What do you do to remind yourself of important things? Do you…
- tie a string on your finger (I would not remember why I did it in the 1st place)?
- write with ink on your hand ( my husband and daughter do this sometimes)?
- keep a pad with your reminders and to-dos ( I do this)?
- keep elaborate scrapbooks as reminders?
- keep photos around the house of people and places?
- have shadowbox frames filled with memorabilia?
I was given a bumper sticker years ago that I cut up and mounted, on my file cabinet. My husband attempted to remove it not too long ago and I became quite animated. I told him this was to stay, no matter what. It is a reminder to me in good times and in not so good times.
I am certain you, like me, have had times when you felt isolated, discouraged, misunderstood, sad, and humbled. You have struggled with all kinds of pain, fatigue, and lupus fog. Maybe you have to go through dialysis or take chemo drugs for your lupus. Some days you think it cannot get much bleaker.
I want to bring to you the message of Semper Fi. Always Faithful. It is not the faithfulness of the US Marines I lean on in tough times, but the unwavering faithfulness of God. No matter what I have walked through- infertility, divorce, miscarriage, sickness, death of loved ones, personal trial and more, when I felt alone, misunderstood, weak, etc. God was always there. He has been faithful to see me through, care for me, and strengthen me. None of those things have overcome me.
With my 19 year old daughter in China for the school year, sometimes I have to lean very heavy on God to help me. This week she will travel alone, from school, to the huge coastal city of Shanghai, and spend several days. This Thanksgiving season I am repeatedly reminding myself that He is Semper Fi.
I do not know what you are experiencing this Thanksgiving, whether you are sick or well, sad or joyful, but I do know one thing, God cares for you, and like my cut up bumper sticker says, He is Semper Fi. If you are in need, I pray you will find comfort, hope and help in the faithfulness of God.
Click here for a earlier post on Black Friday Frenzy. It has some great tips for getting through the hectic holiday season.
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Blessings…LeslieRoseK
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