Posts Tagged ‘blessings’

I want to thank everyone who has visited my blog for the encouraging comments and support. Blogging is my favorite hobby, and I feel very blessed that so many of you have signed up to follow my posts via e-mail or have returned repeatedly despite my haphazard posting schedule. I’ve been distracted by family matters during the last few months, but things are settling down and I’m hoping for a more normal posting pattern in the upcoming year.

Rather than making a New Year’s Resolution post with promises to myself that I probably won’t keep, I’ve decided to list a few of the blessings I’ve received during the past year. Being grateful for what I have and for what I’ve accomplished is more important to me than listing things I wish I could change. So, not necessarily in order of importance, here are the top 10 blessings 2011 brought to me:

I’ve learned to trust that God’s plans are better than my plans.

My husband survived a delicate heart procedure.

My kids have been home to share the good times as well as the tough ones.

I am physically in better shape than I’ve been in several years.

My family and friends have been unwavering in their support through some difficult times.

There is currently nothing I really need that I don’t have or can’t get.

The future looks bright for my 3 children.

My 91-year-old mother is in good health.

I’ve made the decision to focus on the positive in every situation rather than on the negatives, and so far I’ve been able to stick with that decision.

I’ve realized that some things just aren’t important enough to waste my life worrying about.


None of these things relate to writing—that’s somewhere farther down my list of blessings. Due to the fact I haven’t been writing anything, I have no accomplishments to list in that area. However, I do still have a passion for the book I was working on last year, and I’m determined to devote more time to writing during 2012.  (That’s not a Resolution! It’s a goal. 😉 )


At Grandmother's house


What are some of the things you’ve been blessed with during 2011? Do you have some goals for 2012 you’d like to share? Did you have a pleasant holiday season this year?


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A good suspense novel is full of unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes there are clues leading up to the climax, but their meaning isn’t clear until we’re close to the end of the story. Sometimes the clues prepare us for what’s to come, so events make sense as they unfold. At the crucial point, however, something always happens to up the stakes for the main characters and to make readers wonder about the final outcome. Life is like that, too.

My family’s story took an unexpected turn last week. Though we’d seen the clues and thought we knew how to avoid the crisis they foretold, we weren’t prepared for what happened. Faced with a no-win scenario, we chose to trust in God and the doctor’s skill rather than accept the inevitable dénouement. Praise God it was the right decision.

Today is my 29th wedding anniversary. Thanks to our merciful God and the prayers of my family and friends, my husband is alive to share it with me.

Thank you for your prayers and good wishes in our time of need.


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