December 31, 2007

Well it is hard to believe that this will be my last entry of 2007. At the end of 2006, I know my thoughts were focused around what the new year would bring. In my December 28, 2006 entry, I ended by stating "Hair or no hair, hats or no hats, my faith is intact. This will be the healthiest beginning to a new year I have ever had!" I am thankful now that statement was the truth, because I would not have known how to face the events that transpired otherwise.

My situation seems larger than life sometimes. Yet I know that there are so many people standing where I stand and wearing the same shoes I am wearing. I will continue to remind myself that as difficult a road it is to walk, I am not walking it alone. It's a journey. It would be awfully lonely to do it alone. I am so thankful to have a Friend who walks it with me. He listens when I complain or when I am tired, even offers to carry me when I need it. He cheers me on, telling me I am almost there. Even though sometimes it doesn't make sense that I have to go through this again, it gives me some courage to know I am right where God wants me to be. If I don't take this step, I will never make it to the next one. Eventually, it leads to the top, but I have to start somewhere. Going into 2008, I will hold onto Isaiah 43: 18-19a " Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!" Medically, this diagnosis will seemingly follow me for the rest of my life. But it is not something I will dwell on. He is doing a new thing in my life, and I am excited to see what 2008 will bring!

Happy New Year!

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