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. . . in a week, it will be November 5 . . .

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“God will never take anything away from you without the intention of replacing it with something much better.”
I have read this quote, or a variation of it several times this past year.  I can’t say that I agree with it.  What Rickey and I shared was good.  It was very good.  We were happy.  We were blessed with wonderful kids, grandkids, friends and family.  We loved each other. We very rarely argued.  We had a nice home, close to both sets of parents.  We had good jobs that we (for the most part) liked.  We didn’t have lots of money, but we had enough to get by.  We enjoyed life.  We loved each other and yes, after almost 20 years of marriage, we still liked each other.  If we weren’t working or the girls & I weren’t shopping or Rickey wasn’t hunting, we spent our spare time together.  We didn’t do a lot of things with other couples, we were content to be together with each other and as a family.  Yes, it was good.  Very good.  In all honesty, it couldn’t get much better. Except for Heaven.  H…

36{6} days ... and HOPE for the future . . .

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36{6} days . . . in "this" year.  A year of "firsts" and this one contained an extra day.  An extra day to "count", an extra day to remember, an extra day to grieve, an extra day to trust, an extra day to learn, an extra day ... just one day, but an extra one.
I've been thinking about "days" lately.  I think because I'm on the other end of counting the days.  By that I mean, when Rickey went to Heaven on November 5, 2011, I remember thinking, just one more day.  Just do the next day.  Just finish what is in today.  I remember thinking, "People talk about all the firsts and making it through the first year, how will we get to 365 {or in this case, 366} days?  This is only day 21 or 32 or 46 . . ."  As I have mulled over the fact that NOW we are "only" 15 days from a year, my mind has attempted to grasp GOD.  To grasp HIS plan for my life.  To grasp the height and depths of His love for me, for us.  As I look back and re…