I once read that Pastor Rick Warren used to think that life was a series of hills and valleys. He had since changed his mind that life was more like walking down a railroad track, with the highs and the lows occurring at the same time. While he was experiencing tremendous success with his Purpose Driven Life Book, his wife was battling cancer.
On a very small scale (nothing in comparison to what Rick Warren went through as described above), I just came through a similar week. One at a time our family members became sick with apparent bad head colds, only mine kicked it up several notches as I had to be hospitalized. I could not even get a sip of water to go down my throat: Strep throat was sweeping through our family!
I am on the mend now and so happy to be able to do the things we wives and moms love to do: take care of our family. Doing the simple but needful thing, like preparing supper and washing dirty clothes. Finally, today, I turned a corner and am getting back into the saddle! Thank you, Lord.
While this was going on, my daughter Mary, went to see singer Susan Boyle perform live. I was to go with her, but as my doctor put me in ICU (that is not a typo, I thought it was a mistake too, but he was worried about getting oxygen down my throat as the camera he put down my nose to look at my throat gave him great concern for air passages to be clear (He put the camera down three times, I really know how to do it now!) While I was lying in the hospital bed a sudden text from my son, John, who took Mary to the Susan Boyle Concert, popped up that said, "Are you up?"
I saw the light go off on my phone, and since it was nearly eleven pm, I answered it saying, "Yes."
Next John sent me the below picture of my sweet Mary meeting Susan Boyle! My body was weak, but my spirit soared with happiness for her.
On the same day, as I lay in that bed, my book became available on Amazon. (The official release is January, but yes, you can order it from Amazon to have it under the tree).
It is the story of how God saved our marriage. But it is not only for hurting marriages. My prayer is that God will have something for each reader whether single or married, strong marriages or troubled marriages, and long term married or newly married. We cannot be confronted with God's Word and not be changed as we receive what His Word says to us.
So you see, I agree with Rick Warren. The highs and lows occur at the same time, it's all part of life. By the way, I made spaghetti tonight for my family, and as I type I can hear the hum of the dryer tumbling the clothes. It's so good to be home.
If you are a Christian blogger, I'd like to invite you to join my blogger launch team of over fifty bloggers that receive a PDF copy of the book, graphics from the book with key quotes from the book, and more.
Do as little or as much as you like. Would love for you to write one blog post on it, by January. Just write me at juana(at)juanamikels(dot)com and say, "I'd like to be on your blogger launch team!"
Oh, and there is also a FREE downloadable Choosing Him Companion Study Guide. Feel free to blog an online study with your readers with it!
I had another huge blessing while I was sick. Her name is Amy. Read about her in the comments as she is a huge praise!
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It's time for
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!
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