Renewed day by day

I took this photo of our backyard on Christmas evening, 2004.

I took this photo of our backyard on Christmas afternoon in 2004.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  2 Corinthians 4:16, NIV

The barren winter landscape, even when accented with snow, is a stark and sometimes sad contrast to the lush flowering of just six months prior.  Yet underground, much is going on as the plants that look still and dormant are being invisibly fed the nutrients that will enable them to flourish with new life when spring comes again.  May we remember not to lose heart in the cold months when growth is not obvious.  Despite our inability to see it, we are inwardly renewed on a daily basis as we feed our minds and souls on words of life, truth and faith.

One year ago today

Not a has been


  1. Connie Horner

    Have a blessed day worshiping the Lord on this special time. *******

    • Thank you Connie! After three weeks in the hospital, the days tend to run together, but I do try to re-orient myself on Sunday. It’s a beautiful sunny day here, and with Jeff getting a bit stronger each day, I find it quite easy to praise God today! Thanks for being here.

  2. “If only you could see tomorrow,” a friend said to me one day when I was down. After winter comes spring & summer, this as your post reminds us, is true, not only of nature, but also of our lives. We live with hope…

    • One of the most useful skills that it took me far too long to learn, is the ability to see the temporary nature of even the most discouraged and bleak moods. Thank you for joining us in spirit as we rejoice in the good things that lie ahead! I appreciate your visits here.

  3. Debbie

    I love the picture and the bible verse. I am so glad to hear Jeff is getting stronger. I visit and pray daily for your family. I hope you will all be home by Christmas with your new grandson.

    • Debbie, thank you so much for your warm thoughts, visits, comments and especially your prayers. I join you in hoping we will have a wonderful Christmas at home together. I wish the same for you and your loved ones!

  4. merry

    Julia, good morning on this cool but sunny Sunday. December gives me hope…after winter arrives officially on the calendar…the days began to get longer and brighter. Even if just a minute each day. 🙂
    I’m please to hear Jeff is getting stronger. I lift you and Jeff in my prayers daily.
    Enjoy this 3rd Advent Sunday. Blessings…

    • Thank you Merry, December gives me hope too, and never more than this year. Thanks so much for your daily prayers for us. This Sunday has been a good one for us…”all is calm, all is bright.” 🙂 I appreciate your visits here!

  5. Larry

    Great to hear that Jeff’s strength is coming back a little with each day. Anxious and praying for good news again tomorrow! I am sure the surroundings are good there but we must start clicking our heels and saying “there’s no place like home”. Christmas is only 10 days away and that would be the best present of all!

    • Yes, this Christmas, like last year’s, will certainly be unlike any other we’ve experienced, but we are hoping for good news from pathology tomorrow which will make it the best Christmas ever. Also hope they clear Jeff to go home.

  6. Sheila

    Julia, snow for Christmas is just the ultimate completion for the day! We had a sunset this evening that was so brilliantly RED that I stopped, gave thanks, and watched until it slipped away. I realized this afternoon that the hospital stay started before Thanksgiving. Leaving so much bad behind you when Jeff is discharged! I think of y’all many times during every day.
    Love, Sheila

    • Yes Sheila, Jeff checked in during the wee hours of Monday morning before Thanksgiving on Thursday. Surgery was on Tuesday morning, starting shortly after 7 a.m. and lasting until after 10:30 p.m.! As of tomorrow, three weeks, the exact time he was in hospital during May’s liver resection. The good part is that he says it has been much easier on him this time; also, he will go home WITHOUT a wound vac (we hope) which he was on for two full months after leaving the hospital in June! So, we do feel thankful. Thanks so much for your steadfast thoughts, prayers and love across the miles!

  7. raynard

    Julia with one week to go before Christmas,I’m glad that I’m not singing Animal Crackers in my soup, monkeys and rabbits loop de loop… Please give Jeff my regards and I pray his recovery is going well enough to finally at least eat a MRE instead of that hospital food lol
    I feel a good laugh coming on. I’m go and watch a old Pink Panther cartoon. Either that or a old rerun of Barney Miller.Be blessed

    • Hey Raynard, Inspector Clouseau is a favorite of ours. We need to break out some of his videos when Jeff feels a bit better. I think everything tastes like an MRE to Jeff right now, so I can’t lose with my cooking when he gets out! I will know he is BACK when he enjoys eating again. Right now there is very little he can bring himself to swallow. You know the appetite is gone when “Ensure” and “Boost” are your meals of choice! I do think he is doing much better, though, and hope they will let him go home tomorrow. We will keep you posted.

  8. Nothing stays static in anyones life. Really, how tragic & boring would that be? That being said, it’s much preferable to not live on a roller coaster as you have this past year. With Jeff now home, I hope you’ll have more time to nurture your inner self and renew in the more sedate ebb and flow of everyday life without that constant stress.

    • That’s precisely what we are hoping for next year, once we get Matt’s open heart surgery behind us. I hope we will all be wise enough to go easy on each other and ourselves for awhile.

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