** Due to the increasing severity of MY ILLNESS, it has become impossible for me to continue to post on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as much as I desperately long to, I am also unable to visit each of your blogs often or reciprocate all the loving, supportive comments many of you continue to leave - even though at times it may appear as though you've arrived at some long ago, forsaken blog! With that said, I really want you to know that I miss every single one of you and that I really am still here! I'm just too sick and too weak most days to be able to sit up long enough to create a brand new post...or even read one. However, I absolutely do receive AND read every new encouraging word you leave (and, often, the old ones, again and again!) and I cherish them now more than ever! I truly appreciate your love, support, and, most importantly, your precious time spent on your knees in prayer for my family and me. It ALL means the world to me and I am truly blessed to have friends like you!
~Hugs and Sister Love, Teresa

FYI: All comments come to my email, which I can easily read on my phone. I also enjoy Facebook on my phone because I can catch up on A LOT in a very short time there. Soooo, if you're on Facebook, come 'friend' me there! {{HUGS}} **

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

I'm sure glad it's 'Thankful Thursday' because I desperately needed to stop and take some time to think about the things I'm thankful for in my life right now. I have been going through a really rough patch lately and decided I would throw myself a pity party!

Nope, I didn't send out any invitations so you didn't miss anything. There have been no festive decorations or beautifully wrapped gifts. I haven't even been able to keep down much of the food I've had during this great big blubbering bash. That part really stinks, too! No, it has just been me, here all by myself, feeling sorry for poor, poor pitiful me.


Yes, I understand that things could be far worse. I'm aware there are people whose circumstances are much, much rougher than mine. I know that I have so many things to be thankful for. I really do. However, the fact remains that I have been having an extremely hard time the last few weeks - physically, spiritually and emotionally. Actually, it has really been since I became so very sick this last time. It seems as though each time that I develop yet ANOTHER infection, I'm a little worse than I was the time before. I have to stay in the hospital a little while longer than I did the last. It just starts to wear on you after a while. I'm just so tired of being sick.

Anyway, I AM very thankful for so many things. I DO have to remember that. I have to remember that my Lord continues to bless me every day and that His grace is ALWAYS sufficient.

Right now I am truly thankful for:

1) Jesus Christ. I must cling to Him each new day. He IS my Redeemer.

2) My husband and my 2 youngest daughters. They have given up almost every facet of their lives in order to help care for me. I don't know where I would be right now without them.

3) My extended family. Each member is amazing and I am incredibly blessed by each and every one of them.

4) My continued relationship with my oldest daughter. She called me again last night and it blessed my soul to hear her voice. I love all my girls so much.

5) My life. I have been through some rough waters over the last few weeks but I am still alive. I am living. I just want to feel like I'm living again.

I would really appreciate it if each of you would keep my family and me in your prayers. We really need it right now. I hope to get over my slump and get back to writing more soon. Thank each of you who continue to come to this little blog of mine. Thank you for your love and support as you read and comment. It means more than you can possibly know. {{HUGS}}

Please join Alyssa at TRUTH 4 THE JOURNEY to see what she and others are thankful for today.


Lamonica Epps said...

I really enjoyed reading your blog post. No matter how hard things get keep trusting in God no matter what. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for your kindness.

Samantha said...

Praying for you sweet one and your dear family.
Thanks for sharing your list today, God bless !

Ter said...

I, too, have been in quite a slump. I have so much going on in my head that I can't sort it all out. I've been having a few pity parties this week too.

Take care of your self... (my dog just rolled over and said "rub my belly, that'll make you feel better" and so it will... and so it will.)

Amandasaurus said...

You have every right to throw as many pity parties as you like, m'dear. As always, I'm amazed by your eye for the silver lining.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I 'm paying for you and you family.
I'm thinking of you.
hugs hugs

Tammy Howard said...

I am sorry you are hurting, but very glad you still found it in yourself to be thankful.

That is hope, my friend.

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

Nothing wrong with throwing yourself the occasional pity party, just don't party too hard and invite us next time! I continue to pray that you regain your health and for your family. much love to ya!

I Wonder Wye said...

I know the hardness of chronic illnessl having lived with a rare cancer since the '80s, undergoing 11 major surgeries, and having to go on disability and becoming slightly handicapped -- but there are so many blessings in this life, that one can overcome it. Feel free to adopt my motto: this too shall pass
When things get hard........

Stopping by from SITS!

Judy Harper said...

Thinking about you! Doesn't seem like much to say, but I do hope the best for you and just know, you are a special person and from your list, you have a great family!

Lacey said...

Thank you for visiting and your nice words. :)

Lindsay said...

Hi Teresa!

I'm so inspired to see that even though you're going through an incredibly rough time, you still take the time to be thankful for such wonderful things. Sounds like you have an amazing spirit!!

We're keeping you and your family in our prayers! Hope that you get to feeling well soon. Take care!!

Great big bear {{{ HUGS! }}}

xo Linds

Emma said...

Hi Teresa, thanks so much for visiting! Have a great weekend!

AquarianJwl said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some bloggy love. =)
~ AquarianJwl

Lindsay said...

Hi Teresa! Thanks for the comment about Private Practice - I'm definitely intrigued and plan on starting on it on Hulu this Monday. We'll see how caught up I can get before Thursday!! haha :)

Hope you're having a fantastic weekend!

Karen said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

You have such a great list of things you're thankful for. I try to remember to be thankful for things, but sometimes it's hard. Thanks for the gentle nudge.

Dee said...

You are so strong.

Will be thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

I hope you feel better. :(

classroom fundraiser said...

What a wonderful outlook on life you have....bravo to you!

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

I am so sorry that you are going through such a difficult time. Keeping a list of those things we are thankful for is always such a great idea. Wishing you the best.

Deb said...


Praying for you and your family.

So sorry that things are rough for you right now.

He's hanging on to you.

And He won't let go.

He loves you so much.

Sweet dreams.

Andi said...

You have the right attitude - finding the things you are thankful for rather than focusing on the negative. But I do love your pity-party graphic - too cute!

Crown of Beauty said...

Dear Teresa,
Thank you for sharing so honestly about how you feel.

There are things to still be thankful for in spite of what you're going through, and your Thankful Thursday list is such a blessing.

Praying for a double dose of JOY... may you be strengthened and refreshed in your spirit.


Mark and Kathryn said...

Sometimes it seems like it takes the hard times in order for us to be able to see the things we should be thankful for, which is always so much!

I hope you feel better soon!!!


Cara and Jenn said...

Keep counting your blessings...sending you prayers and good vibes! Be well.

Rbarakat said...

You are so inspiring, said a little prayer for you. God bless you and hang in there - keep refelcting on the things you are thankful for! Awesome!

Thank you for visiting me- you're comments were very sweet. ((hugs))

Katy and Ross said...

Your pity party picture made me smile :) (Not the right reaction, but it is a cute picture!)

Traci Michele said...

I just said a pray for you and your family just now! I just love you! Feel better sweetie!

If you feel up to it, will you stop by and tell me your thoughts on "Live Birth"... according to TN law?


Courtney said...

Bless your heart!
These verses have been in my mind a lot lately ironically. However, despite your situation... God is faithful! He is a God that provides and He is a God of miracles. In times of trial all we can do is TRUST in Him, and I'll be praying for you and your husband!!

Thank you for being so optimistic, and such an encouragement!
In Him


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