This morning I was standing in my kitchen stirring Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice creamer in to my Pumpkin spice Trader Joe’s coffee reflecting on how very blessed I am. Did I mention I love pumpkin? I went to Trader Joe’s on Friday and purchased everything pumpkin from pumpkin ravioli to pumpkin pop-tarts and everything in between. This time of year brings out the pumpkin in me. God has blessed me beyond belief with this life. I get to live in San Diego, live in my own home, sleep in my own bed, drive my own car, read and study the Bible, go to church, have friends and a wonderful family all by the generous mercy and grace of a loving God. Then there is this fabulous man who calls me “the love of his life”. One year for my birthday he gave me a card (he usually does) anyway it says “For your birthday, didn’t know whether you wanted a Caddy (shows picture of Cadillac), a Beemer (shows picture of a BMW), a T-Bird (Thunderbird picture), or a Jag (a Jaguar), so here’s a shiny new Lincoln!” and it shows a picture of a penny. He wrote “OK I didn’t laugh out loud(I have a rule that I buy the first card that makes me laugh out loud), but I knew you’d like this card. They even got the “In God We Trust” right! I found this “penny” looking for your birthday card, so I’m thankful to God for putting you in my life”. Needless to say I cried. He knows what is close to my heart. He knows I trust God for him and for our family. One year I decided that enough was enough and I decided to reach out to my dad. Through the years we had not had a very close relationship. He lived his life and when he wanted he would call or not call but not very often. I wrote him a 6 page letter (after much prayer) to tell him all about me, my likes, my dislikes, what I did for fun, for a job, etc. A few days later I get a phone call. “Hello” I say. The person on the other end says “blue”. I say “excuse me?” He says “blue, my favorite color is blue”. It was my dad answering one of the questions I had asked him. I wanted to know his favorite color as well as other things I did not know about him. Through the course of our conversation he said something to me that I never forgot. As I was telling him about my life, being a Christian School Administrator, going to First Baptist Lemon Grove for so many years, leading ladies bible study, leading prayer groups, loving my church he said “that’s a good way to live”. He then said “I belive it is too late for me.” I assured him it was not too late for him and that God had a plan for him and has all his life. “That’s a good way to live” indeed. I think about those words so much and they resonate in my heart. Using the gifts God has given to me in the local church body, building those relationships that never die, loving a precious family oh so much. My life has been blessed beyond belief and each time I think as something as simple as being able to have flavored creamer in my flavored coffee I think God for my life. In God I Trust.

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