Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Monumental day!

Today is my Dad's 70th birthday! When you go back through all of the toils, trials and health issues he has had, this truly is remarkable day.

Dad has always been one of my Heroes. Always seemed to walk taller than his 6 foot frame and managed to do with a humbleness that was beyond belief. Far from perfect but honest to a fault, his love for God is contagious.

His first heart attack was at age 35.  It seemed as though we would lose him early in life but he seemed to will himself to live and let God handle the rest. A leisurely Motorcycle ride in his MID-60'S (lol) tried its best to take him out but that determined will and trust in God allowed me to wish him a Happy Birthday today.

One of the worst days of my life was during that time and occurred while he lay raging with a fever. They put ice blankets on him and I felt as if I were going to die, watching him shake and convulse so violently. Knowing his cold naturedness in the first place caused me to have one of the most helpless feelings that I have ever known but God brought him through.

As I told you this morning, Dad. I'm very proud of you. Thanks for teaching me to fight for what matters and to trust God in the face of the impossible. I love you more than words can express. Happy Birthday!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ain't nothing but a thang

Yes, I've been made aware that we voted already so I guess it is time for an update with the New Year and all! Things are going pretty well for the most part. Indian Trail is on a slow and steady course of growth. We have almost doubled our average attendance since July. There are several new families and we've made the addition of Susan Smith (another Indian Trail alumnus) as our Children's Pastor. We are excited about 2011 as God has given us some great and precious promises that I am looking forward to seeing fulfilled.

Of course when good things start happening in the Kingdom, it also stirs up the enemy of our Soul as well. This past November after moving some furniture, I started having pain in the left Shoulder. I figured it was muscle aches with being out of shape so I attempted to ignore it but it got progressively worse. I finally broke down and went to see the Doc in December. X-rays revealed arthritis and bone spurs on the collar bone going into the joint. I had told the Doc that it hurt worse than arthritis but he was confident in his diagnosis and gave me some meds and wanted me to come back in a month. The Shoulder got worse and I called to get back in only 2 weeks later. An MRI showed what the Doc had found and also a tear in the left bicep! sigh

I'm waiting now to hear when my Surgery will be and just wondering what is ahead. Must be something good because this ain't nothing but a thang! lol