I have been truly blessed during this high wind episode. I lost my power during the night last night, but it was back on around 5:30 this morning. Though it has been flickering throughout the day, as of now it is still on. I heard there are over 45,000 customers in my region currently without power.
I had an interview with a law firm scheduled for today at 3:00 but they had to cancel. They said the small town they are located in is not in a good way. No power and it is a mess. We rescheduled for Monday, but the attorney said it would surprise him if the power is back up and running by then.
My book has been getting some awesome reviews. If I could get all of these individuals to post a review on Amazon for me it would be great. I am so appreciative of the eight individuals who have posted reviews. I am currently working on lining up some book signing engagements for the end of March and the 1st of April. I will let you know where and when so you can come out and visit with me. I would love to meet everyone, or just be able to say hello to those I have not seen in a very long time.
I am starting a new venture on Sunday, and I will need much prayer. I really do not want to say much more than this. It will be quite the challenge for me, to say the least. It is going to take fortitude, determination, encouragement (mostly from me to me - which I am not good at), and a lot of character traits I have been lacking lately. I just have to be the little red train that kept saying, "I know I can ... I know I can"! It was a red train, right? Or was it a wagon?
Went to family night last night for someone who had lost their mother. They were a distant relative of my mother's. I was surprised I did not see more people I knew, but I am just glad I was there to offer my support. It is difficult to lose a parent, especially when it is the last surviving parent. As with a lot of you, I have been there and done that. I do not envy anyone who has to endure these losses though they are all part of life. Sometimes life can be so harsh, but with God at the helm, the sailing can be smoother than anticipated.
My son should be home from work shortly. I am not up on most nights when he comes in, so this will be a special treat for both of us. I will probably make him something to eat and watch an hour or so of television with him. We cannot stay up too late, however, as we both have church tomorrow. I love my church Sundays! This new church I have been attending since the end of last year seems to be working out pretty well. The people seem pretty friendly ... the preaching is awesome ... and the praise and worship is great! I have some personal hang ups I need to work out become committing. I still do not know 100% for sure that this is where I belong, but I am sensing God is nudging me to stay. Once I am certain this is His design for me, then I may take a leap of faith and join as a member. I so long to be part of a 'church family' once again. I have missed it for awhile now. I had become so attached to my former church and it took a lot for me to leave. The people had become like family to me, and I still miss them. I am in touch with a few of them still and I hope to always be.
My niece's wedding day is fast approaching. I can only imagine how excited she must be as the day gets closer. I remember all too well the anticipation of my wedding day. The first time I had a church wedding, and the second time I eloped. Both times were days to remember though for very different reasons. I cannot wait to watch her come down the aisle and see firsthand the radiance she will have upon her face. What an exciting time!!!!
Went to the doctor the other day because I was having some health issues which were becoming very concerning for me. Considering I had not long ago been in the hospital for pneumonia, I had become alarmed over some symptoms I was having. Once there, my doctor did not like some sounds she was hearing in my left lung so she ordered x-rays. Of course, as I am sure you are thinking now, I too thought of lung cancer, or at the least another bout of pneumonia. Having been a smoker for the majority of my life, I would not have been surprised had the results come back positive for either. We cannot do what we know is harmful for us year after year and think there will never be any consequences for it. Having been smoke free now for almost two years, I was discouraged. However, as a faith filled Christian, I simply refuse to except any bad health diagnosis. It is not of God, and I reject it. This is not to say that I do not have to walk through things concerning ill health or that my faith always wins out, it is simply to say that I choose to take the high road and claim all that God has promised me until the battle is apparent. Thus far, God has given me favor. My tests all came back negative. I have been put on some meds with a return visit in two weeks, but God is good!!!! Over the years I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Lupus, MS, and multiple other diseases to which I have done today. I do have Ankylosing Spondylitis. Though I have experienced some bone fusion at the top of my neck which is very uncomfortable at times and can cause quite a bit of pain periodically, I have not suffered with this as I was told I would. I press through during the difficult times, and God is faithful to give me the strength to endure.
Ok, I think I have rattled on enough for one evening. I pray for each of you daily, and I ask the same in return. I would love to hear from you!