Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Fight Like a Girl
by Linda Cassidy 1. Girls gather friends around them. As a group they name the enemy and agree on a plan. "Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I will be also!" Matthew 18:20 Fight! 2. A girl fights with healing tears-letting out the pain and worry. "God puts our tears in a bottle, and records them in His Book". Psalm 56:8 You go, girl! 3. A girl knows when she is weak and when she needs to lean on God, her husband, kids, grandkids, relatives, friends, community and church! "...support the weak!" Acts 20:35. Fight on! 4. A girl Believes that the trial God allows will only make her stronger. If she believes, she will find her path filled with beauty. Beauty will be seen in the support she receives from God, family and friends. "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmaties...in needs...in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthian s 12:10 Fight like a girl! 5. A girl prays for others! Praying for others reminds us that we are not the only ones going through difficult times. Caring about others allows us to feel useful, in a time we feel so weak! "Bear ye one anothers burdens". Galations 6:2 Keep fighting! 6. A girl needs to laugh! Medical Science tells us that "laughter increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmittesr." A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Proverbs 17:22 Girls fight and win! 7. A girl never, ever gives up! When the pain, physical and emotionals, seems to get worse-don't give up! When you feel weak and think you can't go on-seek strength from God. "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint." Isaih 40:31. Fight the good fight! 1 Tim 6:12 Greetings to our Family and Friends: Blessings to all and wishing you a Christmas filled with love and laughter as you celebrate Jesus' birth. Another year has passed, and we were unable to get all the kids and/or grandkids together on the same day, so no new family picture. Most of you know that I was diagnosed with breast cancer this year. I had a couple of surgeries, and have just recently finished with radiation treatment. My body did not deal well with the radiation and the severe burns, and I struggled to find faith and strength enough to get through some very difficult days. However, God stood beside me and carried me through each and every day, and wonderful friends in our town and church over-whelmed us with their love and support and meals for six weeks! I have begun the recovery process, which is slow for me, but I am rejoicing in God's faithfulness. He taught me so very much this year, and as He helped me every step of the way, I wrote the seven steps He gave me on how to Fight Like a Girl (printed on reverse.) Our family wishes you a Blessed New Yeaer. We know whatever Journey is yours in the New Year Our God will never leave or forsake you. Love, Linda and Jonathan. pictures 1. Rachel, Mike, Jack, Lily, and Logan 2. Samuel and Grandma Cassidy 3. Me with Sean and Jessica (Jon's), Chloe, Summer, Morgan, and Lola (Steve's), Artem & Baby Liza (Nate's), Nate (Josh's) 4. Me with Alex (Jon's) 5. Abby, Chris, and Jonny 6. Grandma Cassidy with Colleen, Caleb, and Nate, and four cousins 7. Grandma Cassidy with Jon, Steve, and Nate 8. Me with five daughters L-R: Abby, Colleen, Alison, Rachel, and Becki 9. son in law Rhett with Blake, Zeke, Max, Steve, Jon, Josh, and Sean 10. Nate, Tanya, Artem, and Elizabeta LaRue 11. Becki, Rhett, Charati, Zeke, Max and Blake "