Showing posts from November, 2013

A Month of Gratitude: Embracing the Future

Lamentations 3:21-26 (KJV)This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

The Hubster and I have a family meeting every year on New Year's Day. We sit at the dining room table and write down our goals for the next 12 months, review last year's objectives and take a look at the progress we've made on our long-term targets.

Let's just say that this was a "rebuilding" year. We took a big hit financially and had to slice expenses to the bone. That being said, The Hubster and I have a lot to anticipate. Our business is slowly growing again and my health is back on track.

Regardless of what h…

A Month of Gratitude: Embracing Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Mom and I took our annual road trip to the University of Missouri last week, and it gave me a chance to reconnect with her. We laugh, talk, eat, talk, drive and talk some more. The Hubster teases us about how much we talk. It's a mom-and-daughter thing. Although we do lots of fun things together, prayer is my favorite thing to do with my mom.

There's just something so special about joining hearts and hands together in prayer. It is a time of sharing and intimacy that brings us closer to each other, and our Savior. I treasure every moment. Mom is an incredibly special person. She's alw…

A Month of Gratitude: Embracing Change

Isaiah 46:9 (KJV) Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.

As we drove home from church last Sunday, The Hubster and I enjoyed the fashion show that God is hosting. The trees were a myriad of fall colors: russet, bright orange, yellow...there was even a neon pink redbud! This spectacle won't last long; the seasons change so quickly.

This season of change applies to my life, as well. I am no longer identified as a cancer patient, or even a cancer warrior. I am a survivor, and put that chapter behind me. My hair is getting longer every day and soon I'll have my portacatheter removed.

Work for me now is nothing like before. I'm in a large office, full of people. For 15 years, I was alone at home. While my previous schedule was not terribly demanding, I am pulling 10-hour days and weekends. My brain is stretched and filled to capacity with much new knowledge.

God never changes. His love is steadfast...unmova…

A Month of Gratitude: Embrace the Place Where You Are

Psalm 133:1 (KJV) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

I grew up with itchy feet. Not from athlete's foot...from wanderlust. From as far back as I can recall, I wanted to travel.

Perhaps it was from all the books I read about faraway places. When I read about the Connecticut Yankee, Huckleberry Finn's Mississippi raft trip, Robinson Crusoe's island, or the gold prospectors in Michener's Alaska, I longed for similar adventures. My life seemed pretty stale in small-town Kansas.

I wanted to be out there, trying new things and really living. The world looks pretty inviting from far away; a beautiful blue planet chock-full of grand sights. As wonderful as Earth is, it can be a cold place when no one is around to share. I love to travel, but doing it alone sounds completely uninteresting.

When my family took summer vacations, I stared out the car windows, wishing I had a daredevil life. Instead, I should have been looking inside …