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Hope In Him

Today a friend shared her reflection on 2 Corinthians 5:8 “Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.” She wrote about how the scripture gave her hope after her grandmother died. I thought it was beautiful. Tonight I went to a grief support group. Part of the session was about hope. I was reminded of the verse and was again in awe of God’s providential nudges. In the video that we watched, a man shared how he tried to rebuild his life on his own after his loved one passed away. Until he no longer could. He then surrendered to God. He described the experience as if he had been walking around with blinders on and they were suddenly removed. He became aware of all God’s promptings and interventions and care.

I Found God today reminded to put my hope in Him.

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Virtual Visit

My mom had a doctor’s appointment today, but we woke up to below freezing temperatures and snowy roads. I called the office and thankfully they said we could have a virtual appointment. The doctor was super nice and we got all our questions answered. When I thanked him profusely for meeting with us virtually, he said simply, “Of course! It’s our job!” It may be his job, but it was quite a blessing to us.

I Found God today in the blessing of a virtual visit.

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Praying For Healing

We have a list of people we pray for every day to Our Lady of Lourdes for healing. A friend of mine had a serious infection and was hospitalized even over Thanksgiving. It was such great news to hear that she went home today. Another friend has a nephew who was in a car accident 2 weeks ago and is in the hospital in very serious condition. He has been struggling with ups and downs. My friend has been sharing updates and prayer requests. Today the prayer request was for the young man to be safely extubated tomorrow. Today we read the meditation from The Word Among Us, and it was specifically about praying for healing. It said in part:

“… We believe in Jesus’ power and authority to heal, but sometimes our own misconceptions can act as obstacles as well. … God wants to heal and wants to use us as instruments to heal other people. It’s that simple. So let’s clear away any misconceptions or assumptions that tempt us to question that reality. Keep believing and keep praying, and the Lord will praise your faith, just as he did for this Roman centurion.”

Bold words asking for bold faith. I encourage you to boldly pray for this young man and for your own healing intercessions.

I Found God today in a reminder of His healing power.

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Master Puzzler

My mom had another good day today. She had good energy, got around well, and made it to church. She could even hear the homily somewhat. This afternoon after her nap, she sat down at the puzzle. There were about 30 pieces left to complete the picture. Usually when she starts working, she announces that she got a piece in, then another. Today she was very quiet, until all of a sudden she said she was done! I was amazed. It is such a blessing when she has a good day.

I Found God today as my mom had a good day.

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Magic Blazer

I made a trip to the cabin today and brought my 19 year old grandson with me. He loves it up there so was happy to go along for the ride. On the way up, we stopped at the most amazing donut shop that has been there for decades. We bought half a dozen and saved them. Before we took the last road to the cabin, I wanted to show him where the development ended and the more back roads started. It was obvious where the road maintenance stopped as we immediately came to a snowy, one vehicle wide road. I drove in further than intended as there was a truck behind us that I was hoping would turn off. He didn’t. I finally came to a spot where 2 cars could fit and pulled over. The truck came up and rolled down his window. He was looking for a plot of land that was for sale. We chatted a bit and I tried to be helpful. Then he kept straight on while I turned around and went to the cabin. When we got there, we dug into the donuts and I took care of some things. I showed my grandson all the things he had not explored and explained a lot of details about the house. We perused my dad’s annual journals that he kept with even more detailed information. And we looked through the guest book that dated back to the 1980’s. My grandson thought it was pretty funny to come across his dad’s childhood signatures. He said the cabin is like a big time capsule with all the old things still in it. That was an interesting perspective. He also said that he has always seen deer there every time he goes. On our way out, there were two deer right next to the house so we watched for a while. Every now and again the small buck would nudge his doe to keep her moving along. It was too cute. On the drive out, we stopped at the top of the hill with a beautiful view so my grandson could take a couple pictures. I mentioned that I was glad he came along for the educational adventure. He said it was like the Magic School Bus, but in the magical Blazer. He said being at the cabin is his favorite place to be. When I told my mom that, she cried tears of a joyful heart. It was a blessing to spend the day with my grandson and see things through his eyes.

I Found God today in my grandson.

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Quiet Rest

It has been a pretty busy week, even though we didn’t host Thanksgiving. Today we had no appointments, no visitors, no therapists. My mom was pretty happy about that. We sat out in the sunshine, worked the puzzle a bit, and enjoyed eating leftovers. We basically just took the day as it came. It was quiet, peaceful, and restful.

I Found God today in quiet rest.

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Short And Sweet

I am so grateful my son hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year. They hung the banner that we made the other day over the long tables that stretched out from the dining room into the living room. Everyone pitched in with delicious food and brought home leftovers. I am grateful my mom took a good nap before we went and had enough energy to enjoy the time and the food. She will be sleeping well tonight I’m sure. It was a short visit, but filled with laughter, joy, and of course delicious food. I feel very blessed.

I Found God today enjoying Thanksgiving.

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Fruitful Day

It was a busy day as usual. But as I sat down tonight to write and went back over my day, I realized I accomplished an awful lot. Mom and I did our “normal” Wednesday tasks. And I even made a pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie for tomorrow. The house smells amazing. I’m looking forward to food, fun, and family.

I Found God today in a fruitful day.

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Thanksgiving Craft Day

Since my granddaughter is out of school, I thought it would be fun to have her over and make a Thanksgiving decoration. My mom was feeling ok so it worked out. First my granddaughter and mom had some time to hang out together while I made lunch. My granddaughter started out in the chair across from the sofa that my mom was sitting in. Then she sat on the other side of the sofa as they both played on their iPads. The next time I looked, she was laying on the sofa right next to my mom. It was sweet. Then they ate matching lunches – peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with applesauce and milk. After lunch, we got started on the craft. I had cut out letters that spelled “Thankful For You”. We decorated the letters, then strung them on a long string to make a banner. My son is hosting Thanksgiving at his house, so now they have a fun, homemade decoration for the event. Even though my mom was pretty tired afterwards, we really enjoyed the afternoon.

I Found God today in the interaction with my granddaughter and mom.

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A Good Day

My mom hasn’t been feeling well at all the past couple weeks. Today I could see the sparkle in her eye and she said she felt better. We went for a walk, sat outside, she exercised with the therapist, played the piano, had a good appetite… It was a good day and we were grateful for it.

I Found God today in a good day for my mom.