A Woman Of Strength

Two years ago I wrote this post for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Since October is the month for awareness I thought I would share it again
with a few new added things.

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This is in honor of all you beautiful women 
who have battled the hardship of breast cancer. . .or any other form of cancer;
you are amazing!

"A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape,
but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.
A strong woman isn't afraid of anything,
but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.
A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her,
but a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.
A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future,
but a woman of strength realizes life's mistakes
can also be God's blessings and capitalizes on them.
A strong woman walks sure footedly,
but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.
A strong woman wears look of confidence on her face,
but a woman of strength wears grace.
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey,
but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong."
- Author Unknown -

- HOPE -

My Heart
is Open to the 
Potential that
Exists when I strive to survive.

Do not be afraid of tomorrow;
for God is already there.
- Unknown -

Our wounds are our sources of growth.
- Rachel Naomi Remen -

When life gives you 100 reasons to cry,
show life that you have 1,000 reasons to smile.
- Unknown -

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day
that says I'll try again tomorrow.
- Mary Anne Radmacher -


Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!


Anna said...

Beautiful words and table decorations !
Have a great Sunday !

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Stephanie,
What a powerful and beautiful post. I especially like the was you styled the photos and the Strong Woman?Woman of Strength words.
I so needed this post this morning, as my wonderful brother, my only sibling, was diagnosed last week with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. I am choked with all kinds of feelings. This post helped.
Blessed Sunday, dear one. m & jb

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely post. Hugs to you!

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful and supportive post.

Mehrll said...

Beautiful, beautiful description of a Woman of Strength. I posted it along with your blog address on my Facebook page. I wanted to share it. Love your postings. They are always a blessing. Thanks and hugs.

Valerie said...

So lovely Stephanie and so fitting. You touch my heart.We have a young friend with three beautiful daughters who is struggling with stage IV breast cancer, so I shared this on my Facebook page. Love the pink napkin. A little package is winging its way to you from my little corner of the woods, mailed it yesterday! =)
Thank you for such uplifting posts in the midst of a heavily burdened world.
Blessings and Sunshine,

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

A beautiful post. I had a dear childhood friend die of this disease several years ago.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I join your tribute breast cancer. Women must be united against this disease. Nice pics. Keep in touch

must love junk said...

Lovely photos and touching words!

Nina said...

Such a beautiful and encouraging post, Stephanie!
I love the quote "Don't be afraid of tomorrow, God is already there" - Thank you sweet friend!
Hugs Nina

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Beautiful post, Stephanie! I love the 'Woman of Strength'! Such profound words. Beautiful photos, also. My Aunt is a survivor. Bless you for such a lovely tribute. Hugs xo Karen

Debbie Harris said...

This was a beautiful post a couple of years ago, and still is today. Thank you for sharing it with us, and a reminder to remember others who are going through times like these, or other hurting times.
I especially loved the women of strength, I am going to print that out and have it handy.
"A women of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape."
Those were the very words I heard in the message at church this morning, except the Pastor was speaking to all man kind, not just to women. Those words are so very true.
I love the pink in all your pretty decorating, Stephanie.
Have a blessed day.
Much love, mom

RoseMary Baty-Willcox said...

Thank You Stephanie for sharing these beautiful and encouraging words. I will be sharing your post on my Facebook page. I celebrated 19 years on Oct 9th.

Simply Linda said...

Beautiful..I am a 10 yr survivor of breast cancer..and never once did I ever think that I wasn't going to make it..or even have bad thoughts, sad thoughts. I couldn't really afford to have those thoughts..as the same time I was diagonsed, my son had open heart surgery..never once did it ever cross my mind to ask why..God knows..and I have tons of faith to spread and carry. Blessings sweet friend...

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a lovely tribute to the women who are struggling with this diagnosis. Blessings to you, Stephanie.

magnoliasntea said...

Lovely post, Stephanie. I keep staring at the teapot, it's really gorgeous. Have a great week!

kitty said...

What a lovely post , sweet friend, to honor those warrior friends that are fighting breast cancer. The Pictures and the quotes are beautiful and inspirational. Love you!

Vicky Hunt said...

What a precious and beautiul tribute to all the breast cancer survivors and those who are fighting the battle now. Such thought went into the decorations....lovely! Have a blessed week my friend.

Hugs, Vicky

Billie Jo said...

Your heart is so special...
Always filled with love for others...
Thank you for sharing this so lovely and important post today...
Have a wonderful week, my friend. : )

Jazzmin said...

Bless you, precious friend, for your heartfelt love and caring that is surely a comfort and a blessing to those battling breast cancer or any cancer who read this. Such beautiful and encouraging words, words that give light the soul with an outlook of the greatest hope.

This is full of hope and a comfort for those who have been touched by this in a less direct way. I know it is for me, having just lost my Aunt to breast cancer. I know she would have been comforted by this and I know that her faith in expressions and verses like these are what kept her fighting.

Thinking of you and hoping you have a blessed week! Love to you,

Jazzmin said...

...I forgot to say also that just seeing your lovely decorations and that beautiful table cloth bring cheer and hope :)

SarahGeorge said...

Such a lovely and encouraging post Stephanie!

donna said...

Beautiful. Your table decorations are just gorgeous.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful tribute to all those affected by breast cancer in some way. It is such a scary thing to deal with.

Debby Ray said...

Oh Stephanie, what a beautiful post! Breat cancer runs in my family...an aunt, my mom, my sister. My mom lost her oldest sister when she was in her 80's and then was diagnosed herself at 80 years old and went on to live to almost 98! My sister is also a survivor and I am so thankful for these strong women in my own life! Thank for honoring women everywhere with these beautiful images and words!

Katie R. said...

Such an encouraging post, Stephanie.
I always love reading your blogs! :-)
~Katie @liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

Dee said...

What a beautiful and touching post. I also loved that gorgeous tea pot and pretty tea cup... :)

Sandra said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful words. This is a very thoughtful and touching post, Stephanie, a reflection of your heart.

Barbara Neubeck said...

... beautiful post and uplifting thoughts and prayers Stephanie.... Hugs and Blessings... Barb xxx

Maria said...

What a beautiful post! Your uplifting words and poems are so helpful beyond words! Thank you so much, Stephanie! You are truly a treasure, my friend!:-)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a lovely post!

Thank you so much for visiting me and helping me find you. I am now your newest follower. I am looking forward to reading past posts - you have a lovely blog and wonderful faith.

God Bless You!


CherylQuilts said...

Oh, sweet Stephanie, this is beautiful! I always delight in seeing your beautiful photographs, and your thoughts and quotes are so precious! I lost my mom to breast cancer (and her sister years before that), so this touches very close to home. Yes, we can do all we can to care for ourselves, but in the end, we trust in the Lord, Who is always with us through the trials like cancer, giving us strength and comfort along the way! Thank you for touching our hearts, sweet friend! Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

Wonderful and powerful words, like the way you folded the napkin, so pretty!

Anonymous said...

So lovely and special, Stephanie. Encouragement is so beautiful...and powerful.

JES said...

What a beautiful and inspiring post! Thank you for sharing this kind of encouragement!

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