Our daughters are gifts to us! Children are sent from God. Not everyone nor do I always remember that they were sent into my life to be life companions and to bring joy along with heart ache. As I write this, I think of mothers & fathers who don’t get to have their children in their lives. Just a year ago a little girl had a seizure while driving. Her car drove off into some sheet grass where it the exhaust started the car on fire. The young driver never awoke from the smoke that then started the car on fire. What a tragic loss.
As I write this I think of young girls who are abducted and murdered. My heart breaks for the Tibbitts family as they deal with the fact that their precious child was murdered.
My heart goes to a scene along side a rushing river as we waited to hear they found my little cousin of 17 years old. She was found 7 miles away tangled in debris of the river. Oh how this little girl was so beautiful. Each of these amazing young women had dreams and so many who loved them. Each situation different but the loss real!
We struggle to understand why these horrible things happen. In my home I have a plaque that states the following “Enjoy life because it has an expiration date!” What a terrible thought and yet it is so true. We need to grab life and not get caught up on not living. unfortunately it is easy to put off life based off of goals.
As I think of the young ladies it hurts to think they did not get to marry, they did not get to have children, they did not get to say good-bye to their families and they left way too soon.
One was taken from a fluke issue, one at the hands of another and one to nature of the water. All still impact and will continue to impact all of us.
our Brittany was beautiful. A petite little girl with the most amazing spirit who had gone to France with her mother and French Club that summer. She would have been a senior.
Molly I can only imagine was excited about her education to be a physiologist as she would have been a junior in College.
Liliana was an athlete who spent her last summer as a guard at the local swimming pool. The little kids loved her. She would have been a senior in high school.
Taken to soon. A tribute to each of these amazing young women who are sorely missed today and always
You know we all have asked this question! Why do bad things happen to good people? We are fallible! We can be self destructive! Becoming emotional hurt can hardened Our best expectations sometimes fall short of what we should see for Gods outcome.
Today is one of those days when you wonder why things happen to good people? Well I write this I taken to a road way where ambulances are gathered with medical personnel and Highway Patrol. The chopper above. Yes it is auto accident that will claim both victims. One unknown high on drugs and the other a man who had a huge impact in his community. The other man of only 22 years who was loved is now gone.
Another scene three girls and a mother mourn the loss of their father who gives up on life. Tired of the fight of depression takes his own life. Later that year the mother is claimed by an auto accident and leaves three children now without either parents.
All the people above are missed today and all had impact! All those of loss still need hope! As I go forward today and I remember the hurt of loss I am reminded that God has a plan for each! I sometimes do not understand why things happen but I know that healing comes to of us who deal with the question. “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We call on God when we are in need instead of needing him always as a daily companion. I very guilty of this! We all can think of situations when bad things have happened to us or to others. As I personally go through today I am trying to let go and allow for healing.
But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish
My brother Scotty loves corn dogs! When we go to town we always end up at Scotty’s Drive Inn and buy 2 corn dogs and always asked for Mustard & Ketchup. When Scotty gets that bag it is on. He has a plan! He has the mustard packet ripped then he goes for the ketchup! Let me just say here that this is not car food! Scotty does not talk! He just eats!
Just like Scotty I know what I like too! As we all do! When I was pregnant with both girls I craved french fries and chicken gravy from a specific restaurant. I was reminded today of the french fries in a conversation with my husband. We at times in life accept things that become part of our habits. I was raised in tough times and Dad could not afford to take us to the doctors. So I am not good at taking care of myself. In the past years I have become more lethargic and wiped out a lot. I ignore it and keep pushing myself.
I have been home since Friday night sick with what I thought at first was a cold. Each day I have gotten worse. I went to see the doctor today and she read through some lab work that I had done 14 months earlier. I was not fully aware of what those numbers meant. I am now awaiting new lab results and a phone consultation tomorrow after the tests come back. God has granted me more time here to know the true love of my husband, to be a mother, to be a daughter to parents who I really never did really know.
The people who I could have never imagined that would be part of my story! Blessings abound me! I have no idea what is ahead of me. I only know that God has been here through it all.
I am hoping I am headed toward recovery. To see each of our children grow up and be the women I hope they will be. I think my underlying health issues have a lot to do with my emotional state. I want to get well and actually not be exhausted all the time.
It is easy for me to put others ahead of me. This is good. Even when I am being e-rational about taking care of me I have tried to be the best person I could be in service of others.
Awareness of what is given leaves me thankful what God has given me. He knows my person! He knows my behavior and he knows my hour. I worry not about where I will go. I know that even though I am not perfect. Jesus is my savior. He comforts me and he is with me.
Change is inevitable with every year our lives change. This year we saw our daughter marry and have her first-born. I remember being deeply in love with my husband and the night he proposed and yet this was 34 years ago. Oh how I have changed! When I look in the mirror I can still see that girl who said yes! All though life changes our outer being the inner being still feels young without boundaries. It is only when I am playing with my children I realize that the shell is getting older.
Age is not always a welcome visitor. Vanity of what and who we perceive who we are changes with each passing year. I guess that is why we need to focus on who we are today. Today I am a better person because I have accepted I cannot do this life without Christ. This was the best change I made. I will forever be thankful for accepting Jesus as my savior and my sister-in-law and best friend Lorie who was there who prayed with me as I accepted Jesus. Embracing this change has been a lot like to evolution of me going from a young woman to the older woman I am today.
When we decide to accept and be thankful for what God has done in our lives it becomes really fun to see where that change will take me. I am set apart in the body of Christ. But being set aside does not mean that the challenges and changes I will embrace will always be fully understood at the time of these changes. We have to open our hearts up to what God has in store. So Embrace change today
I was thinking of all the brave people who triumph over great obstacles. David’s own people could not believe that he would defeat the Giant Goliath and help his people take back their land. And yet he did! His own brothers begged him to not go thru with this.
Yet David had prayed and was encouraged and sure of his decision. No one believed in David! Yet he was sure of his decision. He was brave against all obstacles. He was small, He was a Sheppard Boy, He was small, He was not a warrior, He was laughed at, He was told that he would die! Yet Goliath mocked him from a far, He even proclaimed to be God! He did not believe this little guy would knock him down and that the sword you demanded his servant to get would be the same sword David would use to take off his head with! David was victorious because he knew that God was with him. He knew that he would destroy the giant and that he would take back his land.
Being brave did not just happen. It was his faith! David knew that God would deliver him! In my life I have had brave moments! However never as brave as what God called David to do! He was in line with what God called him to do!
No matter our need for bravery God will be with us! Find comfort in knowing that God has a plan for your life!