Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winning and Losing (Repost)

Today I took a trip down memory lane to last February's posts. I do that now and again to see where I have been and remind myself of God's blessings in my life. I happened upon this post from last year. It was written the day after the Super Bowl. Even though I have had a somewhat rocky year with some health issues, I still believe that these words are just as true today as they were a year ago. I decided that they were definitely worth sharing again (especially since many of you are recent followers). I hope you don't mind a repeat. You will certainly notice that my girls have grown a lot since then. You will also see only one picture since I did not know how to load more than one at a time! Imagine that!

Last night we had some family and friends over to watch the Super Bowl. I am not a huge football fan, but I do watch the games with John sometimes. I am a fan of the Colts, especially Payton Manning, so of course I was not thrilled with the outcome. However, I managed to be happy for the Saints because of the history of the team. It started me to thinking about winning and losing.

One of my dad's favorite sayings is, 'You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.' I thought about how true that saying really is. It makes me think about times in my life when I have been on the winning side and times that I have been on the losing side. I am thankful that God allows me to experience both ends of the spectrum. It seems that He so perfectly balances each and every event in my life.

The year 2008 was probably one of the lowest times of my life. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer in March of that year. She underwent treatment for six months until she passed away early that September. That summer was the hardest summer in the life of my family. That was our last summer with her. John spent much of his time caring for his mom and that really left him exhausted and emotionally spent. Catie and Carson were affected by the fact that they were losing their Nana, as well as missing time with their dad. We all felt overwhelmed that entire year, but God carried us through it.

The year 2009, however, was one of the best years in my life. In April of that year, Catie and I took a trip with her school to Greece and Italy. The time spent with her and the memories of that trip will be cherished forever. In September, almost to the day that we lost John's mom, God gave us another huge blessing. Carson, our youngest daughter, had a dream to meet her favorite entertainer, Taylor Swift. A local radio station was having a contest to win a pink jeep with Taylor's picture on it, a chance to meet her, and two front row tickets. Carson listened to the station every day and called in every chance they gave. John finally got through and won a chance for the jeep. The day of the concert, ninety-six people had a chance to win. John actually won it! Our family spent the rest of the day in a whirlwind. We were taken to meet Taylor, shown around back stage by her mom, and the girls were able to see the concert from the front row! Talk about an experience of a lifetime! For an eleven year old girl, that was a dream come true.

All of these events took place in a year's time. Our special night at the concert was exactly a year after our lowest point. I believe that God is always there in each and every circumstance that life sends our way. It doesn't matter if we are on the winning side or the losing side, God is always on our side. I am thankful that He works for my good in every situation. My prayer for my girls is that they will always look for His presence in everything and give thanks to Him.


Allison said...

Really good thoughts, Carla. God is with us at the times He seems the farthest away - I've learned that too over the past couple years. I'm so glad He is.

Maryrose said...

Oh what a great post Carla. It is nice to put everything in perspective with our focus on God.
I must say, what an awesome experiance for your daughter meeting Taylor Swift...lucky hubby. I bet he was quite the hero.
Enjoy your day.

Denise said...

Wow, I had no idea you all won a pink jeep AND got to meet Taylor Swift. God is so good!
I lost my Dad to lung cancer just a few months after I had to move to the US with my hubby. He got sick in the March and I moved here in April, I went back to be with him (and the family) in Sept of that year and stayed for a month until he passed away. I know the heartache, and I'm sorry about your mil, but we know they are in a better place now.
Lovely post Carla

Glenda said...

God is always there . . . for that I'm so grateful! How would we make it without Him? Thanks for this hope-filled reminder!

Dawn said...

Beautiful Post....makes me think of the Footprints in the Sand poem.

Kathy and Robert said...

God promised to never leave us and obviously He's been with you every step of your journey. He never fails! K

tina said...

I'm so sorry about your health issues and I hope 2011 will be a much better year. The story of winning the jeep and meeting Taylor Swift exactly one year after such a low point of losing Nana is beautiful. It just goes to show life has a way of balancing things out in the long run. hugs, tina

Pam said...

A beautiful post, Carla.. God is good! I am so glad you reposted it.

be well and happy,

Masha said...

What a great post. Thank you for allowing me a glimpse of your life. Your girls are beautiful.