Then there are the holidays. I miss my family! Christmas used to be about getting together with mom and dad, grandparents, nieces and nephews etc... it just doesn't happen anymore. The kids get older, family moves away they just don't stay in touch etc... Christmas and Easter are both hard for this reason.
I don't mean to sound like I'm whining, but I wanted you to understand my state of mind the last few days. So that you'd understand just how much it means to me that God has given me two gifts ...well three really that have lifted my spirits.
1) I spent some time in Psalms today. God reminded through David that it's ok to have down days. It's ok to mourn and cry out to God when we are in feeling down. But then David always ends up praising God. God showed me today that even in the midst of those pity parties we like to have He is still God and I need to focus on Him, the truth of His word, and then have an attitude of thankfulness...of joy! It ALWAYS goes back to making a choice. I must choose to walk in joyfulness regardless of circumstances or feelings. Thank you God.
2)I went to visit a dear friend in the hospital last night. About 6 of us went to pray with this dear woman of God. She has been through so much over the last 10 or more years, having more surgeries than any one person should have in a lifetime. While this women suffers in more pain than I'll ever know she continues to have a spirit about her that is thankful and gives praise to God. We went to be a blessing to her and came away blessed by her. She reminded me AGAIN that it's not our pain or our circumstances that control our feelings. We can choose to go against our feelings and rejoice, be thankful...be at peace. Thank you God.
3)Today, right after reading Psalms I thought "I should go get the mail". Well in my mail box there was a package from God. Honest! God used a precious friend to send me my favorite tea (which I'm drinking right now!), chocolates, coffee,a friend book and a frame with our picture in it! Oh and candles that match my bedroom!!It was just what I needed. It was as if God said to me "Sharon I have heard your cry". You see I've been feeling lonely. Lonely for my family, lonely for friends that have moved and lonely for my sister. This friend is like a sister to me...maybe even better. I love her dearly and she will always have a very special place in my life and heart. Thank you Gina! THANK YOU GOD!
I'd like to share the first thing I read when I opened up the book Gina sent me.
"My friend shall forever be my friend and reflect a ray of God to me" ThoreauIt was perfect....
One of the blessings of friendship comes from our joy in discovering God's grace and purpose for bringing us into each other's lives.