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What does embrace mean?  To accept or support a belief or change willingly and enthusiastically. 

That is what my week has been all about! For a few months, I have been working with a group, to plan a women’s retreat. We have been excited to work on it…especially to incorporate some activities that would help mix our ladies up and help them meet new women in our church. Some are new to our church and don’t know many people. Others have been here a long time and don’t feel the need to make the effort to meet new people…and there is a mix of everything in between! We may be a lot like your church.

But Tuesday night, all the planning for Friday changed. Ron had some sort of neurological event. It has now been confirmed that it was another stroke.  I had to call 911. The ambulance came and he went to the ER.    stop

Then the testing started. What happened? What was going on in his body? The combination of symptoms was confusing for sure!

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Of course, he had all manner of testing, IV’s, oxygen, blood drawn and a CT of everything. He was admitted, but it took awhile for them to be able to get a bed for him. Finally, at about 2 AM, he was admitted to Neuro ICU. I was given information re my restrictions and rules. By the time the dust had settled and he was safe in his room, I left the hospital at 3 AM. When I got home, I was bone tired.

You know that bone tired you get after a huge rush of adrenaline? Well that was how I felt! I took a shower, had a hot drink and took time to relax. Then I folded the laundry that went into the dryer as I headed off to the hospital a few hours earlier. Finally, I was ready to sleep!

I am learning to embrace the change GOD brings me with each new day.

As each day inches by, with its challenges, I am learning to embrace my new change. It’s true, I don’t know exactly what my new challenge is yet. We don’t even have a diagnosis! We do have a lot of “no’s.” We know a lot of things it isn’t. That doesn’t help much. It’s true, we may have to settle for that, but I’m not certain we will.

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In the process, I’m embracing a week of hospitals, sickness, time spent in places and ways I wasn’t planning to. No, it won’t be the fun weekend I planned. It will be quieter… Sitting in the hospital with my husband… Making sure he doesn’t fall when he impulsively jumps up to go to the bathroom instead of asking for help…Praying for the Retreat instead of being actively involved there.

But learning to embrace the things we are called to do is more helpful than fighting them or chafing against them! How do we do it?

With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers,
as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice,
consecrated to him and acceptable by him.
Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould,
but let God re-mould your minds from within,
so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good,
meets all his demands and
moves towards the goal of true maturity.

Romans 12:1-2 (JBPhilips)


**This was supposed to go with last week’s 5 minute Friday. With the hospitalization, discharge and craziness, I wasn’t able to get my photo done until today. Better late than never!