Happy Wednesday! And another month is almost over. Just like that. For me, this month went rather quickly. Not sure what is different from month to month but some of them just seem to go by faster than others. There was quite a bit of celebrating this month and that might have something to do with it. Not sure, but here at the end of the month, I try to select one photo that sums up the month best for me. Quite honestly, I do not have a lot of photos from the past four weeks. Apparently, old habits have snuck back in and I forgot to take many pictures this month. I do not even have pictures from our birthday celebrations. Sigh.
I did find two photos which rather summed up this month for me. I mentally deliberated for far too long on which one to share. In the end, I went with this one:
A very a random snapshot of my family room coffee table. Here’s what I see when I look at this photo – God’s goodness. And His faithfulness.
1 – Those pretty yellow flowers are the end of a larger bouquet that my sweet daughter gave me to earlier in the month when we remembered Tyler’s heaven birthday. I talked about that here. Grief is complicated and can be a strange thing. We all miss Tyler so much and we each grieve differently, but we continue to support each other as a family. I know that is not the case for many who have walked grief’s deepest valleys and I do not take for granted the continued love of my family. The support they are not only to me but also to each other. That is God’s faithfulness.
2 – The cute fuzzy sheep is one from my (small but sweet) collection of sheep. I purchased it a few years ago while visiting Tyler’s best friend and meeting his new wife. We are all still close today and their son is (one of two) precious kiddos named in honor of Tyler. God’s goodness to me.
3 – Sheep always – always! – remind me that He is our great shepherd. As His child, He lovingly cares for, provides, protects and watches over me. That is immensely comforting but something I can forget or even take that truth for granted. The little sheep in my home are daily reminders of His goodness. It has been three months tomorrow since I finished chemo. God has been abundantly good to me in those three months but, if I am brutally honest, I can get focused on how far I have to go. Focused on the side effects (permanent or otherwise) of treatment. Focused on all the negative. Sad but true. I want to deliberately concentrate on all God has done for me. Exactly how He has, indeed, cared for, provided and protected me. How wonderful to have Him as my Shepherd.
This photo was, quite honestly, almost deleted. I snapped it and sent it to my daughter with another thanks for the flowers. Usually I would delete it afterwards but, for some reason, it was still on my phone. But, now, I’m rather glad that I saved it. It encouraged me today. I hope it will do the same for you.