You want to celebrate strong women? Think about the women you know and the battles they are facing, and how they handle them. My sister-in-law, Beverly, is one of the strongest women I know.
Sometimes when you visit someone in hopes of encouraging them, they always end up encouraging you. Anna and I visited with Beverly Friday night; we had a car session. Ever had one of those? They’re typically late at night and last anywhere from 1-3 hours. There will be tears, laughter, what’s, who’s, and how comes. Oh, and gasping for breath over some of the things discussed.
Beverly is Tony’s youngest sibling, the only sister. Though it hasn’t always been, or maybe it always was, they [the brothers] are quite protective of her. They’re all grown up now, and each of them watch out for her like big brothers do.
Beverly’s husband, Bill, is very sick, battling colon cancer, and quite frankly, he is not winning. We love “Uncle Bill”, and have always half-joked with Beverly that he’s the best thing that ever happened to her. Bill would tell you that she’s the best thing that ever happened to him. We’ve surmised that they are each the BEST thing for the other. And we are all blessed for having them in our lives.
We talked about a lot of things in the car session: fears, finances, faith. Beverly is afraid, but she has great faith in the hopes and promises of God. We didn’t get to see Bill; he was sleeping, or at least trying to. Jack (the autistic dog) Russell was a bit restless, and may or may not have caused some commotion. The time we spent with Beverly was much-needed, and God-sent.
At the end of our car session Anna told Beverly, “I thought this visit was for you, turns out, I needed to hear exactly what you said tonight.” In the most terrifying time of Beverly’s life, she’s teaching life lessons, and doesn’t even know it. Thank you, Beverly, for our car session this week. I look forward to more of these in the future.
Beverly is one of the strongest women I know. She doesn’t borrow from tomorrow, and lives every day to the fullest.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
If you haven’t had a car session with anyone lately, you should consider it. You might learn more than you want, but I guarantee you’ll walk [drive] away with a new perspective.
Please pray for Bill and Beverly Hooper. Bill was diagnosed last year with colon cancer. After a couple of surgeries, Bill is at home fighting this battle his way.