Over the past 1-1/2 years, my marriage was tested as never before, my precious brother, Russ, lived with us and soon suffered from cancer that took his life in March of this year; my husband's brother, Tom, had to go into assisted living; and now my 90 year old Mom broke her hip, had hip replacement surgery, can no longer live on her own or with us, and is in a long-term care facility.
Though I am thankful that my brother is safe in the arms of the LORD, free from pain, Bob's brother is in a great assisted living place (as is the place for my Mom) I am up to my ears in "hot water" in dealing with the aftermath and responsiblities of caregiving, managing Bob's brother and my Mom's medical and financial affairs and sometimes I simply feel overheated and overwhelmed.
In the "unexpected fires of sorrows," all I hope for is that I will not "grow weary from doing good!" This is one of the deepest desires of my heart and soul, because I believe that our fGod is an "awesome God," and "with Him nothing is impossible."
I remember so vividly standing over the lifeless body of our son, Kevin, in January 2002 asking a close friend, "How am I going to live with this loss?" and immediately God's Word floated up inside me and I said, "But, I can do all things through Christ and so that means this, too!"
I believe that when God allows the water to boil around and over me, and when I feel like I won't survive the fire, He is always there to cool down the "unexpected fires." And, I am glad to say, that even in the hottest waters, good things always come from inside, not because of who I am, but beause of "who's I am!"
What about you? What's inside you that comes out when the water gets HOT?
With Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie "a mom like you"