With a bathroom remodel that's a month over projected time (with no end in sight), a tiny little hiccup like not reading the current chapter for my Thursday's read along group seems insignificant. Being the perfectionist that I am, it feels like incomplete homework or something.
To read posts by people who actually read chapter 6 of @stickyJesus, head on over to Michelle's blog. From her post, it looks like this chapter will hit me hard where I struggle a lot - comparing myself to others. I hope to get caught up tonight, but if not I'll definitely have both chapters 6 and 7 read for next week.
I would like to take a moment though, and ask for prayer. Not for me, but for my family, friends, and friends of friends. I often get caught up in the little things that go wrong. Truth be told I'm very blessed to live such a cushy life. Jay says I'm bragging when I count my blessings on my blog, and I certainly don't want to do that.
I just often need a reminder of just how good I've got it. Looking into the blog-o-sphere quickly shows me.
*If you've seen the #prayingforjoanne hash tag on twitter but weren't sure who Joanne is or why she needs prayer? Please check out her web site.
Wife and mom Joanne had a major stroke last week and her husband Toben is updating her blog with status updates on her condition.
*Penny's aunt Betty..."has a very aggressive type of cancer, small cell cancer, I believe it's called. It's in her lung and her liver and her kidneys and her brain. There is no cure. There is a hope for remission, though..."
*Jamee lives daily with chronic illness, yet she doesn't let that get in her way of living life.
Also I'd like to ask for prayer for my mother. She's having surgery to remove her thyroid on Monday. Its supposed to be a fairly simple procedure, but I know she's scared. Fear of complications, how she will fill afterward, and the terrifying "what if this doesn't fix it?"
Please let me know if you have a need you'd like me to remember. Those of you who left requests pre-marathon, please know I haven't forgotten them.
I thank you for the many blessings in my life. Forgive me for getting so caught up in myself that I fail to see them. Your grace and mercy knows no end, and for that I am grateful, because I sure need a lot of them both. I ask you to remember these wonderful ladies. You know their lives, you know their struggles. Be with them as they fight these battles. Be with their families as they look on, grasping for ways to help.
We are weak creatures desperately trying to grasp on to something to keep our lives from spinning out of control. You promised to be our Rock. Forgive us when we feebly try to fix things. Give us the strength to turn it all over to You.
I love you.
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