Thursday, August 6, 2009
Friends who Pray Together... Stay Together...
This summer has been an interesting one to say the least. Many ups and downs. I am blessed with a WONDERFUL family and wonderful friends that surround me! I thank the Lord daily for his many blessings He's given me that I do not deserve! I do want to share with you about a friend of mine and fellow 'bodybuilder', Lori.
Lori and her husband, Adam, are like two peas in a pod.. just like myself and my husband, Andrew! They share the same life and love for bodybuilding as well as for each other! Andrew & I are thankful we got the opportunity to meet this couple! The week before Christmas, Adam was diagnosed with cancer. It was a tough fight and Adam did NOT ever give up... but did pass away on July 2, 2009. Lori, being the beautiful woman she is, stood by his side every step of the way! Giving up was never an option for either one of them!
I don't know how she does it! I can't imagine being in her shoes. Sure, she's surrounded by friends and family and church family who love her and comfort her.. but how does she do it!? I'm sure she has her moments, and it has to be hard.. but she's a VERY strong woman and I admire her greatly! I've had the honor to spend some more time with her lately and she's taught me so much! She gave me a card after we worked out together the other day and in it was a little card that said "Friends who Pray together... Stay together"!! How true it is! Lori & I have a bond that goes beyond bodybuilding and competing and basic friendship.. we are sisters in Christ! And that gives us a peace beyond all understanding! Please continue to keep Lori and her family in your thoughts and prayers... You can also check out her website at LoriStaats.com. Click on the link on the bottom left corner for her tribute to her husband.
As for Adam, I am SO thankful I got a chance to meet him and get to know him! I only wish we all could've spent more time together!! I know we'll see him again in Heaven one day! "What a Day That Will Be.."