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Sunday, January 8, 2017

True Character

There are thousands of quotes about how to measure the true character of oneself or others.

I have to say that this is one of my favorites.


It’s easy to be



good spirited


when things are going our way.

But how a person acts or responds when things are tough often reveals their true character.

Recently, my cousin Keith’s wife, Michelle, has been posting uplifting messages on her Facebook page.


This is where I tell you that she does this in spite of the fact that just a few months ago their daughter, Ashley, passed away. That alone would be enough to cripple the character of some people.

Keith and Michelle decided instead to look to their faith and raise Ashley’s young daughter, Lena.

They were finally finding their footing somewhat when two days after Christmas their house caught fire. In addition to losing most of their home and belongings their sweet dog and cat also lost their lives in the blaze.

I know. I know.

My heart just broke once again when I had to type that.

Yet Michelle has kept on posting her faithfulness!


She recently was sharing praises that they were able to find a short term rental house and move out of the hotel they were staying in.


I have been faced with some fairly big challenges in my life but honestly, I don’t know if I could be this great. I have a feeling that the Lord is going to bless my cousins in a way that will defy all understanding. That is my prayer.

Until such a time I hope that God grants Keith and Michelle the grace and ability to continue to be such a wonderful example of shining light. 


A Go Fund Me account has been set up HERE to assist Michelle, Keith and Lena rebuild their lives. Your good thoughts and prayers are also greatly appreciated.



Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Amen to all

CarolynB said...

You, dear cousin, are an angel.

Daniela said...

Praying for Michelle, Keith and Lena, my thoughts are with them .. I'm sure that you, with your so good heart, will take care of them till they won't find an accomodation for go on and live their lives together ...

Hope you're having a beautiful Sunday
I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you
Dearest, Wonderful Laura

Xx Dany

Weekend-Windup said...

Lovely Quotes!

Jeanie said...

This breaks my heart. I've never known such tragedy personally and I so admire their faith and strength. In addition to sending love and light their way I'm on the way over to the funding site.

Christine said...

My favorite quote:
"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,"
James 1:2

Simply LKJ said...

My heart just aches for them. So much loss in such a short period of time. I so admire them for sticking to their faith and being so public about it. God never said we wouldn't have heartache, pain and struggles in this life, but He did say He would remain with us and provide for us. I pray many new blessings come their way, and that they take comfort in knowing He is with them always. The outward faith they are showing during this time is truly a light unto Him.

Mary Steinbrink said...

This is beautiful and exactly what I needed to read right now. I will be praying for your cousin's family. Thank you for always posting such wonderful inspirational messages! You truly are a blessing!

Eilis said...

They sound like amazing and inspiring people. I'm so glad that they have found a temporary home. I sure hope that 2017 is good to them.

Michelle Braun said...

My pastor just read that scripture this morning. I love the book of James. It shows us how to have and live out true fairh.

Botanic Bleu said...

Best wishes to your family. I hope 2017 is filled with good health and prosperity for them all.


Michelle Braun said...

Thank you Laura for your kind words. You are such a classy sweet lady. My faith is what is getting me thru these tough storms of the past year. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

TheSingingBird said...

God bless your dear family.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, prayers were just said for your dear cousins. God bless them. xo