Last week was busy, exciting, and inspiring. Yesterday was the first of many as we spent the day at our daughter's "accepted student day" for college. Instead of blogging last week, I spent my free moments wrapping up my thoughts, Bible verses, and message to share with the Live More Ministries this past Saturday. It was a challenging and uplifting time of preparation and presentation, with God leading the way each and every moment. It helped to know I had friends and family praying for me too because I know God answers prayers still today. To say my Saturday was full of laughter, friendship, and love is an understatement. It was a refreshing day, one I am thankful for.
After sharing about being "Transformed Through Tragedy" with the ladies in attendance at the Ellisburg Church, I spent the rest of my day with family. We enjoyed a home cooked meal, movies, and Mary and I even managed to take time to go "senior-dinner-dance-dress"with success. She even found shoes. After a morning of worship and potluck with my church family, I enjoyed a walk with my aunt and wrapped up the day snuggled in watching movies with my husband and daughter. A relaxing and refreshing weekend.
As we plan and gear up for our daughter's graduation and transition to college in the Fall, we take advantage of the moments available to enjoy some family time. In order to do the things God has for us and be the person God's calling us to be, we need to take time for ourselves and our families.
I enjoy blogging and interacting with all of you yet after my Mom passed, it was difficult because I missed our "blog conversations" then as I looked up a previous blog, I was blessed. To read my Mom's comments and our interactions brings me so much joy. God knew long before my Mom and I, He used my blog as one way my mom could encourage and inspire me still today. Her legacy and advice remain in cyberspace. Thanks God and Mom!
With this being said, I've let go of a lot of hurt and bitterness in the past few months and continue to open myself up for more God and less grief. Will I ever stop grieving my Mom? I don't think so, I don't believe anyone every truly gets over losing a parent. But, with each day it becomes easier to put one foot in front of the other and enjoy life. We are called to enjoy life after all, to thrive. Tomorrow I plan on sharing about this weekend's message so make sure you come back to learn more.