A Sweet Memory

I was on my way to work Friday morning and I was praying for a lady in our church who had just had a brain tumor removed on Wednesday.  She had posted on Facebook about being in ICU and not being able to get any sleep or rest.  Having spent my share of time in hospitals, I said “Amen” to her statement.

I was thinking about how kind and gracious the Lord was to her, that she was able to even do a simple task like posting on Facebook.  In the simple things, He gives us hope.

I was reminded of one time that I was in the hospital.  After a major surgery that required the doctors to place a tracheotomy in me, due to my throat swelling.  I could not talk.  I was given a white board and a marker to write my thoughts.  It helped, but it left me frustrated, because I could not write as fast as I wanted too.

One day, about a week after the surgery, my team of doctors came into my room to do a follow-up.  It happened to be a time when Terrie wasn’t there yet.  The doctors began to question me and I was trying to write and I was unable to keep up, when a doctor from Belarus, with agitation said,”Why don’t you just put your finger over the tube opening and speak!”  I did that and said, “Because no one told me that was an option!”

And so when they left, I reached for the telephone beside my bed and called home.  Terrie said, “Hello?” and I said, “Hello, Baby.”  We both immediately began to cry.  How sweet it was to experience a little headway as we were going through this great trial.  How sweet it was to be able to speak.  How sweet was God’s grace to allow the simple things to become great things.

It was from that time, that I knew I would not go home with the tracheotomy.  I told them that I would not go home with it.  They didn’t believe me, saying I had to accomplish X, Y, and Z before that would happen.  Again, by God’s grace, X,Y, and Z did happened and the trach was removed before I went home.

Our God is able.  He is can create a sweet memory for you as he created a sweet memory for me!

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”

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Update 11.23.16

news_headline_300TWELVE MONTHS/ ONE YEAR

It is hard to grasp the range of emotions that I have felt in the last year.  The tears, the anger, the frustration, the loneliness, but there was/is also the comfort I received from the Lord, from my family, and from my friends.  The greater love I have come to understand from my Lord and a greater appreciation of the love I had with Terrie. Continue reading

The Lone Crutch

I didlonecrutch-300n’t want to be alone on the evening of day that marked nine months since Terrie died.  As I was driving home, I decided I would eat out, but I was not really hungry for any particular type of food, except I had wanted some chocolate cream pie.  I didn’t want to go to the pie restaurant because I didn’t want their meal before the pie.  So, I stopped at Golden Corral instead.  I know, fine dining at its best, right?

At least, I knew I could get a variety of food types and be able to do some people watching.  I gave them something to gander upon as well.  I chose an out of the way table for two that would give me a good point of observation.

The other table for two had a plate Continue reading

Without Love

Today, it is certain that in the United States of America, we live in a divided country.  Ccymbals-300x300onservatives verses Liberals; Blacks verses Whites; Straights verses Gays–however you may want to divide it or whichever one you may put first , we are a divided nation.

There has always been divisions and frictions; you get that when you live in the same space with someone else, as in the family household.  But in the family household you are to make allowance for someone else.  You learned to adjust and to tolerate one another.  I don’t see that very much anymore in our society.  The Bible Continue reading

The Loss Of My Best Friend

We ST70moved around a lot when I was a kid.  Because of that, it was hard to make new friends or maintain any old friends.  I have only had a few “best friends” in my life.  As the old saying goes, “I could count them on one hand.”

So when I began dating Terrie, she quickly became my best friend.  For a long time, she was my only friend.  Not only did I fall in love with her, but I enjoyed her as a person.  She made me feel comfortable and at peace.  Complete. Continue reading

Update 1.2.16

I hnews_headline_300ave been somewhat hesitate to write, because I don’t want to only write about my grief.  There are times for that, but I don’t want a steady diet of it and I don’t think that you, the reader, likes it a whole lot either.  I want to be funny, quite clever and entertaining,  but to be honest, I’m not there right now.  Continue reading

The Pursuit Part 1

ICop Car_300n 1965, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders had a hit song called “Game of Love”.  After a soulful instrumental intro, the verse began with

“The purpose of a man is to love a woman,
And the purpose of a woman is to love a man,
So come on baby let’s start today, come on baby let’s play
The game of love, love, la la la la la love…”

it went on for a couple of minutes with words to encourage the lady to “play the game of love.”

Aw, the game of love!  After my first date with Terrie, I was convinced I had been drawn, Continue reading

God Will Make A Way

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In the fall of 1990, life was good for me and Terrie.  I had been working for nationally known manufacturing company for seven years.  I had just received a VIP recognition award from them, for being the best customer service representative in the region.   After sixteen years as a professional artist, Terrie was in her first year of elementary teaching at a Christian school and she loved it.

We had just started going to a new church, which was growing.  The preaching was good and the people seemed to love the Lord.  We had had a spiritual setback at our previous church and knew that this new church was where the Lord wanted us to be.  There wasn’t any shopping around Continue reading