Monday, December 22, 2008

Contrary to popular belief, rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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OK, maybe nobody thought I really died, but since I hadn't posted since what, October, I guess you might have wondered. This is even a record for ME in not posting. I must say I was prompted tonight from a Christmas letter I got from my friend Rhonda - you know you who you are!!!! - who wrote in her Christmas card " 'Don't faint, it's a post' I'm tired of reading that! Ha ha!"

So, she guilted me into posting! Hey, its Christmas - what a better time!

So first of all, let me wish all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I may or may not be back to blogging regularly, but I'll try to at least post here every now and then.

I can't write a brief synopsis of everything that has happened in my life in the past few months, but there have been highs and lows. Everything is good is good. Just can't believe it is already Christmas. For those of you reading that get my annual Christmas novella I send out, sorry, but this year, I haven't yet written one. Not sure if I will. Heck, I didn't even send out any Christmas cards. I am going to try to do a "New Years letter" but even that is in doubt....just wasn't prepared for it all this year. In fact, although I do have my Christmas shopping done and I did get the tree up (which is about ALL I did), that is just about it. I don't have one gift wrapped. I have to work tomorrow, but I'm off the rest of the week so I hope to get everything wrapped tomorrow and Wednesday. Heck, I better cause Thursday is CHRISTMAS!!!

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Brandon is doing totally awesome. Doing fantastic in school and loving guitar lessons. Still playing basketball. Had another knee injury that put him out for a few weeks, but he is all better now. He keeps all of us entertained. He is such a ham. His biggest request for Christmas is a cell phone. Heaven help me.

The pictures I've posted here are of our recent trip to the scenic Talimena Drive which we did October 31 weekend. Got lots of great pics...these are just a couple of them.

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All is well with me also. Since I haven't been blogging, I have been on Facebook some. You can usually find me on there quite often. If you are on there and aren't already on my friends list, add me. Email me and I'll give you my name on there. As I said in my last post, I've been reconnecting with a lot of old high school friends. (and I use the term "old" loosely - we aren't old are we???)

In fact, they are having a mini-reunion this coming Saturday that I plan to go to. I'm really excited about that and seeing some people I haven't seen in a long while.

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One of the main things I wanted to share with you in this post is a song that I came across a couple of weeks ago. It has totally spoken to me and touched my heart. The song is "Heal the Wound" by Point of Grace. This video actually shows the words to the song so I encourage you to watch the 4 minute video. I found the words to be extremelly meaningful.

These words just spoke to my heart in light of some things I've experienced lately.....the end of relationships, a broken heart, and seeking God's direction for my life. Although I don't presume to know where any of you are in your daily life or what struggles you may face, I do know that God can heal whatever wounds you have. He can build something out of nothing. He is the answer you are seeking and the medicine for whatever ails you.

And this song spoke to me because I think it is my heart's cry these days. Although by the world's standards, I'm probably a "good person", I know my heart and God knows my heart. Through this song, I was reminded that it is my wish that God reminds me how far he has brought me and that he never leaves me or forsakes me. "He heals the wound but leaves the scar." May he show me and remind me daily how merciful he truly is. I don't deserve the grace he so freely gives and he gives it not only to me, but all who ask.

If you have a few minutes, please just listen to the song and the words. I think you'll be blessed.

Wishing you and each of your families a beautiful and blessed Christmas and holiday season. May we each remember what the reason for the season truly is!


Rebekah said...

YeaH! Its Dana! lol- serioulsy, glad you posted and life is good.

That is such a beautiful song.

AVCR8TEUR said...

A new post! I check back periodically hoping there would be something new and this time I was rewarded. Nice to see you back and hearing about Brandon.

Life is full of ups and downs so I'm glad to hear both of you are doing well and find comfort from a song.

Holiday greetings to you and may the new year bring you more happiness and prosperity!

The Ramblin Irishman said...

It is about time lady. I would check also but figured you were just too busy or got married or something. Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Ours was just like out of a story book.

Robyn said...

Woohoo! She blogs! Just kidding ;) It IS good to hear from you although I don't miss your blogging so much since you're on FB. Thank you for posting that song....beautiful.

ALF said...

It's been a long time again. What's shakin?

Rebekah said...

I played a game of tag with your blog. You dont have to play but it was fun. Check it out when you get a chance