This is Because of You, Aunt Opal

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Michelle CountsFor those of you that read Michelle Count’s post, Nothing to do with Baseball from May 19, 2015, you will remember she survived the brain surgery. Here’s a followup on her story.

Funny, even my own neurosurgeon said it would take a miracle to bring me through my surgery. But if you’re like me, it is sometimes through our greatest struggles that we feel Christ the most. I think this experience has left me with a gratefulness I will never be able to repay. It has been three years since my surgery and with every passing month I feel stronger. As I reflect on this experience I realize how important my faith is to me.

Recently my husband was reading from one of our bibles. He asked me, “Do you remember the date July 14th in the early 1980’s?” Continue reading

Using Words that Count

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Our hearts are full of love as we set a course full of good things when we hold our swaddled babies in our arms. We never want heartache and pain to enter their little worlds.

But it does, and sometimes we can’t save them.

Take a moment and read Beth Miesse Saadati’s latest post, It Shouldn’t Have End This Way: The Epilogue to My Daughter’s Suicide Note. Beth has felt pain no parent should feel. Maybe her words can be used to reach that special person, letting them know that they are loved.

Our children need to hear us–really hear what we say–when we tell them bad situations don’t last forever. They need to know they matter; that they fill our lives with joy every day.

Love you, Beth, and am praying for you and your family..

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The Importance in Reaching Out

no one fights alone pinI published this post a year ago, but have been moved by the support Rick Franzo offers as well as receives. He has been consistent with his mantra “A warrior never lets another warrior walk alone–ever!” for as long as I’ve known him. Check out his book, How Horseshoes Saved my Life: A Tale of Two Brain Tumors.
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It’s terrible to feel alone. And there’s probably no other time when a person feels more alone as when they’re dealing with a life-altering illness.

Be someone’s hero. Reach out to them. You don’t need to have answers. That’s not what they want from you. They have doctors for answers. They might want to have someone to just stay close. Continue reading

Even If I Don’t Survive

Lew & Robin 2015Friday and Saturday were glorious this past week. The sun was bright, yet the air had a cool bite to it in the early hours. Lew and I celebrated our anniversary by peddling different rail trails in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Not only celebrate the day but to look back over the years of our marriage to see remember how we’d been blessed.

And blessings surrounded our lives.

Meeting on-line and living so far apart—while it seemed a challenge—had been a great blessing. We used the time to get to know each other slowly, with purpose in mind. Many times we’d tell friends, “If we wanted to take someone to dinner and a movie, we’d stay closer to home. Instead, we want to see what God has in store for us.”

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Where’s the Sun for You?

DSC00090How can the sun come up when I have a brain tumor? Why do birds sing even though I’ve been dealt this horrific blow?

I asked these questions and more when I found out about my meningioma. Life wasn’t fair. I had just come to the most wonderful stage in my life. My husband and I were making plans for our future and the kids were grown with the youngest in college.

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Look for Moments of Victory

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Life is full of challenges, difficulties and trials. But there are also moments of victory. It’s our responsibility to seek those moments out.

When I saw this picture on the Today website, my heart leaped for joy. This girl and her family understood the power in searching for victories.

 

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Still Waters, Raging Rivers

IMG_0249I live on the Susquehanna River in Central Pennsylvania and have a beautiful morning view.  The other day I noticed (from the warmth of the inside) that the recent cold weather had frozen the river. The ice had found its home and locked everything down tight. When I walked outside and got closer to the bank, however, I found something altogether different. I could hear the rush of the water streaming down the river under the cover of the ice. Check out the video and listen carefully for the sounds of moving water.

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Remember the Sparrow

Tree_SparrowMy agent asked me to write a pitch letter for her to use when promoting my memoir, “Ten Days to Live”, recounting when I discovered I had a brain tumor. That seemed easy enough. I started pulling facts together; reasons why people would want to read my book. While researching, I ran across some incredible statistics:
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Focus the New Year

One word 2015I read The Write Conversation this morning and thought it was brilliant and had to share. Indeed … I’m choosing “indeed” as my word of the year. Here’s why:

 

 

Exodus 3:7                          God sees us and our blights
Psalms 85:12                      God promises good things
Psalms 121:4                      God promises protection
Proverbs 2:3                       God promises wisdom
Luke 12:7                             Jesus stresses our value
John 4:14                             Jesus promises eternal life
John 8:36                             Jesus promises freedom

Thanks, Edie Melson, for the challenge. Now it’s your turn. Let me know if you have a verse or word for 2015.