I love how our Lord is always there with us, even during a middle-of-the-night bathroom trip!
I woke up a bit sore and stiff. Maybe I AM getting a bit older, ha! Maybe I was lying in an odd position for too long. Maybe a change in the weather was on the horizon… who knows?! I got up and did the “my legs and hips hurt” shuffle all the way to the bathroom.
Confession time: moments like these make me angry! I could list a myriad of reasons all the way from self-pity to hatred of the devil. I was not about to accept this pain this night!! I literally wanted to swing my fists at something, as if connecting with a physical enemy might fix a possible spiritual problem.
On my way back to the warmth and comfort of my bed, I asked Jesus how He didn’t get mad as He was carrying the tree He was about to be crucified on up the steep hill of Golgotha. After all He had recently endured, how did He not lash out and begin swinging His fists and screaming at those watching and those causing Him pain? Continue reading “For the joy set before Him…”
The last year has been a whirlwind for me. I have had more things shake my secure little life than I can ever remember in years past. “Wait a minute”, you might say, “I remember when this or that happened. Certainly THAT was more disturbing than anything that happened this year.” Yes, yes the past always likes to rear it’s head and remind us of something we thought, at that time, we’d never get through. But I have survived all of that garbage and I am strong. I’m not afraid of satan’s reminders. He’s such a loser.
So why was this year different…. Even more difficult? I’m just learning myself. Let me share…
This was my oldest son’s senior year of high school. I honestly didn’t see it coming! Yes, I watched him grow everyday into this amazing young man, who I just can’t believe was given to me to raise. Certainly one of God’s greatest blessings on my life. It leaves me speechless. More than once in my life I’ve grabbed the hand of Denial and walked for miles and miles. This was one of those times… Continue reading “It’s time to fly…”
Last Friday I spent an amazing day with my honey in Great Falls. We were not there for any special occasion; we were not celebrating a certain anniversary, or birthday, or anything like that. Honestly, we were in town to get groceries. It was definitely not a “romantic” or celebratory trip at all, haha! However, I had the best day!
Just after we arrived in Great Falls, I reached over and touched Lonnie’s arm as he was driving and said, “I’m so happy to be spending the day with you in Great Falls. I’ve been lonely for you.” Those words, as they were escaping my lips, struck my heart in a very unexpected way. Continue reading “You are missing from me…”
One thing about our kids growing older is that as parents, we look a bit ridiculous going to the theater to watch cartoons without little kids. I’m not saying it has stopped me, I’m just sayin’… haha! However, I will admit that these trips are much less often than when the boys were younger. I remember well when they were still my “babies” and their room was all decorated with Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. My oldest son was a fan of Woody, my youngest of Buzz. We had the action figures, the VCR tapes (remember those?), the sheets and comforter sets, all of it! So, when Toy Story 3 came out in theaters, I was very excited. “The sequel!! Andy’s going to college…!” I announced, excitedly. My oldest son informed me that it was a little “creepy” how excited I was about this movie. Bah-humbug!! Or whatever you say when it’s not Christmas!! Anyway, we didn’t go. So, last spring during our month of rain, you can only imagine my excitement when Toy Story 3 was on TV! You can bet that movie was set up in our DVR schedule right away! I figured it would be a great movie for a rainy day, which we were having our share of, to say the least. I was planning a family evening with popcorn. What I got was a very good lesson from ol’ Woody and Buzz. For those of you that haven’t been fortunate enough to see this movie, let me give you a bit of a recap. Continue reading “To Infinity and Beyond!!”