Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Personal Update

My life has been full and busy. I’ve added more things to my schedule and wonder how many more plates I can keep spinning without them all coming crashing down. Ha ha! I continue to be Mom to my 14, 16, and 20 year-old children and the four doggie children, to home educate the younger two teens, to be a wife to my husband of 23 years, to be the household manager of our home, and part-time writer of my various blogs.

God has brought me the awesome joy and surprise of some new friendships along with growing older ones and having the opportunity to share wonderful, deep, spiritual conversations about God and His powerful, ALL mighty character with these friends—which brings me great pleasure and fulfillment!

I am also volunteering as a lay counselor at a crisis pregnancy center once a week. That volunteer work is amazingly fulfilling for me. I thoroughly enjoy my time at the center and working there and wish I could do it more often. This past week, I did get to spend two afternoons at the center. It was a special week with it being of Sanctity of Life week. One of Colorado’s Christian radio stations, WAY FM, was celebrating Colorado’s Biggest Baby Shower. The radio station encouraged Coloradans to donate many needed maternity and baby items to the crisis pregnancy centers. During this “Baby Shower”, the radio station was taking turns promoting different pregnancy centers each day of the week, one of which was the one where I volunteer. So, this past week, I volunteered during my regular afternoon shift and went in again the following afternoon when WAY FM was promoting our center. People dropped by to bring their much appreciated donations, and we had cake and punch along with doing our share of counseling for the women that came in for pregnancy testing. By the way, we accept donations 365 days a year! Your donations are VERY important to our centers.

I had another special treat after spending the second afternoon at the pregnancy center. Our family drove to a church in our city where Life Network was hosting Gianna Jessen, and she spoke to an audience of about 300 people. I have previously posted about Gianna in this blog on a post titled “Gianna—Abortion Survivor”. Amazing testimony, amazing lady.

I’ve had some ongoing physical health issues, but through them I am able to encourage or minister to others which helps me to endure. I know God is teaching me the powerful lesson of His grace being sufficient for me in spite of physical pain or suffering. It’s a lesson that seems quite hard to learn, but one moment and day at a time there is progress made. There is much life to be lived and learned by one moment at a time.

The challenges of life seem to be greater with each passing year. And yet, I know God is doing an amazing work in the midst of it all.

I hope to be able to get back to posting more regularly. Only God can grant me the time, energy, and right words to do so.

On that note...

Well there's a bridge and there's a river that I still must cross
As I'm going on my journey
Oh, I might be lost

And there's a road I have to follow, a place I have to go
Well no-one told me just how to get there
But when I get there I'll know
Cuz I'm taking it

Step By Step, Bit by Bit,
Stone By Stone (Yeah), Brick by Brick (Oh, yeah)
Step By Step, Day By Day, Mile by mile (ooh, ooh, ooh)

And this old road is rough and ruined
So many dangers along the way
So many burdens might fall upon me
So many troubles that I have to face

Oh, but I won't let my spirit fail me
Oh, I won't let my spirit go
Until I get to my destination
I'm gonna take it slowly cuz I'm making it mine

Step By Step (you know I'm taking it), bit by bit (bit by bit, come move),
stone by stone (yeah), brick by brick (brick by brick by brick by brick mmm...)
Step by step (step by step uh-huh), day by day (day by day-ee),
mile by mile (ooh), go your own way.

Say it, baby, don't give up
You got to hold on to what you got,
Oh, baby, don't give up,
You got to keep on moving on don't stop (yeah yeah).
I know you're hurting, and i know you're blue,
I know you're hurting but don't let the bad things get to you.

I'm taking it step by step (ohohoh), bit by bit (bit by bit come move),
stone by stone (stone by stone yeah), brick by brick (brick by brick by brick by brick),
Step by step (i'm gonna take it now),day by day (day by day-ee),
mile by mile (ooh), go your own way!

(c'mon baby got to keep moving),
I'm taking it step by step), bit by bit,
Stone by stone (yeah, stone by stone), brick by brick
C'mon baby,
Step by step keep on moving, day by day (day by day-ee),
Mile by mile by mile by mile, go your own way,
C'mon baby got to keep moving, bit by bit (bit by bit, bit by bit)....

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