Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Making the Best of It

I am feeling much better from the nasty cold I have, but was really still too sick to do much yeserday. I am not known for restraint when it comes to exercise. I LOVE to walk, bike, run, kayak -- in some people's eyes to excess...But this cold was...is... a terrible one, and I must be better by Sunday since we are traveling Thanksgiving week. Also, we are almost out of Kleenex.

So I forced myself to stay inside resting and working on my manuscript, even though the sun beckoned and crisp fall leaves are at the height of their beauty. I drank lots of tea, ate chicken noodle soup, and put my feet up. As the day progressed, I felt more worn out and was grateful I had not gone for a walk. That would have done me in! Still. It is hard to be an invalid.

I scrolled through Facebook, and saw many posts about people who needed prayer. One really touched me. A little boy with a chronic health issue was in the hospital for the 5th time in 2 weeks. He needed encouragement, and prayer. Since I can't go on long walks, I have plenty of time to pray. I told this little boy that I have been in the hospital a lot this year as well, and it is not a whole lot of fun. However, I told him I was praying that something unexpected and wonderful would happen while he was there. Look for it!

This advice was for me as much as the little boy. When life is not going exactly as you hope and plan, there are still wonders and miracles as the grand purpose of the Creator unfolds. Look for it! An amazing thing I have noticed in my journey with cancer, a broken rib, a frozen shoulder, and now a nasty cold is that when you expect to see God and His blessings, you do.

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Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

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