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Joyce's Journey

  Not My Plan



Carry me

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 11:15 AM


While shopping for a lake retreat, I suddenly noticed store clerks busy stocking shelves with Christmas ornaments and decorations. Staring at a wall adorned with artificial evergreen wreaths and red velvet bows I suddenly realized this year is half over. Where did the year go? Last Christmas my daughter had received her sixth brain surgery and my husband’s breathing issues had resulted in wearing an oxygen mask covering his nose and transforming his appearance to resemble a Star Wars character. In the middle of the doctor and hospital visits, I tore my meniscus in my right knee. Closing my eyes, I whispered, “Dear God, please let the next six months keep us healthy and out of the hospital.” Thankfully, the sleepless nights and the countless visits with the doctors were hopefully behind us. Today, I only wanted to focus on two relaxing days at the lake with my sister. I grabbed a large bag of sunflower seeds and a case of vitamin water and retreated to my car remembering the last six months. Only a month ago, I sat in the hospital parking lot crying out to God for just a normal day without doctors. Today, is that day.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayer.

Thank you Lord for being faithful.

Thank you Lord for restoring my hope.

Thank you Lord for never giving up on me.

May I never forget the importance of seeking God for his direction and his answers. I don’t always understand, but I know the Lord will carry me through every challenge.

Joyce Yexley

Categories: Faith & Blessings