Something Beautiful…

Have you ever seen a sunset so beautiful that it brought you to that place of sheer awe? 
Made you ask how something SO beautiful could “just happen”?

How about that same experience with a person? Someone so completely wonderful that makes you want to be like them?

I have.

It’s peculiar, this life thing. You seem to get it, to know what your doing. 
You have a great life filled with love, success, and people to share it with. But that’s not the point.

The person I am describing above has that all figured out. 
Her life is beautiful. 
A marriage lasting forever. A beautiful blessing of a daughter. Friends that just might outnumber the stars. 
And most importantly faith that could move mountains.

My friend is one of the kindest people I know. Selfless to the core. Loving in special ways. Giving is her love language and she will never let you forget that. Her laugh is infectious & her smile can dry tears of pain or joy.

My friend is a teacher. She loves her students and changes each of their lives in a special way. 
As she does with most of the people in her life.

My friend is encouraging – my most favorite attribute about her. Her calls,  texts, willingness to help, & ability to motivate are the things that have helped me, and so many others, countless times.

My friend’s life makes me want to be like her. It makes me want to be a better wife, daughter, mother (someday), friend. 
It makes me strive for a deeper faith.

My friend, Anna Lea, lives a beautiful life. And although it may not be here on earth anymore, her legacy of life lives in her families eyes, her friends hearts, and the faith she stood on. I never once described her in past tense because she is STILL alive. 
Alive in Christ & truly living out her calling of glorifying our savior.

She gets it, friends. She knows, better than ANY of us (especially now) just what life is about. Not earthly success or material things. Not even a marriage or kids are the most important thing. It is about living a life that glorifies our savior (Isaiah 43:7) & than….getting to be with him for eternity – something I can only fathom. But Mrs. Anna Lea doesn’t have to wonder any more.

“In your presence there is fullness of joy, in Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

I can only imagine what she would say to my teary, swollen eyed, blabbering mess as she read this. “Oh stop it!” Would come first, followed by something about not making a big deal out of nothing. She would smile and laugh and reassure me that it was all part of His plan.

Her battle with cancer ended yesterday afternoon. 
She wasn’t in pain & she was ready to go home.
Her life was something to be celebrated and that’s what we will do!  
Her legacy lives and her life remains something very beautiful…

“I will praise you, O Lord my God,with all my heart;I will glorify your name forever.”Psalm 86:12

Frankly my dear…this is for my beautiful friend!

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  1. Katelyn
    April 12, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    Aw Jenni, I'm so sorry for your loss. She certainly was a strong and beautiful woman and you are so lucky to have known her and that she was able to influence your life. What a sweet blessing it is to know she's not in pain anymore and she's celebrating her new life right beside the Lord!

  2. Lisa Loves John
    April 13, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    Sweet Jenni, I am so-so-so terribly sorry for your loss. She sounds like such an amazing person, and she has truly left a lasting legacy. She is indeed someone to be celebrated!Praying for you and all of her friends and family.

  3. Susannah
    April 14, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    I'm so so sorry for your loss. Your friend sounds like she was an amazing woman! Praise the Lord that death is not the end for us!

  4. Amy W.
    April 15, 2014 / 2:48 am

    So eloquently written, Jenni! Praying for the whole family and praising God for such a great testimony!

  5. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home
    April 15, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    Jenni…this is beautiful. A wonderful tribute the life lived my your sweet friend. After reading this post, I wished I had known her because she sounds like a true woman of God. Praying for you and her family!

  6. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    April 15, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Beautifully written. More importantly a beautiful life lived by a woman who loved Jesus and is now with with him. Thank you for sharing her with him. I hate cancer so much and I believe that Jesus hates it too but I am so glad that our God is bigger than cancer, that he can work all things according to his purpose for those who love him, even if we don't understand it here on earth. Love to you and your family as well as hers and I am praying for you all.

  7. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    April 15, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    Oh Jenni I am sorry I am just now seeing this. I pray that you are lifted and that you and your family are surrounded by nothing but fabulous memories of your friend! Thinking about you and sending love! xoxo

  8. Rachel Cole
    April 15, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    That was beautifully written Jenni! We miss your smiling face here. I am praying for you daily. My heart aches for your loss. What a Wonderful Savior is Jesus our Lord! Hugs!!!