Saturday October 5, 2013
Have you ever had one of those days that is just a "stand-alone" kind of day?! A day that you just think, "Wow, today was a great day!!!" Yeah, well I haven't had one of those in a long, long, long time. Situations may have predicted a good day, or my emotions my have been in a good place one day, but never both at the same time in the last few years.
My dramatic self
On this Saturday, I got up and exercised and ran with some family and friends, went home, had my quiet time, took a short nap, and worked on my dissertation all day. Josh got home from hunting and we cuddled on the couch for a while watching a 20/20 (well, I watched while he slept:)) Then, I cleaned the house and made cauliflower bread sticks with ranch dressing made from greek yogurt. I know your mouths are watering...:)
Pretty simple day, right? Well in my life it was monumental. I can't remember the last day where I had a restful, seemingly normal day...where I felt refreshed, uplifted, encouraged...it was a God-day for sure.
God spoke to me in my quiet time that morning which really set the stage for that day. I read 2 Samuel 22, which is basically an account of David turning back to the Lord and thanking him for all He had done in his life. David was remembering and looking at the history of God's victory in His life. So, I, too was noticing my victories this day.
"God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God is my strong fortress,and he makes my way perfect.He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.He trains my hands for battle;he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.You have given me your shield of victory;your help has made me great.You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping." 2 Samuel 22:31-37 (I wish I would post the whole chapter...it's hard to leave any part of it off!)
As we were sitting on the couch, and I was enjoying my cauliflower bread sticks:), I looked at Josh and said "this has been such a great day; this is the best day I've had in years!!!" Of course, he just looks at me and smiles and laughs at my dramatic expression. But, hey, when you think about the last few years, it really isn't all that dramatic:)
Believing for a monumental month
The beginning of this month has been amazing. Seeing my wonderful best friends, having a calm weekend and feeling somewhat normal...such a wonderful feeling. The days that I have just a teeny tiny bit of a feeling of normalcy...those are the best days.
With Kelly at her baby shower...she looks amazing!
Even though October is an exciting month for me, it also is difficult as I am reminded of breast cancer seemingly everywhere I look and am brought back to how different things looked just a short time ago. I am committed to believing for a monumental month, a month of victories!
I have so many memories of heartache, whether it be riding down the road, or seeing a TV show, or just remembering. Josh and I plan on doing a podcast soon sharing some of the things that go through our minds on a daily basis. But with those same heartaches, are victories. I know many of you see me as a positive person, and I am, by the grace of God, but Satan can try to bring me down in that area.
Memories can bring fear, heartache, and pain. Those same memories can bring me victory- remind me how far I've come. How far God has brought me. I choose victory over pain. Victory over fear. Victory over heartache. Planning on many more victories this month!
Make today your best day "in YEARS!!!"