Friday, March 11, 2011

Faith Grows in the Valleys - Friday's Fave Five

I don't remember where I heard that saying--Faith grows in the valleys--but I am convinced that it's true.  Whew ... This has been another challenging week. While I'm thankful that the headaches are gone, I'm discouraged that the medications are not working as we'd hoped. And, as always, I believe that looking for blessings is even more important when we're in the valleys. Thank you for stopping by to read my Friday's Fave Five list!
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  1. I am ever grateful for the people who are standing by me through all of this.  A lot of the time, I am no fun at all, yet I have a few people I can call on when I need to talk.  Thank You, Thank You, Lord, for placing these special people in my life!
  2. I have been reading a terrific book called Finding Your Prince in a Sea of Toads: How to Find a Quality Guy Without Getting Your Heart Shredded. I'll write more about it when I've finished reading, but it's fabulous so far.
  3. My doctor made some changes to my medications, eliminating two and adding one.  The frequent changes are wearing on me, but they're essential to finding the correct treatment.  And every step toward finding the answer is a reason for optimism.
  4. In the midst of my own trials, God placed in my path someone to whom I could minister.  What a blessing it is to be able to help someone else!
  5. Outside our front window, the spring-flowering bulbs are starting to poke through the soil.  I'd take a picture if today wasn't rainy!
What have been the best parts of your week?

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  1. Oh, I'm glad you have those special people. And I love your #4. I'm a firm believer in the concept that our troubles seem less when we're blessing someone else.

    I'll have to look for that book. Sounds like it would be good for my high school students. Hope you have a less challenging week ahead, my friend!

  2. I am glad the headaches are gone! My middle son struggles with migraines and hasn't hit the perfect med combo yet, but thankfully they've been declining.

    That book sounds good.

    So glad you were able to minister to others even in the midst of trials.

  3. I'm glad you have support in the midst of your medical struggles. It must be frustrating to have to keep switching medications. Sweet to see those signs of Spring out your front window...

  4. I love the title of the book. And I love #4. Here's hoping the appearance of your spring bulbs is telling for you and that you're on the path to good health.

  5. I'm sorry that you are struggling to feel well. I have empathy. I had to spend two days in bed with a horrible migraine last weekend. My neurologist is so dear - when I saw him this week, he was sympathetic, and we too keep trying new things. It is so good to have good friends, people who help hold us up, and also, people who need us. I hope you have a pain free week.

  6. I feel so uplifted by every little green shoot I see pop it's little head up too!

    I hope you have a good weekend. Counting blessings is definitely the way to beat the blues that can creep in. Thoughts and prayers!

  7. So glad your headaches are gone.....!! and praise God for special friends AND the opportunity to minister to some one! have a happy, restful weekend

  8. Your attitude is a blessing. I'm so glad you have good friends to help you through your tough times.

  9. PS....I love the title of your post. Faith DOES grow in the valleys.

  10. Hang in there, Melissa! So glad that God has sent people into your life who stand with you and support you in the rough times.

    Signs of spring are wonderful! Hope they show up here soon!

  11. I think that helping others is a great way to feel better ourselves and its just like God to put someone in your path that you could help :)

  12. Just remember...
    we are here... take your time for you.
    so glad that you were able to do the fab 5...
    hopefully things will start looking up!
    hugs to you

  13. Thinking of you darling :)!! I added you to our prayer chain. XOXO

  14. Outside my front window, the snow is melting, it drips off the barn roof and onto a chunk of ice underneath. The pond started to show a dark spot so we covered it so it wouldn't fool the fish into thinking it was Spring yet at least not for another few days. I slept one hour later only to remember the clocks went ahead last night and lost the hour as soon as I realized. Take care


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