Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bruised but not Broken

Oh, how I have missed this place!!
I haven't taken the time to be still long enough to verbalize thoughts and happenings for quite some time. I apologize to the 3 of you who actually read my blog;}
Something happened a few days ago that really made me pause... like literally... the wind was knocked out of me for a brief moment and I didn't move.
I rushed down my front steps, as I do most days, to get the mail.  Only on this day I hadn't taken into consideration that it had snowed...then melted... then froze.  Oh, I'm sure you can imagine what happened next. 
I bit it!  I mean... REALLY BIT IT! 
As in, if someone had seen it, had a camera and posted it to youtube, it would have millions of hits because folks would be laughing hysterically at my misfortune {once they realized I wasn't really hurt, of course;} 
You know when people say "it happened so quick!", well this happened so quick!  Thanking God now that it wasn't worse and I can laugh at it, but I actually hit my head on the stair and didn't move for a moment.  There was no one around to see me if I had been really hurt {unless they were peeking out their window laughing hysterically!}
After a moment, I got up, dusted myself off and rushed back inside.  Didn't bother with the mail... that would have required walking further and in the event that someone did see, I wanted to save myself the embarrassment:/ 
So, now I have a bruise on my right elbow, my left forearm, my thigh, my back and my pinky {which I swore was broken because I couldn't move it for about an hour and then it swelled up to double the size!} but I am just fine!!! Thank you Lord!!!
{Random fact: I love battle wounds!  I was thrilled when I lost 5 toenails while training for my first half marathon...disgusting, right!}
Funny how random scenarios lead to profound insights.
Hence the title of this post... one of my fave Joss Stone songs, "Bruised but not broken"
So many thoughts of this past year in particular, came to mind. 
Things not happening the way I had hoped
Being hurt and disappointed by others
You know, just life sometimes!
But it reminded me too, as in this particular situation, I may be bruised but certainly not broken!
I am still very much alive and as long as I am, there are SO many things to be thankful for!
So I wanted to take a minute to show you a few things that I am thankful for right now...
Encouraging Words 

  {all quotes from my my pinterest board WORDS}
God's work in the lives of my children!! and the amazing youth leaders at Rockford First who put so much time and energy into these young lives!! {That's my Mikah in the yellow shirt;}
 There are so many more things to be thankful for... I'll add more later;}
Blessings to you all!