Thursday, December 30, 2010

A time of Reflection

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a brand new year!  I know I am!  Although this year has had its challenges, I do have many things to be thankful for.

First of all I have a the MOST amazing husband who has stood by my side these past 10 years.  He has been so amazing during this difficult season of our lives.  I could not do this without him.  I mean it when I say that I love him more today than I did 10 years ago.

Secondly, I am so very blessed to have my parents still with me.  So many of my friends do not have their parents anymore, so I know how fortunate I am.  I do not take this for granted.  I love them with all my heart.  They are always there for me no matter what.  It just proves, not matter how old you are, you are never too old to need your mom and dad!

I am also so very fortunate to have some of the best friends a girl could ask for!  These women have cried with me, laughed with me, cleaned my house, sat by my bedside, held my hand, cooked meals for my family,  driven me to the doctor, done my shopping, prayed with me and for me, they have done it all!  Melanie, Anne, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Cheryl, Mindy, Amy, Carolyn, Sarah, Lynda, Jo, Sylvia, Pam, Cindy,  Renee, Tonia, Cristi, and many, many more!  I love you all so very much!

I am also so grateful for my medical team both in Dayton and at Indiana.  While I am very frustrated that my illness is not better, I am glad that I have a team that at least understands me.

During my quiet time yesterday, I opened up to Psalm 96 and I thought I would share it with everyone.

Sing a new song to the Lord!
      Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

 Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
      Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
      Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
      He is to be feared above all gods.
The gods of other nations are mere idols,
      but the Lord made the heavens!
Honor and majesty surround him;
      strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

 O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;
      recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!
      Bring your offering and come into his courts.
 Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
      Let all the earth tremble before him.
 Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
      The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
      He will judge all peoples fairly.

 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
      Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
      Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise
 before the Lord, for he is coming!
      He is coming to judge the earth.

 He will judge the world with justice,
      and the nations with his truth.   

Finally, Hugh and I got the pleasure of meeting our daughter, Chelsea's, boyfriend over the Christmas holiday.  His name is Corey.  He is in the Marines and is currently stationed in North Carolina.  However, he will be deploying to Afghanistan in August.  

We have also learned that Chelsea and Corey are expecting our first grandchild in August.  We ask that you keep them in your prayers.  

 Chelsea and Corey

Hugh, Ben, Mom, Me, Dad

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