2008 Reflections

December 31, 2008 at 9:07 pm (Decorative Painting, Scripture References)

I no longer make New Year’s Resolutions.  I end up breaking them shortly after making the statements in public.  I do however, look back then look forward; choosing specific goals important to me after I’ve reflected on my recent/present life.  This is my reflection… goals will come later.

Three Scripture verses came to my mind as I sat to write this blog-all from the Old Testament.  While I am certainly grateful to be living under Grace, when I struggle, I am often drawn to O.T. passages.  The God of the Old Testament is a strong warrior-deliverer.  I’ve needed a warrior this year!

“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”  Isaiah 64:8

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22,23

Blessings

  • For the first time in 49 years, I actively practiced fasting
  • I started journaling as I studied the Word
  • My prayer life came to life again
  • I continued to grow as a decorative artist-I designed a few pieces
  • I lost 25 pounds — from September 2007 — most of it coming off when I got my eliptical in January 2008
  • My children continue to move forward in their lives
  • Danny and I were married 28 years in May
  • God blessed Danny and I financially — we were able to pay all of our bills and are practically debt-free!
  • We found a church — Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • I started charting music and singing for no other reason except that it makes me smile
  • I beat Sacha in Facebook Scrabble  (Libby too, but she has mush for brains because she has a new baby)

Challenges

  • My MS has greatly progressed in 2008 — I also have what the doctors think is a glioma on my brain — they are monitoring its growth
  • I have severe arthritis in my back
  • Along with medical issues, I have “medicine” issues.  I have to balance what medicine I need to take with what I can do without!
  • I struggled at times with anxiety attacks and have worked to control them
  • When I don’t get an answer from the Lord, I get frustrated and sometimes angry
  • I have made the difficult decision to stop playing the piano for the school district after this school year is over
  • I have not always been rock-steady through all of life’s challenges
  • I have struggled to stop “mothering” my darling kids.  They are 23 and 26 for goodness sakes!!!
  • I have issued a challenge to myself — 21 days straight of 30 minutes on my eliptical and 15 minutes of yoga… 3 down-18 to go!

Lord, I claim your promises.  While I know you love me, your mercy and grace continue to surprise me.  I am overwhelmed to know that you are my warrior, my sustainer, my provider, my healer.  I love you.   I am waiting for direction.  I will be faithful in 2009.  No matter what happens to my physical body, within my spirit, may you find me faithful. 

Summer Angel

Spring Angel

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