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My one year anniversary! Time flies!

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Wow!  I just received a message from Word Press wishing me a happy one year anniversary!   The year has certainly flown by.  What a year it has been!

I started out a year ago with the thought that although I would never consider myself a writer, it might be fun to learn about blogging and would be a great way to put my random thoughts about my experiences and my walk with the Lord into a journal type setting.  My desire was that perhaps some of what I write might be helpful or be a blessing to someone.

Was I ever surprised, and still am, when others started following my blog, many of whom shared that they were helped or received a blessing from something I shared; that they could relate to things I’ve said. I feel blessed to have made acquaintances and developed friendships with fellow bloggers all over the world!  A great example is the wonderful feeling I had, and still have,  during my recent surgery and recovery in knowing that people, friends and family alike, were praying for me on FIVE continents!  That is just so awesome and mind-boggling!   I cannot thank you enough!  You all made a big difference in how the Lord helped me with my recovery.

God bless you all for caring so much and for making me feel like I am truly a part of this blogosphere we all share. I have learned so much and continue to learn from you all. So many of you have played a significant role in my growth as I grow ever closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank God for you every day.  So, Lord willing, here’s to another year of growth and many blessings for each of us.    You make me smile! As C.S. Lewis says “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers.  Philemon 4.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

 

 

Spring–a time of new beginnings, a time of healing

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Well here it is just two weeks following my knee replacement surgery and the beginning of the spring season.  What a change in two weeks time!  The weather perhaps not so much but by the end of the week it promises to be in the high 50’s and the bitter cold has departed. So far as my surgery–great  changes!   The first week was the most difficult, though not quite as bad as I expected.  A lot of that I believe is because God allowed all of my children and grandchildren to be with me through the first week home. What a blessing they all are!   This week several friends have been by for visits as well as family and a wonderful church family has been providing meals for me so I do not have to cook at all.  I am so appreciative of everyone’s kindness. 

Through the 2 weeks, my mobility has improved on a daily basis and the pain has subsided quite a lot.  Today, I had my first followup visit with the doctor, and he was pleased with my progress.  As I titled this piece–it’s a time of new beginnings and a time of healing,  The surgery is healing quickly and I am already walking better than I have in a long time!  What a great feeling to be able to completely straighten out my leg.  Within days I will be graduating from my walker to my cane and within a very few short weeks, no walking aids whatsoever!  

A new beginning with the new season!  It won’t be long before I will be able to get out and walk around the local park and get much more exercise than I have gotten in a long time!   Praise the Lord for the things He is doing in my life!  

To everyone who has been keeping me in their prayers and thoughts, I thank you so much.  You are all a blessing to me.  It’s amazing that there have been blogging friends on several continents who have been praying for me, as well as family and personal friends, church family.  I can’t even begin to express how fortunate I feel to be surrounded with such love and caring. 

Life is truly good!   Thank you Lord Jesus.  

Organizing a jumbled brain..impossible?

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Confusion surrounds me.  A jumble of thoughts on so many things I think I want to blog about.  But the words get away before I can write them.   A lot of ideas and notes in my journal but what do they mean?  My goodness, do I sound like a crazy woman who is losing her mind?  Wow I hope not.  Rather I hope my brain is just on overload.  So many things on my mind like impending knee replacement surgery, desires and plans to move by the end of the year and how to accomplish that, as well as my weight loss issues and so many different things I think about in regards to my walk with the Lord and what God is trying to teach me with the repetitious messages that keep coming my way via Bible reading and studies, reading other blogs, sermons and just everyday things that cross my path.

First things first.  I know that taking all of these issues to God in prayer has to be my first priority.  I know so well that He is a willing guide for all of us if we just ask.   Spending more time in His word and in prayer and just being quiet and listening for His wise answers will be the most important thing I can do. I know He loves me and His plans for me are the best.

As for my impending surgery, though there is the very normal fear of being under an anesthetic and having a major surgical procedure, I know that God is the great physician and the outcome is in His hands.  I actually look forward to having this procedure done.  Once I have recovered, I will be able to do so much more!  I will be able to walk more than a thousand feet without pain, be on my feet for more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time before having to sit down and will be able to straighten my leg.  I consider myself fortunate to be able to improve my life in this way.  there are so many less fortunate than me. 

My move?  Well that will happen in God’s perfect timing if it is in His plan for me.  He knows best and I rest in that assurance.

All of the other jumbled up thoughts l have will, I pray, begin to make sense in good time and I can again begin to make sense in my blog posts.  Loving God gives me strength;  Mark 12:30.NIV  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.   Leaning on God I will not be tired.   Isaiah 40:31 NIV but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

I hope I have not completely bored you with this and have not proven myself to just be a crazy woman!  😀 Thanks for listening dear friends.

Life begins each morning…

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Life begins each morning….Each morning is the open door to a new world-new vistas, new aims, new tryings.  Leigh Mitchell Hodges

While writing in my journal this morning during my devotions I once again noticed a quote at the bottom of one of the pages I was writing on, the above quote beginning Life begins each morning..  Though I was writing about something very different, making notes for a couple of future blog posts, this quote caught my attention and I just felt I needed to share it. 

I don’t know about you, but quite often I awake in the morning thinking that it is “just another day”, nothing particularly spectacular or meaningful will happen in my day–just another humdrum day.   Somehow if I mistakenly start out with that thought, I can say it will probably be the case of how my day goes. 

The better way to start my day and something I did this morning after noticing this quote, is to decide that today I will take that to the Lord and pray for his guidance today and every day to open my eyes to the new things he will teach me today, to reach out for new things or to make goals for my day and do my very best to meet those goals.  I have to be careful there because I know I have the habit of setting too many goals of things I wish to accomplish that do not get completed because of other things that may come up or because I have under-estimated the time each goal will take to complete.  And if I am to be honest, quite often it is procrastination that gets in the way of completing my goals for the day. That is when I set myself up for failure!  Am I the only one who does that?

In Psalm 32:8 God says I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.    Today I will keep that close to me and lean on God to guide me through my day so that I may accomplish what He wishes to do today, let Him guide me in setting my priorities for the day.  One day at a time – Tomorrow I will do my best to follow the same plan of letting the Lord guide my day as another new day begins.  

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Psalm 118:24

 

What road do you want to travel on?

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A positive mind strengthens itself .  A negative mind strengthens its barriers.  unknown author

I came across the above quote this morning on the internet and it started me thinking about the two choices we have of the roads we choose to travel;  the road of negativity or positivity.    Which one do you choose?

It is so easy sometimes to choose the negative road.  We start out our day by saying ” Well it will probably be just another bad day!  Nothing ever goes right in my life!”    I know of a few people who begin each day of their lives with this self-defeating prophesy.  I’ve done it myself as well from time to time.  At the end of the day we can often see that we were right — it was a bad day!  Why?  Because we decided it would be before the day ever began.  I dislike it when I take that attitude and definitely prefer not to be around others who do as well.
Our other option is to start out our day on a positive basis.   Include the Lord in our life every day.  Psalms 118:24 This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  A great verse to remember each day.  Does it mean that our day will be perfect? that nothing will go wrong and we will get all we wish for?  No, life is not perfect and we don’t get everything we want, but do we increase our chances of a better day?  Can we feel a lot better at the end of the day about even those things that don’t turn out quite the way we want them to?  Yes, I believe that.   Certainly, if we start out our day trusting in God and knowing He is in control at all times, our chances of a positive day are increased in great  measure!

We should try to remind ourselves daily that as he says in Matthew 19:26,   ‘with God all things are possible’.     I wish you a wonderfully positive day, every day!    May you always view your glass as being half full or more, not half empty or less.

Have a great day!

Let me tell you about my blessings….

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1 Corinthians 13:13

English Standard Version (ESV)

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

How often do we wake first thing in the morning and immediately have a thought of one of the many blessings God has given us in our lives?  If you are like me, one of the very first things you think of in the morning is “I need coffee!” and you rush to the kitchen to start the process of making that pot.  After all, first things first!  A day that doesn’t begin with a good cup of coffee and  breakfast is not a good day at all!   Right??   Well after my experience on Wednesday morning when I awoke, I cannot necessarily say that I need coffee is always my first thought, not should it be for that matter!

When I woke up on Wednesday, my first thought was how blessed I am to have the wonderful family God has provided me with!  I had a deep  sense of love and feelings of well -being!  Don’t get me wrong–I always know I am blessed to be a Mom, Grandma, sister, friend.  God has been very good to me by putting all sorts of wonderful people in my life.  This particular day, though, I just felt particularly blessed and filled with joy and that wonderful sense that all was well with my world.

What was so different about Wednesday from other days?  I can’t be exactly sure; however, over the past  few days I have had the pleasure of being able to have longer than normal conversations with my children, Dave and Debbie, and one of my granddaughters.  I have spent a lot of time with my daughter-in-law Terry and even got to have a conversation with my son-in-law Stephen.  I don’t often have that opportunity because he and Deb do not live nearby.    My other granddaughter is really busy with school and work. etc. but since she is a blogger, I have the pleasure of reading her many gems of wisdom that she writes as well as the occasional visit.   She has taught her old Grandma many wonderful things, as do the others.  All of those things together seemed to bring them even closer to my thoughts and my heart so it is not a mystery I guess that my first thought of the day was of all of them.

The Lord has truly blessed me.  My children have grown up to be marvelously wonderful adults, filled with love and caring for others and they each have brought their wonderful spouses into our family and two beautiful granddaughters to whom they have passed on those same wonderful values of being very loving and caring adults!   Every one of them is fun to be with and they make me smile a lot!  I am so proud to be Mom and Grandma to all of them.  Thank you Lord for your abundance of blessings, not only at this Christmas season but each and every day of my life.

Dave, Terry, Marianne, Debbie, Stephen and Annmarie–I love you all and wish you the merriest of Christmases and a year filled with all the blessings of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.   Merry Christmas!

 

Praise and Thanksgiving

This verse appeared in a Thanksgiving email request for prayers for church family and extended family and my first thought as i read it was that feels like a blog post formulating in my mind!  So yes, I am stepping away from my usual role of procrastinator and writing what i am feeling while the thoughts are fresh.

I will indeed praise and thank Him forever for the way He loves all of us and watches over us.  How lovely it is to have a heavenly Father who is always there even when we think he isn’t!

Just as recently as last evening, I felt his presence as I spoke a few words in church, thanking God for the ways He has worked in my life.  (I have those words ready to post for Thanksgiving Day so you will be able to read them as well.)  I feel His presence even at this moment as I spoke with my daughter who is having surgery this afternoon.  I know He will be watching over her and giving the surgeons the wisdom to know exactly what she needs to make her feel better.  I feel his presence in every part of my life as he continues to bless my life with new blessings daily, placing people in my life who are good Christians and a blessing to me.  I know he is also watching over a friend who is  traveling halfway around the world to take care of some personal business matters.  He will orchestrate every part of that for the best outcome and I praise Him for it.

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As the previous verse, Psalm 52:8 says, I will always trust in His unfailing love for me; for all of us.  What a wonderful Father and a Wonderful God we serve!  He knows the plans he has for us and His timing is so perfect.  Patience! That’s the hard part for me and, I dare say, for most, if not all, of us.  I tend to get impatient when things don’t work the way I want them to and as quickly as I want them to.  As a friend of mine always says–I am a WIP   — Work In Progress!  God is not finished with me yet!   I will fumble along through life, trying to be patient but failing at that many times I am sure but God holds the patience in his hands and will never give up on me.

I will just end this with the words of a song we sing in church often:

Some thank the Lord for friends and home
For mercies sure and sweet
But I would praise Him for his grace
In prayer I would repeat

Refrain:
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free

Some thank Him for the flow’rs that grow
Some for the stars that shine
My heart is filled with joy and praise
Because I know He’s mine

I trust in Him from day to day
I prove His saving grace
I’ll sing this song of praise to Him
Until I see His face

God is My Strength – Helping a Friend

I came across this verse tonight while reading another person’s blog post  which listed multiple encouraging Bible verses, every one a real blessing as always.   This verse, however, particularly got my attention because of a conversation with a friend who came knocking on my door earlier this evening asking me to pray with her.  My friend was visibly distressed, in tears and just looked so forlorn. My heart was breaking for her.

She and i spent a little time talking about what was troubling her.  I won’t get into that out of respect for her privacy, but needless to say, it was not good at all.  She is just totally distraught, unhappy and wondering why she is even alive and has had thoughts of changing that status.  Wow!  What do I say?  How do I respond to her besides the obvious–telling her NO she cannot do that!  I reminded her of my experience with losing my son to suicide and how it feels for those of us left behind.  i told her she cannot do that to her family and those of us who love her.

As we talked I reminded her several times to lean on the Lord, to trust him; bring her trials to him; that he is her strength if she allows him to be.   He is our salvation and we need not be afraid.  He will not turn us away and in fact, will welcome us with open arms when we come to him. She assured me that she has done that; however, I also hear in her words that like the rest of us, she gives her problems to God and then takes them back again thinking she can do better.     She said she is a believer and that she is trying to live God’s plan for her but fails all the time and then punishes herself.   She is her own worse enemy (her words).

We prayed together and made sure to thank God for the blessings he has given to each of us as well as asking Him to put a hedge of protection around her, to show her the way back out of the darkness and into the light. to let her know she IS loved not just by her family and friends but more importantly, the Lord.

I know he heard the prayer and is ready and willing to take on her burdens if she will let him.   I pray that she does give it to him and lets him in.   I have been in her shoes, (not suicidal) and I know that when I turn to God and give Him  my  burdens that he has given me rest.  He has sent people into my life to be an encouragement; he has helped me to get back on the right track and He will do the same for her.

So friends I am asking tonight that you pray for my friend.  I wont give her name, again to protect her privacy but God knows who she is and what is troubling her.    l also  request, if I may, prayer for me that I can be a good friend and a good witness to her and not say or do the wrong things.   I am trying to encourage her to go to  church with me and I hope one day she will do that.  I would love for her to meet the wonderful people at my church and to know that despite any issues that she thinks  would not make her welcome , she would be very much welcomed!   My church family is full of love and kindness and loves to share it!

Edited.  note to self–Do not stay up so late writing a post!  lol   Forgot to give it a title and my proofreading was terrible!

Messages Everywhere

 

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Psalm 6: 2-4

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;  heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish.     How long, Lord, how long? Turn, Lord, and deliver me;   save me because of your unfailing love.

At the beginning of this Psalm, David is praying for the Lord to have mercy on him because he is suffering from a serious illness from which he believes he will not recover.  He talks about his inner self being disturbed and troubled and he prays for God to speak words of Peace to him.

As I read it, the thought crossed my mind that dealing with depression and loneliness feels exactly like that; troubled and disturbed, sad, always hoping for something to change; for someone to come along and  make those feelings all go away.  Of course, no person can “make it go away”‘ but only be an encouragement to you as you try to find peace. The Lord, however, CAN make it go away, but not without effort on our own part, of course.

As David did in the Psalms, we must go to God in prayer and seek his help.  If we are sincere in our requests to Him, He will answer those requests in His perfect timing.  He will direct us to His word , specifically to verses that speak directly to us the words he wants us to hear.   He will place what I call his “earth angels” on our path who encourage us.  I have personally experienced that in my life in several different ways.  He put many people on my path; new friends who have been and continue to be an encouragement to me in many different areas of my life.  Over and over, I will hear messages repeated, either in sermons, on the radio, or in other venues.  I read them in blogs on the internet, in books I am reading,  all of which are referring to different issues which are on my mind.

Some would say that it is just coincidence  but no, that is the Lord working on me.   As I draw ever closer to Him, I hear his words more and more frequently it seems.  In part, I believe, it is because I recognize them more quickly;  but also now that the Lord has my attention, He is making sure He keeps it.

Through this whole process I have seen changes in how I feel about myself and about my life, both past and present. I see my priorities beginning to change, my energy level returning.  One event that really showed me those changes happened a few weeks ago when the Lord led me to be able to write and give a eulogy at the funeral of my former husband; something that a few months ago I could not have done and would not have done.

It is an ongoing journey, a lifelong one, this walk with the Lord and I am so thankful I am able to take the journey and walk the path with Him.

Courage, Strength and Forgiveness

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Some time ago I wrote a story here about my struggle with forgiveness.  I’ve also written about courage and strength as well in another story.    God has guided me through all three of these things and many more as well.

Today I want to share with you how my faith in the Lord  worked to get me through an experience I had not expected I would ever be able to do.

Recently my ex-husband became very ill and on June 27th he passed away suddenly   Before he died, the Lord  put a burden on my heart that I must tell him that I had forgiven him and with the help of my daughter I was able to let him know.  I was unable to tell him in person myself because of the distance he was from me and talking on the phone was not an option for him.

My children asked me to speak at Joe’s funeral and I agreed to do so.  I would like to share with others some of the words I spoke at his funeral, not to bring any attention on myself, but in the hope that it will help others who are in similar situations.   A lot of the eulogy I wrote is about family stories and I will not include all that, but I want to share the opening and closing paragraphs.  Many of my friends were praying for me as I flew back to CT for his funeral and I am very appreciative of all those prayers.

Many of you probably wonder how or why I am here to share a few  stories about Joe since we have been divorced for many years and quite frankly, when  my daughter asked me to do this my first reaction was “ARE YOU SERIOUS?  I am NOT a public speaker!   That is why I wrote my words out and I am reading them to you.  When I talked about it with my son  and with a couple of close friends, I was encouraged to do it.  As my daughter said, “ Mom,  you and Dad were a big chunk of each other’s lives.  Who knows him better?”  Almost half of our lives we were dating and then married—a total of 32 years!    I prayed about it and then I remembered about two verses in scripture that mean a lot to me, enough so that I recently wrote a post on my blog about courage and strength.  The first is Phil 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me which I have adopted as my life verse.  The other  is Psalm 31:24 – “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”   With the guidance and strength from the Lord, I will do my best to speak clearly and share with you some of the fond memories I have of him.

And now the ending:

Joe played many different roles in all of our lives. We all will remember many different things about him – he was definitely a character!   Some things were hurtful, yes.  But I have found in my walk with the Lord that forgiveness is something we all need to do and God tells us in Ephesians 4:32  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

This is another verse that God put on my heart to get my attention.    A long time ago, I forgave Joe in my heart for the things that went wrong in our life together, but I had never told him that.  We remained friendly towards each other for years.  God put a real burden on me that I needed to let Joe know that I had forgiven him before either of us would be at total peace.  With my daughter’s help, I was recently able to give him the message that yes I had indeed forgiven him.  I am told he had a great sense of relief when she told him what I had said.   I only wish I had told him those words sooner.

I was told that Joe went home to be with the Lord with a smile on his face because he had accepted the Lord as his savior quite a while ago.  I know that smile was because the Lord held out his arms to Joe and welcomed him home.  I also suspect that right behind the Lord waiting for him was his wife Judy and our son Joey.  He is now in his new and perfect body and living in paradise.

To my children and granddaughters: He loved you with all he had in him and he will remain alive in your hearts forever because of the memories he left with you.

Rest in Peace Joe. 

* I have removed the names of my children and grandchildren in this other than my son Joey who is no longer with us and the same with Joe’s second wife Judy who has also passed on.