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It seems like last year was pretty bad on us, at least the last 6 months, and this year hasn’t started out all that well. Our health issues escalated and Rich had more attacks, some of them more severe than usual and I was diagnosed with more ailments. Osteoporosis was the first and just recently it I was diagnosed with three different spinal problems. The nurse literally told me that there probably was nothing they could do about the spinal issues so I now have another “pain” in my back to deal with.

If the health issues weren’t enough, the dryer quit working and the freezer part of the refrigerator quit working. The bottom part of the refrigerator is staying cool for now. The repair man said it might keep working for awhile, but we lost over sixty dollars worth of food from the freezer, had to spend money on two ice chests, paid fifty dollars for the guy just to come out and have had to get 3 bags of ice every other day, so it put a pretty good dent in our pocket book.

We have figured out that we might be able to afford a small chest freezer the beginning of the month, but we still don’t completely trust the bottom part of the refrigerator so we are being careful not to buy any food that has to be kept really cold. I’m still hanging clothes in the bathroom and dining room and wherever I can find a place to hang them.

Sometimes it seems like we have been hit with an avalanche. It seems like it just keeps rushing down on top of us before we can even catch our breath. Standing out on the back porch yesterday, while checking on the stray that adopted us, with a bitter strong wind whipping around me, I stopped and thought about all of this. It’s time like this that I have to remind myself that God is in control, that eventually he will take care of everything, but we humans are not that patient and sometimes the waiting is difficult.

Over the years I have tried to make myself think about the positives in my life even when I’m in the middle of an avalanche and thank the Lord for what I do have. Too many times he has had come to my rescue and he has answered more prayers than I can count. Too many times he has showered me with unexpected blessings.

The weather is going to be bitter cold tomorrow, colder than the wind was whipping around yesterday, colder than it has been in years, yet I have roof over my head, and warm clothes to wear. There is food in the cupboards, the furnace works, the electricity is still on, the car continues to start and I still have a large crowd of people who love and care about me close by, so even in an avalanche I am truly blessed. I thank the Lord for what I do have and try to wait patiently for answers to what we now need. I know that I will survive this avalanche because my snow remover is Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. In Glory by Christ Jesus

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

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