This week I have been writing on the topic of reminders, the reminders that come when you don’t want them, but need them…and the unexpected reminders that come so powerfully that they bring you to your knees.
These valuable reminders, like the ones I have described in the last two posts, are vital to this journey, but the most critical reminders in a Hands Free life are the ones we give each other.
Whether this message finds you today as the one who gives the reminder or the one who receives the reminder, I ask that you read this post in its entirety. I believe it is one of the most important messages I have blessed to deliver in this Hands Free Mama space.
The impact of An Angel Reminder is immeasurable. It can be life changing. It can be the difference in going down and going up. An Angel Reminder can be the difference between holding on and giving up.
Today, An Angel Reminder is meant to be read. It is meant to be shared.
This is my story…
Recently I witnessed incredible sadness and turmoil in the lives of several dear people over the last three weeks.
One person faces the possibility of divorce. Another suffered a miscarriage. And while one woman prepared for reconstructive surgery resulting from breast cancer, another had a double mastectomy.
In times like these, it is difficult to know what to say to provide comfort or strength to those who are suffering. But to say nothing at all is simply not an option.
For the first time in my life, I did not struggle with what to say to these remarkable individuals. I did not have to take several deep breaths before I picked up the phone. I did not have to create a draft of my note before I wrote it.
This time, whether it was to write, call, or pray for one of these individuals, the words, “Remind Her” came to my mind.
Remind her…that is what you can do for her right now.
I have learned that these messages that come into my head must not be ignored; they must not be dismissed; they must be acted upon. For I am certain these are God-given messages that I have been blessed to receive and share.
So I took time to give An Angel Reminder to each one of these women: a woman who I have known since childhood, a woman I met two years ago, a woman I recently came to know, and a woman I have yet to meet.
I found myself thinking back on the things I reminded these extraordinary people. The reminders kept running through my head. Suddenly, I felt compelled to make a list of them. And when my list was complete, an undeniable, comforting and hopeful message appeared before me.
As I have said before, I am simply the messenger on this journey; these words come from something far greater than myself. Perhaps this message is for you to receive. Perhaps this message is for you to give. Read it and you will know…
I am here to remind you that you are beautiful when the sun shines across your face; you are beautiful in the rain.
I am here to remind you that you are worthy when you rise above; you are worthy when you fall behind.
I am here to remind you are extraordinary when you are lovable and optimistic; you are extraordinary when you are withdrawn and angry.
I am here to remind you that you are my hero, not despite your imperfections but because of your imperfections.
I am here to remind you that you are doing the best you can; you cannot prepare for this, yet you are handling it the best way you know how.
I am here to remind you that when people look at you, they see a strength they hope can be found in themselves someday; you are beyond inspiring.
I am here to remind you…
there will be days when you need to cry
there will be days when you need to laugh
there will be days when you need to scream
there will be days when you need to forget
there will be days when you need to remember
there will be days when you can’t stand on your own
there will be days when you need to be reminded you are beautiful; you are worthy; you are extraordinary,
And I will be here to remind you.
In day or night,
In tears or joy,
I will wrap my arms around you,
And I will remind you.
Isn’t this what life is all about? Isn’t this what really matters? Reminding the weak they are strong…reminding the fallen there is help to stand…reminding the broken-hearted they are loved…reminding the lost they are found…reminding the forgotten they are remembered. Isn’t this what really matters?
By now you know what end of this message you are on. Today, you are either the reminder or the remindee.
If this is your message, may you be reminded forty times over how beautiful, worthy, and extraordinary you are. May you be reminded each and every day of your life that you have purpose.
If this message is not your message, you have some reminding to do. Who comes to mind? Who needs to be reminded that she or he is not alone? Who needs to be reminded of every single remarkable quality he or she possesses? Who needs to be reminded of your presence?
And maybe someday, someday when you so desperately need it, someone will remind you.
Isn’t this how it works? Isn’t this how angels so beautifully leave their mark on the hearts of one another?
I think so.
Today’s challenge is simple. If this was your reminder, read it again; absorb the message written for you. May you be blessed throughout every step of the challenge you face. If this is not your message, you know what to do. Click the “share” button below and send it to the person who comes to your mind. Leave your mark on someone’s aching heart today. After all, this is what life is all about.
Catherine Partain says
You are one beautiful soul, Rachel Stafford. Thank you for pointing my compass to reminder. There are 2 people who need my love that have hurt me very badly. I have taken the high road while praying hard. I see the winds of change coming and I could miss it if I didnt read things like this that have God’s voice in it. My pride has threatened me all along the way and still does now. But I will send this message instead and look for the best in these people God is deeply in love with. Thank you sweet friend.
Susie Mc Sellers says
Thank you for being a beautiful reminder of the “angels” in our lives! By the way, I love Willow Tree Angels…I collect them. I also give them to friends when I have no words to console…Hugs and Love sweet friend!