Tuesday, February 18, 2014


FLAT DAYS  and another previous article or two were inspired because of this right here.   A week ago today I had eye surgery go bad.  The prior two days I had been in the hospital discovering I have degenerative spinal disease.

Last week felt like three.  I am so glad that the many days leading up to these three that I had been noting how much I liked right now!

But....I only share any of this to tell you that, for me, I'm am having another, Don't you love right now? moment.

While some of these interfere as they try to extort momentary attention, these pains in the neck do not own me.  These are not my boss.  Neither do they determine the quality of my day.

Moods, good or bad, are not sergeants who tell us when to hop. No, we serve a higher calling; one that celebrates the hopeful and is awake for possibilities during the testiest of moments.

Jesus changes the rules.  Injuries and death no longer get to intimidate like they once did before he entered our picture.  With him we can tend to the down and out, walk where others have feared to tread, and we can even fold our arms in death awaiting the Morning Son.

We are winners; even when the majority assume we lost.  With God, his children can win/win or lose/win...but we will always win!!

Therefore, I urge you to like right now.  We each have abundance at our elbows that most on earth will never experience nor delight in....once.  Sure, we have bad days.  But never do we have any kind of day without supreme reason to smile...great big!


JD said...

So sorry for your trials... appreciate you sharing your attitude through difficult days. May Christ's love and grace surround your heart. Bless you and your family.

Barbara A. Crawford said...

We will be praying for you! Sometimes we think everything is always OK for you! We appreciate all you do!

Tom and Barbara Crawford

Jim said...

Thanks for sharing. Really, I don't think your spine will ever disgenerate! Well, maybe in body only. You are a soldier of the cross and I know you will run toward the front of the line, even if you eye and back or not 100% God bless brother!

Bob L. said...

I often feel compelled to comment on your writing and don't, but you always lift me up or make me think, both of which I so appreciate. I love you brother and will pray for quick healing and that the flat days take an upward turn and the yucks turn into yippees. And, you are so right that we are always winners in Jesus!

Christi Bloomer said...

My goodness, sweet man! While the picture shouldn't have prompted a response, it does create quite the image of what you're going through. And what an inspiration you continue to be without your complete vision and not only the current pain, but the knowledge that more is to come. You continue to amaze me! What an excellent reminder your life is to all that know you!

Jan said...

Oh how you make me smile, Mister! ( Only not so big when I look into your very black eye.)

Linda Racey said...

Bless you Terry for sharing your joy even through trials. I have found that those times are when I draw cosest to The Lord. And as I get older and infirmities threaten my days, Jesus reminds me that this is not my Home. Praying for you and God's blessings to you and your family.

Internet Explorer said...

Terry, what you're going through could be very serious. Or not. Your vision is on the table. And you are seeing a new trial that allows your love of the Lord to grow in ways unknown. God bless you in your testimony of His life in your heart, which extends to us followers! God bless your recovery!

Anonymous said...

Terry sorry to hear this. Will be in contact

David Shaw said...

Dear Terry;
I am saddened but also very encouraged at your plight....saddened because I can see your pain and suffering but encouraged because I also know your heart and spirit are sweetness to the Lord.

Every morning your blog heartens me and I am so re-encouraged each time I read it.

We are praying for your speedy recovery and with thankfulness we are committing you to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
David S

Anonymous said...

Not sure, I am not a doctor, I could be off base here ....But, I think I see what went wrong with the eye surgery. It looks like they went in through your forehead. Just kidding, Love you and hope you are doing better.