Today I lost a friend. Julie Shaw has been on many prayer lists, including ours here at J103. She battled Stage 4 Colon Cancer for over a year, and today she went home to Jesus at the incredibly young age of 41.
Julie was the most desperately ill, yet most positive and encouraging person I've ever known. In the worst of times, her thoughts were always for others. I never saw her complain, yet always saw her encourage those around her.
Only God knows the lives she touched throughout her ordeal. And the impact of putting others first is very clear. I can learn a lesson from her and you probably can too. No matter what you are facing today, someone else probably has an equal or greater need. Let's remember to encourage and lift each other up every single day!
And one more thing. I praise God because my friend is COMPELTELY HEALED and she is at the feet of Jesus today! So, in the sadness, rejoice with me for that. And please keep her husband Tim and her two young children in your prayers.
For Julie and her family...this song is for you: