** Due to the increasing severity of MY ILLNESS, it has become impossible for me to continue to post on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as much as I desperately long to, I am also unable to visit each of your blogs often or reciprocate all the loving, supportive comments many of you continue to leave - even though at times it may appear as though you've arrived at some long ago, forsaken blog! With that said, I really want you to know that I miss every single one of you and that I really am still here! I'm just too sick and too weak most days to be able to sit up long enough to create a brand new post...or even read one. However, I absolutely do receive AND read every new encouraging word you leave (and, often, the old ones, again and again!) and I cherish them now more than ever! I truly appreciate your love, support, and, most importantly, your precious time spent on your knees in prayer for my family and me. It ALL means the world to me and I am truly blessed to have friends like you!
~Hugs and Sister Love, Teresa

FYI: All comments come to my email, which I can easily read on my phone. I also enjoy Facebook on my phone because I can catch up on A LOT in a very short time there. Soooo, if you're on Facebook, come 'friend' me there! {{HUGS}} **

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Strong Woman
A Woman of Strength

A Strong Woman VS A Woman of Strength

A strong woman works out every day,
Pride in her appearance she portrays,
But a woman of strength kneels to pray,
Keeping her soul in shape, God leading the way.

A strong woman isn't afraid of anything,
Looking forward to challenges each day will bring,
Women of strength show courage in the midst of fear,
Knowing triumph through faith because the Lord is near.

Strong women won't let anyone get the best of them,
So skilled in defense even if they have to pretend,
Yet a woman of strength gives her best to everyone,
Being anointed with divine blood from the only begotten Son.

A strong woman relies on the physical attributes making her tough,
In her search for power and money she will never have enough,
A woman of strength understands that it’s not about material stuff,
Knowing that before becoming a diamond, first she’ll be in the rough.

A strong woman sometimes disguises her feelings shadowed by clouds,
Unhinged when challenged on her policy becoming boisterous and loud,
A woman of strength concerns herself not with judgment from others,
And will not let business interfere with commitments as a wife and mother.

A strong woman is easily impatient back and forth she will begin to pace,
Counting on her holier than thou attitude instead of depending on faith,
A woman of strength is assured trust in God will always carry her through,
And at the Creator’s appointed time she’ll receive all that is justly due.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same for tomorrow,
Refusing to take time looking back with reverence and Godly sorrow,
The woman of strength realizes life's mistakes no matter how slim,
While thanking God for the blessings as she capitalizes on them.

A strong woman walks head first with no doubt in her mind,
Again, no matter what, she’ll not make this mistake a second time,
But a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls,
So when a situation arises again, she’s not afraid to answer the call.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face,
Always doing whatever it takes to finish, seeking only first place,
The woman of strength competes with an emotional sense of grace,
Understanding it’s more important to run a Holy Spirit filled race.

A strong woman has faith that for the journey she’ll have enough,
No matter how uneven the terrain or roads being rocky and rough,
A woman of strength knows it’s in the journey she will become strong,
And the love of God is forever with her, no matter how difficult or long.

A strong woman when uninformed thinks that she is being mistreated,
In the end her physical attributes fail causing doubt to become seeded,
A woman of strength will compromise as a little give and take is needed,
Why? Because a lesson not learned the first time is soon to be repeated.

Ladies start every day on your knees with supplication & prayer,
Trust and believe that God will always get you from here to there,
And should your giant steps seem to be moving only inch by inch,
The journey is not as A Strong Woman but A Woman of Strength.

© 2006 by Luke Easter & Dee Cheeks
from the book Gracious Spiritual Uplifts from Poetry & Rhyme Lyrics

This poem really touched me and gave me a lot to think about. I pray that it does you, too. What do your goals and priorities look like today? Do they reflect the desire to be a strong woman or a woman of strength?

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! It is really good to pop in again after being totally out of commission for a couple of weeks. I am still not doing very well and have had to spend most of my time lying down in bed, instead of being able to sit up in my recliner like I had been doing for so long. I am hoping and praying that this is just a set-back and that I will be better really soon.

I have been to the ER and 2 different doctors over the last few weeks. They all have done a good bit of testing and rearranging of my meds. I still have 2 more tests that need to be done, probably after Thanksgiving. If those don't show anything significant, then I will be going to another specialist. It's been a very LONG drawn out process and each time I go out, it takes several days or longer for me to recuperate from the outing.

My family is definitely under attack and I would really appreciate your continued prayers. It seems like every day something new comes up. My husband did get furloughed from his job about 2 weeks ago. As I shared with you here, this could last a few weeks or a few months. Either way, it could not have hit at a worse time. Our savings has been just about depleted recently due to a whole host of issues, the largest of which have been my medical issues and our middle daughter beginning college a couple of months ago. We also had another set back this past Wednesday when our youngest daughter was involved in an automobile accident in which she struck another driver from the rear. Everyone was able to walk away from the accident, PRAISE GOD!! However, our daughter did break her foot and our car suffered significant damage and is not drivable. Thankfully, the other party was not injured and his vehicle was only slightly damaged. Unfortunately, we did not have full coverage on this particular vehicle, so we are not quite sure what we are going to do just yet. *sigh*

As I've said before, we know this to be true....'When It Pours, He Reigns!' I know the Lord is still on His throne and He is in control. I just have to keep this in mind on days when things seem extremely bad and I feel like I can't possibly handle this anymore. I must remember.....this, too, shall pass.

Thank you so much to all who have continued to stop by and leave a really sweet comment, send an email to check up on me or even take the time to mail amazing cards of encouragement. I have read them all and I will do my best to write back when I can.

I hope to be back again soon, but if I'm not, I pray that you all have a really wonderful Thanksgiving.



Thank you so much for joining me once again for Sunday Citar! As you know Sunday Citar was created by Tabitha at FRESH MOMMY. Please take a few minutes to check out her blog to find more inspiring quotes and photos that she and many others are sharing today AND feel free to join us if you'd like!


Mimi said...

Oh Teresa, I'm sorry your family is going through a time of troubles. I will hold you up in prayer to our Mighty Father!

It's always good to see you blogging when you feel up to it.

Hugs & love,

Julie Jabbers said...

I love your post on a strong women, beautiful.
I'm glad your daughter wasn't hurt worse, and to hear you're able to return to post your words of wisdom for us.
I love your quote, When it pours he Reigns, not sure I have heard it before, but I will share it now.
Blessings to you and Happy Thanksgiving.

Jen said...

GREAT POST....I am sorry about your struggles. hang in there.

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

This poem really moved me! I will share it with all the women I know.
And Teresa, just so you know...just because you are offline on the computer, doesn't mean you are offline in our hearts! *smooches* from Marlie and Me!

septembermom said...

I'm so sorry Teresa for all that you and your family are going through. I wish I could help you in some way. I'll continue to pray for you. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend :)

Traci Michele said...

<3 you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing. Love, Traci

Karen Mortensen said...

Sorry I have been so bad about stopping by. Sorry things are rough right now but keep your strong faith in the Lord. He will guide you through these times. Just ask. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Teresha@MarlieandMe said...

I hope things have taken a turn for the better since I last read your blog. I just had to pop in to say Happy New Year. I miss you terribly and hope you are doing well. I wish you and yours all the best in 2011

erinj0 said...

I know this is late, but I really hope everything is looking up for you : )

xoxo - erinj0


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