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March 06, 2008



I love the link (how profoundly funny!), and of course, I love the post. I've been reading Joel Osteen lately, and he talks about changing out the "wine skins" every now and then as we become hardened and thus stagnant in vision status quo as do all wine skins over time. We need a new vision for ourselves and our lives every now and then or no matter what good comes our way, we have a hard time recognizing it, holding it, and growing it in our lives very well.


I love this post because it hits me on so many different levels: growing older, caring for a child with a chronic illness, holding on to hope, and changing our lives as individuals and as a nation. You knitted them together beautifully.

The hope and joy equation is kind of like the chicken and the egg question--which comes first? I'm not sure, but I believe both are essential. And I learn both from my daughter--even when she can't do what the other children can do she finds joy--even when she goes to bed with a rasp, propped up on pillows to breath better she finds hope in the promise of the next day. And even when my shoulders are exhausted from waking up a dozen times to listen to her chest, her hope and joy bring me joy and hope. I'm sure you find the same to be true in your life.

Robin, I can see how you connected this post with Osteen. He is all about hope and possibilities and making changes in the moment. His view of faith is so different from what I learned that I have to seriously work at it to make those ideas mine. He has a journal that goes along with the book that I think is awesome.

Wonderful post Missy! I'm sorry my response got so long--believe it or not this is the shortened version LOL!


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