Thursday, November 13, 2008

Encouragement.

Today, was a rough day for me. To be honest, it's just been a rough week.

I came home after getting the girls from school and laid down on the couch and just cried....something I don't ever do......or at least not in front of the girls!

After laying there for a few minutes my phone rang. I almost didn't get up to even see who it was because honestly, I just didn't want to talk to anyone.

I did though. And I'm glad.

It was my dear friend, Cindy.

Cindy has been battling breast cancer for the past few months and openly writes about all the struggles, ups and downs of it all. Being her friend now for five years, I can honestly say I've seen God do big things in her life through this journey she's on. I am so proud of her and all she is becoming.

She had read my blog and was so sweetly calling to check up on me. And her timing was impeccable.

Cindy and I became good friends when we lived as neighbors. She was very close to me throughout my pregnancy with Kennedy and quickly became a mentor to me as she also had three girls. Her life was mine but fast-foreword about five years. Her husband worked late and so did mine and many nights we would just let the girls play outside and we would chat. She got me very involved in our neighborhood and helped me really branch outside of the "box" I was used to.

Cindy was a huge supporter of me when I first began to write that first bible study. She has also rallied friends to support me with my hair bow business (She was my first customer too!), and also she was a big supporter of my attending the She Speaks conference.

I'll never forget after Kennedy was born we ALL had the stomach bug like you would not believe! I mean.....BAD. I had just called my brother to come and get my girls because I literally couldn't even stand up. I was throwing up everywhere and just wasn't in good shape.

Knowing it was going to take a few minutes for him to get there, I scuffled across the street and literally handed over that 3 week old baby to Cindy and panickly held my hand over my mouth because more throw up was soon to come and quickly shouted........"My brother's on his way!" and ran back home just in time to make it to the bathroom. (I know! GROSS!!)

These kinds of friends........they are a once in a life-time deal.

When we had to move, I knew things would change for Cindy and I. We were both busy and lived different lives. But thanks to Cindy.......and I give her all the credit, we have stayed in touch over the past two years. Although......It's not the same as being able to go and knock on her door and saying "Hey......I need to talk!"

As Cindy has been on this journey of breast cancer, I haven't always known what to say to her. I can tell her until I'm blue in the face that I'm praying for her and I love her, but does that help? Sometimes encouraging words can be hard to find. Cindy begins her next round of chemo tomorrow and after talking with her.....when I should've been encouraging her.....SHE was encouraging me!

That's just Cindy!

But what I'm asking from you my bloggy friends, is a favor. Will you pop over to her blog and leave her a special comment today? Even if you are not one to leave comments on my blog or anyone else's she has told me that this is a huge part in her being able to make it through each day process. Whether you know me or her isn't the issue......just love on her please?

I want Cindy to survive, not just because she's my friend but because she's an amazing woman to three amazing girls AND because God's got an amazing plan for her life!

Thank you Cindy for being a great friend and listening to your heart to call me today! It blessed me more than you will ever know! I love girly and I'm praying like mad for you!

Cindy's blog: http://armygirlsx4.blogspot.com/

16 comments:

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I just ran over and left a message for Cindy. I think it was so sweet that she was such a dear friend when you were neighbors. I pray for her during this terrible challenge. She's a cute girl and has cute kids. Thank you Nicki for being so sensitive to a fellow Christian sister. As I have known you nearly a year now I see you getting stronger and closer to the Lord. luv ya, Trish

Jennifer said...

Wow - what a sweet friend you are. It is obvious the two of you share a very special kind of friendship...thanks for reminding me how rare - but precious - those kind of friends are!

I will go to her blog now - sending you both hugs! Hope your week gets much better!

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The Patterson 5 said...

Tears are running down my face as I am reading your post. Friends like that are such a priceless treasure. I am so glad God called on Cindy to call you today-sounds like you needed the love of a dear friend, one that's seen the worst and the best and loves you either way. I will head on over to Cindy's blog- and I will wear pink tomorrow- and I will keep praying. I hope you are feeling better too.
Love to you,
Ginny

My Army Brats and Me said...

Love you girl! Thanks for walking this journey with me.

Cindy

Amy L Brooke said...

I will leave a message.

I am so glad that you are blessed with such a friend.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Hang in there girl...I don't know if you have My Utmost For His Highest but today was about your friend Moses and it ended with this....If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time of great personal growth ahead.

Going to visit your friend.

Joyful said...

Just left a message on Cindy's blog. The Lord has blessed each of you with a special friendship.

Continuing in prayer for you as well Nicki.
Love & prayers,
Joy
"Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy." Psalm 126:5

Mommy Mary said...

I left a message for your friend.
big hugs to you today too
just remember God loves you and so does your family

Kay Martin said...

YOur compassion and self sacrifice is a great blessing to me. God means for us to be together in all we go through and friends like you and Candy are His ideal plan for His chilren.

Yes, I cannot imagine life without my dearest, true wonderful friends in good times and bad times.

I will visit Candy's blog today and everyday from now on.

God bless you, this time will pass for yuu and candy. God has goodness and mercy all in His plans for His precious daughters.

Louise said...

Great friends are such an awesome blessing!!
HUGS girl :)

On Purpose said...

Oh Nicki you are so beautiful, I am crying right now...knowing your heart aches. Be strong girl and know that God has His hand on you. And in His power you are pointing people to His heart...thank you for sharing the love of Jesus on this blog. I appreciate you and I know our Father adores you! I love you and I am praying for God to keep covering every moment of your life!

MiMi said...

What a sweet post about such a sweet friend! I have been praying for Cindy since the beginning of her journey. God has given me a real burden for her even though we have never met. I count it a privilege to pray for your precious friend.

Faith said...

I'm so glad that you explained how y'all know each other...I had been wondering!

I'm praying for her, and you too!!

MelanieJoy said...

It's great to have such friends! I'll be praying for your friend and will stop by to visit her. Hugs to you!! Oh, about my school...going into Special Education. I work with children who have Autism now...and love it!

Cindy said...

Nicki,
I didn't realize that you and Cindy are such good friends. You can both lean on each other as you both battle through different challenges. I think sometimes God's plans it that way. You each can understand what the other is going through.
You are both fortunate young women and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to be a very small part of each of your journeys.
You are truly a blessing.
Cindy