The Countdown Begins

October 12, 2008 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

My step-dad is home from Iraq.

This visit signals the time where we wait, for sure, to see if it’s truly God’s will for my Mom to join him in Iraq.

Eight days left.  And…a lot of “what ifs” I can’t waste energy asking.

Today,we celebrated my two children’s birthdays that fall these two months today so that they could take part.  I fixed a quick lunch (thanks to frozen meals…again…man!  that was such a good investment of my time, the 2-3 meals I stuck away and doubled!  I entertained at the drop of a hat.  Nothing fancy, mind you, but enough.)

Anyway, if God wills, Mom flies out next Monday to Houston for testing and from there, if all goes well (and we expect it will) to Iraq for…up to a year?

All this to say, there are those times when God is good, and your normal is just more weird than usual.  Thsi is one of those times.

My normal right now takes more energy than my usual weird “normal”.

Some days, I’m tired just waking up.

But, I am so thankful…for I know that I can rely on the Lord.  When I call out “Help me, I’m not enough”, He always does.

I sure don’t feel like the brightest star in the sky–my spirit is breathing more deeply and it takes more energy to self sustain, but I am still, according to His word, a star that shines brightly in the universe as I hold out the word of life.  (I Timothy).

That makes me very happy to know–even in those slump times when I feel like I’m waning.


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