Thankful Thursday – The Gratitude Edition

Howdy Friends!

It’s a little late in the day, and we’re preparing for yet another, late evening snow shower extravaganza. Just about this time last month we experienced 38 inches of the igloo building, stick-to-your-face, horizontal blowing, flaky stuff.  It was truly a winter wonderland! My little one’s still pretty excited about seeing her first real accumulation, building life-sized snowmen with her neighbors, and eating S’mores.

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Yikes! Raise both hands if that’s you #5…

Blizzards tend to cause major cities to cease all normal operations, with its citizens making the customary mad dash to the gas station, grocery and grown-up beverage store in that order to stock up on supplies. Our sleepy town is no different, and the local news station does nothing to quell the sense of mad hysteria that seems to grip the sanest of my neighbors.

I’m going to sit this storm out, and not act like the zombie apocalypse is happening tonight. Partly due to my recovery from a major health crisis. Mostly due to the irony that I now see that everything I really need is already here. Yes, we’ll have to get creative with a few pantry and cupboard items, but oh well… I’m humbled and grateful for all I have, and will never take any of it for granted again.

*On that note, are Rice Krispy Treats considered breakfast food?




Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday friends.  I’ve really missed you!

2016 has raced to an adventurous start by throwing the most unwelcome curve ball into my happy, drama-free, planned out life.  An earlier post, The Invisible Introvert, explains my primal need for mental, physical and spiritual order.  After experiencing quite a bit of discomfort during the holidays, Yours truly dutifully went to the doctor for an explanation. “Just the creaks of middle age,” I soothed my children.  One visit quickly ruled out continuing my pain control regimen.  After explaining the ongoing symptoms, I only heard snippets of my doctor’s diagnosis as we reviewed my test results.

Health crisis.  Operation.  As soon as possible.  Her words snaked through my brain and into my ears, but it took every bit of concentration to hold onto my husband’s hand.  I left the hospital shaken, with a surgery date, paperwork listing an encyclopedia’s amount of procedures to undergo, and very little time to emotionally prepare my children, immediate family and most importantly MYSELF!  Ensuing days became so chaotic I’d turn off my cell phone and email for quiet time, and to gather my thoughts.  Most days when fear threatened and tears escaped, I’d remind myself again and again that God was in control. Deep breaths Crystal, I said to myself each day until surgery.  Extended family, friends and co-workers became puzzled by my distance.  Some gently inquired while others weren’t so gentle, and oddly enough a few just created their own explanation for my absence.  When pressed for news, I simply asked for prayer for me and my family.

While being prepped for general anesthesia, my husband kissed me, smiled, and told me how much he loved me.  It was the last thing I remember before waking up in recovery.  Two weeks later I’m up and walking around on wobbly legs, and happy to report that surgery was a success!  Thank You Jehovah Rapha (the Lord that Heals) for answering prayer, and for healing my physical and emotional needs.  Your Word says:

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.   James 5:13-16 ESV.



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