On Sunday Night my daughter, Shelby Sparkman created a blog for young women called “Faith & Lace“. It’s all about faith, fashion, music or whatever she’s feeling at the time! She’s one of those strange kids that watched Fashion Television from when she was about 4 years old, and has great fashion sense now. I think she loved music since the day she was born! Shelby would kind of sing herself to sleep in her little basssonette. Somehow she’s been blessed with a beautiful singing voice and the ability to play multiple instruments. She didn’t get that from her momma! Shelby’s faith was strong from a young age, but was almost destroyed in her early teen years. Thankfully, things have changed so much! Shelby started her blog with a devotional called “What Is Your Cross“. I wonder where she ever got the idea to write a devotional 😉 (Twinkle in her momma’s eye!) In the post, Shelby talks about her inspiration for writing the blog.
She quotes Luke 9:23 “Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up YOUR cross daily, and follow me. ” Shelby goes on to say:
I choose today to carry my cross of depression and anxiety high and follow God, no matter how painful and hard it may seem. So I ask you this, what is YOUR cross?
Will you choose to let that cross bring you down and keep you in pain and discomfort, or are you going carry it with pride? Soon the cross will be dragged so long that it will slowly grind down to nothing, and you will truly feel free.
Shelby has gone through so much in her short 18 years and has had to fight to get free. It has come from accepting the cross she has to bear! I couldn’t be more proud of her! Interestingly, as she has accepted her cross and allowed God to use it, He has seen fit to lift the depression from her. Steadily over the past year there has been a growing vibrancy and hope for the future in Shelby. Her desire for God to use her and all she’s gone through make this momma’s heart sing! Looks like we have another author in the house!
Check out Shelby’s Blog: www.faithandlace.weebly.com Twitter: @shelby_sparkman