"A happy family is but an earlier heaven"~ George Bernard Shaw
There are times in my life when the circumstances around me cause me to stop and reflect on all the blessings God has poured out on me. In the good or bad, God is ALWAYS there and is the One who I am able to turn to when things in life are so up in the air and the future is so unclear. Oh how sad for those who have no one to turn to when things get rough!
Last night I was able to spend a couple of hours with my grandma while she is still rehabilitating from her stroke. She is making such amazing progress that it can be considered nothing short of a miracle. Her expected discharge date is Nov. 24th at 1 pm...2 days before Thanksgiving. Oh what a precious miracle it would be if she were able to be home that day.
My grandpa was there for about half of my visit and it was so refreshing to sit with both of them and just discuss everything from the transitions being made at their house in preparation for my grandma's homecoming to the traffic problems I might encounter on my way home. A couple of other visitors did stop by but I stuck around until she was ready for bed.
In my previous conversations with my grandma she never fails to mention how important all the support & encouragement have been in her recovery. Our family is quite large...the extended part anyway. What a blessing it is to have so many people praying for you in your time of need! She has a box full of cards...literally the box lid is just sitting on top because the box is so full. She is an amazing woman who means so much to so many people. We've also discussed what peace it brings to have our heavenly father to call on and talk to when we get discouraged. I am reminded so many times at what a great and awesome God we serve & what a privilege it is to have Him to fall on instead of having to wade through all the crap of life on our own.
She has so much wisdom to give and its at these points in my life that I am reminded how blessed I am to have such an amazing family. I pray that as she comes home and is able to settle into the life she has always lived that I would strive to take as much wisdom from her as I possibly can. I want my life to be one that touches people and maybe I'll never know how or when, but maybe someday when I have struggles in my life those people will come out of the woodwork and cause my card box to overflow.