Saturday, August 31, 2013


OK, by now I think you know that I only write when I'm inspired.  And though I have a tad more energy than the days before, I must really be inspired to blog again so soon.  Many of you don't know that I posted an update on my blog just a few days ago.  That's because I only had enough oomph to write it.  Didn't have enough oomph to send it.

But yesterday it hit me.  I am overwhelmed.
By you.

Yesterday morning I opened an email from a stranger.  She told me she had been reading some decorating blogs and eventually landed on mine for the first time.  She read a few posts and decided to write to me.  This beautiful stranger told me she was praying for me.  She told her Bible study group about me.  They lifted me up in prayer.

A few hours later, a knock at my front door.  A friend delivering muffins for my family.

A few hours later, my son tells me, "Mom, someone left a gift for you on the front porch."

A few hours later, I listen to my voicemail.  A sweet friend from my daughter's old school leaves me a message telling me she and another friend of mine decided to run to some thrift stores.  They had asked the Lord to direct them to items they thought I would buy for myself.  They each made up "wacky gift baskets" for me.  

I am overwhelmed.

For the last three plus years, this has become "normal" in my life.  Surrounded by kindness.  Thoughtfulness.  Selflessness.  Love.

But it really hit me yesterday.  As I listened to my friend's voicemail message, tears burned my eyes.  I replayed it for my Mom and Donna.  They had tears in their eyes.  I read every email I receive from  friends and strangers who remind me they are praying for me.  My Mom chokes up every time.  She said yesterday, "I never knew there was this much kindness in the world."  Neither did I.

What is amazing to me is that you keep loving on me.  Your love never ends.  It hasn't ended in three years.  No one forgets about me.  Your actions and words continue to remind me that God is love.  He is showing me His love through each and every one of you.

A girl who reads my blog is sending me weekly large puzzle pieces with words on them that read, "Hope you feel joy all the way down to your toes.  The joy of God is your strength!"  I've never met her.


Another girl who reads my blog is on her knees for me in prayer.  She is my prayer warrior in New Mexico.  She emails me the most lovely words I've ever read.  I've never met her either.


My friend who opened her home with me on the spring tour this year took one of my blogs with her to Uganda.  She wanted to read it to the women she was ministering to.   She sent me pictures of the women listening to my words.  One woman even asked her how to spell my name so she could keep me in her prayers.  


One friend of mine often wakes up at 3 a.m.  That's her "Ruthie" time of prayer.


How much time do you have?  I could go on and on.  And on.

I am overwhelmed.


  1. Oh, how precious for you to have such support and encouragement. That's what it is all about when we know the Lord, supporting and praying for each other when they are going through the tough things of life. Thanks for sharing this encouraging and uplifting post with us and may the Lord continue to wrap His loving arms around you and use His people to bring a ray of sunshine into your life. Blessings this Lord's Day!

  2. I have been overwhelmed lately with my remind me to be overwhelmed by my blessings. They are everywhere if I will just focus on the right things. Thanks for sharing are an inspiration!!! Prayers are crowding Heaven on your behalf...what a beautiful thing :)

  3. I'm so glad you are showered with blessings. I have often felt during this time in my life that it's like my birthday every day. It really helps put a smile on my face on the days I don't want to. God always knows when I need it and sends the right person to do it!Blessings & prayers to you! :)

  4. Every time I see roses, I think of you and pray for you. They remind me of you because they are beautiful, strong, and they reach towards heaven :)

    Claire <3

  5. I just think it is so awesome how prayer transcends time and space and meets a God who loves us/you and then answers prayer.
    I check in on you constantly, so I don't know how I missed this blog post dated the last of August :).
    Prayers from Indianapolis too!
    xo rachel