Monday Musings

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!  And, yesterday was Stars Wars day when a lot of people said, “May the 4th Be With You.”

On this Monday, I have some rambling musings/thoughts of items on my mind or that have touched me in recent days.

My heart goes out to people struggling.  First of all, the news that two weeks ago, more than 200 girls were kidnapped to be sold is heartbreaking.  I can’t even imagine what they and their families are feeling.  I hope things can be done very soon to bring them back.

The fact that certain people have no regard for others is appalling and amazing to me.  Life is so precious and our young children so very special, I honestly cannot fathom treating girls or boys like this.  And, the sad fact is that this treatment is far more common than we’d like to think.

May those with voices do something about it to inspire action and change and realization that all life is to be respected and honored. My heart and prayers go out to these girls and their families.

I am also praying for one relative and one friend who are undergoing chemo treatments.  They both have wonderful outlooks and are positive that they will get better.  I know they have rough days and times of intense pain and discomfort, but they also have many great and fun days too.  Love to both of them.  They inspire me so very much.

On Good Morning America this morning, they had their annual Breakfast in Bed tribute to two mothers.  One is a NICU nurse and the other works for the show and had daughters who this nurse took care of.  My applause for this nurse and others like her who take care of our smallest babies.  The story of both women was very well done and showed they are friends.

I couldn’t help but think of when Ian was in the NICU the first four days of his life.  He wasn’t a preemie but had to be there for breathing issues and problems with sucking.  He was treated well and the staff was wonderful with him.  It was such a blessing to bring him home.

And, finally I recently heard an amazing quote on the news from someone who was terminally ill.  It is very inspiring and brought me to tears.  It said that each day when this person woke up, she chose to be happy.  Knowing that you don’t have long to live and having that attitude is so amazing to me.  When I am having a rough day, I will try to keep this in mind.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Freedom and being free
  • Waking up each morning and hugging my family
  • A child who is safe
  • Friends and family members who inspire me
  • Love and forgiveness
  • Being able to pray in times of need

I almost forgot to mention.  This photo was taken during our field study to the zoo.  It was a lovely morning and a fun day.

I wonder what new things will inspire me or touch me.  I look forward to finding out.

Amazing Strength

handsI heard an amazing quote in the sermon at church yesterday.

This was a quote by a man named who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor: “I don’t know why God has me on this path, but I am looking forward to the journey.”

What? How can you look forward to a journey of a tumor in your head?  I was floored at this comment.  What a man of amazing faith!!

This comment truly did give me pause.  Is my faith that strong?  I like to think so, but am not totally sure.  Do I truly know that my Lord and Savior could get my through something like this?  I have to admit it would take a lot of prayers and support.

I do know that God works in mysterious ways and can make all things good.  But knowing in my head and living it are two different things.  Lord, help me have a strong faith in you and know that you will always provide for me.  Amen.

There are many people dealing with cancer, chemotherapy, treatments, surgery, and major pain.  I do, however, admire them and their strength to deal with and live through these trials in their lives.

One person who has been an inspiration is Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America.”  She recently returned from a 5-month medical leave.  She had a bone marrow transplant and now has the immune system of a child.  From what I understand, it is improving but will take time.

It has been so good to see her back on the air.  She looks different since she lost all of her hair and she has lost some weight from all she’s been through.  But she is still beautiful — both inside and out.

Robin was very frank with her illness and treatment and agreed to have the journey recorded to show on ABC.  It was amazing to see her at her most vulnerable, yet also comforting.

She is a strong woman of faith and despite all of her pain and trials, she is positive.  She knows that if you let the negative get in, it can take over.  Robin, you are truly an inspiration!!

If you are dealing with this kind of pain, please know that the Lord is there to comfort and help you through it!  And, friends and family can help you as well.

I know that people often question God when something like this happens.  I think that is only natural and we can’t help but ask “Why Me?”  I heard someone who had breast cancer say, “Why Not Me?”

That was another profound statement that made me do a lot of thinking and soul-searching.  I do know that Jesus is with me not matter what.  He didn’t promise that life would be easy, but did promise to always be there.  That is an amazing blessing.

I think it’s also great to have support of our loved ones.  Marriage vows include “in sickness and in health.”  May we truly be able to live that vow and be there for one another!

My prayer for you is that if you are dealing with this pain or diagnosis that you will be comforted to know that Jesus loves you and always will.  And, that your family and friends can help you through this painful time.  God Bless!!

GMA Highlights

Hi and Happy Friday to you!!   I watched part of Good Morning America today and enjoyed seeing the reunited Backstreet Boys.  I had forgotten how much I liked their music!

These five guys who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary next year have great harmony!  That was showcased in the songs they sang this morning.  Hope you got to see it!

They had a large crowd who enjoyed seeing them perform again as I did.  And, they enjoyed singing along and took over a few lines of these familiar songs.  It was great!  The band is working on a new CD which is scheduled to be released next year!

—-On GMA, they mentioned that Robin Roberts’ mother, Lucimarian Toll, had passed away yesterday.  Thankfully she was able to say goodbye to her mother and was there when she died, according to the news reports.  Robin’s mother was quite an inspiration and they wrote a book together and had an article published in Guideposts as well.

I was very sorry to hear about this loss — especially since Robin is also dealing with her own health crisis.  She has myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.  She will be off since she will be having a bone marrow transplant.  Her donor is her sister Sally-Ann.  My prayers go out to Robin and her entire family.

——-This morning, they showed a flag flying over Central Park with four inspirational words of Robin’s: Light, Love, Power, and Presence.  This was the first time I’d seen them and I realized that I wanted to write about them.  I don’t know exactly what they mean to her, but I can share what they mean to me.

  • Light — my first thought is the Light of Jesus Christ! As the Bible states, He is the light of the world.  Another thing I think of is the light of the sun and how amazing it is to see when it rises in the morning and sets in the evening.  The shadows and how it shines through the clouds on many mornings and evenings are stunning.
  • Love — as the Love Chapter of the Bible states, the greatest of these is Love!  Love is patient and kind and so many other things.  Most importantly it is accepting people as they are and wanting the best for them.
  • Power — the Power of the Holy Spirit is an amazing thing.  Power for good is so precious and can lead to amazing things.  And, the power from electricity or seen in a lightning strike is a wonder to behold.  Electrical power keeps a family cool in the summer, keeps ice cream frozen, and the computer working.
  • Presence –this to me is about being there and engaged in your life.  It is so easy for life to pass us by.  Before we know it months and years have passed without us doing what we want or truly being an active participant in our own lives.  My prayer is that we can truly enjoy and experience each and every day to its fullest.

It was quite a morning on GMA which I have been watching for years.  The show today was entertaining and inspirational!  Keep up the great work guys!