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Monday, February 25, 2013

It is All Worthwhile

Sometimes I wonder if writing a blog is worth the time and effort. I know I enjoy the blogs of others even though I can't spend enough time reading them all. But when I get a reply to a post like the last one and knowing it resonated with at least one person, it does have a purpose. I believe it helps to share experiences and how we handled them. Maybe we didn't handle it well, or in the best way, but when others see that we went through it and came out the other side, it might give them courage.

When things get hard, you can know that others have gone through the same thing before you, and others will go through it after you as well as some going through it at the same time as you. Sometimes we have a choice which road we walk on, but other times we have no choice. We are thrown onto a path we have never been down before, and as much as we hate that path that is full of obstacles and huge, jarring potholes, and we can't see what is ahead of us, the only way out is to keep moving forward. Reverse doesn't work and there is no place to make a U-turn. The scenery doesn't seem to change for such a long time that we think we are standing still, but we really aren't. Maybe it is a long, dark tunnel that seems to never end but just goes deeper and deeper. But as we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we come to a bend in that tunnel and begin to see a faint light ahead. And it grows bigger and bigger. We might think it is a train headed right for us, but remember, this is a one-way road. Nothing can be coming from the other direction. So it must be the end of the tunnel up there!

If you believe in Jesus, you can know that you aren't walking that road alone. He is always with us. He is there to support us when we stumble. He is there to carry us when the mud gets too deep. He is there.

When my husband was being diagnosed with terminal cancer, the chorus to the song "Turn your eyes upon Jesus" kept running through my mind. The words became very real to me. Think about them.

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of this world will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace."
I have included a video of the song. 

I asked that this song be sung at my husband's funeral.


  1. Hi Lorita...
    Its me again!! Its 244am. I didnt get home from work until 1245am. Yes please email at me your convenience. I would love to chat with you. I LOVED the Alan Jackson song. I am a christian and try to keep my eyes on HIM... but sometimes I fail miserably at it and just get down right MAD at Him for taking Jeff. Please email me ok?

    Thank you for your blog. It has helped me so much!!! Keep going!!!

  2. This is what John and I discussed the other day. I've been writing my newsletter for 12 years now and blogging since 2006. I guess I'm never going to be one of those bloggers that finds themselves making money writing, but if I can reach ONE person, help one somebody to stretch a dollar, feel better about where they are spiritually, lead them to examine their lives...Then it's worthwhile. Love you friend!

    1. Thanks, Terri! I know you reach many people with your writing. You have most certainly enriched my life in many ways, so I hope you never stop writing.


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