Shalom, All and Happy New Year. I cannot believe it is now 2019 – 19 years past the time the world was supposed to end or computers were to crash or some dread thing was going to happen. But…here we are, 19 years later and by the grace and mercy of the One True God, we are alive and moving on.
I am thankful for that – the being alive and moving on part. We all have our moments when we are not sure we want to continue but if we stop and count our blessings, there is more than enough reason to move on and celebrate life. One of my biggest blessings is my nineteen year old granddaughter – Amber. She isn’t the only grandchild we have but she is the one that has been here the most consistently and she always brings joy and love and lots of laughter. Maybe it’s because her family is crazy, but we do have a good time together and I love that.
Amber’s parents, my son and his wife, are a huge part of my life. They are the only ones of our six children that live here in Oklahoma City so they are the only ones close enough to help me when I need it and for me to help them. We do things together – and apart – and we’ve had a good time together. I’ve watched them as they’ve grown from newly weds to an old married couple and I’ve seen them grow in each other and that brings me great joy. I am thankful for them.
I am also thankful for my sister-in-the-Lord that lives with me. We met 47 years ago and became friendly – she was single and I was married with two kids. We met at work and she seemed to stick to me like glue, often showing up at my house on my day off. At first, she was the friend I didn’t want, the one I called the pain in the tush! She was the first person I lead to the Lord after I got saved and the rest is history. We’ve weathered many storms together as life friends do. I never thought we would live together but nine years ago, two years after my husband passed away, she moved in with me.
We did the ‘move in’ on a trial basis in the beginning but, after a couple of months, we figured we could work it out and make it work. We didn’t rush into the living together agreement…we covered it in lots of prayer and thought and counseling from our children. Never did I realize that it would be the blessing that it has become and I am so thankful that she lives with me. We each carry on our own lives but we try to have meals together and then do whatever ‘work’ each of us has to do in the evening. It is nice to know someone else is in the house and it isn’t always so quiet.
Having said that, there is much in my life to be thankful for. And, there is some things I’m concerned about. My son-in-law has been attacked by the dread disease called cancer – I say ‘attacked’ because it isn’t “his cancer” – it is the devil’s cancer. It belongs in the pit of hell from which it came. I believe Tony will beat this – fully and completely. He is a strong man with great determination and the ability to fight off an enemy from wherever it strikes. I believe this is his fight but we are all surrounding him with a great deal of love and support which gives him the strength to beat it.
I am thankful for friends, family and most of all, for my Lord. The many years I’ve been able to walk with Him have enriched my life and taken me places that I could only dream of. Soon I’ll be leaving for my 33? time to Israel (I’ve actually lost count) and I’m thankful for each and every trip, each and every wonderful Israeli I’ve met, and for each and every mile of Israeli highway that I’ve had the blessing to travel time and time again.
At this writing, I’ve written five books, four of which are about women – heroines – of the Bible and I’m thankful for that. I’m currently working on another book – my sixth – which is a life story about survivors/victims of terror in Israel. What a blessing it has been for me to get to go to Israel and interview these amazing people. I count it joy and a privilege and I’m so thankful not only to my Israeli friends that have helped me make the connections but to my God for allowing it to happen
And now I sign off for the day. I am a content woman with great joy and the sense of love from family and friends. I am truly blessed and I am very thankful. Shalu shalom Jerusalem. (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)