Stayin’ Alive at 55!

Johnny 5 is alive!” (Short Circuit)

I am having a “celebrate me” day today. That may sound arrogant and self-serving, but I think that even my Heavenly Father, my Lord Jesus, and the angels are celebrating along with me. You see, they know what I have been through and the fact that I have been able to reach this small hallmark of a day is an accomplishment and a cause for celebration.

My life could have ended in the womb before it had even really begun. My Mom was a young, unwed, pregnant teen at a time when that was NOT acceptable. So thanks Mom for deciding to choose me over society’s viewpoint and foregoing a visit to a back room abortionist.

As a young girl, I escaped an attempted abduction/assault by a strange young man and by the grace of God, avoided becoming another rape or missing person statistic.

I have overcome at least three times in my life when anxiety, depression and despair brought me to the brink of suicide.

I have survived bladder cancer.

Although life was really rough at times (and still has its challenges), I am glad that I am still here.

I get to be a great wife to a wonderful man.

I am able to be a blessing to my Mom.

I am around to be the ear to bend and the shoulder to cry on when my oldest son needs a somewhat “sane” sounding board when he is going through yet another crisis.

I get to cuddle my beautiful granddaughters and hopefully pass on to them an inheritance of faith in Jesus Christ.

I can pray for my loved ones; especially those who are not yet saved.

I can offer a hug of comfort to a hurting friend.

I am able to share the love of God with others.

And I can share what I have learned about the truth of the Word of God.

Doing good holds the power to transform us on the inside, and then ripple out in ever-expanding circles that positively impact the world at large.” Shari Arison

So today, I not only celebrate my having reached another milestone in life, I also give thanks and praise to God for being with me through all of my life’s ups and downs; for carrying me when I couldn’t go on; for encouraging me, comforting me, supporting me, strengthening me, guiding me, and loving me.