Monday, September 8, 2008

Life is complicated, joyful, heartbreaking, fulfilling, scary, amazing, beautiful, uncertain, and 101 other things to go along with those short few that just popped into my mind.

I believe, in a short period of time this morning, I have experienced every emotion under the sun when it comes to this thing called "life."

A few observations:

1. I am beyond blessed. I have a home, air conditioning, food in my pantry, gas in my car, too many clothes in my closet, happy children, crazy dogs, and a husband who loves me.

2. Life can change very quickly. An illness can come on when you least expect it. Fear sets in.
The unknown takes over every aspect of your mind. You either run to Jesus or run as far away as possible. This can strengthen you or tear you apart.

3. Human love and compassion is the most beautiful thing I've seen today. There are people who came into my life today that have such a dear piece of my heart right now. God ordains it all too. Nothing is by chance in His book.

4. Life is short. Take nothing for granted. Enjoy every ounce of your day. Even when you don't feel like. Ask God for a new attitude!

5. How do you get through crazy times in life without Jesus??

6. Get over "quirks" you have with people that drive you crazy....move on and embrace them for who they are!

7. The Psalms are where I am in Bible study.....a perfect place for me.

8. Life is simple, yet oh so hard too.

9. Relationships mean everything to me.

10. God is Holy, Sovereign, and Just. He is love. I love Him more than ever.

I don't want you worrying that all these statements are about me. Some are, some aren't. Just some perspective was shot my way today. Good ole perspective to make you see and feel things differently.

"Thank you Jesus for giving me life and may you use me in whatever way you see fit to make a difference in the life of someone else and bring glory to your name!"

Now, have a great day with all that God has given you!!
Hugs and blessings....


BethAnne said...

"How do you get through crazy times in life without Jesus??"

I have asked myself that question many times - How DO people get through life without the Hope of Glory? I dont know - I just dont know.

Patty said...

My sweet Fran all I am going to say is that I love you so much and at times life can be brutal that at any given moment can steal your joy and hope if we are not anchored to Christ. I have found that during these times I want to run into the arms of our Savior because He is our Hope, Joy, Strength and with God ALL things are possible and he has a way of walking up to us and asking, what do you want me to do for you? Just as he did the blind man and the man said, I want my vision and Jesus immediately healed him. Other times he asks that we trust Him even though we can't see the outcome. That one is tough but He never leaves us or forsakes us and he loves you so!!!

Love you and can't wait to talk woth you tomorrow!!

Jenny said...

Thank you for the "quirks" comment. I tend to obsess over stuff that drive me crazy about people. Thanks for reminding me to get over it! :)

Darlene R. said...

Love you bunches, Fran!!

beckyjomama said...

I really, really, REALLY want to hug you right now.


Becky Jo

Unknown said...

This list is so good Frannie! I'm praying for you friend.

Anonymous said...

Jesus shows up in mighty ways in the storms of life. Wherever you are in this today, you are in my prayers. And may He continue to reveal Himself so beautifully to you. Love, Annette

connorcolesmom said...

My sweet Fran!!
I will be praying for you and all the other people in your life.
Life is hard and unexpected but one thing is consistent - GOD
He loves us and never leaves us
He knows what is to come and what will be
He carries us when we know we can not take another step
He breathes life into us when we feel we can not live another moment
I miss you and wish I could throw my arms around you!
Much love

ocean mommy said...

I am praying for you tonight sister.

There is such comfort in knowing and believing that our God is with us! I struggle sometimes with the believing that HE really is WITH ME and He REALLY hears me!!! (of course those are usually the times, I want an answer like...yesterday!)

Miss you so much!

Denise said...

I am wrapping you in love, prayers, and great big hugs my friend.

Melinda said...

I love you, Fran.

That's all.

I so stinkin' love you. Better than that, so does Jesus. Oh praise Him!


Bev Brandon @ The Fray said...

Hey Fran, just thinking of you this evening and just got down and prayed for you---been thinking about you and your husband a lot and praying for you guys---you are on my mind and oh so precious! Your "oldest guy" picture looks like a teenager---when did he grow up???

MelanieJoy said...

I stopped by when I got home from work. I wanted to come back and give you a copy of the quote I used on my blog...but you beat me over there to it. Regardless, I'm glad you got to read it!
Big Hugs to you~

Lindsee said...

Thank you for sharing your "life" with us, Franny. I love you so very much! God IS alive and active in your life. Amen!


~Elaine~ said...

You are a blessing to me. You will never know how much your prayers have meant to me. You have shown me that in Christ we are all connected, not just random strangers. I think of you and you are in my prayers daily.
There are no words that can express the thanks I have in my heart for you, my blogging prayer warrior.

lori said...

Hey girl!!
Sending thoughts and prayers your way...........
Have you read the shack yet?

Michelle V said...


You are in inspiration to me!

I'm praying for you!


He Knows My Name said...

oh fran i need your prayers and much is going on. mom really is failing. it has been our promise to mom and dad nursing homes would never be an option. now between 3 kids we have to work out careing for her and hope things can be worked out. your #6 puts my thoughts down very kindly. working with siblings at a time like this can do things to a relationship and i'm trying not to go there.

i'm not reading anything now. i'm having a hard time concentrating on things.

your boys are just the cutest little men and are so blessed to have you as their mom.

fran you are such a true lover of the body and you speak to me each and every time by your kind loving words. you have been such a blessing to my life. i am forever changed by YOU!!!


Charity said...

I am trying to hold back tears. Maybe I am weird, but I seriously think about these same things that you have posted pretty much on a daily basis. Maybe it is because I deal so much with death and dying at the hospital. Life IS short. TOO short to let little things stand in our way of letting people know how much they mean to us. And illness really does come on MANY people when they least expect it! I have seen too much of it recently and it is getting to me I think. Especially young people who have their whole lives ahead of them. God is good though. ALWAYS! And I don't know how (#5) people get through it without Jesus. I daily realize how blessed I am (#1) especially with my health and the health of my family.
I just love you to pieces Fran and I am so glad I stopped by your blog today! (Nothing is by chance in his Book #3)


Denise said...

I love you my sweet friend, you are very much in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care, God loves you so very much.

Linda said...

Great list Fran. I am so glad I was able to get by your blog tonight. Thanks for your prayers and please know that I am praying for you.

HisGeorgiaPeach said...

Somedays life just hits you, how great it can be with God's blessings and also how fragile and harsh it can be due to the fact that the devil is the prince of this world. Total different contrasts, but totally true of each and every day we live on this earth. I have no clue what people live for if they don't do it for Jesus. Muchos prayers are going up for you by me tonight. :)


Lee and Heather said...

Hey Fran you do not know me...I am Jill Storer's sister my name is Heather and your blog is amazing and I love reading it! Thank you for being a blessing to those who read this! I especially liked this one...i felt like i had written it myself except for where you are in bible study ( i am studying Mark). You sound like quite an amazing disciple for Christ...keep up the good work!!!

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