Thank you so much for all of the prayers that continue to come our way. I am feeling much better now, and am trying to catch up on two week's worth of stuff that didn't seem to go anywhere while I was sick! Things continue to be the same, or are progressing on the worse side, with Daddy. Although he is home, and hospice, and nursing services come to the house, Mom and my brother Bobby are still the only caregivers he has; the sitter didn't work out, for whatever reason. Mom is doing well, handling it, but I know she would love a break occasionally. It will still be a week or more before I get to go down; life here keeps getting in the way.
I was feeling better enough this week to get to go to two Southern Gospel concerts, an activity that I haven't done much in the past 5 years. It just so happened that two groups of friends were in the area. On Thursday, I saw Tribute Quartet, and on Sunday, I saw the Talleys. Both were blessings. I forget sometimes how good it feels to be around loving Christian people at a concert. I admit, the quartet singing is just slightly harder for me than the mixed groups, for obvious reasons - my mind's eye keeps seeing another pianist and emcee up there, and sometimes my heart spills over from my eyes.... Having said that, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the concerts, and plan to get back into seeing more groups, as they come near. The best part is being with friends and having love and support; you just can't beat good Christian fellowship!
Chelsea is due home in about 9 days from her journeys. She is having a wonderful time, and her descriptive writing about her trip is making me so "homesick" to go there myself! It has truly been too long since I have seen my N. Ireland "family" - I will have to do something about that, as soon as I feel like I can actually make a plan.
This past week or so has brought some situations that I have had difficulty in dealing with. I guess there will always be those people; those places; those "things" in our lives that keep it from being a perfect world. I have had to lean on my belief that God is still in control, and know that He already knows all of the answers. It's just funny how all of that head knowledge forgets to get down into the heart at times. But, when that happens, I have to step back, and reassess, and remember Who is in charge. It's not me, and for that I am truly grateful! I have proven time and again that when I forget that, it's a pretty quick downhill slide. So, I am reminding myself, once again, and in the process, reminding you, too: When life seems to be spiralling out of control, step back; know that God has it in His hands, and He wants the best for His children. Lay your problems and concerns down at the feet of the Savior, and He will pick them up, and hold them wisely, and lovingly,
In His Grip!