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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless You All 
Happy Thanksgiving!

I am a child of God,
Therefore; I constantly have access to 
His perfect peace.
I have a choice each day
to rest in His peace or not.

Yesterday, I had a minor breakdown.
It happens . . .
We went to Steve's chemo appointment
and a part of our visit with the 
doctor included the subject of hospice.
That is not a subject that I am ready to talk about. 
Afterwards; I went to Walmart to pick up
a prescription and all of their Christmas
decorations are up . . .
and it broke my heart.

I sat in my car after that and had
a good cry,
but hallelujah when the cry was
over, I turned to the Lord.
His promises are eternal,
And His plans are better than
any that I could ever come up with
for myself or my husband and family.

Therefore; I know 
beyond a shadow of a doubt that 
God is Good 
and that goodness does not depend
on how He answers my prayers. 

I choose to surrender my 
broken heart and pain
exchange them for His perfect peace.

I am finding the longer I live
and the more years 
and circumstances of life that 
I walk through . . .
the more that I have a choice each
and everyday to choose Him.

This last year would be hell
on earth . . .
without the love and peace
that comes through 
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 So, this is what I am most thankful for
On this Thanksgiving Day.

God's Perfect Love

Thank you for your prayers
they mean so much to us.
God bless you all 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep Smiling!
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)


  1. Connie, Bless your heart. I have cried many times and after I cry, I pray too. It helps to let it all out at times. You are in my prayers, you and your sweet Steve. Wish I could give you both a big hug. Wishing you a good thanksgiving. It's wonderful that you lean on the Lord. Stay warm. Blessings to you and Steve, xoxo,love, Susie

  2. Please know you are not alone in this 'journey'--we are here in prayer and thoughts--
    a good cry is good for us now and then-so don't feel about it--
    we love you--
    luv, di

  3. My heart goes out to you and so does my prayers. You are not alone and I am sending you a great big hug.

  4. Oh Connie, I really feel the pain you both are going through. But im so pleased that your faith is giving you comfort, and you know that your blogging friends are all thinking of you both and sending loving vibes your way.

  5. I remember that feeling when it was time to put my dad in hospice. He fought a short battle with stomach cancer. It's like a punch in the gut. I'm thankful for the love of God and his mercy and goodness through that whole journey. Praying for you sweet Connie and I'm glad you know God is right there with you carrying your burdens.
    xx Beca

  6. Dear Connie, you have been through somuch over the last year, it is no wonder that you gave way for a little while. May God hold you in His arms where you can find peace.

  7. Your post has moved me deeply, Connie. It has caused me to feel joy but sadness, too. Joy that you are choosing Jesus' abundant and everlasting love, peace and grace, but sadness for the turmoil both you and Steve are living through. You are a beautiful and brave lady, dear Connie. May Jesus wrap his arms around you both. May you find strength in His comfort. Sending many hugs to you, wrapped in love and prayer♥

  8. God bless you. Sounds like a rough day. You certainly have an amazingly good attitude.
    Still praying!!

  9. Oh Connie, you've made me cry. I am the worst at knowing what to say. So sorry for all you and Steve are going through. Will keep you in my prayers. Remember, with God, all things are possible. Love you Connie.

  10. Prayers continue. I agree with you about having faith and believing in His perfect timing. Our God is an awesome God!

  11. I'm so sorry you had such a rough day, but so thankful you have our God with you, along with the knowledge that He has a plan. You have a wonderful testimony.
    If you have time, you should stop at my blog, as I have something posted about God being in control.
    Continued prayers for you both.

  12. It is amazing the peace you feel when you just turn it over, isn't it? I know that when John was at his worst with cancer, I was able to feel a deep peace in my heart that no matter what happened that it was God's plan for our lives. We were lucky at that moment but there are other challenges that have risen because of all of the treatments. Once again, I try to turn it over daily and just live for the day.
    Bless you and your dear hubby. You will KNOW when you are ready to talk about hospice and take that step and Steve will know,too. Much love to you,my friend. xo Diana

  13. Praying that God will comfort you and also Steve as you both go through this extremely difficult time. It is so true that God's goodness does not depend on how He answers our prayers.

  14. Oh Connie, thank you for telling it like it is. As an old preacher friend was fond of saying, "this is where the rubber meets the road." This is real life meets with real faith. Thank you for sharing that with us. I and your other readers will continue to pray as you(plural) walk this difficult path, this path that has no end, but rather a beautiful forever.

  15. Hello Connie- My heart goes out to you and Steve - your in my thoughts each and every day...I agree with all you have expressed. Regards. KEV.

  16. So beautifully said, Connie even though this is so very sad. It makes tears spring to my eyes to read about what you and Steve are going through...I am so sorry. Prayers still continue for both of you. {{hugs}}

  17. There are moments in life when we feel totally discouraged and then we manage to pick ourselves up and continue what needs to be done. The doctor has spoken of things that you do not want to hear about, but now they are said and you can put them aside for now and just continue each moment of the day in the best way you know how. Your faith sustains you. Courage, dear Connie.

  18. Oh my dear Connie. I can only imagine the thoughts and feelings that you and Steve are having right now. I am SO glad that you know the Father and that you feel His loving arms around you as you both find your way through this time in your lives. Dennis and I pray for you daily. Please know that. I truly believe that there are angels all around us, holding us up in the most difficult days and protecting us when we can't do one. more. thing. I have felt them in my life.

  19. Days like are bound to happen but I'm sorry you had to go through it. Your faith will get you through. Hugs and prayers.

  20. Dear Connie,
    My heart goes out to you and thanks for your faith and for our Lord's faithfulness...praying for His continued hope, strength, and comfort.
    Blessings, Linda

  21. This wonderful post is filled to the brim with inspiration for us all. I am so sorry for all you and your husband are going through and keep you in my prayers.

  22. Dear Connie, all the way from Holland I wish you and your husband a lot of love and strength.

  23. Dear Connie, I wish I could say just the right thing, here you are encouraging us at a time like this. It is hard to say Happy anything sometimes. I know you have an abundance of love in your heart and that God is with you. I don't always write but that doesn't mean I don't think of you. Love to you and your husband. Peggy.

  24. Oh sweet friend, my heart breaks with you guys. You are so right God is good and He with us. Praying for God's faithful strength and comforts for you both. ((HUGS))

  25. Oh I wish I could give you a big hug right now. I am so thankful that you have God in your life to bring peace and comfort through the changing times ahead, I believe a good cry helps cleanse away the doubt that he is not there, watching over us every minute and hurts when we hurt. May you always feel his love for you and a peace beyond all understanding. Prayers for strength and wisdom in the days ahead! Hugs my friend!

  26. You are such a strong believer but it's still hard...we just can't get around that in this life. I wish I could give you a sweet hug! I'm sending you both hugs and praying for you too.

  27. Oh Connie, my heart breaks for you and Steve. I am happy to read how God continues to comfort and strengthen you. May he give you and Steve extra blessings and good days together. He is our strength and shield and a very present help in trouble. Hugs, Nancy

  28. Oh dear Connie...I am so very sorry that this is the difficult time we all face...may God keep you close and keep you strong....wishing you a peaceful and lovely Thanksgiving day...warm hugs!

  29. I'm crying as I read this you have touched my heart today. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of his love and grace.

  30. I pray that your extended family will be around you this Thanksgiving and I'm wishing you the very utmost of His strength and grace for you both. I am keeping my hopes up and hoping hospice won't be necessary after all. You are so strong in your faith.. I admire you so much....... sending my love and hugs and prayers.... Marilyn

  31. A difficult time for sure. Crying out the pain and fear and anxiety is necessary so that you can move forward. Blessings of peace and strength for you both as you take the next steps.

  32. I am praying for you and Steve in this most difficult time. Love to you and your family and I'm saying a prayer that Steve remains strong and is able to overcome this. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours!

  33. Hi Connie...I'm so sorry you are going through this, you and Steve. The subject of hospice is too overwhelming. I'm glad you find peace in your spirituality. xx

  34. Dear sweet Connie,
    Let those tears fall. The Lord sees each tear and loves you both so much. Hugs and prayers for moment by moment strength and grace. You are God's beloved child.

  35. Connie, your post touched my heart. Going through a husband's disease is so hard, much harder than if it is your own. So much my husband can no longer do or no longer wants to do. Having to be the "bad guy" in the relationship hurts so much. But there is so much that needs to be done and hubby has no energy to do it. Now it appears his cancer has reached the bile duct and a biopsy will be done soon to put a stent in to relieve the liver (no liver cancer thankfully) and take away the Yellow Jaundice that has taken over. It's always something, but your reminder to Give it to God helps me see life must go one.