Happy Saturday! Our computer was finally cured of its virus on Thursday afternoon. Praise the Lord!! And I truly mean that! It has been out of commission for almost a month. I have not had the opportunity to visit your wonderful blogs--unless it was after ten each night, and child #1 wasn't working on his AP Biology or something hard that mama can't help him with anymore. It was so easy when we were just sounding out words and matching patterns...gone are those days. If you are there, enjoy each glorious moment 'cause it only gets harder!!
Thanks for your continued prayers and calls and cards! Bloggy friends are the best!! I just love y'all!! :). Today is Mama's birthday, and she had a very busy and fun day. I want something like that when I turn 82!
I completed thank you notes today from our family to those who sent flowers and food and other things. It is such a joy to share God's love through these little notes. I saved the hardest ones for last though. As I wrote, I cried and missed my daddy some more. Lots of hugs and support though from Hubby. And I know, this is normal. It's just part of the grieving process. I'm just thankful I have such a great support group in my family and friends. What a blessing.
I officially began training for a marathon this week. Not sure which one! Marci, I had mentioned Little Rock a post or two back. Then, we ALL realized that it's only 8 weeks away! None of us were where we needed to be mileage-wise to attempt that one. Not this year, but I will run it at some point! It just sounds too cool! I'll let you know. We are seriously thinking about the Flying Pig Marathon in Cinn., Ohio in early May. That gives us over 100 days to train!! Having a focus right now is very good for me :).
As my sweet friend Phebe and I ran this morning in weather in the teens--and I know that's NOTHING compared to what some of y'all have right now! Mercy, it's cold out there!! Oops, didn't finish that first thought--imagine that! Phebe and I had great conversations. It took our minds off the cold--really! I promise! Phebe has a great faith, and I love to talk to her about things in the Bible. I completely forgot to tell her that I have started reading through the Bible with Wendy Pope from Proverbs 31! I have been faithful in my reading although I couldn't post my comments with the other girls taking this! But, now I can.
I've read and been reminded of many great stories and truths this past week. One that really hit me was the fact that the people gave God different names for different reasons. In Genesis, Hagar called God "El Roi," which means "God sees. " This past summer when I attended She Speaks in Charlotte, I received a name of God that had been prayed over just for me. The name was Jehovah Jireh which means "God will provide." I didn't think about it too much until this New Year's Eve. I received a precious comment on my blog from Wendy Blight--who is so sweet! She wrote this: "I pray now that Jehovah Jireh will provide for you and your family's every need. For all the times you have given so freely, I pray the Lord blesses you tenfold. Praying for strength and peace." Notice the name for God that she used...Jehovah Jireh! God's timing is so perfect! This name didn't make sense to me until the last day of the year when Wendy used it to bless me. Y'all, God will provide if we ask Him and let Him. Isn't this just awesome?
If you've ever researched the names of God, which one truly touches your heart? Why? I would love to hear! Thanks for sharing your precious thoughts with me. I hope to visit your blogs over the next few days to catch up on what you have been up to. Stay warm, y'all!
Susan--Yep, I accidentally deleted the name box again!!