Post Op

It’s been one week now since my undergoing major surgery to remove a fast-growing mass on my right ovary. I’m well into recovery mode now, parked for most of the day in my lounger, being waited on by my sweet husband who always goes above and beyond for me. I feel like I should be able to do more, but my body says “rest”. I know my limitations. My church family lavishes meals, cards and encouragement on me! My kids check on me everyday and my grandbabies give gentle hugs and wonder why I’m in my jammies when they visit. It’s a temporary new normal, I tell them.

For those who have experienced surgery of any kind, finding comfortable ways to sit or sleep can be challenging. However, as I heal, I praise God for those seemingly miraculous recuperative powers He has designed into the human body. I’m being knit together again from the inside out!

I am awaiting pathology reports now. The surgeon admitted the operation was a little more complicated than originally expected, and more lymph nodes were removed as a result. My natural tendency is to fret about it, but strangely I am at great peace. God is in control.

In the hospital, nurses and doctors marvelled at my speedy recovery and released me early. All I said as I left their care to go home was I have an “army” of prayer warriors praying for me! I believe in the power of prayer!

I appreciate all of your prayers, dear readers as I continue to convalesce at home. I am strengthened and encouraged in so many ways by you!

Pray for complete healing, and, that if it is God’s will, those pathology reports would come back clear!


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Mother’s Day Is All Year Long

The Mother’s Day tributes have been showing up on social media for over a month now.   On T.V., the commercials highlight ways you can spend money giving your mother the “perfect” gift, or taking her out to her favourite restaurant, or pampering her with spa days.  One jewelry store advertises on T.V. a mom who is hinting for a gift from a son or daughter who were challenging her when they were growing up.  I guess the idea is to shame children into buying a beautiful bauble to make up for their poor behaviour in the past.  What??

That’s not what Mother’s Day is all about.  Just sayin’.

Through the years, I have received all kinds of gifts from my children on Mother’s Day.  I still have a varied collection of hand-made cards from each of them when they were in preschool.  A construction paper masterpiece that oozed with white glue and stuck to my hand when I opened the card.  Inside, unrecognizable crayon drawings they had to explain to me so I understood their artistic license with clarity.  As they got older, store-bought cards replaced the handmade ones; my oldest daughter choosing more sentimental, flowery ones, my son and my youngest daughter choosing cards more comical in nature. I have received gifts and flowers from each of them and I cherish the sentiment behind each gift.  Truly I am well-blessed.  However, that’s still not what Mother’s Day is all about.

My kids, enjoy sharing comical anecdotes about growing up whenever we all get together and Mother’s Day is no different.  It seems it is the one day they not only honour me, but feel free to lampoon me too!  It’s obvious by some of the stories, many of which I have no knowledge or recollection of, that I wasn’t always the perfect Mom, but they love me anyway.  Good to know.

My own mother was very adamant that we not make a big deal about Mother’s Day for her.  She said, “If you haven’t treated me with honour and respect throughout the year, don’t try to make up for it in one day!”  That resonated with me as a teenager and I suppose I’ve communicated that to my own kids as they were growing up too.  Mother’s Day should be celebrated year round!

For me, it’s the little “I love yous!” that each child expresses to me on a daily basis.  Texting me for no reason, just to see what I’m up to.  Dropping in unexpectedly, sometimes with the intent to cook me supper or to bring take out.  My son, phoning at least once or twice a week just to see how I’m doing (and then asking me for some kind of favour 😉 )  Some things never change!

On Monday, I face a lengthy surgery and an even longer recovery.  I will admit that I haven’t had much strength leading up to this surgery to cook or clean my house.  I found out yesterday that my kids have arranged for meals to be taken care of during my recovery for my sweet husband and I.  On Friday, knowing I can’t have a big meal the day before surgery, they are celebrating early with me and have planned a family get-together where I don’t have to lift a finger!  Best of all I know they are praying for me daily!  I praise God for my three “Gifts” who call me, “Mom.”   They honour me every day of the year and I am well blessed!


How are you honouring your Mother, not just on Sunday, but every day of the year?  Leave a comment!





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All I can say is, “WOW!”  Such an incredible honour to be shortlisted in two categories in the 2019 Word Awards that celebrates Canadian Christian writing.

This year, the shortlists were announced by live stream thanks to Castle TV and I was watching it on my iPhone.  I nearly dropped my phone when my name was called for my personal experience article “Canada’s Grief“.  I was already doing a happy dance then, but when they announced “Journey Thoughts” was shortlisted for Best Blog of the Year, a new award in memory of David Mainse, (founder of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. and YES TV), I actually dropped my phone on the floor!

Before the live broadcast to announce the shortlists for the Word Awards, I had been listening to praise music, humming and enjoying some relaxing quiet time.  If you read my blog post yesterday, you know that I’m in a waiting time.  As I shared, it’s hard waiting.  So, I immersed myself in praise music this morning and God spoke loudly again to me through one song, “Yes I Will”.  (Vertical Worship)

“I count on one thing
The same God that never fails
Will not fail me now
You won’t fail me now
In the waiting
The same God who’s never late
Is working all things out
You’re working all things out”

“You won’t fail me now, in the waiting…”  I have been singing that line over and over and over for a few days now.  I don’t like to wait and I don’t like to be kept waiting.  I am prone to worry, and the last few days have been a struggle for me physically but listening to praise music this morning I was able to praise Him in the waiting!  He knows my anxious thoughts and gives me His Peace.

The focus immediately comes off of me to dwell where it should be, on the Lord Almighty!

“Yes I will, lift You high in the lowest valley
Yes I will, bless Your name
Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy
All my days, oh yes I will”

Today, God has blessed me.  I am thankful for writing accolades, every writer likes that kind of recognition, but that is only a very, small part of journeying with God.  It is in the everyday.  It is in the times when I can’t write, when I don’t have the words or the strength to pen a line.  When I am alone, with my disquieting thoughts and the enemy is taunting me with words that discourage, that I cry out to the Lord and He answers.  He has never let me down!  I feel His presence and know He IS with me in every situation!

“And I choose to praise
To glorify, glorify
The Name of all names
That nothing can stand against
And I choose to praise”

I am so thankful today.  I am thankful for the writing honours.  I am thankful for my life.  I am thankful for a God Who encourages me in unimaginable and unexpected ways!

Now I get to wait for the Word Award Gala on June 14th!  Can’t wait!! LOL!


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