Friday, October 6, 2017

Counting My Blessings

What a  beautiful morning  here in the Mid-Atlantic states...  the  sky is  so clear and air  rather  crisp  but  the  sun's warmth will not fail us today!  Not too many more  truly warm days it appears on the weather calendar.  we, here in  SW Virginia  are  really hoping for some of that rain from the tropical depression heading north!Today  I am wanting to share some the blessings   I  am receiving..  One just happened  this morning!!!
1.  While I  was perusing face book  a message popped up from our daughter  asking us to  visit via face time while she and  tiny grand  have their lunch!!!

Now that  the older grand is  in pre-school  it is   very  calming to visit  with  Amanda  and her wee one.. more like the tender days when  Birdie  was  not quite two and  hadn't  developed into  a precocious  4 year old ... Now  wee one has  the opportunity to be  center stage  and  we get to  spend quality time with her...  God is  so good... we treasure these times!!!

2.  Yesterday  God came on me suddenly  with  a huge answer to my prayers... I ran across this quote today and it is so true.
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God’s suddenlies are like a tsunami. You experience it suddenly, but in God it started way back." Joseph Garlington Sr
I have been trusting God  for His best for me   all along  with this  skin cancer on my nose.  But  sometimes his best comes  in  various ways and times  along with a bit of testing to see  if  we will  accept the  row boat that comes to rescue us!!  A friend contacted me on the phone and we chatted about MOHS surgery...  her story really  moved me.. I have been experiencing a long wait  .. first 11 days to get the biopsy back..  a few days to  hear about my surgery date..  which was Nov 7,  I was fortunate to call and get it moved up to Oct 18th, but  that is just for  a
consult and  knowing the  scheduling  for the surgery is  booked up  I  have been  quite anxiously  watching  my  spot on the tip of my nose  appear to  grow...My friend shared her story about calling  Charlottesville,  near  the Medical School,  and  getting much, much  quicker  attention... She actually got her  biopsy back in one day and  within 8 days  had her surgery behind her... since we both  have  squamish,  I  quickly got on the phone and called    Charlottesville and  and so thankful to say I have my pre-op scheduled for Monday... Praise you, Lord for  working all things out according to your plan..I will confess I  have another friend I see more regularly who also gets her  dermatology done  by the same Doctor in Charlottesville,  and who  had  been  pushing me to  get an appt  even  2 weeks ago,  but  it isn't in my nature to opt  for  that...  My husband  had  a very successful  MOHS here  by  our local  doctor and  I  was content...  but  yesterday,   God's sudden  move  on me  was too compelling to  resist...  OH, Lord, I hope to always  be in Your Perfect Will!!!
3.  Even though  I haven't actually been  in the  mood to  take a road trip  to enjoy the 
beauty of  the season,  yet,    the days have been so glorious  Hubs and I have spent several afternoons just sitting in the shade   and  reveling in the color and the  backyard friends  who visit us..


 Jays
 and  finches

Chipmunks 

and bunnies!!

and the sun just    makes  things explode in  its  autumnal radiance
 

 


4.  Even at this moment  I am being  so  eternally blessed...  Dearest is washing the morning dishes  while he is listening to our fall music on dvd  so we can practice our choir music at home  and he is singing his part...  while I sit here typing... it doesn't get any better than that!!!
5.  To top off my week of blessing  I am reminded that tonight is  my favorite night of the month... Every first Friday we attend  Intercessors for America...  We meet in a friend's home...  he  was my  Bible Study teacher  at  a previous church...  He and his wife  have  done missionary work in the most    dangerous  areas of the world... eastern jungles of  India,   the Sudan,  and others... the  folks who  faithfully attend  these meetings are   probably some of the most  dedicated prayer warriors in our  community..it is  such a huge blessing to  just  being the same  room with these  precious  Children of God.  The presence of God is tangible  through  the   sweet incense of  prayer and worship  that  emanates from  their home.  I love to seek out  groups  like this here in our valley... Concerned Women for America and Ladies Aglow are  a couple of others...   don't be mistaken that we are so political...  in these groups  we  seek  beyond the  political  to the  warring in the heavenlies and  do  battle in the spiritual.  So edifying to spend an hour  on your knees with  God's people!!!
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19 comments:

  1. So glad you got a sooner appointment! My little grandson lives here in town but we still FaceTime sometimes - I love that he wants to contact me in that way in-between his times here. Here in TN we don't have a lot of autumn color yet, but I am looking forward to it soon.

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      I think on Tennessee.. such a beautiful state, it makes me think of the tropical depression coming north ..as it passes by please send rain east to Virginia. We are Xtremely dry here. Many of ou4 leaves dry up and just fall off the trees. the maples have finally started to change.. Next week should be nice....cooler temps anyway.

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  2. oh how thankful you must be regarding the newly appointed surgery date. i will pray for,you!

    your granddaughter is adorable!!

    here in eastern NY just 2 hrs north of NYC we dont have vibrant color yet but that is mainly because our evenings have been so warm!!

    up in the adirondacks wheremi am headed tomorrow there should be moremvibrant color. most of NYS is in a bit of amdrought so we are hoping,for rain this weekend.

    enjoy the long weekend!

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    1. AW, Faith, we travel through NY up 87 when we visit our daughter in Boston.. NY is so lovely up through the mountains.. we actually have learned to do anything to miss Connecticutt so we stay on 87 all the way to 90 , but the area is just wonderful. We will be going this year for Christmas.. hoping for good travel weather!

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  3. Wonderful that you got an earlier appointment.
    praying things go well for you :)
    Lovely pictures but the chipmunk is my favorite!

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    1. Annie, we love our chipmunks... they are pretty prolific this year.. and so tame I fear one might get in the house... I wouldn't like that !!! Yikes!!

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  4. So happy to hear your appointment has moved up! PTL. Blessings on your prayer group. Hope your weekend is good!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by... I am very excited to be seeing my new Dr on Monday... praying for a timely surgery.. We ahae a low key weekend... hope your's is great, as well!!

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  5. I'm glad your appointment got moved - I hope all goes well with that. It must be great being able to keep in touch with the grandkids. I'm fortunate to be near mine so can visit easily but I still love seeing new posts on Instagram etc. Modern technology does have its uses!

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    1. Wendy, face time is a life saver for me... I would be one miserable granny without it!!!Our kids have such hectic lives with their work and these two precious tots that for ex in September they visited for the first time in 2 years.. Otherwise we travel the two travel days to see them a few times a year.HUbs refuses to fly... so it is what it is!

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  6. Thanks, new Friend, for joining our Friday Foto Friends link-up. I love reading things that others are grateful for. So glad you're getting the cancer taken care of sooner. What a neat description of God's working... suddenlies! Such beautiful flowers and critters in your yard. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up today. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks for the welcome to FFF...I love my visits there and now Im so pleased to be posting as well! God bless!

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  7. Dear, new Friend of mine,
    iIm sincerely grateful for the lovely comment you left on ~ My little old world ~ and truly honored to hav you amongst my followers, I'm following you in turn with much joy, your blog is so, so beautiful !

    Sending blessings across the many miles,
    with sincere thankfulness

    XOXO Daniela

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  8. Hello, I am glad your appointment was moved up. I will keep you in prayers all is well and your results will be good. Your granddaughter is a cutie. Beautiful flowers. Enjoy your day!

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  9. How wonderful to be in prayer with such a group of warriors. Thanks for mentioning Women's Aglow. I attended a group when we lived in England and it was spiritually refreshing. I am going to see if there is a chapter near me.
    Hurray for a friend who shared her journey, God's moving presence, and a pro-op appointment (today?). Like you, I want to be more in touch with His leading and then DO IT!
    Love your Fall photos. It certainly is a blessing to be surrounded by all kinds of beauty.
    Have a GREAT week.

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    1. Thanks so much for this encouraging comment.. yes, prayer is the most important element we have as Christians... open communication with our God and Savior... And meeting is small prayer groups is a marvelous association to have. I must add, I could not be more pleased to ahve taken my friends advice in calling my new surgeon in Charlottesville, Virginia and having such amazing specialists taking my surgery and reconstruction in hand.... How God worked all this out is an awesome testimony to his trustworthiness and love for His children!

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  10. I am finally home and have my computer running so I'm popping around rather late to read the Fave Fives. You have had a wonderful week.
    I agree that autumn in mid-Atlantic states is a stunningly beautiful time and place!
    Good news about your surgery being moved up!

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    1. Glad you are settled back at home and yes, I am delighted with the surprising turn of events pertaining to my upcoming surgery and reconstruction!!

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  11. I am glad you are getting medical care. I agree with you that it is beyond political what is playing out daily it is spiritual warfare and God is in complete control. That is a comforting thought because it is going to get crazier. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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