May 28, 2009: Wow, I just realized that this is my first journal entry of 2009. Where has the time gone? Whew, I guess it's true what is said about time flying when you get older… or at least having fun. I like that idea better.

I hope that all of you had a blessed Christmas. I certainly did. Doug and I did our yearly family celebrating. What a blessing to still have so much of our family still around us. As far as celebrating the New Year, I really don't remember what we did so I guess that gives you an idea of how exciting it was!

Doug and I will be celebrating something very shortly though. We will be celebrating our five year wedding anniversary. Wow, it does seem like only yesterday. We live close to the church that we were married in and I pass it almost every day. I can still feel how blessed and happy I felt standing there that day on the church steps after the ceremony. I still get the butterflies in my stomach when I think of how excited I was. What a beautiful and perfect day.

I have had the joy of traveling around to several different areas of the country to sing and speak since I last wrote. I have to say that I am never disappointed in the great time I have and the wonderful new family members in Christ I take away with me in my heart. The memories of them warm my soul.

As far as what is happening now, life is life. My feet are still numb from the last MS attack. I get a bit frustrated with that at times. I will have to confess that I am a bit concerned with the direction our country is going in. Maybe I am just a crazy loon but I base my opinions of the world on what the Bible tells me. I know some things about our Lord are a mystery but some things seem to be just point blank. When I am asked why I feel certain ways about issues, I find it such a comfort to just say, "Well in the Bible it reads"…

I feel that I have to grow some very tough skin at times to not lash out at things I see and hear. I have found the Word to be my strength and comfort. It also keeps me out of a lot of trouble.

I feel as Christians we need to build up our muscle with the facts that we stand on and keep on going in the love of Christ. Oh, I also read Psalm 91 in the (NIV) and claim it for me, Doug and the rest of my family and friends everyday. I love it when it says in verse 7, "A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you". I also love it in verse 14 and 15 when it reads, "Because he loves me, says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him". Praise God!!

May the peace that passes all understanding be with you always.

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