Friday, September 24, 2010


Monday I was told by the physical therapist that I could start "weaning myself off" the boot I've had on my ankle/leg for the past 4 weeks. I wore it for a couple hours Tuesday, then had it off, then back on every few hours and did okay. Wednesday I saw the doctor and he agreed that the ligaments have tightened up (the goal) so I don't have to wear the boot any more. Today is going to be my first full day bootless and it's very freeing.

I'm told that my ankle could continue to bother me for several months, and the swelling can last up to a year. I'll be in physical therapy for at least another couple weeks and have home exercises to do for the forseeable future.

BUT, I am so thankful to be bootless beginning today! Thank you Lord. Happy Friday, everyone. GO BUCKS!!! :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Good-byes with Regrets

Friday the lady I've worked with for 5 years retired. As I mentioned previously, this was a very difficult event in my life. Saying good-bye was extremely hard. Not only was K the perfect person to work with, but I've also come to count her as a friend. When we said good-bye, there were many tears on both our parts and many regrets on mine.

Why? Well, in the 5 years that I worked literally feet away from K, I never shared the gospel with her. She is not a believer and while I didn't filter my "praise the Lord" or "I'll be praying for you"s from her, I never shared with her the Love of my life. Yes, I invited her to church a couple times. She declined. Now all I can do is pray that someone in the new town she's moving to in CA will come alongside she and her husband and share the gospel with them. They are nice, "good" people. They even attended various churches when they were raising their children. Yet the Bible tells us all of us, (even "good people") have sinned (Romans 3:23), and that this sin will ultimately separate us from God forever (Romans 6:23).

I have asked and I believe in my heart I have received forgiveness for my sin of not sharing Jesus with my co-worker/friend. Yet my mind continually accuses me and leads me to wallow in guilt. I'm so thankful I have the truth of God's Word to remind me that my Heavenly Father has forgiven me (I John 1:9).

I am trying to turn my worry & anxiety over what my future at The Company holds into prayers for the Lord's peace and faith in Him. I am keenly aware that I am powerless to do this on my own. Several migraines in the past few weeks have been a good physical reminder of the spiritual truth that I am dependent upon the Lord for everything. I must drown the doubts and fretting with His truth and cling to what I know:

1) He is in control...of me, of The Company, of the future.
2) He has my best in mind, despite the fact that I don't deserve it for a minute.
3) He has been faithful to provide this job for me and has given me a good, supportive boss & supervisor.
4) Worrying is not going to help anything except perhaps give me more migraines and headaches. Worrying betrays the lack of faith and trust in my heart.
5) No matter what happens, even if the worst case scenario happens, He will continue to be faithful.

Because no matter how much I feel like my world is being turned upside down, He is the same God. And I'm so very humbled and grateful that He is a God of endless grace and mercy to cover my many regrets.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

In Remembrance

Lord, may we never forget those that continue to mourn their friends and loved ones this day. May we never forget to be thankful for those selfless men and women who rescued others and in the process sacrificed themselves. May we never forgot those courageous ones that yesterday and today help keep this great country free. Most imporantly, MAY WE NEVER FORGET that you, Lord, are in control. Have mercy on us!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The L-O-N-G Wait is OVER!

After an excruciating 8 month wait, one of my favorite things resumes tonight!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!!! My Ohio State Buckeyes play Marshall tonight. Sadly I won't be able to watch the game because the place where I'm pet-sitting tonight doesn't have the Big Ten Network. However, hopefully I'll be able to hear my Buckeyes on the radio/computer.

I am really looking forward to the season beginning. I never used to watch much football on TV until my SIL J came into the family in 2002. She is an expert on college football!!! Each year since then, I've become more and more interested. It's actually kind of a necessity so I can participate semi-intelligently in family conversations!

One of my favorite weekend activities is cross-stitching or knitting while watching the football games. I'm not so much into Pro (NFL) football, though, because I have a hard time respecting most of the players. But in college, the guys are (for the most part) still untainted by fame & fortune and it really is all about the game.

Why would a girl who lives in TX be rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes, you might wonder? For those that don't know, I was born & raised in Ohio. My Dad taught at Ohio State (the branch in Lima) for 35 years. My brother M went there for medical school. His wife J went there for her Ph.D. My brother M now works there, as did my SIL before she "retired" (for now, while my niece A is young) earlier this week. So needless to say, I "bleed" scarlet & gray, our beloved Ohio State's colors!

So it is with much excitement and anticipation that I welcome the 2010-2011 college football season this evening. GO BUCKS!!!