Pammie, gave me this gift when I met her - I think it was in 2006 or 2007. It has been on the counter between the kitchen and dining room - where I see it every day - since then.
It is a wonderful reminder. Sometimes I think my problems are too ordinary and boring for God to be interested in. But I know that my constant nagging and pleading is OK with God - and he has never let me down me before. It is also a wonderful reminder that I am not alone.
I was supposed to be in the pool 16 minutes ago. I don't know how I am going to write this and get there - and get to work. Last night I looked at my blog and could not write one word. It looks like, for now, I need to write in the morning and deal with the rest of the things I need to do. I know this can change because there have been times when I have written at night and it worked. Just not right now.
My "normal" daughter has had health problems since the middle of December. It is so shocking to be worried about her. It started with a deep vein thrombosis in her leg. Yesterday she was sent for a CT scan, where they did find a pulmonary embolism. I was shocked that they sent her away with a PE. She has oral meds and injections she has to take twice a day for another month. She said she would text me when she gets up this morning, and I am anxiously awaiting the text. I wish I had asked her what time to expect that text. I tried to get her to stay with me last night - but she is as independent as her mother is. She looked at me like I was nuts. I understand, daughter, I really do.
There are so many serious things brewing around me. I need to "be there" for those people who need me (even if they don't know it) and turn to God for my strength. Left to my own devices, I cannot handle any of this. But I know that no problem is too big for God and it will be OK. Nothing may be the way I want it, but it will be OK.