i think ...
no actually i know
i am a pretender
i like to pretend that things are great...
i like to pretend that this deployment is all going to be good
that i will not be discouraged ...
pretend that we will not be affected
and yet ...
deep inside... way down i know the truth
we are going to go through ups and downs
we are going to have days of deep lows
days of nothing but heartache and tears
and that... is truth
you see God never says it will all be an easy walk
he says ...
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God... Not only so
but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know
that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character
and character, hope.
and today i continue on ...
in my kids ... in the fact that first thing this morning i was able
to hear my husband's voice on the line...
rejoicing in friendships
looking out my window last night to see a friend
scraping off my snow covered car ...
receiving a perfectly timed email of encouragement ...
neighbors shoveling my sidewalks
good girlfriends bringing pizza and Starbucks
friends stopping only to give a quick hug
yes ... today i will continue to REJOICE!
knowing that even on the days of suffering ...
He is here
He is whispering in the ears of those around me, He is providing
encouragement ... He is doing just as He promised He would
demonstrating His love