"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."
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!
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