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Sunday, May 31, 2009

I Think I Passed!

Less than 6 hours after I posted "Attitude is Everything!", I was given the opportunity to show whether I am all hot air, or if I really believe what I said.

Our lives changed drastically almost 3 short months ago, when on the afternoon of March 4th, 2009, my home was completely lost to a house fire. The firemen were able to save our garage, but other than that, the entire house is a loss-actually, there a several complete walls that are just GONE. The house burnt up in about an hour's time.

So! In my last post on this blog, I talked about a few positives of a good attitude. Not to blow my own horn, but I think that I can honestly say that, if this was a test of my own attitude, I think I passed! In fact, I think others would agree! And when acquaintances find out my son and hubby got carbon monoxide poisoning a month and a day later, and spent an evening on oxygen in the ER, and then 4 days later my hubby fell out of a tree and was in the hospital for 10 days, the expressions are quite entertaining!

Many have said, "You seem so upbeat thru all of this!". But you know why? Because I've looked at the entire picture, and can see over and over again how God has had everything completely in control. Even from the day of the fire, it was a time to remember what I really loved in life, and it wasn't my STUFF. It's my family-and my husband could have been seriously injured or killed. I still have him, along with my children who were not home.

I won't go thru all the details, but you can read my chocolate bouquet blog for the whole story.

But I am coming out of what has happened, instead of just entering these events, and I can say that, Life is Good, and God is Awesome!

Our family is well, and we just bought a house. My children love it, and that means a lot to me.

It seems that this should be the most stressful time I've ever faced, but I am well, and have peace with my world.

You know, if I had not put my trust in God, and looked at how He has worked, I could have given in to another attitude-a bad one. I can't say that I actually ever felt a bad one coming on, and I've certainly never been upset at God thru these events, but if I had, I could be a bitter, miserable person today. I could dwell on losing everything, and that my husband is disabled for the time being, and that my son nearly died, and I had a close call with widowhood THREE times in less than 6 weeks time! But instead, I can say, Hey! We're all ALIVE!!! Hubby gets a break from his very hard physical job as a tree climber, and I still have my son to hug and love on because he didn't die from the carbon monoxide. My temporary home is adorable, and we just bought a house that is in a friendly and quiet neighborhood, with a yard full of flowers, bushes, plants, etc. Not to mention there is plenty of room for visitors!!!

To be honest, I've never felt like I've been in God's perfect will as much as I do now. I feel like I am right where He wants me to be, and I LOVE IT!!!

So anyway, I just wanted to say, I think I passed!!! And life is good!