We made it to church 2 weeks in a row. I was determined to go today to pray especially for my friend Staci and her mother Elaine and their family. Elaine collapsed this past weekend from a stroke and while they were doing scans they found a lesion on her lung and several on her lymph nodes that they believe to be cancerous. Let me just tell you a little about this family: The night my surgery went sideways, Ben showed up almost immediately at the hospital, no hesitation. Staci follows up almost every day on my progress. Elaine has brought over my favorite drinks, antioxidant soup, and “smooth move” tea….anything she could do to make my day easier the last few weeks. Elaine’s husband Fred showed up on my doorstep to help contact any cancer center I wanted to get in to. Staci and her husband Ben were the first ones to make the Choose Joy bracelets for us……they started the whole thing. They would never want me to give credit though. Well, guess what Ben and Staci: you are now responsible for over 10,000 Choose Joy bracelets floating around to date and 4,000 more that have yet to be shipped out. Yesterday, Elaine told Staci to make sure I knew that she was wearing her Choose Joy bracelet in the hospital. I couldn’t help but cry. Today….Elaine is MY inspiration. I know Elaine will heal and be stronger than ever: Elaine, I KNOW you will! And soon I’ll bring YOU things to help you heal and help YOU to get stronger!
Today’s sermon at church was on Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Don’t judge….but I’m a reality TV junkie…..and all I could think about in church during the sermon was last week’s Jersey Shore episode where Vinny gets a new tattoo:
His roommates have no idea what the meaning is: Let Go, Let God…..huh, what? I know, I know….I’m using Jersey Shore to make a point…..but the tattoo is exactly what Psalm 46 says: Be still, and know that I am God. Be still…..in other words, “let go” and let God handle it. I learn more and more everyday that most things are out of my control….and I have to let God fill in: whether it’s healing, faith, guidance, and especially acceptance. So how do I choose joy in situations where most people would think there isn’t an ounce of joy to be found? I just let go……and have faith. It doesn’t mean that I don’t cry, or that I’m not sad, or disappointed when things happen…..but I can choose not to be bitter or angry. There’s a huge difference. It’s hard to put into words…..so I hope that makes sense.
After church we went to lunch at our favorite lunch place and I watched as Boo inched precariously closer and closer to falling into the fountain. She was on a mission to save a “rock” which I swore was either going to turn out to be dog poop or tree bark….but it did actually turn out to be a rock. A floating pumice rock.
We met Diesel’s future girlfriend. The only dog I’ve ever met that was smaller than his 2.5 lb frame. Meet Lulu. She was rescued by a sweet lady and brought back to health and adorable cuteness:
Here’s my craft fail of the day: Boo wants a donut party….so I decided to make some huge inflatable donuts….unfortunately the spray paint reacted badly to the plastic and now it’s kind of a gooey mess:
Watching Armageddon this afternoon….Mr. LBB says that I remind him of Steve Buscemi. Yes, the goofy, creepy guy. I hope it’s just the sarcastic humor.
Have a wonderful Sunday.