Saturday, January 9, 2010

Returning to blogging with reflections, renewal & rejuvenation

I woke up this morning thinking about all that has occurred over the past 3 years. Circumstances and situations from late 2008 and through 2009 were weighing upon my heart. Seems that so much has occurred within that time frame.
  • Marcus' untimely death in November '08
  • David's possibly avoidable death in December '08
  • Scare with Doug regarding what thankfully was not a heart attack
  • My sister and her family moving out of town
  • Moderate-injury of my shoulder that caused a lot of aggravation and inconvenience
  • The AMAZING mission trip to Jamaica
  • A successful hosting of "Easter Sunday" with a huge number of family members
  • An enjoyable 1st sleepover at my house with both nephews and my niece
  • Re-connecting with my older sister after years of non-communication
  • Re-discovering old friends via Facebook
  • An ever-increasing deepening of my own relationship with God
  • Marital struggles that seemed inevitably to end badly yet God has blessed us with a sense of renewal and re-commitment
  • My brother, Kevin, being seriously injured while on-duty as a policeman
  • The miraculous births of Chloe, Riddick, Marcus, Sam and Joshua accompanied by the sadness of Joshua's death.
  • Amazing displays of faith exhibited by the following families during times of tragedy, illness, and loss: Turner, Hager, Smithies, Hall, Morrison, Graves, and Nolley.
  • Devastating physical, emotional, and mental repercussions from pharmaceutical/medicinal mistakes that led to deepening depression, a short-term hospitalization, and an extended-leave-of-absence from work due to "SSRI Discontinuation Withdrawal Syndrome"
  • The amazing "virtual friendships" established through blogging with many wonderful people including Carol, Denise, Gail W., Laura, Leila, Liz, Paula, Sande, Sue, and Tina.
  • The opportunity for "closure" with my dad before his expected, though untimely death on Christmas Eve '09 followed by a 'surreal experience' at his memorial services on New Year's Eve.

What a journey it has been. While thinking on these things, God allowed me a supernatural awareness and led me to His Words that have truly enlivened my heart, mind, and just to get my body to follow :o).

Due to time constraints, I must close for now but looking forward to returning with the blessed insights that God showed me this morning.


  1. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Gosh. When it rains it pours. Speachless.