01 May 2014

Apples of Gold

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver."

A Word Fitly Spoken

I have this friend.
She came to me in my time of need.
I had just found out I was pregnant, yet again, and I was still stunned by the news.
I wasn't excited or happy yet.
I was scared, overwhelmed, and feeling very uncertain at the task of it all.

You see, I like to be in control.
I like all my ducks to be in a row.
I thought I had our life all figured out.
Then I realized that God had different plans for us.

I wasn't sure how I felt about God's plan.
I thought I had it all figured out, calculated properly, and this was not. in. my. plan.
We kept the news secret for 3 months.
We didn't tell our families, we didn't tell our kids, we only talked about it with our doctor.

But I needed to tell someone.
One day in nursery I was talking to a friend.
And I could tell she was the one.
The way she talked, the sweet way about her, her calm and wise way about her intrigued me.

Later that day I emailed her.
And I told her my news.
It was one of the first times I let someone know.
Even though she couldn't see me, tears were pouring down.

I told her my fears, my anxiety, and how upset I was about being upset.
I knew that this gift God had given us was special.  
I knew in my head I should be happy.
But my heart was still unsure.

This was all she said, "Kristi, I am going to be happy for you."
You see she knew.
She also went through a similar experience and a friend encouraged her.
Her words were apples of gold in settings of silver.

I didn't have the strength to be happy yet.
But here, a fellow sister in Christ was willing to be happy for me until I was there.
She offered to pray for me.
She offered to be a help to me.

Sometimes we don't realize that a simple smile, a kind word, a positive thought, can reach the deepest sorrow.
That small phrase of positivity and encouragement got me through the first trimester of my pregnancy.
It gave me the courage to tell other friends about my pregnancy.
You see, I was so afraid to tell my friends for fear of judgment.

Thank you sweet Abby.
I will always remember your grace extended towards me!
Your words encouraged me so much.
You helped me find my joy, and now it is overflowing!!!


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