It is in these moments that I see how strong our little Hazelnut is. As adults, if we were in a hospital bed like her, I think we would be wallowing in self-pity, but not our champ. She, by God's grace and strength, is finding the unadulterated joy in each day and just continues on being a kid. I look at this face with tears in my eyes because she doesn't fully understand everything else in this picture, but just is enjoying that moment. I love her so much...
Here are some verses that I have read, that come to mind when I see this picture:
- Proverbs 17:22 "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones"
- Jesus said in John 16:33 " These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me, you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
- Romans 5:3-5 "More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
I also wanted to congratulate Courtney on winning the puppy that was raffled off for Hazel's Fund! She has decided to name the puppy Hazel and we couldn't be more touched and honored. We know she is going to a good home and has tons of animal buddies to play with!
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