So, we live next to a very busy highway, which has been under construction for a little more than two years. Two years ago, in the coldest part of winter, we were sent a letter that our fence would be removed in the process and that we should remove anything that was attached to the fence along with anything that would encroach the right of way. Our son came over the next day to remove everything except the fence – which the contractor said they would remove and take away. He dug through snowbanks while fighting below freezing temperatures. Three days ago, we received another letter. It said they would begin building the sound barrier wall between the highway and our property and we should have everything cleared. Again, they said they would remove the fence. We let our daughter and son-in-law know and to make a long story short, they came over yesterday after working all day and did the job, including taking down the fence.

What seemed like an impossible task for the two of us, became a piece of cake for them. It brought a few things to mind as we watched them work. First it reminded us of how we would work together when we were younger to accomplish a task. We recalled how sometimes we would get in each other’s way, but the work got finished. It made me think of how much we now rely on our children to do tasks that we’re incapable of doing. I also thought about what a blessing we have to be able to call on family.

When you think about it, any kind of construction requires more than physical labor. We need to prepare, plan, think out, replan, rethink, rely on a team to get the work done. Sometimes there are insurmountable obstacles – like health issues, aging, lack of muscle mass and a possible hefty price tag which we couldn’t afford. All of these things act as huge potholes in the process. We need someone to smooth out the rough edges. Our lives are in a constant state of reconstruction, but we have a Master architect, builder, designer, planner and a whole crew all rolled into one. Our Creator God knows all about our flaws and chinks. He is the potter who crafted each individual into a living, breathing, thinking human being. We will be crushed with the burdens of living, but He is right there, as our loving Father God, to rebuild us again.

Needless to say, we’re grateful for our family. We have a whole new view from our backyard. what once enclosed a fairly quiet garden area is now gone, but soon it will return. All good things are worth waiting for. God loves us as His own children, and all that He does is for our good.

“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.”

Charles Dickens


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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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  1. Lifetime Chicago says:

    Love this.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Every day a new adventure, right?


      • Lifetime Chicago says:

        I know…I was standing on a chair to wash a wall and almost fell. I shared the story of the Chicken Basket to the restaurant site on Facebook and they want to share the story. I will do that with alot of restaurants….they like the story but not share it.

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    I went to a meeting at church. One road had two construction areas, separated by a distance of a few car lengths. They got their wires crossed and let both ends go at the same time, which meant that in the one-lane sections, the cars faced off with nowhere to go. We sat and sat. Then someone came up and directed a few cars into a section of road not yet finished, and one side was free to escape the gridlock, and then the other side could move, after the few cars that had pulled off got back on the road again. I believe what the people say about Pennsylvania. It has two seasons, winter and construction. I made it about five minutes late, but really the meeting could not start without me, since I was the secretary.

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  3. Thanks be to God! His grace allows our bumpy path to feel more like a smooth, newly paved road. Blessings to your family members who are willing to assist when needed.

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