Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Funnies ~ A Conversation in Heaven


 
SYLVIA:
Hi! Wanda.

WANDA:
Hi! Sylvia. How'd you die?

SYLVIA:
I froze to death.

WANDA:
How horrible!

SYLVIA:
It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from
the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy,
and finally died a peaceful death.
What about you?

WANDA:
I died of a massive heart attack.
I suspected that my husband was cheating,
so I came home early to catch him in the act.
But instead, I found him all by himself
in the den watching TV.

SYLVIA:
So, what happened?

WANDA:
I was so sure there was another woman
there somewhere that I started running
all over the house looking. I ran up into
the attic and searched, and down into the
basement. Then I went through every closet
and checked under all the beds. I kept this up
until I had looked everywhere, and finally
I became so exhausted that I just keeled over
with a heart attack and died.

SYLVIA:
Too bad you didn't look in the freezer
---we'd both still be alive.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

My God Restores!




 Return to the stronghold of security and prosperity,
You prisoners of hope;
Even today do I declare that I will restore
Double your former prosperity to you.
Zechariah 9:12



I am overjoyed to write this post today. 

Three years ago at this time, I was slobbering all over my lap top, expressing my sad and broken heart because my daughter’s life spun out of control and I couldn’t bear the brokenness I saw on her face.  Her husband, the man she loved like no other, came home from deployment and walked right out of her life leaving her to cope with a baby just a few months old and no family member nearby to cry with or babysit. You helped us!  I felt rescued, supported, and encouraged when you came alongside us with your loving words, beautiful cards, emails, testimonies and most importantly your powerful prayers.  Hands down, this was the time in my life when I felt the most loved and carried by the Body of Christ.  Our family pulled through with strength and purpose focusing on Jesus and our covenant blessings.  We learned the meaning of restoration.  We look nothing like we did!  Thank you!

We got the good news last night.  I couldn’t wait to tell you!  I am proud to announce that our daughter, Carrie, is officially engaged to Paul, a loving Christian man she met at church last fall who has pursued her relentlessly and loves little Susanna like she’s his own. 

This post connects to my friends at Spiritual Sundays where inspiration sustained me in the hard times.
 



Monday, June 11, 2012

A Good Vacation Gone Bad





We received some bad news during our family vacation in San Diego last week that put a damper on our fun.

It started out great when my husband picked me up from the office Wednesday night and we made great time on the road despite the rush-hour traffic.  Just out of Phoenix, we stopped for a long, relaxing dinner and our fun ended.  We weren’t half way to our Yuma hotel room when my cell began spitting out urgent texts to call my brother Eddie in Chicago.  I learned from him that our brother, Denny, was celebrating his anniversary in Vegas with his wife, Bonnie, when she had a brain aneurysm and was rushed to surgery.  The next day God answered our prayers and Bonnie survived!  My cell continued to ring throughout the trip with relatives giving us updates.  Bonnie was always close in our thoughts no matter what we did.

Our family was able to enjoy some nice meals together and go to the beach and play in the sand with Susanna! It was fun to watch Susanna on the carousal at Mission Beach as well as watch my daughter and her dad screaming on the roller coaster ride.    I can’t even begin to describe how comforting it was to be with my family during this time.  Praying for Bonnie in agreement with them was powerful.

 






 A special family meal together at the Cheesecake Factory.



 The last photo I took of Denny and Bonnie in Chicago last January.


To date, I have learned that Bonnie’s CAT Scan result was normal.  An angiogram showed today that Bonnie’s Vasospasm condition could lead to stroke or neurological damage, or just run its course with minimal effects.  We are praying for a miracle.  Denny is so faithful at her side and their son and daughter flew in to be with him.  Friends, I would love it if you can help me pray for Bonnie, too.

This post links to Tell Me A Story.