I got an early morning start on Saturday. It was great. I stopped by the 24 hour pharmacy at around 6am and picked up my medicine and got on the road to the grocery store. As I arrived at the grocery store I saw the wheel chair carts. The memories of the past few years came flooding back into my mind. I clearly remember shopping with those carts many times because I could not make it through the store on my own.
There was one Saturday that we got to the store and there were no wheel chair carts available and in my stubbornness I said I really didn’t need one. But before we could finish the trip I had to find a place to sit down and rest because of the pain. I remember walking back out and sitting on one of the chairs waiting for Bob to pick me up when he finished checking out.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you realized something in your life had gotten better? Just all of a sudden it occurs to you that you can do what was once impossible for you. This week I rejoiced that I was able to take a regular cart and shop for my groceries without a problem. Sometimes God will use a skillful surgeon to fix an issue and get you back up and running. I thank God for those people who have dedicated their lives to helping others with physical problems.
I am thankful for the days that I struggled with pain and suffering because it allows me to see what others are going through. Though I did not enjoy the suffering, it did give me a better perspective and for that I am thankful. I don’t want to completely forget those days because they keep me humble and more empathetic toward those who are currently suffering. I am not without occasional pain but I am miles ahead of where I was last year at this time.
I listened to a sermon this morning where the preacher was talking about the fact that life is but a vapor and we are not guaranteed tomorrow. This makes me thankful for today and every day that I am allowed to live on this planet. And I will be thankful for the day when God allows me to enter into eternity with Him. I am going to strive to remember that every day is a gift, whether it is good or bad and treat it like one. Will you join me?
After last week I thought this week would be just a little better. And in some ways it was and in some ways it got even stranger. I understand that the hurricane caused massive damage and closed down a lot of refineries. But I was caught off guard by the gas shortage in the Dallas Metroplex.
Wednesday evening on my way home I contemplated filling up my car but decided I would wait until morning and get the gas on the way to work. Well, the traffic was bad and I didn’t get an early enough start to get gas on the way so I decided I would go out at noon and get gas. Then I heard that there were long lines and stations were running out of gas. So in semi-panic mode I went out at lunch time to see for myself. Yes the lines were too long for me to get gas and make it back to work on time. Since I had enough gas to make it home. I came up with plan “B”.
Bob gets off work before me so I had him go and fill the old truck up with gas if he could find a station that was not out of gas. Then I would just drive the truck to work on Friday. It took him a while but he found one. And it was a good thing because the lines at any gas stations I passed on my way home were even longer than at noon. Bob went out really early on Saturday morning in the car and saw a tanker truck filling up a gas station. He quickly made his way there and was able to fill the tank for me to drive the car to work this week. YES, I have a loving husband who takes care of me!
It always helps to have a plan “B” when life becomes unpredictable. Being flexible and willing to change the way we do things is essential, no matter how much we want things to be constant and steady. There is One who never changes and always gives us the grace we need to get by in this ever changing world. I hold fast to Him because I know the world will change and will be challenging but God does not.
Hebrews 13:8 (NASB)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
1 Kings 8:57 (NASB)
May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us,
Challenges will come and with the understanding that God is with us, we can make it through anything that comes our way. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
I feel so blessed today. I was able to walk outside into my garden and see all the wonders that have grown up. I have been unable to get to the garden much since surgery and today since I am without the cast or boot I was able to walk and see for myself without fear of falling on uneven ground due to rocks.
My first stop was the compost pile that has a very prolific spaghetti squash blooming and producing large and small squash. As you can see from the pictures of the flowers I was able to catch a bee actively working in the middle of one of them. There is also a weed that this intertwined with a beautiful white flower on it.
Next I looked and was amazed by the size of okra and the two beautiful flowers that you see above. I loved the one that shows down in the center of the flower. Right next to the okra are pepper plants and you can see one nice looking green one in the picture. Then I turned my attention to the back of the garden where Bob has built a teepee pole thing for the beans. The beans grew so tall that he had to put more boards across toward the fence to keep them off the ground.
I left the garden and headed over to the other side of the yard where Bob planted the yellow squash. And as you can see I found a ripe one, a little small but edible none the less. We also have tomatoes but my picture did not come out so good so I left it off.
It amazes me how small things like the fruit from a garden can make me feel so blessed and loved by God. I am blessed to have a husband who has taken care of this garden mostly by himself because I have been unable to help and blessed to have a God who cares enough to help the plants like the spaghetti squash show up without being planted.
I am on the road to recovery from surgery. Slowly getting back to walking and hopefully my endurance will increase over a short period of time so I can do things that used to be normal for me soon. I forgot what my old normal was but I am about to know what my new normal will be. And for that I am excited.
Enjoy everything around you, notice the things you have missed and be thankful. I will be back next week with more.
Breathing through my nose is difficult lately because my nasal passages are swollen. Like a lot of people I do not enjoy breathing through my mouth. It dries my mouth out and just feels awful. I think we could all agree that it is necessary to breathe in order to continue living.
I am glad that God gave us an alternate way to breathe when we are experiencing difficulty with the natural way of breathing. Have you ever noticed that breathing is something that is taken for granted? I don’t actually think about how important it is to my existence until it becomes difficult to do. Without breathing the cells in our bodies would not get the oxygen that they require to live and if they are deprived for too long they will die and when they die we die….
I sometimes wonder why we don’t appreciate things like breathing until we experience problems. For some people they treat God like I treat breathing. I know it is important but I do not focus on it unless there is a problem. In life it is easy to get caught up in the good stuff and forget “Who” gave it to us. It sometimes becomes easy to forget to say “Thank you” to God for all that He has done to make the good times. Oh boy, but when the bad stuff happens we are all over it in trying to find out what went wrong.
Is it because we think we don’t need God in the good times? Or is it because as long as things are smooth we forget? I actually think there are probably many answers to that question. Whatever the reason I think it is time to remember God in the good times and in the bad times.
So today I say “Thank God” for all that He has done for me.
- For answered prayers (there have been many)
- For family (husband, kids, grandkids, brothers, sisters etc..)
- For healing
- For taking me through the bad times and not leaving me in them
- For holding my hand through all the scary times
- For helping me through the grieving process
- For letting me see life from a different perspective
- For memories of loved ones who have gone before us
- For the future and what it holds
- For many wonderful past experiences
Would you join me in thanking God? Try to think of all He has done for you. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
As I sat down in bed and began to read by the light of a small lamp, I realized I could not clearly see the words on the page and was straining my eyes. I tried bringing the book closer to my face but that just increased the blurriness of the words. So I held the book farther from my face but the words were just too far away. I changed positions and brought the book closer to the lamp, but that position was way too uncomfortable. I reluctantly got up and turned the overhead light on and was amazed how the words on the page were immediately legible.
It is amazing how having a book at just the right distance from your eyes and with enough light to illuminate the words can make all the difference in the world in your understanding of the words you are reading. I know recently at work I have had to use a magnifying glass in order to read some very small print and handwriting. I am thankful for the magnifying glass that helps me solve the mystery of what the words on the page are so I can do my job.
When life gets complicated and unsure maybe it is because there is not enough light to shine on the pages in the book of our lives to see the way. If we can’t read the words on the instructional pages we spend our lives winging it and get stuck and confused. Sometimes all it takes is a little more light from God to get us to where the book is just the right distance from our eyes and we have our reading glasses on (if you need them like me) so we can read the instructions that will get us where we need to go.
Psalm 119:105 (NASB)
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
God’s word is the Light that guides us with His divine wisdom and direction. God can see more than we can and from His perspective our problems, struggles, confusions and messes look much different. He sees the big picture and does not have to use a magnifying glass to understand what is going on. With His Word to light our path we will be directed to the right place.
Psalm 37:23 (NASB)
The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
It all comes down to trusting God to direct us, no matter the circumstances or situations.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.
Every week God amazes me with His wisdom and understanding and His allowing me to share what He has shared with me. I grow and learn each day and week and year. In this New Year I hope that we will grow together and enjoy this life that God has given us. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
I had a wonderful time with family this Thanksgiving. It has helped me relax and enjoy some stress free time. For that I am thankful.
Our minds and bodies need to have time to recuperate from the stress of living in a fast pace world. It helps us figure out what is important and what is not.
Jesus helps us understand that there is no need to be anxious in Matthew 6:25-34. He points out that He will take care of us and not to worry.
Matthew 6:34 NASB
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.“
This was written thousands of years ago but it is still true today. I find that amazing.
Nehemiah 8:10 NASB
Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
This verse comes from a time when the people were stressing because they just heard the law and knew they had not kept it. I can’t imagine that stress can you? But they were given relief and told to celebrate and not stress but rather be filled with joy because of God. Celebrate the God who created and loves you rather than stressing over worldly things that will be gone tomorrow.
If we could only understand that we could be relieved of stress and live peaceful lives.
So won’t you be thankful for what you have and the God who loves us with me. I will be back next week with more.
THE GOOD (one example)
Back in 1990 I had suffered with knee pain that caused me to have to use crutches for a while. I had a knee surgery early in the year but the pain did not seem to subside. It was difficult to move without pain. Doctors said they had thought it was a break in cartilage but when they got into the knee found it was shredded cartilage and all they could do was scrape it and hope that would help. Later on that year I had a salvation experience and realized that God had healed me. The knee pain was gone and has only reappeared for short periods of time due to extreme weather changes. The good is God healed my knee when I decided to give my life to Him and serve Him.
THE BAD (one example)
A few years back my son joined the National Guard and then the Army. He spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan. For a mother this is difficult to think of your child being in harm’s way. It makes you tend to think of all the bad things that could happen. I remember the day that he called me and told me that he was going to be deployed to Iraq. Bob and I were working together at the time on a remodel project. Luckily the homeowners were not at home to see my distress because of the phone call. I experienced fear and uncertainty. As the shock began to wear off I began to pray. Prayer is my expression of faith in God that he can do things that I cannot. He can reach into areas that where I have no control. He can protect, heal and deliver. I prayed for safety through the dangerous times and that if something bad would happen, causing injury or death that our family would be able to handle it with faith. Though there were some injuries in the process he made it home in decent condition. His service to the country has ended on a positive note and he is employed in another dangerous job, firefighter. One thing I have learned through the bad is to not focus on the bad that can happen, focus on trusting God through it all and you will experience amazing maturing growth.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. No matter what happens good or bad remember that turning to God is the right thing to do. I turn to Him in the good with thanksgiving in my heart. I turn to Him in the bad with pleadings for courage and protection and strength. I turn to him when nothing is going on good or bad because I understand that a close relationship with Him is what I need to make it through every day. When I miss that time with God my days are usually out of sorts and unsure. But when I have my time in prayer and remember all day long that God is with me, things work better.
I challenge you today to remember that God is with you through the good and the bad. I will be back next week with more.