So proud of my daughter, Elise (for about a million reasons, but here are a few recent reasons). Tonight--she shared with the youth department of Randolph Baptist Church as a featured speaker during their VBS week. She shared about three incredibly important things:
1) Choosing your friendships wisely.
2) Knowing who you are without any external trappings.
3) Knowing who you are in relation to Christ and God.
I couldn't have been any more proud of her speaking ability, the quality of her message, her exuberance and complete transparency with a difficult topic, and her willingness to go when God opened a door.
One of Elise's hot topics concerning her cancer journey has been the fact that before her cancer diagnosis, she was vain, self-obsessed, borderline anorexic, obsessed with her body image, and mean spirited. (Her words, not mine.) Through the vehicle of cancer, God took everything about her that was important to her, but external in nature, away.
- She lost her precious hair.
- She was forced to gain 30 pounds changing her entire shape and body image.
- Her looks changed dramatically over the nine months.
- She lost her immediate friend group when she was unable to go to school daily (they simply faded away).
- She was unable to stay in the loop and continue in a 'mean girl' cycle.
- She was unable to be the "smartest" or "funniest" or most "spirit filled" person at events.
- She was forced to question herself daily about her self-identity.
- She was angry with God (due to some things that happened in our family that were completely out of her control) and unsure of her relationship with Him.
Scars from surgeries and radiation burns...
still bathing suit season ready!
|Elaina and Elise|
I pray that when your trial comes you can thank Him also...