Witness In The Strangest Places

by Tammy Taylor

In dealing with a recent medical scare I was unsure how to handle my anxiety.  Of course I had RancherMan to lean on and his comfort and strength were amazing.  But what do I tell my family?  Do I even tell them of my diagnosis or should I wait until everything’s over so they won’t worry?

In having a casual conversation with my baby sister one weekend I confided my fearful story.  She voiced her concern of course and I told her “Don’t worry, I’ll have my little silver cross in my lipstick pocket”  Without skipping a beat she reached into the lipstick pocket of her jeans and pulled out a little silver cross and said “Take mine“.

Wow.

The ripple effect: One person touches not only the next person, but oftentimes many subsequent lives that they're never even aware of. #TexasHomesteader

Pocket Cross Tradition

Now I must tell you that in my family the ladies have a tradition.  When one of us is going through a troubling time in our lives whether it be with our finances, our children, our health, our jobs or any other aspect of our lives, we tuck a little silver cross in the small lipstick pocket of our jeans. It’s a constant daily reminder that we are not alone.

My sister was obviously dealing with her own trials, yet she freely offered her strength to me. What a powerful moment that was, and I was immediately comforted.

Witness In Strange Places

Several days later during a medical procedure, my nurse sensed my anxiety.  After the doctor stepped out of the room she came close and whispered, “Are you a believer?”  I smiled and said, “Let me show you”.  I leaped off the exam table and pulled out my sisters small shining silver cross from the lipstick pocket of my jeans.

She smiled knowingly and said simply “Give it all to God, nothing is too big for Him”.  Wow.  Sometimes witness is found in surprising places.

The ripple effect: One person touches not only the next person, but oftentimes many subsequent lives that they're never even aware of. #TexasHomesteader

I’ve often spoken of The Ripple Effect – something one person does touches not only the next person, but oftentimes many subsequent lives that they’re never even aware of.   It makes you wonder who are you touching in your day-to-day life, and what message are you sending?

That nurse probably had no idea how she touched and comforted me on that frightening day.  She was just doing her job at the hospital that day, the same as the day before and the day after.  Yet she reached out and made an impact on me that I was very grateful for.  I’ll repay her kindness by passing her strength along to others I meet – I’ll never know the full impact I’ll make, but I’m guaranteed to make an impact!

~TxH~

More about my healing journey:

In Sickness & In Health

Witness In The Strangest Places

The Garden That LOVE Planted

Pretty In Pink: Going Too Far?

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10 thoughts on “Witness In The Strangest Places

  1. Brianna

    With each day, we are Blessed as we open our eyes to another one of God’s Miracles. I look forward to each and every one of them with Happiness, Joy and Love. You have no idea what a persons story is, but I know there is always something I can do to help them out. Whether it’s a simple smile and “Hello”, or taking the kids for a Date Night for the parents. There is nothing too small or Large to help those who need it. It doesn’t cost anything but a little of my own time to help others in any way possible. I do this for the Smiles it brings. My Hunny asked me, “You never meet a stranger, do You?” and I just Smile and told him, “A stranger is a friend we haven’t met yet. Nope, I never meet a stranger.” They put a Smile on my face and a Song in my Heart. +

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      You’re so right Brianna. In this day of social media shouting, snarkiness and putting ‘self’ first, it costs nothing to show kindness to a stranger. The ripple effect in its most beautiful light. If everyone would see a stranger as you do, what a wonderful would it would be! XOX ~TxH~

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  2. Carol

    As a nurse I find your post to be an inspiration–we need to be willing to listen to fears, willing to encourage, able to acknowledge faith.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Awesome Carol, as a nurse you have a special opportunity to speak to a frightened heart. I know I was deeply touched by the nurse that reached out to me.

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  3. Texas Homesteader Post author

    Stephanie, I find the thought is true that sometimes the things that mean the ABSOLUTE MOST to someone can be a kind gesture from you. I feel like God uses his children on earth to help show His love.

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  4. Stephanie

    That is my prayer…that I’d be more bold in my faith so as to reach out and love someone who may be hurting and I not know it or who just may need and encouraging word to go on…thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Jenny. My prayer for strength was answered not with bold confidence & lack of fear, but with many loving hands holding me up in my time of need. 🙂 We still have a road to walk, but we’re not walking alone.

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