Beautiful People do not Just Happen

The sentiment in this quote is so beautiful that I just had to share it.
I think that the challenge inherent in trials and troubles is to allow them to change us and make us beautiful, instead of bitter, people.

Last week I shared with about 40 people about my struggles this summer watching my wife fight for her life in Chicago. Watching her contend with breathing tubes, ventilators, physical therapy, and overcoming all sorts of obstacles, convinces me even more that beautiful people do not just happen but are born on the ash heaps of such difficulties. My Ann is a testimony of God's grace in her life and the things that are possible when a person works hard and does not give up. Such people inspire me to persevere when things get hard.


  1. You and Ann are the "Beautiful" people. This is the inspiration we all need. Continue to send love and prayers for you and Ann.

  2. .."beautiful people do not just happen but are born on the ash heaps of such difficulties."
    Indeed. I know you're struggling and I'm praying for you and Ann, Bob.

  3. While reading your blog entry, I was reminded of these scripture verses, Bob.

    Isaiah 61

    1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
    Because the LORD has anointed Me
    To preach good tidings to the poor;
    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives,
    And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
    2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
    And the day of vengeance of our God;
    To comfort all who mourn,
    3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
    To give them beauty for ashes,
    The oil of joy for mourning,
    The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
    That they may be called trees of righteousness,
    The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

    The Lord has brought great beauty out of the ashes of your and Ann's broken dreams and dashed hopes, Bob. Not just to you, but to the world through you both. May HE indeed be glorified!


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