** 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}} **

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WORD-FILLED WEDNESDAY





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



I'm usually so glad to finally see and feel the beginnings of fall! The bright colored leaves, the brisk, cooler temperatures, especially at night, and all the wonderful fall activities I love so much. It has ALWAYS been my most favorite time of the year, second only to the few weeks surrounding Christmas.

However, this year, it has been very different. Even though each individual day seems to last an eternity, I can't help but notice how quickly the days (actually, the whole year!) are passing by. Although I could not wait for summer and its hot, humid and sticky days to be over and done with and I had been looking SO forward to my beloved FALL, this year it just hasn't been quite the same.

I think part of it is because I have been so sick that I have spent almost every day of the last several weeks in bed. I also think it is because I have been spending a HUGE portion of my time alone.

The start of college and working on the weekends has consumed most of Morgan's time, so she has been away a lot. That has been hard on her Mama! I really miss her! Plus, as always, fall is a crazy busy time as far as high school marching band is concerned. This is the 5th year we've had a child in it, so you'd think I'd be used to it by now, but this year it has been unusually difficult. Along with her sister, Rebekah also has been gone a ton because of the extensive practices, weekly games and marching competitions. Then, although I am SO thankful my husband has a wonderful job with awesome benefits, he works in Alabama (we live in GA) and has to leave home around 5:30 or 6:00 am and often does not get home until 7:00 or 8:00 in the evening.

That is A LOT of time to be alone. To think. And to think. And to have a lot of one person pity parties.

I try to stay positive. I try to remember that I'm really not alone. I try to concentrate on the fact the Lord really DOES have a purpose and a plan for me and my life and that all of this is part of it. But some days are just SO hard! Some days I have such a hard time understanding how any of this has purpose or could possibly fit into any plan! But, I know that I am not God and I can't see the big picture in His plan for His Kingdom. So, I just cling to the promise that He DOES have a purpose for me and my life. I cling to the hope He gives me. And remember that He is not finished with me yet.

I would really appreciate your continued prayers. On the weekend of October 8th, Rebekah has a band competition in North Georgia. David and I are trying to plan a belated celebration for our 20th Anniversary
(just an extra few days stay, ALONE in a nice area hotel up there in the mountains) to coincide with the competition. I would like to ask that you specifically pray that we can work out all the details that will make it possible for me to be able to make this very special trip and that the new meds I'm taking will help me feel well enough to go. This is a HUGE request but I know anything is possible with God!!

Thanks so much!

{{HUGS}}


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13 comments:

Sanders Family said...

I have a high school daughter, also. It does feel like they are gone an awful lot sometimes.

Denise said...

Asking God to bless you with strength, peace, wellness, and much freedom over the feelings of depression sweetie. You are loved. Asking God to let things work out for your trip you are planning.

Deb said...

You know I love your choice of scripture for WFW!!! You're in my prayers that you get to celebrate with your hubby in good health! In His Love...Deb

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh dear sweet Teresa,
I came over for WFW. I was so touched by your post. I am so sorry you are having such a rough time right now. And though my year hasn't been physically demanding it has been spiritually demanding and financially demanding. I understand your confusion and pain. And I have to stand with you and agree that we both have to have faith and trust. I know he will see you through this. If our sister Denise is praying for you then you are Blessed. There are many days that her sweet words of encouragement were the only ones that have gotten me through. I am praying right now that our Father will bathe you in his love. And that he will give you back your health so that you can get up and get out and begin to enjoy.
I am praying for you sweetie. I'll come back by for another visit.
Praying you have a Blessed Thursday. Come by and visit me.
Hugs,
Sherry

Mimi said...

I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

Hugs & love,
Mimi

Amydeanne said...

happy WFW!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Praying that the new meds work and you will be able to go and enjoy...

septembermom said...

I will pray that you'll be able to go my dear friend. Your positivity is amazing considering all that you go through. God bless you and your family.

casiphia said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and it has touched me. I will add you in my prayers. I too have 2 teenage children. My oldest 17 has been living with his dad in OH since the beginning of last school year. He decided to stay for we thought he would have opportunity to start college early but that fell through. My daughter 16 works with the football team as a manager trainer. Our youth Pastor calls her a hydration specialist. It hasn't been easy not having them around more and I dearly miss my son but he wanted to get to know his dad better and God has allowed that opportunity and I do text and call a lot. I find getting older isn't easy for health/physical things but so far God has given me much. As you stated you are not alone for God is always with us and through your blog you have many people who care and are with you too. I'm glad I clicked on your name through Ms. Deb's blog (Jeremiah 29:11) and I'll be stopping by a lot more. Thanks for your inspiration and may God keep on blessing you and giving you strength. In Christ... Robin

Cathy said...

Praying you will be able to go celebrate your anniversary ~ Praying for God's healing touch ~ I am alone most all the time, but I stay too busy on this computer with my Christian friends. And I know that God is with me. I love that pretty picture and verse. It is a good one for you to keep in mind. Blessings ~

Kerri said...

Beautiful post. I feel the same way so many days. I love our blog. Praying you can make it out to celebrate your anniversary next weekend!!

Ashleigh said...

I'm so sorry to hear you are going through a tough time. Loneliness (even though we are never truly alon), is still hard! I'll pray for God to be your strength during that weekend.

In Christ,
Ashleigh

Crown of Beauty said...

Dear Teresa,
This post so moved me...can't describe how I feel after reading it. I can identify with you. Even though we do not have four seasons here in the Philippines, I know enough of life in the West because I went through 12 years in a school that uses the American curriculum... and like you, Fall is also my favorite season.

It has a lot of significance for me - the falling leaves, the bare trees standing ready for winter and the new growth of spring, the harvest festivals, Thanksgiving...so many wonderful analogies that we can apply to our spiritual journeys.

But I appreciated the honesty of your words. When we are transparent to others, it makes it easier for them to relate, to come close, to sit quietly with you, to offer not words but a depth of silence that will hopefully bring comfort to a lonely friend's heart.

I offer all that to you as I end here.

He promises to restore and repay all the years that the locust has eaten.

Love
Lidj

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