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Reflections on this past year, remind me of GOD’s care for us.

2015 started off just like any year.

There wasn’t anything terribly unusual about it.

The word I chose for the year was the word healthy.


A part of me felt shaky about that choice.

As if there might come a time when ill health would hit during the year.

I get these niggly feelings at times that I try not to think about much.


Because they could simply be the verbalization of fear

Or a premonition that GOD is warning me of things to come.

Sometimes they happen, sometimes not.

I take note of them, but don’t take them too seriously.

Our birthdays passed with nothing eventful happening,
but suddenly during the night, April 24th, everything changed!

Ron’s 77th birthday came and went in March.

Then my 69th came and went in early April.

In the middle of the night on April 24, I woke up to find Ron struggling in the bathroom.

I assessed him for a couple of minutes and was certain he was having a stroke.

I got him back on the bed while I dressed and called my daughter.            stop


In my assessment, I determined that I could get him to the emergency room faster

Than I could wait for an ambulance to come.

So I grabbed his medication list and insurance information,

Helped him dress, and along with my daughter, we got him in the car


Then both of us headed for the emergency room with Holly following behind.

I talked to him all the way there…and he talked to me.

We arrived in the ER 1/2 hour after I found him.

They immediately swarmed him and had an IV in him and asked us pertinent info.

Soon he was having a CT scan.

Within a few hours, he was admitted to the hospital.


It was great to have my daughter there.

Since that day, he has had a variety of therapies, both acute therapy the first 2 weeks

And outpatient therapy for a few months.

He has progressed well in many ways

But because of where the stroke hit, he is different.


He can walk and talk.

But his sense of order and awareness of the passing to time?

That is not up to par.

As we adjust to the changes, we are also aware of GOD’s goodness to us, often shown through His people

We are still adjusting to the changes.

I have had to take on jobs he was able to do before.

Both of us are at varying levels of grief.

But we are also aware of GOD’s goodness in times of trouble.

Our trouble hasn’t been as hard as that of many others.


GOD has provided what we have needed when we needed it.

One grace for Ron is that he is able to drive, something he truly enjoys.

Reflecting on GOD’s grace to us is good.

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Seeing the beauty around us

Enjoying the presence of family

Sharing the goodness of GOD’s people at church,

In our small group and in other settings.

All have helped with recovery.


My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
    and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
 when I remember you upon my bed,
    and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
 for you have been my help,
    and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
 My soul clings to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63:5-8