Sunday, February 11, 2007

Gratitude List

May gratitude keep me anchored in my faith and hopeful in my journey. (Kathy Carlton Willis)

1. I'm doing well from my recent surgery. Thanks for those of you who asked about it. There were a couple of little glitches, but nothing that surprised the Lord! I'm already doing so much better than I was Monday night. Thanks for praying! Please keep it up. I have a road trip in a little over a week and hope to be fully recovered by then.

2. I am still rejoicing about the new job I have! If you haven't heard, I will be working as a publicist for Glass Road Public Relations. I'm already getting my feet wet some, but my official training will begin on 2-19. Russ and I made a faith-raising decision at 1:00 p.m. Friday, which involved not knowing from where some money would come, and not 6 hours later God plopped this publicist job into my lap! We are still pinching ourselves! I had applied in October, and if I had gotten the job back then, it wouldn't have been nearly as noticeable of a "God-incident" as it is now. This way, it all points to God-His provision, His timing, His goodness!

3. Russ's birthday was this week. I'm married to HIM? I'm a girl most blessed!

4. Little Jazzy (our 1 year old Boston Terrier fur-child) is having some potential health problems. She's losing her hair, and it doesn't appear to be an allergy or itch. If it were just cosmetic, we would live with it, but the vet is concerned it could be a thyroid problem. She had some bloodwork done a couple of weeks ago, showing a low white blood cell count, a high cholesterol level, and elevated liver function tests as well. They are still waiting on the thyroid testing to come back from the University of Michigan. The vet is waiting on the final results to know how to diagnose her problem. If it is just a thyroid condition, it would mean an inexpensive pill every day. But if it is a bone marrow disease or Cushing's Disease or something else, then we will have to decide whether to have her treated or not. She is such a big part of my day-to-day life that I can't imagine if she wasn't around. Makes me appreciate what I have!

5. I was asked by my surgeon to be available to talk to young girls born with MRKH, their families, and their spouses. He said I have a healthy outlook coupled with a good grasp of the medical information available and I can reach out to these hurting individuals in their times of need in a way a "white-coat professional" can't. He said these families often find the doctors too clinical and cold and distant. He is going to give my name to the specialists at Children's Hospital where most of these girls are sent. How neat is that?! Also, I'll be taking in the articles I've written about MRKH for him to see when I go on Wednesday. Perhaps he will help me see these published in medical journals. Who knows? If nothing else, he is interested in the research I have done. My biggest prayer has always been that God can use my circumstances for His glory and for the good of others. This is just one more way He is making this possible. I was just so surprised for the doctor to ask me if I'd be willing to do this-I didn't realize he "knew" my heart like that. I guess you don't have to perform open-heart surgery to see someone's heart, huh?

God is certainly blessing!

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