Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Shingles are stupid and I really wanna run away to the beach!

This picture makes me soooooo very happy in so many ways. First...hubs is off looking at someone that I know for a fact was being silly in front of us. Clearly...his attention has been caught. I'm looking straight ahead with the other 3 and we are just smiling and happy. Aaaaahhhhhh....precious. It was also my birthday that day! And we are at church. Happiness.

Get this...I turned 41. For real. Embracing the birthday where I had the shingles. Did you catch that last sentence?? One more time..."embracing the birthday where I had the shingles." I mean really....that doesn't sound old does it? Nah...not one bit. I am sure none if you associate "the shingles" with old age. ;)

So I entered into this 41st year with shingles and intense stress and anxiety over a situation that is completely outside of my family and I'm sure it is all going to be nothing but butterflies and rainbows and ice cream from this point on right? Right. (Play along with me please)

What I do know about that thing that keeps me up at night and causes serious anxiety in my heart is this....

* God reveals steps in teeny tiny baby steps sometimes...He is patient like that and sometimes I want to scream because He is so patient and timely ;)

* God will stretch you into places and positions that you would never ever ever ever do on your own. Stretching hurts and causes you to be IN COMPLETE DEPENDENCE ON HIM! (mumbling under my breath over this one)

* When you believe in something and it starts getting hard you can do one of two things... 1) run away to the beach like I keep saying I am going to do or 2) dig your heels in and don't look back

This 41st year will go down in the record books as a very interesting year for me. Shingles are stupid and painful and stress related and I'm digging my heels in when everything in me says "I'm going to the beach and I'll be back later!"

Dang...life is hard.

Deep down inside I'm thankful for whats taking place here..... growing, stretching, increase of faith blah blah blah. ;)

Love y'all! *MWAH*


Heather said...

Well, I for one would have never guessed 41. 31, yes. Not 41. You look fabulous. Sorry you had the shingles on your birthday friend. You look beautiful and not a bit of 41!! Can I come to the beach with you?! Wait, there's a beach in TX, come here!! Love your new blog look!!

Heather said...

Ewwww, I don't like my picture. What the heck?? Gonna have to change that pronto!!!

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Shingles are terrible and I'm so sorry that you have to endure them. Booo hisss!! I pray that you will feel better soon.


PS. I have something in my Valentine's giveaway that will make you feel so much better---chocolate. Stop by and enter.,..bring your friends, too.

Teri~Facedown said...

You make me laugh!

I'm glad you are seeing the flip side of your situation, it's never easy to go through anxious times, seeing the bigger picture helps!

Love you, and *muah* back!


Deidre said...

I do love that picture, Fran! You have a beautiful family! So sorry you have the shingles. Man, I hear more and more about people getting them. Weird.

Happy Birthday (again!). You do NOT look 41! I'm not far behind you ... 41 in September.

Ashley said...

I LOVE that picture! You are such a beautiful woman and your boys are precious!!! And you so don't look 41. :)

And we have those same chairs in our church. :)

Love you too Fran!

Carolyn said...

Your first two bullet points touched me so deeply this morning. What I needed to hear - very timely. Thank you. Will say a prayer for you today and those shingles... I understand 41, too! :-) Blessings to you and your sweet family!

annette said...

Can't think of a better place to be than in church on your birthday. Beautiful picture of you all! So sorry to hear you have shingles--I've heard they are painful. Well, I always look at you and remember where I was about ten years ago as I just turned 51 and it's all good. Enjoy every bit of it. We just had the kids all cook us a gourmet dinner last night for our birthdays--see what you have to look forward to in 10 years? And if you go to the beach, can I come too? Love, Annette

Susan said...

Happy birthday! Sorry about the shingles. No fun, huh?
I used to be a MOB but now my boys are grown and I'm a Mother of Men. MOM.
I have several friends who will benefit from your blog, so I'm going to share you with them.
Thank you.

Heather said...

Happy belated birthday to a beautiful, young-at-heart, and young-looking 41 yr old!

Melody said...

Thanks for your testimony. You have a beautiful family and God is at work in your lives. What a testimony. If you have time, stop by and visit me as well. I'd love to become friends.

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