Grateful and Anticipating

Happy New Year my friends! As I reflect on 2017, I have so much to be thankful for.

Grateful

The highlight of my year was being able to attend our son’s wedding in Houston, TX, 2000 miles away. This was only possible because of the incredible generosity and prayers of so many who gave to my fundraiser so I could attend. Because of my health problems, I had to hire an air ambulance to get there! You can read about it here, if you missed it. I think that is my happiest memory, so thanks to so many of you who gave me this wonderful gift.

I also feel grateful to still be in the land of the living heading into 2018. I wasn’t sure I’d make it. When you have a terminal lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis, you never know when you’ll have a sudden downturn from a cold, flu, or other unknown reason. I’m glad to be here, and enjoying every minute.

http://amzn.to/2xuKEf4Completing a parenting book for my adult children, for when they eventually have children, is a highlight of 2017. I’m so grateful to God for giving me the energy and stamina to finish Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children, which released in October. It took me 9 months, writing and editing every day to finish it! You can learn more about this endeavor here.

Anticipating

I am feeling hopeful, and am looking forward to 2018. I’ve set some meaningful goals, and am looking forward to completing them.

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This Sunday I’ll be speaking at a church of a friend of mine in downtown Sacramento. I told the pastor that I’d love to come if it was one service, and I didn’t have to do all the talking, because it’s so tiring for me. We agreed to sit together on the platform and have a conversation about showing ourselves and our kids compassion as we parent. I am really looking forward to it! If you are in the area, I’d love to have you join me. Here’s all the details. I’m going to try to have it videotaped, and will try to put it up on youtube.

In December, I heard from my specialist at USCF that the lung transplant team is willing to talk with me about the possibility of getting on their transplant list. I am grateful for this new information, because before this they wouldn’t consider me because of my history of having cancer. I wrote a blog post recently that gives all the details.

This has motivated me to work on eating healthier and exercising more. I’ve been doing great the last 3 weeks, and am anticipating continuing to make strides. I recently came up with a way to do several short periods of exercise during the day that works for me. I’m encouraged that there are ways for me to exercise more that don’t completely wear me out!

I also have some important projects I want to do around the house and for my family. I’m looking forward to slow and steady progress. I’m looking forward to celebrating Dave and my 40th anniversary in July. A couple of years ago I really didn’t think I’d be here to celebrate this very important day.

Inspire creative journaling BibleI just bought a new Bible that will help me spend more time in the Bible studying passages that have to do with drawing close to God during hard times. I bought a creative journaling Bible I can color in and write notes in, and I’ve already started. Isn’t it cool?

How about you?

No doubt 2017 had its challenges for you, just like me. It also probably had things to be grateful for too. What are you grateful for in 2017, and anticipating in 2018? What do you need to say goodbye to 2017, and welcome in 2018?  I look forward to walking 2018 together!

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10 thoughts on “Grateful and Anticipating

  1. Creative journal Bible. I have to hear more! And 40th Anniversary! That is wonderful. I’m rootin’ and praying for you!

  2. Kim, I am delighted that you can approach 2018 with a sense of eager anticipation of all God will do.
    I am thankful you will ne considered for a lung transplant, and I pray this will eventuate.
    May God bless you this year, with many answers to prayer, and may He be the delight of your heart, every time your heart turns towards Him.
    I am believing for many answers to prayers, myself, and am expectant of seeing God’s goodness and mercy in my life, every day.
    Love and prayers for BLESSINGS to follow YOU, every day of your life, in Jesus Name.

    1. Thanks so much for your wonderful kind words, Mary. I so appreciate your prayers, well wishes, and being in my corner! May God bless you in many ways, and you wait on Him and His goodness in your life. When we look expectantly for God’s goodness, we will find it!

  3. Thanks for the tip on the journaling Bible – I think that’s what I’ll ask for on my next birthday!
    I’m praying for the miracle of a transplant for you!
    Blessings,
    Nancy

  4. “. . . .I just bought a new Bible that will help me spend more time in the Bible studying passages that have to do with drawing close to God during hard times. I bought a creative journaling Bible I can color in and write notes in, and I’ve already started. Isn’t it cool?” —Absolutely, very cool.ツ✞

    What are you grateful for in 2017, and anticipating in 2018? . . .I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ and a deeper walk with Him❣ツ

    What do you need to say goodbye to 2017. . . . Childhood shame, and replace it with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change!me✞❣😊 💕.

  5. Your new creative journaling Bible is not only a great tool, but it is absolutely as beautiful to the eyes as the contents are to the heart, mind and soul.
    Your messages are always such a blessing and an inspiration. I usually read the latest offering once, then I go do some journaling and just think about your questions. Then, I come back again and read it, often with more insight and perspective. I am thankful that I have several unopened journals to carry me through an extended period of time!
    I am thankful for my husband’s endurance with his very compromised health. He has proven the doctors at Kaiser wrong more than once over the past few years! I am thankful that God has provided me with the ability to adjust to my limitations and challenges over the past year and still be able to care for my husband. I am thankful for our daughter and son-in-love, even though we do not get to see each other very often.
    I need to fully let go of any lingering resentment or lack of forgiveness and move forward into the new year with grace.
    I anticipate an exciting new Life Group starting on the 25th with my sisters in Christ as we dig deeper into God’s Word and apply it to our lives. I also anticipate God’s chosen Senior Pastor to be brought to our church. I anticipate more focused time of individual and corporate prayer at Life and inspiring and meaningful worship led by Will and his team. I anticipate greeting at Life on Sunday mornings and welcoming those that walk through our doors. I anticipate the amazing focus and mission for the future of Life Community Church. The best is yet to come! I anticipate more wonderful blogs, a great interview with the transplant team and your chance to get new lungs! That is also my prayer, always in God’s will.
    Love you!

    1. Dear Ann,
      I loved hearing your reflections on all you are grateful for in 2017, and all you anticipate in 2018. Such a rich list of both. Thanks for sharing all you have to bless those in your life, as well as deepen your relationship with God. You are such a blessing!

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