Circumstances of Life or Promises of God?

I choose to stand on the promises of God. The circumstances of life are just way too precarious and unpredictable for my feet to stand firm. How about you? Circumstances of life or promises of God? Easy to choose an answer to this question and so much harder to live out when your circumstances of life are hitting you one right after the other. And yet, His promises stand true forever. 

It’s Monday and I am 2 weeks post surgery. Cannot express all my thanks for those who are frontline with me in this recovery and for all those who have helped to carry me in any way, with food, flowers, cards, candy, care, visits, prayers, even tough love in PT and OT. It is quite painful (they weren’t kidding!!)  but I am stronger everyday.

There are special moments that stand out so far.

Like Kenzie, sitting beside me and sprinkling my forehead with soft sweet kisses whispering over and over that she loves me so much and it won’t be long before I will be racing and jumping with her.  She has been so concerned for her Mimi, she has brought me an army of stuffed animals, flowers, pictures, hugs and kisses to help with recovery.

Like my Mom and Dad coming to the stairs every night to hug, say I love you and watch me climb those steps every time. You’ve been my biggest cheerleaders from my earliest memory and you still are. Love you two. And the food my mom is making. Who could not recover!?!?

Like my sweet beautiful sons, Matt and Drew taking days off from work to be with me and help me walk and read to me and just love their Mom through it. Matt, spending the night with me in the hospital and watching a Cary Grant movie with me. Drew, who ever so gently reminded me that we still have a few more exercises to do and how great I am doing. Thanks to Becca for encouraging me with words, food and visits.

Like my sweet husband, Andy, who loves me so well, & who is always, always working to keep me comfortable and motivated and ready to let me cry it out when I need to. You are there in the middle of the night through thick and thin.

Like Sharla, spending my first night post surgery with me and listening to all my silly, crazy talk and snacking at 3 am, and for the love you always give.

Like my small group, who have visited and brought food and cheer and ice and love.....and chocolate. you have truly lived the 2nd Mile with your visits, meals, ice, and love. 

Like the Journey to Hope staff, full of encouragement and love and sending it my way.

Like friends and neighbors, who have taken the time to come by with flowers, food, ice, texts, emails and shout out words of encouragement.

Like my friend, Julie giving Bella a play date the day after I got home. And our dog walker, Christine, going on extra walks and giving the Goldens so much love.

Like my beautiful Goldens, who never leave my side. Their love and care is so pure. They are very alarmed when physical therapy makes me yelp. They come running. And our cat, Emma who has taken up residence in my lap.

A flood of love has come my way, and I am grateful indeed. For every single act of kindness, thought and prayer. I thank you, Susie

What a blessing, Susie💙


P.S.  hours for this week.  I am holding phone and video sessions out of the office this week. I am very responsive to texts, emails and phone calls. Please reach out at 540-760-3577 if you need to speak to me and I will respond as soon as I can.  Normal counseling hours resume for me Monday, August 27th, 2018. Carlie will be in the office this week on Thursday, August 23rd.