Yes, thatisa half-scorched toaster on my driveway right now. With the remains of a charred bagel still inside. That’s just the kind of week it’s been. And then there have been project deadlines and laundry that refuses to wash itself and Bible studies to try to find the strength to lead. And those were all the easy parts.

I’ve always tried to tell you allthat this blog is notreally as much about crafting, decorating, and “Do-It-Yourself” as it is life, faith, and how I really can’t do anythingmyself. I have to have theLord to lean on.

And so I must tell you thatit’s been a rough past several days. Someone very close to me is going through the hardest time of her life, which means it’s also one of the hardest times of mine. So there hasn’t been a lot of crafting or decorating going on to blog about. Just a lot of praying. And listening. And laughing so we don’t cry. And then some crying because we can’t hold it in anymore.

I may be a little slower at blogging for a little while so I can take on the role I need to be for now. But I will share a bit of wisdom that I’ve learned these past few days…

1. A lot of prayer and a big bag of Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos will help get you through even the worst of times. (This could lead to other problems later, but for now, it totally helps.)

2. God is always faithful. Even though I’ve felt the dark shadows of fearand doubt creep in a few times, the peace of the Lord has quickly returned, reminding me that there will be brighter days ahead. I’m counting on it.

I came across a verse on this girl’s Facebook page and it was exactly what I needed…

“She is clothed withstrength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” (I especially like how this version states it.)

Proverbs 31:25

Your prayers for this person would be appreciated very much at this time.