Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Landing Planes


Well friends.. Here I am. I lived to tell.

My trip was a whirlwind of non-stop action. From the moment I left the ground until the moment I walked in my door here at home, I was on the move. Actually, I'm still in that whirlwind of action here at home, but THAT action is what I'm used to!

Julie is now a married woman. She was a beautiful bride and the smile that was on her face was priceless! I'm so glad that I got to be there to see God's faithfulness at work. Rick is a great guy. Actually, he's perfect. I've been telling Julie for years that God had the "perfect" man chosen for her and it was her job to do the waiting until he came along. Julie, congratulations... You waited, and he came. The two of you were meant for each other!

That plane has landed.

I came through something that seemed so impossible for me and unbelievably scary. I'll be honest with ya'll... I had my first ever anxiety attack on Monday night last week (about 24 hours before I had to leave). I never knew what an anxiety attack felt like, but now I do... YUCK! After that, I felt a little less stressed about everything. It's almost like I just needed to be COMPLETELY honest with people around me about what was going on inside of me. J prayed with me and encouraged me to call my dad because he knows this kind of stuff (yes, I guess it's genetic). My dad assured me that he would know exactly what to pray and when to pray and that he would do exactly that. The night before I got on the plane I read some scripture. It came to me... I didn't go looking for it. God is good like that. It read...

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. ~ Jeremiah 29:11,12

This was the perfect scripture for me to take on those planes! Each time I got myself on the plane I recited it in my head. As we were taking off, I recited it again. Every time there was any bit of turbulence, I spoke it to myself over and over again. It was a gift... it was from God. I leaned on God in ways that I haven't in a long time. It felt good. It felt like I was stretching out some old, tired muscles that hadn't been used in a while. I put my trust in the One and Only, as I knew He was telling me that He had plans for my future, and it didn't include going down in an airplane!

Yet another plane had landed.

My boys all had a great time with their dad. They ate well and played hard. They got their school work done and they even had time and energy to do a couple of yard projects to surprise mom with. They missed me, but they all discovered (even my hubby) that they were self-sufficient men who could survive without me for a few days. Although... J informed me that he also discovered that he was not made to be a single man. " Life is much easier and a whole lot more fun when you're living it with someone that you love." Those were very sweet words to hear from him. Nobody has to guess anymore about what I do everyday as a wife and mom.

That plane has landed.

It was a good trip. A trip that we all learned from. Probably even the poor unfortunate souls that were sitting next to me in the planes. I was blessed beyond measure to be a part of Julie's day, and today... Well...

I feel like I've just climbed Mount Everest!