A good drive

Anna is coming home today. She is doing much better it seems. It seems her depression has passed again. I am very excited about that. We were able to bring her home for a visit yesterday. She did very well. It was so good having her home for awhile. After dinner, I driver her back to the C-BAT she’s been at for the last week and a half. She told me how she wished she could just stay home.

“Well,” I said, “I wish you were too. But at least this means I get to have a half hour alone with you in the car. I really like that.”

She smiled real big and leaned over and hugged my arm. “I love that too. I love you daddy!”

That was a big silver lining in the dark cloud of needing to take her back for one more night. We both benefited from seeing it. We can’t always change our circumstances, but we can change what we focus on when we are in them. I believe that is a valid application of Philippians 4:8-10 (NIV),

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.



  1. Amen! I’m so happy for you and pleased she’s coming home. May God bless her immensely, even more than He already has.

    Philippians 4:8-10 is one of my favorites. In my darker moments I call that “sucking the treasures out of the cesspool.” I have learned over and over again that God always hides treasures in our messes. Always.You can count on that, it’s a promise. Often I get distracted and miss fully enjoying them all, but He placed them there anyway, and my job is to find them and enjoy them. Peter put his eyes on Christ and actually walked on water, but the moment we take our eyes off of Him and look down, those “rational lies” you often speak of, start to kick in and all we can see is the storm around us. It’s all about where we place our eyes.

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    1. “sucking the treasures out of the cesspool,” I love that! Thank you so much for the encouragement IB, it means a lot to me. It’s good to know someone who gets my crazy life and sense of humor. Very happy to be friends. 👍👍👍

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