This past summer during my long battle against breast cancer, I was tremendously bolstered by the prayers of people who support Joni and Friends (and I bet you are one, too). Just look at this photo of the many friends who wrote me "Happy Grams" back in August -- I was so encouraged by their Bible verses, poems, and words to favorite hymns. So I tip my hat to my many brothers and sisters in Christ who have cheered me on this past year -- you friends really inspire me!
Yesterday I was flipping through Diamonds in the Dust (one of my devotional books) to find a verse, when I happened to read the December 31 entry about looking back over the year to take inventory. So I decided to take my own advice :-). In fact, I invite you to join me in reviewing the year in asking: Did I keep all my promises, at least those I remember? Did I meet all my goals, or at least some of them? Have my relationships strengthened with family and friends? Did my life in the Lord deepen and grow? If I were to ask a close friend, would he say that I’ve changed for the better? I'm not asking you these things to make you feel guilty, it’s just good to close out the old… to tie up loose ends… and to bring closure to one year before you begin a new one.
LISTEN to a Blessed Journey
Merry Christmas, friend – and I can’t think of a better way to say it, than to sing it! I hope you enjoy listening to this special Christmas song “Blessed Journey” from Whiter Than Snow, a CD collection of some of my favorite Christmas carols and hymns. Ken and I join you in reflecting today on all that the Father has given us through the gift of His wonderful Son, our Savior. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas! Watch this special video from Joni and Ken, where they express their hearts of thanksgiving.
Last Friday I was giving someone a quick tour of my art studio, when I caught him admiring a small green candy dish on the shelf. Colored with poster paint and glazed, it was the obvious work of a child. Well, a 17-year-old child. I explained that it was the first thing I'd ever painted holding brushes between my teeth; it was 1967, the week before Christmas in occupational therapy, and I was glad I could at least smear paint...
Today is my husband’s birthday – he’s 64, going strong, and I'm so glad he celebrated out of doors today. He and a few friends took the dogs and went bird hunting up in the high desert. He called a few minutes ago: “Find some good recipes for pheasant :-)!” Actually, I am grateful Ken got away today. He’s been doing double-duty for months now, and this was just the birthday present he needed.
Okay, which one of you was it? Somebody has been hitting his knees hard on my behalf, I know. Cancer treatments aside, my pain levels in the last month or so have been so, well... manageable. Even mild. That's amazing. My heart's been overflowing with thanksgiving for all the many blessings with which I've been graced, and I know it's because you friends have been knocking on heaven’s gates for me. What a blessed Christmas gift you've given Ken and me!