Today began like most Sundays. Up around 7:30 am and sitting in church at 9:15 am. Right after worship and as the pastor began this week’s sermon, my husband’s phone (on vibrate) let him know a call had come in. Ordinarily, he would ignore all calls during church, but this one was from my Mom’s home, so he stepped out to answer it. A few minutes later, he returned, summoning me and my kids to come with him, we needed to leave.
Fear. That is what I felt as we exited church. Fear of the unknown. What could be so bad that my Mom or her husband, Buddy, would call this early and want us to come to Rock Hill? Silently, I prayed, mostly for God to be filling my Mom with peace and comfort.
As it turns out, she was feeling sick in the early morning. As she was trying to throw up (with no success), the strain caused a wound in her back side to burst (wound from a previous surgery last summer) and blood poured out. Buddy was scared out of his mind, and later when I saw the blood on the towels and the bed I could see why. He said all of a sudden she was laying in a pool of blood. He called Hospice and a nurse was over soon.
For those of you who don’t know, my mom has lung cancer, which has now spread to her liver and bones. She is now under the care of Hospice.
Thank God, Mom is ok. The bleeding stopped. For now she is fine. Jeff and the kids stayed for a couple of hours, but I decided to stay the day and night. In fact, I’m sitting on the bed with her right now just trying to soak up each moment we have together.
I am grateful for this moment. We had quite a scare today. Just a reminder to make each day and each moment, if possible, count.
New Thru 30 , New Testament in 30 Days
I fell a little behind in my reading of the NT last week, but caught up today. I hit the half way mark and that feels good. This past week, I read Mark, James, Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, and Romans. Just when I think I’ve read my favorite, I read another favorite! Today, I read another favorite, Romans. How I wish I had the time tonight to really dig deeper and write my thoughts on this book of the Bible, but I don’t. I will tell you this. I have 4 favorite passages in Romans. Here they are:
Romans 5:3-9, Romans 7:14-8:39, Romans 10:9-13, and Romans 12
I hope to one day soon, come back to these Scriptures when I can study and write about them in depth. Plus I want to hear other’s (yours!) thoughts on them too.
My 30 Day Challenge
I cannot believe that I’m in the final week of my 30 day challenge. This was just something I did to start the year off on the right foot. I wanted to be disciplined. I wanted to renew my mind. I wanted to be as healthy as I can be. I have surprised myself by remaining true to my commitments with relatively little effort. My focus has not wavered. I feel good. Already almost 10 pounds lighter, blood pressure is back in the normal range, I’m sleeping and resting most nights, and my priorities are in order. I think that’s been the key for me. Because a big piece of my life is totally out of my control (my Mom’s sickness), it has actually helped me order my priorities so that decision making is very easy. I keep my eyes on my goals for the day and when something unexpected comes up, because I know what’s most important, I can easily do what I need to do and let go of lesser things without guilt.
Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions or January goals that you are trying to keep up with? What are the challenges in your life right now? Is God’s Word a part of your daily regimen? I know God’s Word has been the glue that has held me together! I couldn’t get through life the way I do without it. Just check out those passages in Romans (above) to see what I mean!
I pray this is a great week for each of you. Thanks for your prayers and support through the messages on Twitter, FaceBook, my blog, and email. My love to all of you!