As you know, it's been light fare here on the ol' blog lately. Honestly, I'd like to blame it on the fact that I am still in mourning over the passing of the best television series of all time,
Truth be told, it has absolutely nothing to do with that. In fact, I haven't thought about LOST in nearly a week. *gasp!*
I know, I know, my loyalty is showing. Excuse me a sec while I fix that . . .
Actually, things have been a bit rough around the Jubilant Household lately. It's been a rocky four or five weeks. I have had plenty of chances to prove that I am counting it all joy. I'm not sure how successful I've been, but it's a process. And I am working on it.
The Calm One had unexpected surgery and hospital stay and a scare over a possible second surgery (he's doing very well now, BTW, thank you for asking); we've had multiple run-ins with the bank that is handling our truck loan; internet and phone company issues; home security system issues and a host of other minor annoyances
like not having an income.
Now, I realize that in the grand scheme of things, my life is a cake walk. There are many, many people dealing with so many more heart-breaking life issues than I. And yet, the incredibly selfish part of me can't help but think that I wish the Rapture would happen so I won't have to deal with my particular aggravations any longer.
In the meantime, I'd like to recount the joyful and forget about the rest. Care to join me?
* The Calm One and I are a part of a really good couples' Bible study called Anger to Intimacy. It's all about learning to forgive and let go - especially in response to our spouses. I am enjoying learning from Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham. I am also grateful for the small group discussions that occur as a result of this study. It helps to know that The Calm One and I are not alone in facing the good and not-so-good challenges that a marriage brings.
* We survived the Chuck E. Cheese dual birthday party. The Cruise Director and The Affectionate One have birthdays one month apart and they both wanted to visit our local C.E.C establishment. While normally this would be an automatic "I don't think so Tim," we sucked it up and decided to brave the screeches and hoards of sticky fingers anyway. It was one of the more enjoyable birthday celebrations in recent memory. No joke. We went early Tuesday evening and practically had the place to ourselves. Now that's the way to do Chuck E. Cheese.
- enter hallelujah chorus here -
* While our hearts and minds have been preoccupied with life, our chickadees have remained happy and healthy and funny as all get out.
* We've had family and friends come to our rescue time and time again. They've been such blessings providing child care, food, prayers and much needed fellowship. Thank you Mom & Dad, Nanny & PaPaw, Tom & Krista, GGB, Mel & Lucy, our extended families and our church families at Velocity and Springfield A/G. While I long to be a blessing back to each and everyone of them, I just hope it's under better circumstances than we've found ourselves in this last month.
* Every time I think I cannot not go a step farther, cannot even open my eyes to a new day with it's hurts, fears and challenges, I pray and God provides His strength. Of course that doesn't mean there haven't been lots of tears and frustration along the way. But tears and frustration remind us that we are human. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is necessary, comforting and the way The Creator always intended for life to be. I am so glad that I do not have to rely on myself. I don't mind saying what a disaster that would be.
God is Good. All the time. And that's why I can count it all joy,