This post by Kathy Boecher is exactly what I needed to read right now. My husband had surgery a few days ago, on his 73rd birthday. The surgery was only supposed to take about an hour and a half, but it lasted over 3 hours. Oh how I prayed and prayed and prayed, as I feared the worst.

My husband is home now, and taking care of him is a full time job. But I thank God that he is getting stronger every day, and his terrible pain is finally beginning to ease up.

Yesterday I saw in the news that the rock star Meat Loaf has died at the age of 74. Suddenly, I can’t stop thinking about a time in my life, more than twenty years ago, when I lived in Pennsylvania. I became close friends with Virginia Edmonds, an elderly woman who was, at that time, Meat Loaf’s mother-in-law. She was recently widowed when I met her. We belonged to the same Lancaster club and became close friends during that time, in part because she said my wild hair reminded her of her granddaughter, the singer Pearl Aday.

Oh, the memories! I miss my precious friend, Virginia Edmonds, Leslie Aday’s mother, and Pearl and Amanda Aday’s proud grandmother. Virginia passed in 2016. And now, the son-in-law she affectionately referred to as ‘Meat’ has passed on, too.

I’ve been reminding myself lately that getting older isn’t for sissies. Like Kathy says so beautifully in this post, we need to be strong in the Lord!

ISAIAH 41:10 ESV  “fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The Winter Olympics are officially underway.  As usual strength is the common denominator for all the athletes.  Will they be able to stand up to the competition?  Will they fall victim to fatigue, mental anxiety, fear?  Or will they triumph over their fellow athletes and excel by winning a coveted piece of metal?

As we go through life our strength is being tested by the minute.  How much more of this COVID virus can we endure?  How will we face the illness if we get it? How can we withstand the isolation and see hope in an unknown future?  Will we ever pass the tests placed before us?  Can we overcome the…

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Pause Before Reacting to Drama

Here’s an excellent post written by a new blogger friend, Mary Humphrey:

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Well, it is early in the new year, and I am already dealing with what I call “people problems.” Drama. Similar to Junior High School stuff.

I feel that texting makes drama worse. Texting can be deemed as harsh because we do not write in-depth when we text. When we text, we write in shorter sentences and with less description (compared to writing a blog or an email). I call it cryptic writing, meaning, the text may leave us feeling as if we need to decode or analyze it, and especially in dramatic situations, texts may hold hidden meanings. (Yes, I am laughing as I write this. What a mess we put ourselves into when we text in this manner!)

Here is another downfall to texting drama – you never know who the text is going to be copied and sent to. Also, there is a problem with group texting…

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