10 Nov

I….will…..not….start….this….post….with…an…apology.  I keep telling myself not to apologize for being away from my blog for over week.  But, I AM sorry that I have been too busy with….life…to write.  I said LIFE!  Isn’t it amazing.  I’m cancer FREE!!!  I know you all knew that…but I am still so thankful that God brought me through it and I am able to shout it.  After months of being sick…I am enjoying life. I love my life.  I loved my life before, but enjoying life on the other side of chemo and a cancer diagnosis is just fantastic.  I cherish so many more things now.  I am thankful for my eyelashes!  I’m thankful for sweet doctors and nurses!  I’m thankful for my husband and that I got to see a side of him I never knew he had.  He nursed me and loved me so much during this time.  It was precious (oh…and he will have to do it again soon since I have another surgery in December).  I’m thankful for working bowels. HaHa!  Thank God right now for your working bowels!  ;o)   Can you tell I’m excited???

The last few days I was blessed with attending a wonderful Christian Women’s Leadership Forum.

It was a conference that LifeWay does every year, but this is the first time I’ve attended.  I attended it with two friends from church (P & J) and my wonderful mother-in-law.  We had a great time.  When I first decided to attend I wasn’t really sure why I was going.  I mean….I’m not a leader at my church.  But, as I thought about it, I realized that when I was in my 20’s I wanted a mentor.  I wanted to know how to do so many things.  From household chores – to cooking – to how to be what God wanted me to be.  I wanted to have an older woman to learn from.  My mom lived hours away and at the time my mother-in-law also lived hours away.  I’ve had many women in my life that have helped me.  So, I thought….I’m getting old-er and maybe I have something to give to a younger woman.  I thought if I went I might be able to gather some good advice on mentoring.  Also, I help manage a team at work…so maybe I could learn something about mentoring and leading them as well.

Let me tell you….I learned so much I’m almost bursting.  Can you tell?  I am trying really hard to calm myself down so I can write this post.  My mind is going a mile a minute with ideas, quotes, helpful advice, thankfulness, joy and so much more.  I even attended 3 Technology break-out sessions and now I have so many ideas for this site.  God is so awesome!  He is so good to me.  I learned that I don’t have to be perfect in order to help someone.  I don’t have to sit around and wait until I have the perfect house or the perfect organized life before I have something to offer.  I never will have those things.  This is an imperfect world, with imperfect people and WAY too much clutter.  The whole purpose of this blog was so I could help other women going through a similar experience, but I don’t want it just to be virtual.  I want to help women in my daily life…in person.  I also learned that I don’t have to help everyone.  I can only do what I can do and I only have so much time.

There are so many girls and women out there who just need a friend.  Someone to talk with, have coffee with or just fold laundry with.  Yes, I said laundry.  One of the speakers talked about a woman that mentored her when she was younger and the woman had a bunch of kids and a busy life, but she let her come and fold her laundry with her.  The girl cherished this time with her mentor.  Even the most hated chores can be enjoyable if you are doing it with someone else.  So….I’m going to start praying about mentoring a young woman and pray that God gives me what I need to mentor her.  I don’t know what I have to offer her, but God does.

Anyway….you will be hearing a lot about this conference in the next few posts.  I don’t want to forget what it has meant to me or the things I’ve taken away from it.  The best thing would be for me to journal about it.  So, if you get bored with conference blabber….just ignore those posts.  :o)  

Ladies…God wants to work in your life too.  I’m praying He does!  Do you have something to offer a young woman or are you a young woman that wishes to be mentored?  Do it!  I still want to be mentored.  Just because I’m getting old-er doesn’t mean I don’t want to learn from those so much wiser than me.  So….living life…is just going to get so much better.  I want to live life along side other women…every day life.  Is there a young woman out there that wants to come fold my laundry?  LOL!!!!!  Just kidding.  ;o)

Love you all.   

3 Responses to “Amazing!”

  1. Anonymous November 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Man, you made me smile many times throughout the read! Praising God for your JOY,,,,something that gets pushed aside by political campaignes, stress filled days,and not getting what we think we deserve. Thanks dear girl for making our vision 20/20 again. We have the abundant gift of Grace and His Joy IF we just look to Him. Nancy F

  2. Norma November 11, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    Jayde….you make my heart sing!!!!

  3. Becky November 12, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    I so enjoyed getting to me you (briefly) at the Conference. I'm so glad you are allowing God to work through you, and your cancer journey. I identify with your post so much …. I'm still thankful every day of the 12 years since my cancer diagnosis, and I'm so amazed at all God taught me through the Forum.Keep it up!

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