Monday, June 20, 2011

Picking Priorities

I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers for my sister Jewel. Thank you. She had a four hour surgery on Friday and the outcome is not what we had hoped for. But at least the doctors believe there was no cancer- just severe infection in her colon that had to be removed. She seems to be resting more comfortably now and the pain level has decreased a little more each day. Your comments helped get me through the emotional weariness of the situation and I know your prayers will help the healing process. I love you all.

When family situations like a serious illness occur, it makes us all put things into better perspective. We draw closer to our family members- think about our own lives- review our personal fears- and consider changes in our lifestyles and habits.

I know I have been more critical of my food choices lately- not only for weight loss- but for the pure health factor. What am I putting into my body- and what are the effects?
I hate the thought of growing old, but I know it would be a more pleasurable process if I am healthy and strong for the rest of my life.

These times also make us appreciate our siblings, our spouses, and our parents. I had an opportunity to spend the weekend with my sister-in laws, brother-in-law, and niece and nephew. Afterward, I felt so loved and so relaxed and so thankful for new memories. It made me realize that these days are important. We cannot get them back. God does not want us to spend all our time working and separating ourselves from those that care about us. Family interaction helps us grow in both gratitude and faith. And I do know I am blessed with a wonderful family that makes me happy.

And as I sit here worrying about bills and money and other problems, I try my best to put myself in my sister's shoes and I know she would trade her situation for mine any day. It's all a matter of perspective and we all simply need to be reminded once in awhile what is most important.

As you go through your day, please take time to think of your loved ones and let them know in some small way that they are appreciated. Plan to spend some time together soon.

When you plan your meals for this week, consider what you are feeding your body and try to make wiser choices. I know from experience that it is easier said than done, but eventually it will get easier to do.

And, lastly- don't forget to feed your soul...With thankfulness, prayer and generosity.


mybabyjohn said...

Excellent message for the day.
We will continue to keep you in our thoughts.

Margaret Hall said...

As always, Rae....You speak from your heart and we love you for that~!! I will continue to hold the thoughts for Jewel, you and yours and wish for a wonderful recovery for her and may your Soul be replenished with Love and Light...Hugs to you, BlogFriend..

Beth Zimmerman said...

I love you, Rae! Prayers for Jewel continue!

Cathy said...

Thank you for the update on Jewel; she will continue to be in my prayers. You're right about family and the relationships we have with them. They can't be replaced with anything else and the memories we make with them, we wouldn't trade for anything else. I know I don't always see the simple, common, everyday things as blessings from God, but we truly are blessed. Each morning I vow to remember to thank God for giving me the desires of my heart! Thank you, friend!

Tracy said...

So sorry to hear of your sister's illness. I do hope she is on her way to recovery; whatever that may entail. I will keep her and your family in my prayers; hang in there as you have each other and you find strength in friends.

Joanne said...

I pray that she is returned to complete health soon. Blessings, Joanne

Anonymous said...


I will continue to pray for Jewel. We enjoyed the weekend so much! Cannot wait for you all to come back!

Love, K

Gabrielle Evelyn said...


Best wishes~

karen millen