Treading Water While Breathing From a Straw

I am excited about my daughter Taylor getting married on November 1;

I am sad about my mom's prolonged multiple hip surgeries and months of recovery;

I am excited about the changed lives at The Shepherd's House;

I am sad about the breast cancer for a good friend and co-worker;

I am excited about the potential of serving a need for women and children of Central Oregon;

I am sad about the financial struggles of the ministry of TSH;

I am excited about Kevin being able to tell his story of death to life;

I am sad about the increased disruption and chaos while we remodel the TSH kitchen;

I am excited to see Chad most any day;

I am sad for the struggle and pain of many relationships;

I am excited about the building of a new Love INC ministry in Central Oregon;

I am sad for those we have to turn away;

I am excited about what God is doing in the lives of those who give;

I am sad about the time we have missed with those who are faithful;

I am excited about God's vision for the Church through our local church;

I am sad about my lack of trust and faith;

I am excited about Jarod participating in debate this year;

I am sad about the mess I create when I show up late for an important date;

I am excited about Kiehl's friends and opportunities in CA;

I am sad about her computer not working where she searches for jobs and creates resumes;

I am excited about faithful volunteers;

I am sad for the cramped offices and desk space;

I love spending time with Beth and the kids individually;

I am sad I have missed so many dates.

Very often, life seems like treading water while breathing from a straw, but I know God is at work in me. I know that He loves me. I know He loves my family and those around me.

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. Psalm 103:8 (NASB)

checed (lovingkindness) is an attribute of God that cannot be defined only by words, but instead it is expressed in relationship. God’s desire is to love and be loved. We have been created in His image, therefore, we too desire to love and be loved.