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An Incredible Compliment

Samantha gave me an incredible compliment the other day.

She told me the following story:

“At Bible Study last night, we were talking about suffering and how difficult it is to Glorify God through it, and then the leader asked us if we had ever been able to do that or if we knew anybody who had been able to.”

“And Mom, I thought of you.”

As I gasped and said Thank You, she went on to say: “Though your ‘body is falling apart’, you have turned it into something good-by starting your blog.”

I do joke (mostly joke – although I admit to it being a complaint at times) that my ‘body is falling apart’. One shoulder surgery done…the other in question…and sciatic issues in both legs to boot. I’m not saying it to complain…just the facts in my life right now.

I’ve mulled over Sam’s comments for a couple of days now…and the more I think about it, the more I get teary andΒ think of it as a wonderful compliment.

Now, trust me, I’m not holding myself up there…taking great pride in it all:

I give all the glory to God and His work through my friends and family.

It was He who brought my friend Jan into my life who suggested I blog (although her suggestion was more for the home decor side of things…yeah Jan, I’ll get some of that thrown in here too!).

It was He who started this journey of my ‘body falling apart’, taking a step back from the craziness of my life, soul-searching.

The taking a step back part?

Yes, I’ve always been a bit of an overachiever.

In high school, you’d find me working in an office instead of hanging out with friends.

While kids went off to college, I moved into a full-time job at that same office, eventually working myself into the “assistant” job running a program where I only answered to the executive director.

Last fall when this journey started, I was helping some dear family through some very difficult health issues, while working at the store I co-own, while taking care of my household and immediate family, while sitting on our local Young Life board, while watching 2 beautiful babies, while finishing building my rock wall along our property line, while, while, while….(gasp, gasp, puff, puff – just kidding – but you get the picture).

And through the rock wall building, my shoulders started to really hurt.

And then after all the doctoring, my lower back/sciatic/bursitis all seized up.

And that was the end of all the activities as I knew it. I was on the couch.

And my journey began…

And my journey continues…

And I praise God and thank Him for all His gifts in my life.

Amongst them, I count you – yes YOU – the readers who graciously read these sometimes crazy blogs and don’t seem to mind me sharing my thoughts of the day with you!

Here are a couple of songs that have meant a lot to me along the way…

Laura Story’s ‘Blessings’


Matt Maher’s ‘Hold Us Together’

Maybe you’re in a place where they’ll speak to you too.

I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Sunday…

Your friend in WordPressΒ Blogland,

Patty O

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. I, for one, am happy to be one of your readers; always look forward to your posts. As long as we continue to be thankful for the gifts (even the ones that don’t seem like gifts) we will see the miracles and experience the joy – Have a blessed Sunday πŸ™‚


    April 21, 2013
    • Thank you so much!!! That means the world to me and I completely agree – there is something good in everything and everyone!


      April 22, 2013
  2. Jan #

    Your blog is from the heart … And that’s what’s important and why we all enjoy it so much! Keep writing – who knows what’s in store for you.


    April 21, 2013
    • It’s all because of you Jan…know that I will always be thankful for that! I look forward to the adventures we have ahead of us! πŸ™‚


      April 22, 2013
  3. Hi Patty, I was only thinking the other day how much I have changed since I became ill, and how my “busy” life has turned into a more thoughtful and spiritual one.
    My blessings far outweigh my misfortunes, and I thank God for them. Among my blessings I count my WordPress friends, who have restored my faith in mankind, and are unbelievably supportive and kind to someone they have never met….
    How can one not believe there is a higher power directing us and showing us the way to help ourselves?


    April 22, 2013
    • Once again Meg, I completely agree. When was your surgery rescheduled for? Thinking of you!


      April 22, 2013
      • I need to see the surgeon May 23rd and we go from there. Hopefully I will be healthy for surgery, if not, it’s another 6 weeks of waiting.
        It’s painful having to travel to Sydney for check ups. 6 hours driving and having to stay overnight! I hated the big city hospital as well. I will be blogging about the differences I experienced one of these days…..


        April 22, 2013
      • I’ll keep up the prayers that you’ll be healthy for your surgery so you won’t have to deal with the travel more than once! And so you can start the healing process! I look forward to reading your hospital posts! Hugs.


        April 23, 2013
  4. Reading this made me thankful to have stumbled upon your little space. I think I’m going to love reading more of your heart. Blessings!


    April 24, 2013
  5. You are so positive and inspiring! I’m proud to have known you for 30+ years!


    May 4, 2013
    • Thank you dear friend…has it been that long!?! That makes us sound old! Naaaahhh – young at heart! πŸ™‚


      May 4, 2013

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