Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Joy in the Facts of Life

After my fourth visit to my family doctor for crazy things this summer, I was thinking about how much fun I've had in spite of the craziness and trips to the clinic. I'm sure my doctor just rolls her eyes when she sees my name on her schedule!

While it's almost a joke that I need a protective bubble, I'm thankful for the ability to be active. Last year after chemo, I kind of skipped the summer while trying to get my energy back. This year I'm getting out (which for me could be a risk all on its own) and enjoying life!

I've had the opportunity to marvel at God's awesome creation while riding a beautiful horse...
- even though I cracked two ribs while cinching the saddle.

I've been spending time with my husband, kids, and friends playing disc golf while enjoying the outdoors...
- even though I've had poison ivy...on my face...neck and arm, 9 tick bites, and a gajillion other bug bites.

I've been able to take the dog on walks and spend time praying and thinking...
- even though we got tripped up and I fell and fractured my wrist.

Although I'm not exactly sure how I ended up with shingles... on my face... I know I was enjoying my life!

My kids sometimes joke about "The Williams Curse" when things go wrong. I just tell them we're making memories! It may not always be easy, but it's always more fun to find joy in those crazy mishaps. Besides, if we could find joy in our cancer journey, then we can surely find joy in the little inconveniences of an active summer. After all, the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10b). Each day is the day the Lord has made, so let's rejoice (Psalm 118:24).

I'll gladly take the good and take the bad; I'll take them both, and there you have the facts of life (everyone sing...) - my blessed life!

Buddy feels bad about my wrist!

Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
~ Habakkuk 3:18

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  1. Hi Terri! I found your post through Coffee For Your Heart, I have to laugh at your little mishaps as I'm the exact same way. I was finishing up a trip to the UK this past weekend and 2.5 hours before I left the country, I slipped and completely wiped out. Something that I am known for doing. Thankfully no broken bones, just a sprained foot and scraped knee but I understand. I also love the verses you chose to share, Habukkuk 3:18 and Nehemiah 8:10, my Grandma lost her battle to colon cancer last summer and those were the verses she kept quoting in her hospital room. It's so true, God is the true provider of joy and that's how we get through. Praise God for your being done your Chemo! That's amazing! Thanks so much for sharing today! God bless! :)

    1. Sarah - thanks for stopping by! It's nice to know someone can relate to my mishaps :) I'm sorry your grandma went through cancer but am encouraged to know she continued to find joy in the Lord. I can't imagine not believing in God and His promises to get us through tough times. Blessings to you!!!

  2. Yep, I am reading this instead of being at church because I dislocated my shoulder. We have no idea is good and I am blessed!

    1. I'm so sorry about your shoulder - ouch! Thanks for commenting on my post so I could find your blog. I'm anxious to read through it! And yes, life is good and we are blessed! Blessings to you!!!