Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Following Paul’s Example
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
LIFE IS SHORT ~
Keep pressing forward
September 18, 2019 when I had a heart attack. It was that day that changed my life. I don't take life for granted and I purpose time with family plus friends. I was asked to speak at a women's service in February of 2019. I spoke on "Beauty for Ashes". I also spoke on a book by Chelsea Clinton named "She Persisted". She gave examples of women who made a difference and pressed forward. I saw how women from different times and places, made a difference then and their stories go on. They are stories of hope and determination to press forward.
LIFE IS SHORT ~
I saw a friend at Costco yesterday and she asked how I was. It was the first time I saw her since I had the heart attack. She said the heart attack I had shocked her. It was hard to believe and she wondered about somethings. I told her how scared I was and I asked God for life. I wasn't ready to leave this world and I hope that God would grant me more life. The doctor informed me of what a stent was and hopefully not open heart surgery would be needed. I was blessed to have one stent in my heart and home the next day. It was laying on that table that I had to stir up faith that God had my life in his control. I also had my family and friends praying for me. I had to accept what was next, but believe bigger than my scared heart. It was there, that I knew I had to press forward and know that I persisted too.
Prayer matters and it works in our lives. We are connected by a God who knew we needed each other. It isn't easy to hold on to faith when it's you. I seem to have all the faith for someone else, but when I heard the words heart attack, I felt scared. When something happens and you have someone by your side, it just feels better. I remember my daughter sitting with me right before the stent procedure. She reminded me how the doctor had to go through her heart to her brain. She did just fine and this doctor wasn't going to my brain just my heart. I felt peace at that moment. My daughter has gone through a lot and I see how brave she is in life. I felt that same brave come into my heart. I also had called Darlene who prayed and reached out to our Pastors at church to pray. She came immediately to the hospital to be there too. My husband, daughter in law and husband were there as well. Everyone was praying and many at their homes. I felt God's peace as I pressed forward.
PRESS FORWARD ~
Whatever God has called you to do, do it. We just don't know how much time we have on earth. Nobody knows that day or time, but God. He has purposed your life and is right here with you. Tell others you care and your love them. Share a smile and hope as a new day begins.
My story continues to be written and I am so grateful everyday for LIFE. I hope you do too because life is truly a gift from God. Your life is important and you are making a difference. Never doubt the power of God or trust his plan. It unfolds and we have a new day in front of us. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.