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A FULL Heart
Thursday, March 17, 2022 by Barbara

Will I always regard Wednesdays as The Day of the Stroke? Exactly two weeks ago I was working on a rough copy of the blog I would send out that night. Of course, that didn’t happen. Days later I came home from the hospital and glanced at my desk. There was my well-planned, numbered, and prioritized to-do list, with only a few items crossed off. My life had been abruptly interrupted and most items on that list didn’t matter at all.

At the outset of 2022 I determined to FILL the new year with good things—virtues and priorities that would make my life more fruitful. I held myself accountable to you, my friends and readers, by blogging about each one:

  • Thank-Full
  • Peace-Full
  • Mind-Full
  • Hope-Full
  • Mercy-Full
  • Joy-Full
  • Grace-Full
  • Prayer-Full

A stroke wasn’t on the list but, then again, our lives are punctuated with events not our lists. This is why it’s vital to live God-aware—to grow in His likeness, to reflect His heart, and to maintain ongoing conversations with Him. Then, when life is interrupted, we will discover our hearts are thank-full, peace-full, mind-full, hope-full, mercy-full, joy-full, grace-full, and prayer-full.

May He grace each of us with eyes to see Him more clearly, ears to hear Him more precisely, and hearts to follow Him more intimately in 2022.

The Lord  bless you and keep you;
the Lord  make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord  turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


Comments

Kathy R. From Hope, NJ At 3/17/2022 9:55:56 AM

Your writing is so anointed, Barbara, and often makes me cry. :) The Lord has been speaking to me about not letting my ‘to-do list’ control me, but rather see it as a guide. Hopefully I can transition quickly to enjoy peace and rest while my ‘list’ gets done, and to make room for joy in the ‘now’.

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

That's such wisdom, Kathy - "make room for joy in the now." Love that!

Fairh McGrath From Pennsylvania At 3/17/2022 9:50:39 AM

Strokes and other life-changing events magnify God’s presence in our lives. Yes, God’s provision through these causes us to have a new perspective of our Lord and Savior.

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

I love that, Faith - "Life-changing events magnify God's presence in our lives." Amen.

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