Appreciate the normal

How many times do you groan when it is time to do the routine things in life like wash dishes or run errands? Sometimes I do, hate to admit, but I do. However, truth be told I love my life of routine. I suppose I am still a toddler in brain years and I like for my world to be predictable, normal, on time, with little to no change. Sounds boring doesn't it, but that is where I thrive. If this is so, then I should celebrate my normal, enjoy the routine and not complain.

This past week, I received an email from a friend. We have met once, but like all relationships where God is the initiator I feel like I have known her for years. Her husband has cancer and does not feel good most of the time from treatment for the cancer.

This past week she wrote this: We skipped our last karate class tonight so we could all kind of just hang out and be normal tonight and as much as I hated for the kids to miss karate...it was wonderful to just sit and watch TV and just enjoy talking to my sweetie! When he feels bad I try not to run my mouth constantly ( hard to believe I realize) but I am enjoying this 7 day sabbatical. Cancer really is a family disease.....hardest on the patient but oh so hard on the precious children. I beg you to pray for them. They worry more than they admit I can just feel it.

If there is anything that can make you appreciate your "normal" in life it would be to take a second and empathize with someone else's absolutely not normal. Don't feel sorry for them. Pray! Pray for them and their family, then pray for yourself to see the bigger picture, then pray and tell God how thankful you are for the normal things in life.

I believe that all things in life happen for a reason. We can choose to make the most of each moment or we can let them pass right on by. I have a hard time seeing the big picture in my dear friend's life. I can't imagine what good could possibly come to this family through suffering and hardship. I am not sure what to think about it sometimes, I simply have to trust. That is what I have been called to do, TRUST GOD, NO MATTER WHAT. There is a reward in that, just as in being faithful to our spouses there is a reward in being faithful to God, I truly believe this!

However, I am not content to just "hope" there is a purpose for my friend's hardship, I choose to make sure there is good coming from it. I choose to take her situation, apply it to my life, pray without ceasing and make sure that every single day I remember how blessed I am to be "normal" and have a "normal" family life.

God Bless each of you this week with eyes to see the "normal" joys we sometimes pass by each day.

Love
Julie

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