Rough Places

Dear friends,

I wanted to share a note of thanks for your patience with me. The past month or so has been difficult in ways I did not expect, and I simply needed some time to grieve. I am still not over it, exactly, but recognize that it’s time to resume my normal routines.

So today’s post will be brief, but this verse from Isaiah 42 reminds me of two important facts:

  • We will all experience “rough places” at some point in our lives.
  • We are not alone in this journey, as the One who is within us also goes before us to prepare the way, and walks with us each day.

Thanks for your ongoing patience with me — I will post whenever I can, and look forward to catching up on your lives, too. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

33 thoughts on “Rough Places

      1. I am a night owl, too! Try as I might, I am not able to fall asleep early, so I tend to burn the midnight oil until I am able to get to sleep.

        I will pray now for your dad and for you, as well. Are you still studying your Spanish on DuoLingo and Memrize?

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      2. Yes, same. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been doing better, going to bed around 9. With this being National Novel Writing Month, I’m tempted to stay up too late to write!

        Thank you! โค

        Yes I am! ๐Ÿ™‚ More Duo than Memrise but I still use both. 300+ day streak on Duo. And I won the Sapphire League a few weeks ago. The stuff I was learning on Memrise happened to be the same thing Duo wanted to teach me so I breezed through three icons on the tree and went for it. Didn't expect to win, haha, but it felt good. Haven't tried since because it's new stuff and I'm not going to stress myself out. I did consider taking myself out of the leagues but I haven't yet. And on Memrise, I'm so close to finishing Spanish 2!

        How is studying Spanish going for you? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. I had completed my Spanish tree earlier this year until they added a bunch more levels earlier. So now Iโ€™m going through the tree all over again. ๐Ÿ™„ Itโ€™s frustrating to have to start over at the beginning again, but I suppose it keeps things interesting.

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      4. Oh wow great job! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Aww, yeah that is frustrating. I’m also finding some parts of the tree “break” after a while and I have to do the lesson to make it gold again. (DuoLingo used to do this last year, but they stopped doing it. Now they are doing it again…)

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  1. My goodness, it’s so good to see you again. I was just about to comment on your last post that I miss you.
    Grieving is hard, and we must give it its place; else it morphs its shape to fit wherever it can, whether it fits or not. You are wise to give it its due respect.
    I continue to pray for you.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. Itโ€™s good to see you as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Truly, grief can take many forms, and it doesnโ€™t only show up when someone we care for has passed away. Simply stated, grief is what we experience following an unexpected loss, and that is what happened.

      While things have not been easy, I am grateful for friends like you โ€” truly, I am touched in a heartfelt way. I have missed reading your wonderful posts, my friend!

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  2. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. — Psalms 34:18

    He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. –Psalms 147:3

    My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. — Psalms 73:26

    Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. — Matthew 5:4

    Always praying for you my friend. You are a blessing, and a precious child of God. The LORD feels your grief, and will give you the strength you need to get through it all. When we are weak His is strong.

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      1. Praise the LORD for giving us what we need when we need it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        We are “partially” back in the house. Which is a miracle sonce “man” said it would be months. God is showing me more and more that HE and only He is in control, and with Him ALL things are possible.

        There are things that still need to be done constriction wise but we are tackling them one at a time. The past few days it is just cleaning every single item that is coming back in the house to make sure there is no mold coming back in. It is tedious to say the least but by the grace of God it is getting done ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. I am glad to hear that you are slowly but surely able to move back into your home. While a great deal of effort must be undertaken by you to make sure that the house is safe and habitable, remember how you can now rest in the knowledge that your home is in the best possible condition it can be for you for the months and years to come! Thank you for the update. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. I am so glad to read this. Being back in your own kitchen is a sign at the end is almost near. Wishing you continued success and peace during this time of transition. ๐Ÿงก


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