Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ode to Joy

So....here we are at the end of November and as one of my dear Christian sisters so gently pointed out (NOT!...Thanks, Susan.) I haven't blogged in forever! I had no idea how long it had been until I realized that I haven't blogged since October. Time is flying....

A lot of things have happened over the past month. There have been great things and there have been, well, not so great things. Maybe that's why I chose not to blog this month. I think I was afraid if I started blogging, I would focus on the not so great things. November has been a roller coaster month that would probably knock the wind out of you if I went into every last detail. So I will just say that the fabric of my life began to slowly unravel. Much like that dreaded snag in your nylon that begins as a small nuissance, then slowly works it's way into a full fledge run until pretty soon you can feel the wind penetrating your legs and you know that your skin is exposed for all the world to see. With that being said, I don't want to focus on that snag. After all...it is just a snag.

Now, looking back over the last month, all I can really see are blessings. I know that the last month has brought me some of the biggest challenges and disappointments of my life, but I have also experienced joy in a way I never thought was possible! God has brought me to a place in my walk w/ Him that has sustained me through some of my darkest moments. I have been blessed to feel peace when the storms and waves were raging around me. I have heard His voice in the midst of all the 'noise' that tried to quiet Him and as I said....I have experienced a joy that no situation, no person, no challenge, not even Satan himself could extinguish. I am tired and I am drained, but I am standing strong because stronger is He who is in me, than he who is in the world.

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."
2 Corinthians 4:7-9

I am hoping to blog more in December as I have definitely missed it.....and I have so much more to share.