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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