Great news! I have updated my "About" page on my website, and I received a new prayer request this morning. I am averaging over 600 hits a month and steadily growing. I am so glad I am back to writing and sharing. I had not done so for quite sometime. I think besides being so busy with life, I was sort of in a dark place without even realizing it. Satan is so sleek at times, and we have to be even wiser. This is why we need to remain in His Word daily, whether we feel like it or not. Pushing through and doing what is needed is the key. Not allowing our flesh to rule us is not an easy feat, by any means, but it is a necessity!
What is on your plate for today? I am heading out to Sam's Club to pick up some items for a project a friend of mine has put together to honor our men and women in blue. We are stuffing goodie bags and distributing them to the local precincts to show our gratitude for men and women who put their lives on the line for us each and every day. Kudos to my friend for thinking of this. She has worked very hard in getting people to join her in this effort. I look forward to being a part of it today.
I also need to get a gift certificate in the mail today. I feel so horrible about this, but I promised someone weeks ago I would contribute a donation for a worthy cause. I have yet to get the funds in the mail. Every day I say I am going to do it today, and then you know what happens ... what always happens! I get busy and before I know it the day is gone and I have not done it. Well today is the day! How horrible of me!
My son is supposed to start behind-the-wheel on Monday, but I have to say I am a bit frustrated with the company I choose to go with. They came highly recommended to me but I am having my doubts. I scheduled his driving classes over 3 weeks ago. They advised me they would be in touch prior to Monday to advise exactly where we needed to meet, etc. I have heard absolutely nothing from them and here it is Saturday. I have left a detailed message ... two days ago ... and I still have had no response. I will try again today as we need to get this taken care of. Please pray I have favor today!
My son went to a sleepover last night at a friend's house for their birthday. I love seeing this same set of friends striving to remain together even though they have graduated. I pray they continue to value their friendships and make the added effort to remain in touch over the years. I have been so hurt by people I thought were truly my friends for life, only to find out that it was not worth the effort on their part to keep in touch. I realize life takes over ... children, jobs, husbands, and the such ... but isn't friendships just as important. Without them, we can become very lonely in life. Children and jobs will someday be gone, and then what? I am sure somewhere along in life ... I know it for a fact ... that I have failed people as a friend. Now with age, however, I have realized just how valuable friendships are and they truly need to be cherished as a rare gem. Of course, I also have to accept that some people are in our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. It is not always our choice which season they are to share with us. I guess I am just sad at the people I would love to have held on to and have lost. I miss them!
It is amazing how God has touched the health of my brother who has Parkinson's. A few weeks back we thought for sure we were on our way to losing him. Now, he is back 100%. It is a joy to spend time with him, which I try to do every Monday evening. He is walking, talking, and tending to his own needs. He is good as gold, as the saying goes. If I have not said it before, I will say it again ... what an awesome God we serve! Amen!
Sunday is a special day for my sister and her family. My brother-in-law is being ordained as an Elder in his church. This is a big deal for us. God has brought him so far over the years. I remember when ... but I remember this even more! God truly will meet us wherever we are in life if only we will surrender it all to Him and become willing vessels. He cannot change a mindset ... remove addictions ... heal the body ... place forgiveness in our hearts for others ... forgive us our trespasses ... and so much more if we do not give Him something to work with. He is willing but the flesh is not! Cry out for Him today and allow Him to bring you peace you never thought you would ever have ... allow Him to be your anchor during the storms! He is standing there with arms wide open. All you have to do is walk towards Him and allow His embrace to be the beginning of a new life. Today is the day of salvation as we are not promised tomorrow.
Lastly, here is another excerpt from the book my mom gave me in 1978 entitled "To Be A Woman" ...
Yesterday, a lovely child
Enchanting those she meets,
Pouring tea for favorite dolls
Begging Mom for sweets . . .
All too soon a leggy girl
Discovering boys and clothes,
Spending hours before a mirror
Powdering her nose . . .
Presently a woman grown,
A tender bud unfurled,
Ready now to prove herself
Before a watchful world!
(D. J. Faulhaber)
Enjoy your day!