Friday, October 28, 2005

ON OCTOBER 28, 34 YEARS AGO......

On October 28, 1971, I
was a new bride, only 18 years young. I had met my husband in 1969, when I was just entering my Junior year of high school. We had fallen in love, and after more than 2 years of off and on romance, we got married on September 18, 1971. It did not take long for the rosy blush of marriage to fade, and neither of us were very happy.

33 years ago, today, I...
had already given birth to our firstborn...a beautiful baby girl we named Giselle.

31 years ago, today, I...
had already given birth to Giselle's baby sister, Gina.

27 years ago, today, I...
was serving my new Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, without whom which, my husband and I would now have been divorced for over 27 years!!! Shortly after I met Jesus, my husband came to know Him also, and our lives have NEVER been the same since!!!! ( I have ALWAYS been thankful that my husband came to the Lord so quickly after me....how I would have struggled as the only believer in the marriage...God knows)

22 years ago, today, I...
was raising another beautiful daughter, Krystal, ours by adoption.

17 years ago, today, I...
was pregnant for our 4th child, a son, whom we named Samuel, after the Samuel in the Bible, whose mother had prayed for years for a child. We had been believing God for another child shortly after becoming born-again. How awesome would that be, we thought, to raise a child from the womb, as believers. But, it was not to be...for 12 long years we prayed, and...nothing. Then the miracle...our son. I walked on air for 9 months. And smiled...all the time.

14 years ago, today, I...
was pregnant...again!!! This time, for our last, and precious, daughter, Avery. Oh, the goodness of the Lord!!!

6 years ago, today, I...
had already buried my best friend, my mom. Miss her greatly, but have no regrets.
Found an awesome fellowship of like-minded believers, where we have been fed the Word with power and might. We have seen more changes in our walk with the Lord in the past 6 years, than we have seen in the previous 22 years as believers. We thank God for our incredible pastor and his wife.

3 years ago, today, I...
had already seen my only sibling, my sister, thru some devastating withdrawals from being over-medicated by her so-called doctor...only to lose her thru a freak accident. I miss her greatly...and have MANY regrets.

So far this year, I...
have taken a cruise with my husband, our 2 younger children, my dad, and his friend...and had the time of our lives!! I have gone to work...albeit, part time...which has sent my own, private little world as a secluded believer, in a tizzy! I have lost 35#, watching what I eat, using the South Beach Diet principles, and running 3X a week, 3 miles each run. I have run two separate 5k's, each one with a personal record! (can you believe I am 52 years old, and have run 2 5k's this year???)I have stretched myself, reaching out to people I never would have thought I would ever be friends with. I have seen strong believers in the same Lord and Savior I serve, fall away and serve other gods. Truly, it is the end of times.

Yesterday, I....
got up and ran my 3 miles, even tho that was the last thing i wanted to do...at my age, arthritis is entwining it's evil tentacles around my once-limber fingers and knees... went shopping with the afore mentioned 2nd oldest, Gina, for her birthday present, and came home to our 16 year old son cleaning the very messy kitchen...(although he had ulterior motives...I had taken the modem to the computer until some work had gotten done!!!!)

Today, I...
weighed myself, and was satisfied that I was still doing OK...I know that "they" say not to weigh yourself more than once a week...but...since when did I ever listen to what "they" say??? I shopped at the local Goodwill and found some sweet Gap jeans in exactly my size...no alterations necessary!!! Tonight I will get to go out with my man of 34 plus years, to a wine/hor doerve/jazz party at the Van Andel Museum. I LOVE getting dressed up!

Tomorrow, I....
will fall more in love with my God, my husband, my children, my grandson, my father, my step-father, my mother-in-law and life as I know it. I will pray more, read His Word more, and LOVE more...not because I HAVE to...but because HIS LOVE COMPELS ME TO BE A BETTER PERSON!!!!

In the next year,I....
will try to take one day at a time. To not get anxious about anything, but to trust that HE has everything in MY life under HIS control. If he cares for the sparrow, how much more does He care for little ol me. I will try to take no thought for tomorrow, as HE holds tomorrow in His hands. I will seize the day.
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2 comments:

savvycityfarmer said...

I was just posting that God in His wisdom gives us our memories to take us back, and then I read your page and it's all about memories. I am so touched by memories and alot of good ones about you dear freind. Have a ball at you high school reunion. I am sure you'll look smashing.

HomemakerAng said...

"reaching out to people I never would have thought I would ever be friends with"... Am I one of those :) ?
homemakerang