Are you astonished that we are now in the final month of 2017? This has been quite a year and I am beginning to “look back.” I think it advantageous for each of us to do a review, of sorts, of our time. Last year I knew, with no shadow of doubt, that my ‘word’ for 2017 was to be Sufficient. This ten-letter word has served me well. I know that God is sufficient but this year I fully and completely believe it. He has met me in places of doubt and disbelief and has been more than sufficient and faithful.
Most of you know that I struggle with a few things! Contentment (mostly where we live), and two prodigals. Please don’t think I don’t know how blessed I am. Because I DO. Our empty-nest life is filled to the brim with good things. I am loved by my family and my husband. I have a little four-legged furry critter who is my faithful companion and shadow. We enjoy good health and we are still physically strong. I am seriously trusting my good, good Father for the sale of our home to just the right family and the return of my two prodigals. I believe with every cell of my body that these things will come to fruition. Because He is sufficient and faithful. My cup is full and overflowing and it is with joy I take a look at November – shall we?
November began with a road trip to Boiling Springs, SC, to visit my online sister and blogging friend, Tammy Mashburn and her sweet man, Cecil. Tammy and I met in person in September 2016 and at that time I said to her, “Next time I’m bringing my hubs because our men will get along really well.” It took a year but we did it. Our men became friends. Our dogs became…hmm…let’s say, tolerant of one another! Lola is a very domineering female and our Sam is quite submissive. LOL-a! Little play on words. The weekend was a huge success and we are already planning another one in the Spring.
The next weekend we traveled to Lynchburg, VA, for college football weekend!!! I had bought tickets in September and we had great seats – on the 50 yard line. The five of us crammed in one hotel room, with our dog! Breakfast out in historic Lynchburg and then we dropped off our L.U. junior and headed home. Fast, furious, fun. Hannah is doing great at school – she works very hard! Simon, a freshman in high school, if truth be told, would rather play his guitar than do essays and math equations.
The next weekend was my Tennessee girlfriend lunch Saturday and we all met at Kris’ home in Johnson City for 4 hours of glory! The food was good too.
Thanksgiving was full. We got full. The house was full. The whole thing was FULL AND FUN. I did sit at the beautiful Thanksgiving table with my husband and was-band, two of my children, my grandchildren and my new “adopted” grandchild, Berlin age 10! (A story for another time.) Michael, my youngest, came home with us for a sleepover, a hike, and coffee. Michael grew up in this house so it always feels right when he’s here. .
I sidetracked the L.I.S.T. this month because I needed to take a deep dive into the month and I’m really glad I did because it reminds me of just how blessed we are. As my friend, Kathy, says, “God is good – all the time!!”
I’m already enjoying December – taking a lot of holy pauses this month to “savor the Savior.”
This week I’ll be linking up with:
- Inspire Me Monday
- Glimpses of His Beauty
- God Sized Dreams
- Jennifer Dukes Lee
- Tea and Word
- Seeking God
- Porch Stories
- Coffee for Your Heart
- Tune In Tuesday
- Heart Encouragement
- Dance With Jesus
- Fresh Market Friday
- Thought Provoking Friday
- Counting My Blessings