be thankful, because God is good.
He is so, so good.
So, here is where I want you to get IN-VOLVED. Pray! Pray for Kelli & Galen.
Go to her blog (Rasler's Ramblings) and get glimpses of Kelli's faith walk.
For healing. For strength. For grace. For faith.
And in the stillness of your moments with God, ask Him to reveal to you... What is it that YOU want from Him?