Sunday, May 29, 2011


This has been a week full of changes for me. Meredith graduated and went off to Haiti. My faith is not really being tested. I have faith in God and I know that He is in control of everything. My brother in law said something that gave me comfort. He said that if God sent her there, then He will take care of her. Through whatever happens, He has her in the palm of His hand. I know that. Isaiah 49:2 says "he kept me safely hidden in the palm of his hand." (CEV). So glad!

We moved her out of her apartment. As I was driving out of the apartment complex for the last time, I couldn't help but be a little sad that my baby girl has grown up. I took a picture of the sign that said Whisper Oaks to put in her scrapbook. She is on to a new chapter and great things!

We also moved everything out of my mom's apartment. This was a whole different set of emotions. Mom is in a nursing home now and she is in the final stage of her life. As we went through all the things that I have known all my life, my emotions took over. I couldn't help but compare the two...Meredith's life is just beginning, a new chapter. My mom's life is coming to an end, the final chapter.

Through all these changes and emotions, I have no doubt that God is with me. When I was taking stuff out to my car, my mom's bible fell out of my hand. It landed on the ground but it fell open to Psalm 23. He did that to remind me that He is with me. He guides me and comforts me through the valley. Praise Him!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Back in the saddle.....

I have basically fallen off the horse for almost a month. I thank the Lord that I haven't gained all the weight back that I lost. TAKS, Meredith's graduation, my mom's condition and college classes have definitely taken their toll on my stress level. I have overeaten...many times. But I have also made good choices. It appears that those are balanced out because I haven't gained. I am determined to get back in the saddle and ride on toward my goal of losing at least 30 pounds. I am about half way there (Praise the Lord!)
One day a week or so ago, my morning devotional had a scripture that I know the Lord was telling me. It was 1Peter 1:13-16. It says, "So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn't know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy." I know God was speaking to me through His precious Word. He is telling me to get back in the saddle, stay on that horse and don't turn around and go back. Ride off into the sunset. The destination will be so much better than I can ever imagine.