Posts Tagged ‘preseverance’

2019 – What a Difference a Year Makes

We are well into 2019. The first day of spring is now behind us. It has been over a year since posting to my blog. The last year was spent battling the cancers – yes, that is plural – that invaded my wife and thus our world.

God is faithful – isn’t He always? – and our lives have returned to a more normal time. She still is taking medicine and will for the duration of 5 years since she began taking them and continues regular checkups with her oncologist, radiologist, and gynecologist along with her normal visits to her regular doctor.

We are currently planning a trip to Germany to visit our youngest son and his family. We have three grandchildren there we don’t see often and one of them we have never seen in person. We’ve only been able to visit over WhatsApp or Facetime or Skype. That is betting than not seeing them at all but will never replace real hugs in person. This is the trip we were going to take last year before the C invasion. Now it is happening.

We thank all of our friends and family both offline and online who have prayed for my wife and myself over this past year. We are out of the valley! I often say it takes two mountaintops to make a valley. We are moving on to our next mountaintop experience!



A Life Lesson I’ve observed (and am still learning) is that of FOCUS.

Learning to FOCUS all your faculties on a particular objective can be the key that opens doors to accomplishing most anything.

When your physical and mental resources are focused your power to resolve life’s issues are multiplied. To do two things at once is to do neither very well.

FOCUSING all your energies on a single objective magnifies the results.  This is like the sun’s power aimed at a single point through a magnifying glass causing a flame to ignite.

Learning to FOCUS will bring more results to your life than attempting to do many things at once. Remember the lesson of the sun and how its rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

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Proverbs 4:23-27 (The Message) Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;    avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.


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