Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Where's the Off Switch

I am sitting here tonight wishing that I was sleepy. I have to get up and go to work in the morning and need to rest. The problem: I can't seem to locate the OFF switch to my thoughts tonight.

I noticed that a couple of other people commented on Facebook that they were having the same dilemma. So, I thought maybe it would help me to shut down if I expressed some of the things swirling around my head.

My heart seems to be heavy for all the heartache and sickness I see within my circle of friends lately. Almost every day brings news of someone going through a trial or facing challenges they didn't expect to face.

*The friend who lost her mother to illness two days before Christmas.

*Our friends who buried their father in the summer and had to bury their grandfather yesterday.

*Long time family friends who face uncertainty as their mom/sister/daughter/wife/grandmother begins her battle with glioblastoma.

*Our brother-in-law's hospitalized father.

*Family members who are fighting to have their young daughter be a part of their family despite efforts by others to keep her from them.

*Sweet young friend battling cancer for the third time in 2 years.

*Friends who face financial crisis.

*The toddler daughter of a friend hospitalized tonight after a routine surgery because recovery is not going well.

And that is the short list. Is it any wonder that my mind is racing and reeling? I know that I need to release the burden of these things and let Jesus take over. Ask anyone who knows me, though. I am a control freak, emphasis on the freak!

I would do well to remember the words of the Psalmist"

"My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me."

Monday, December 6, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

26. Family who take care of me when I'm sick.

27. Friends who take care of me when I'm sick.

28. My pellet stove. Warmth.......awwww.

29. Psalms......what a treasure.

30. Answered prayer.

31. My sister Rhonda, celebrating her birthday today.

32. Christmas trees in three rooms of my home.

33. Crushed ice from Sonic.

34. My children.