Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We Love You Hunter...

Today is a very special day in the lives of our family.  Today we celebrate the birth of our precious new grandson, Hunter Michael Swift, born this afternoon at approximately 1:15pm or so, 7lbs, 3oz, 20.5 inches long...five little fingers and five little toes...He was three weeks early, but right on time...God's perfect time...A little miracle, a little gift.   The labor was long and at times very hard; I thought to myself thanks a lot Eve...you just had to eat that fruit...His mommy did wonderfully though, such grace under pressure..enduring the pain, anticipating the reward...His daddy, being brave and supportive, did a wonderful job at his post...holding her hand and speaking words of encouragement...then finally...this new little one made his grand entrance into this world.   Joy beyond measure saturated the room as this tiny new life caused such excitement..the medical team scrambled to take stats and complete reports...pictures snapping all around this little celebrity who had taken command of the room.  So now his journey begins....we are so blessed....for it is written.."For you formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother's womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..."   Thank you Lord for this gift of new life...

      "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the
                                          Father of lights........"           James 1:17

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Big Five O

Today was a milestone birthday for me.  I turned 50...It felt perfectly awesome and it didn't bother me a bit...I don't really recall any of the previous milestone birthdays bothering me either..except maybe 30?  .. I enjoyed a nice evening of celebration with my very wonderful family; as I sat there watching them all laughing and joking, I felt tremendously blessed...Years from now, I may not remember exactly what gifts I received (except for the wonderful and very special hand-made cards from my niece and grandsons..); but I will remember the joy of knowing that I have a family that loves me.. and that is truly an awesome gift that the Lord has given me...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Faith Test

I read a friend's blog today and could really relate to the words on the screen..She was talking about the struggle we experience with worry/peace, worry/peace. It's sometimes hard to delete that "worry".  It would be nice if we could just hit the backspace button and wipe it right off the pages of our mind.. ..I know through faith that God's word promises us that He will meet ALL our need..His word tells us "fear not" and "do not worry" and that we are to have peace through the storms of life.  I really truly believe this, so why do I feel sometimes like I am trying to talk myself into it?  I guess it's more like reminding myself that I do believe and I do have faith.. When worry and fear start to creep in, I remind myself that I am a child of God and I am not supposed to give-in to worry and fear.  Any trials that I/we have been through, emphasis on "been through"..I/we have come through it..got through it...and are still standing, praise God.  I think waiting is the tough part since we tend to want everything "now" or better yet, "right now"..I've come to realize that "my now" isn't "God's now".  So for now I must stand in faith and always be ready ...Subject to change-life as we know it...