Saturday, October 26, 2013

Liz Update - Four Days After Surgery




Hi Everyone,

I wanted stop in and write a quick update on Liz's progress.  To say that Liz's progress after her surgery on Tuesday is anything other than remarkable would be an understatement! She is doing amazingly well!  She has been moved into a private room and has begin her first little bit of physical therapy, which consist of head movement exercises and holding her arms out.  She is able to eat solid foods and has had all of her drains removed from the surgery.  She's gone from trying to walk in a walker with someone holding her from behind and on both sides for support to walking with only one person by her side for support in a 24 hour time period!!  She continues to amaze her surgeons and physical therapist by her rapid recovery!  She will remain in Houston for six more days before heading back to Nashville to continue physical therapy, if you would like to send cards or flowers please send them quickly as their time in Houston is drawing to a close.  


They may be sent to:

Candlewood Suites
Houston Medical Center
Attn:  Marsha Meadows
10025 South Main Street
Houston, Texas   77025

Thank you for your continued prayers for Liz and her family, they are overwhelming thankful!
xoxo
VC



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Gifts From A Knowing Heart


Does God really know my heart?

This question has been on my mind all week. Can I trust him with those things that I feel like are the most special parts of who I am, the desires, the wants, the fears.  Is he to be trusted with them?  Somedays it's much easier to say "why yes of course I can,"  when other days doubt creeps in and I suddenly find myself not so sure.

In high school I did an english report on "The Pieta," a sculpture by Michelangelo, depicting the body of Jesus laying in the lap of Mary after the crucifixion.  As i researched this paper my heart fell in love with it's beauty.  It was simply breathtaking, created between 1498-1499 and constructed solely out of marble.



Fast forward four years to my sophomore year in college.  As all of my friends were headed to Mexico for spring break my younger sister, aunt and I were boarding a plane to Italy to visit my cousin who was a professional basketball player there.  It was a trip of a lifetime!  I can't believe at twenty years old I was traveling around the world like I'd always dreamed!  One of the days of sight seeing took us to Rome, we toured the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and Trevi Fountain, but it wasn't until we walked into St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City that I knew my heart was truly known.  As we walked in I turned my head to the right and behind a panel of glass lay The Pieta!!  You see I had actually forgotten that it was housed here and in Rome.  Given the four years of life that had transpired since writing that report, I wasn't even thinking about seeing a piece by Michelangelo, I was more concerned about finding the next gelato spot or seeing a cute Italian boy. But the Lord knew.  He knew and saw how much I loved researching this incredible piece of art and he wanted to share the real thing with me.  It was a moment I'll never forget.

 The Lord continues to give me moments like this of desires long forgotten that instantly reappear.  They are his little gifts for me and if you know me at all you know I looooove gifts!! It's my #2 top love language, my #1 being quality time.  (Basically if you devote a little bit of time out of your day to spend with me and either you bring me a gift or you allow me to give you a gift then I am a happy little camper!!)  And that's how the Father lives life with me, he always wants to sit down and spend some time with me while giving me really great gifts.  So yes, I can trust him to know my heart and you can too!  Don't be shy with telling him the things you love because he can't wait to shower you with some really awesome presents.  I mean he took me all the way to Rome to give me a gift, where will he take you?

xoxo
VC
P.S. it's almost Christmas!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Liz's Update - Eleven Hour Surgery



Hi Everyone!

After a very LONG and stressful day I'm happy to say that Liz's surgery was a SUCCESS!  I've spoken to her family and they are overjoyed with today's outcome, it was one that only the Lord could provide!  

They were able to remove 99.9% of Liz's tumor and she has absolutely no nerve damage!!  Praise the Lord!! Her family was able to see her right after, and said that she even looks better than she did before the surgery.  Her facial swelling has gone down and she has absolutely zero swelling of the head.  She is alert and talking and smiling and wanted to thank everyone for their love and prayers.  The doctors are calling this MIRACULOUS and that she is PERFECT, they are OVERWHELMED with the outcome!  Thank you JESUS!!!




Her family wanted me to say a HUGE THANK YOU to each of you for the countless prayers, texts, emails and messages they have received these last few days.  They have meant more to them than you can possibly know and they are thrilled to share todays glorious news with you!

Praise the Wonderful Lord!!!!


   Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.  Psalm 148:13

xoxo
VC

Friday, October 18, 2013

Wanderlust

Photo: Rebecca Davis

This picture embodies not only my home and where I grew up, it stirs within me a huge desire to travel.

To go and see and meet new people, to drink in new sights and smells and feelings and textures.

I think I have a Friday case of wanderlust.

xoxo
VC

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Liz Young



This is my gorgeous friend Liz.
She has a brain tumor.

She has graciously allowed me to share a tiny bit of her story until she is able to share it with you herself.  

Liz is one of my dearest friends, we live in two different cities, she in Nashville, me in Los Angeles, so we never see each other enough.  We met while she was living in LA a few years ago and clicked instantly.  She is one of those friends you know you will have for lifetime, she is magnetic.  She lives life with arms open wide and always finds a way to laugh about the hard things.  She has an unshakeable faith and a tremendous hope for the future, she is a dreamer, a visionary.

 She has what is called an acoustic nueroma.  A very large fibrous tumor that has made camp along the nerves on her cerebellum.  Liz and her sweet family have only known of this tumor a few short weeks, needless to say their world has been rocked.

However amidst such horrendous news I've seen the most miraculous thing happen.  I've watched as they have allowed the Lord to meet them in every area of this diagnosis.  I speak with Liz daily and she has handled this news with grace and dignity beyond her years, she is trusting the Lord completely and has no fear. This isn't the end for her, it's the beginning and she is so excited to get better and move forward.  She knows that this is part of her story and with it comes a purpose.

She leaves today for Houston where she will have surgery on Tuesday (Oct. 22) to remove the tumor.  Please join me in praying for her.
  • Please pray for her doctors Dr. DeMonte and Dr. Raza, for wisdom on how to remove the tumor with little damage to Liz's motor skills.
  • Pray that the tumor is (mushy) so they have an easier time removing it.
  • Pray against blindness, hearing loss and facial paralysis, as this is a concern due to where the tumor is located.
  • Pray that the peace of the Lord would be a comfort to not only Liz and her family but every single person within the hospital.


This is only the beginning to a new chapter in Liz's life.  I know that she will continue to be a testament of the Lord's love, peace and comfort to others as she walks out this journey of healing and freedom.

I will post updates as soon as I have them.


Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

xoxo
VC

Monday, October 14, 2013

Singleness



Singleness.  

Here's the thing.  I believe that women are able to be self controlled, honoring, beautiful, and holy while waiting for their man.  However, in this waiting period I see women normally do one of two things.  They either give up all together or take things into their own hands, instead of trusting God's timing.  I understand becoming impatient, but don't scramble for anyone just to fill a void. 

This is a recipe for disaster because you are :

  • 1. Using somebody whose heart needs protecting just as much as yours
  • 2. Attaching your heart to someone that you never had any business being attached to in the first place.


 Trying to untangle a women's tender and fragile heart off of something it was not made to fit is as painstaking as brain surgery. 

We all know what I'm talking about.  I've done it and it took me years to get over someone...years! He was the sweeeeeetest guy and yes while I believe he had some similar DNA to my one day husband,  he wasn't my man, but I dug in my heels like he was!  I mean when I think back to the years 27-29 what do I remember during that time?  I remember MISERY, for not being the one he chose.  CRAZY PANTS!  What was I doing!? 

Yet this was my single-life cycle, it's what I knew and what I had done since high school.  I thought you were supposed to pine over boys for weeks, months, even years.  Where did I pick this up?  I had an amazing childhood, a father who adored me and a mother who loved me.  But yet, I did it, year after year after year, until, my world collapsed.  I suddenly lost that adoring father and I met someone who I thought was "it".  Until he wasn't.  All within the same year.  It was as if my heart had been shattered on every level, my soul felt like it was breaking, most days I wondered if I would ever be happy again.  Until one day I noticed a little happiness flooding back, each day it got stronger and I felt better, but I still held on to those broken memories, I was afraid to let go. Pain was what I knew for 365 days straight and I was afraid of what my life would look like without the adoring father or the man who almost was.  

During this time as my sadness grew my desperation for the Lord grew too.  I knew without a shadow of a doubt I could not do life without him.  I had known that since I was 19, when i met him, but now I was being tested in ways I had never imagined and I clung to him.  And as weird as it sounds it was wonderful.  I learned more about the love of the Father as a counselor and comforter than any other year in my life.  I love the Lord more now than I ever have.  I mean the bible says it perfectly in
 Psalms 34:18 (MSG) 


18If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.



My heart was broken and I felt like I had been kicked in the gut. 


I'm 32, next month I'll be 33 and I am still single, I've had my heart crushed and rebuilt and my outlook is a little different.  It's much more peaceful and trusting now than it used to be.  When you allow the Lord to come in and clean out the rooms of your heart you also allow him to rebuild what gets broken and make it whole again.   I'm thankful because I now have a "peace barometer" built within my heart for testing what's from the Lord and what's not. I have zero desire to enter unhappiness land again and this "PB" is very helpful when new people come on the scene.  I know that the one he has for me will carry peace like a mantle.  Peace isn't something you earn, it's something you carry.  My days won't be filled with the what if's? because I TRUST my Father.  Doesn't the bible say that every good gift comes from heaven in James 1:16-18 (MSG)


16-18So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.


The one the Lord has for you will be a good gift, a very good gift made to fit you perfectly.  So ladies (and men) please allow the Lord to come in and clean out the rooms of your heart, allow him the opportunity to show you how faithful he is, learn from me and don't waste years of your life wishing for someone who is not right for you.  Take a step back from the situation and thank God for his divine protection and joyfully wait, because with trust comes joy.  Joy that your heart is fully known and loved and that your GOOD gift is on it's way!  It's my prayer that you find liberty in this area as I have. That you will carry the fruit of the spirit around your heart (The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Gal 5:22-23) 

Trust the Lord for he knows you well, and live freely!



(No clue why the font decided to be different on that last paragraph...)

xoxo
VC



Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hello!


Happy Birthday Baby Blog!

"Victoria you do not fit into anyone's shadow, you are the Statue of Liberty."

That's the conversation I had with a friend this week over breakfast.
I had an epiphany actually, while seated amongst the french pastries and fresh ground coffee of Le Pain Quotidien, staring into my sweet friends honest and true face.  She sat quietly as I lamented about failed  attempts to "shadow" my favorite mentors.  I mean I had singled out the most amazing women whose lives inspire me and whose talents I'm in awe of.  I was dieing to be apart of "what they were doing," so I did what one does, I reached out to each of them.  And I never heard back.  I do not believe they intended to be mean by not responding, I understand busy Los Angeles lives, believe me!  Instead I think God wanted me to see that I didn't need them because I already had HIM and a voice of my own.  Because let's face it I was expectant for them to take me under their wings and nurture me into something.... great, bold, creative, fiery, purposeful.

And it just wasn't happening.

To quote another friend I was trying to...

Playing Out Of Position

I was thinking small, I was wanting to be carbon copies of THEIR greatness instead of realizing my own.

So this was how this baby blog was born.

I desire to see YOU know your worth and to walk in ultimate freedom, to be your best and very happy selves.  The only way I know how to share the tools of finding that freedom is through Jesus Christ, he has brought me out of some very deep sorrows and into a place of joyful freedom.  I'd like to tell you more about them and in turn a little about him.  I hope you'll read along and share in this journey with me.

May we learn to walk in LIBERTY together!

xoxo,
VC