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7/24/2013 7:55:00 PM
Joy and Peace
By Jeanette Johnson

Two years ago I read "You Don't Have to Be Blind to See." When I finished the book, my thoughts were I would like to teach this material in a small group setting. After all this time, I read it again. Sight is very important to me. I want to read, listen to beautiful music, take photographs, paint again, and continue to write because it is my passion. Love and faith in God will develop your gifts.

When you have Diabetes many things change in your life. One of them can be your sight. It seems now that the Cataracts have reached a point where I need surgery. I had not planned to add this to my already "full plate" of interesting life challenges, but it is here. I thought about mom and how macular degeneration took most of her sight late in life.

To have someone put drops in my eyes is my least favorite thing in the world. I have not worked up the courage to face the surgery but I have made an appointment.

Facing life is what keeps us strong and gives us faith in ourselves. Hiding from the real facts only puts off the inevitable. Sunday's sermon came from John 9 where Jesus healed a blind man with a mud plaster on his eyes. I do not think my procedure will be quite like that one. Jesus was the Healer. Jesus is the Healer today.

Some times we walk through life with blinders on, sit in the same pews, lunch out with friends and go on about our lives. This does not make us "bad" people. Some times we do a little "woe is me stuff." We don't always take time to re-evaluate how we "do business" with the Father. Is He still the focus? Is He still Lord of our life?

How long has it been since we entered the "prayer closet" and shut out the world to listen to Him? Do our actions and business transactions refl ect the impact of the Lord in our lives? He does not leave us when it is tough. We kind of de-rail ourselves off the beaten track.

This week taste life, drink in all the beauty He has created for us. Laugh with dear friends, and be fi lled with grace for each moment we are given. Tell family that you love them. Say thank you to God for the gift of life.

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