MIRACLES DO HAPPEN

Miracles can happen. I just know they can. Whether it be small little triumphs in our every day lives or miraculous cancer cures, miracles happen every day.

There's a little girl named Brylee Joy and I've been following her story for a while now. I've never met this little 5-year-old beauty, but she's the niece of some of our good friends and she has taught me more than I could have ever imagined out of a young, innocent life.

Brylee is fighting her battle with brain cancer and from the videos I see posted every day and that contagious smile, you just would never know. Yesterday an update was posted on her prayer Facebook page and while I pray for her and her family often, that update really brought me to write this and to hopefully pass on the life lessons I've learned through her story.

1. Live life to the fullest. Cliche, I know, but it's totally the truth. Head over to that Facebook page and watch any video of that darling little girl and you'll see what I'm talking about. I mean, Ava won't fall asleep one night and I'm at my wits end and yet, this little girl is fighting for her life and that joy is forever present.

2. Faith. I've never seen a little kid have so much faith. Her faith in God is just unreal. And her parents? Wow, just wow. Through the daily updates, I have never seen a family so trusting in God. I don't know how they do it and I can't imagine living in their shoes but their love and trust in Him is the kind of faith I strive for.

3. Hold your loved ones tight. They often post photos from just months and even weeks before she was diagnosed. A happy little girl, just living a normal life and then boom, her life was changed in an instant. We never know what life with throw our way but we do have the power to love and to cherish each moment.

4. Prayer doesn't always mean healing.

So when our little ones are crying for no apparent reason, hug them tighter. When you feel like the world is crashing down on you, have faith. And finally, be happy for what you have and life fully and happily no matter the circumstance. I truly believe that this little girl was somehow placed in this world for a reason. Heck, she taught a grown 26-year-old mom more about life than I ever realized before. Yes, I've heard it all before but for some reason, her life has really had an impact on me. And I believe that our own kids can teach us to love life fully and happily every day as long as we take a moment to see, hear and watch them.

They posted an update yesterday that truly brought me to tears and brought me to write this and hopefully gain some prayer warriors for Brylee and her family. And no matter what God or being you believe in, I just ask that you take a couple of minutes out of your day to pray.

I've been praying for this little girl for months now and in the doctors' eyes, her fight is almost over. Yes, miracles can happen every day but prayer doesn't always mean healing. And that's really something I've never fully understood before. So I pray for her comfort during this time, and for God's will to be done. I pray that everyone who has followed her story has learned a great deal about life and love and happiness, as I have. I pray for her family during this difficult time, that they are able to continue to have faith in God no matter the outcome and of course, I pray for a miracle if that is God's plan.