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Monday, October 17, 2011


 When seasons change....


           we must change....


                  start the transition process....





some changes come slowing...
















gradually....


















                  this slow transition eventually explodes into beauty...life...joy...

                                                                                                                                                                               

  
some come suddenly...

  these are drastic...

these change life

   in an instant....


        
           




             The slow changes are ones that we can gradually adapt to...
         a slow surrender...like my daughter...slowly giving up control of her body...
                     little by little...growing deeper in the knowledge...
                   we are never in control...our bodies are not our own...
                  these changes are accompanied with joy... a glad surrender....

                  But some surrenders are painful...like my 86 yr. old dad...
                                a very vibrant...independent man...
                   one who gets up every morning to go to church....teaches classes...
                               studies...continues to be a learner...
                    but slowly his sight has been robbed from him...little by little...
                            this was a slow transition...the start of a painful surrender

                    until one day...in an instant... the painful truth becomes evident...
                                     his driving days are over...
                         this independent man must now become dependent
                                 he must yield to reality...to limitations... 
                                     this one is not a glad surrender...
                            this surrender requires the" Hard Eucharisteo"....
                                and it is only in the hard thanks
                         that this surrender can be accompanied by joy.

Father today...may we yield to the changes...the transitions in life...surrendering our wills to yours...letting your Love hold us...and by your Grace...give thanks in all things.

                                    ~2079~2095~
~no one being injured in the wreck
~my dad choosing the yield
~God's mercy to us...not having to force our dad to give up driving
~friends gathering around to help get him to church
~my dad growing in God's Grace...aging well
~my daughter's growing baby bump
~hands always on her tummy
~feeling Ellie move
~husband home safe
~two are better than one
~life lessons in school
~getting to wrestle faith questions
~a house
~ abundant food
~electricity,water...the comforts I take for granted
~ always God's Love!





23 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my art blog ... so nice to meet you :)

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  2. Oh...are we not incredibly grateful that God goes before us in these precarious times? So grateful your dad was not hurt and that you have been spared of having to take the car away from him. I've been there and it's not easy.

    So excited for you and your daughter and the precious life growing within. We learned this weekend that our other son and his wife are also expecting next year.

    Yes. Our many comforts we take for granted...and the abundance with which we live.

    Have a wonderful day, dear friend.

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  3. heartnsoul..thanks for stopping by...

    Patricia...congrats on one more blessing being added to your family...Blessing to you patricia... Have a great Monday too...

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  4. something beautiful, something hard... and giving thanks in it all. lovely. thank you.

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  5. I am a caregiver for several elderly folks. So I can understand a little bit about how difficult that is! When the point comes where changes must be made, even though it is truly difficult. I'm thankful he is ok.

    Yielding to change... yes.

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  6. What a beautiful and needed post! My grandmother is in a nursing home with no one to help her a couple of states away, and so many times my heart grieves that I'm not there for her day in/day out. (her daughter/my Mom has passed away, so it's an extra wince I fell when I can't be near her :) Thank you for writing about hard eucharisteo...God is in it and He's with you - blessings to you today!
    Sarah

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  7. amy and susan...thanks for stopping by...blessings to you both...

    eggthoughts...what a gift you can be to those elderly folks...so thankful one who loves Jesus can touch their lives...blessings to you as you bless others

    Sarah...sorry for your pain...the loss of a mom and a heart that loves a grandmother far away...may you too...feel the comfort from the God of all comfort...blessings...

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  8. Such a beautiful reminder of change and yielding to change. Great list! You must be so excited, waiting for your grandchild to be born:)

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  9. christina...thanks and yes...I am beyond excited...this joy almost rivals being PG myself...so blessed...
    thanks for stopping by...blessing to you this Monday....

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  10. Oh praise God friend!
    for the baby and your dad...all and more.
    so glad your whole family is healthy.
    T

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  11. Yes..thanking God along with you....thanks T...blessings to your day...

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  12. Such a beautiful list and so glad that all were ok in the wreck..love the baby tummy pictures. Blessings on your day

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  13. Ro,

    this made me cry. so much pain, so much love, so much tender care for your father and daughter.

    i am sorry about your father, and so glad that he is ok. we all have to surrender to the Creator. even the desperate need for sleep is a reminder that we are not God.

    this is something im currently working on--husband, so loving and wonderful, has put us all on a schedule as i asked him to--and we are loving it--i have been feeling much better lately. hopefully, i will be able to write you soon, but just wanted you to know im doing much better since last i wrote.

    thanks for the kind words on my blog! i cant comment over there right now, but wanted to know your words mean so much to me. and yes, i am so glad to have found Katie! i must read her book soon!

    blessings dear friend,

    Nacole

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  14. Thanks Tammy...I am loving every tummy picture I take...I can't imagine the # of pics when the baby arrives... Blessing this Monday..

    Nacole...Oh so glad to hear of brighter days...would love to hear from you when you have time...
    Blessings friend...

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  15. my heart hurts for your daddy. may God meet Him where he is, filling up all the spaces where he fills so lost.

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  16. thanks Jen..beautiful words for me today...
    Blessings~

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  17. This is so beautiful. Such joy and sorrow wrapped up in one. So excited for your daughter, and sad for your father at the loss of his independence. Thank you for sharing this touching post.

    Many blessings to you,
    Jana

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  18. Jana...thanks for your kind words...yes sometimes life is lived with extremes...
    blessings to you...

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  19. I could relate so to your list...my 85 year old mama passed away 9 months ago. She hated when she had to stop driving. We noticed bumps and scratches on her car and knew she was running into things. One day she decided to quit driving...of her own accord, thank God! :)

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  20. elizabeth...oh yes....what a blessings...
    thanks for stopping by...blessings to you.

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  21. My Mother-in-law at 83 is also losing her eyesight, her hearing and independence...Just last week they found out their son-in-law- wants a divorce. Hard Eucharisteo... and a continent away makes it difficult to be there. But God is ever present and we pray for our hearts to receive with grace the gifts that come to us each day.
    great post... thank you

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  22. oh the suffering...yes...praying for all the Grace He gives...Blessings~

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