Blessed with More Life

Happy Anniversary to me!

It was eight years ago today—April 11, 2011—when my life’s journey took a turn. This was the day when I had brain surgery to remove a ginormous tumor from the front-top quadrant of my brain.

That’s when God blessed me with more life.

Everything changed after that surgery. Days of running up and down steps with ease were gone forever. Forgetting how to say words became commonplace. Putting together jigsaw puzzles with my husband—now a thing of the past. A faint weakness on my right side still remains … reminding me … the outcome could have been different.

Because of that surgery, I know … without a doubt … each moment is a gift.

The doctors made it clear—they could not give me any guarantees that I’d survive the delicate and lengthy operation. They needed to cut my skull open and remove the tumor, then figure out if they could put me back together again.

Then there was the therapy: physical, occupational, and speech. I worked diligently for months trying to relearn the simplest of tasks: walking without assistance, standing and not losing my balance, learning to pick up coins one at a time, and repeating words and phrases after they were said to me.

But I celebrated because God was with me every step of the way.

And I’ve tried to never take life for granted again.

“ …‘you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-14 NIV

Thump-thump.

Feel that? It’s your heart beating. It could stop at any time, but instead, it keeps on going. Not because of anything you’re doing, but because it’s God’s gift to you. With each beat, you’re blessed with more life.

Come, celebrate with me. I’ve had eight years of appreciating and trusting God’s gift of a day—one at a time.

How can we celebrate your blessings?.

Robin speaks to women’s groups on trusting God through adversity. As a writer, she’s a finalist for the 2019 Selah Writing Award. Soon she’s releasing the third edition of, “Learning to Bloom Again: walking through forgiveness after divorce” and is looking for a publisher for, “God’s Best During Your Worst,” a manual on how to deal with life’s darkness and yet see God’s loving and guiding hand. Watch for it!

Keeping Focused After Life Happens

through-eyes-of-hopeI just followed an interview with Lacey Buchanan discussing her upcoming book, Through the Eyes of Hope (available January 2017) and it left me speechless.

Lacey’s book offers the shocking reality of what can happen when life goes unplanned. Can anything be more shocking? Yet her words are touching. Her tenacity is unwavering. Her heart is focused on two things–her love for God and family.

What a lesson to learn. I think about my own life. While I dealt with a brain tumor that rocked my world, I, too, needed to focus on my love for God and my family. That’s what got me through. But was I tenacious? Were my words motivating and inspirational as hers? Was my focus on the love God and family enough?

Who can say? It probably could have been more of what I needed to be. But I can learn from Lacey to help me through my tomorrows. I think of friends who have lost jobs, marriages and even children. How can I help them to focus on God and family as Lacey showed me?

God’s placed a burden on my heart through 2 Corinthians 1:4 … who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Lacey comforted my heart today. I hope to be who God wants me to be by comforting others. Is that a goal of yours? How is God leading you?