Leave it to the Happiness Guys and Returning Home

Hi Everyone, Just a quick note to let you all know that I am back at the old blog address again.  If you saw my post yesterday saying that A Story By Me was moving to a new blog address, please disregard the new address and just visit A Story By Me as you have always done.

After spending the past couple of days yanking out all of my hair I am ready to admit that I am not as technologically inclined as I thought I was and I have decided that I’m ready to get back to what I like doing most, which is writing and of course reading all of your blog posts.

Thanks so much for your patience! From now on I will leave the tecky stuff to the WordPress Happiness Engineers 😀

Have a great evening!

T

2013 in Review on A Story By Me

This morning I opened my email to find that WordPress had made a nifty little year in review of my blog.  As I was looking it over I realized that my blog is kind of like a review of the last year of my life. So much has happened this year and a lot of it I have written about in the blog.

As I start each new year I always reflect on the past year and look to the new year as a fresh start. When I look over this past year I am amazed at how many blessings and huge life changes happened to me in 2013. This was the year I started seeing more and more of God’s plan for my life revealed as I have watched myself embark on a path I never dreamed I would be on, seeing more and more exciting parts of the journey unfolding before me each day.

This past year I watched as God seemed to help me step out of my comfort zone more and more. This year I started a new job at my church. This time last year I was not even looking for a job and I really never dreamed that if I did get a new job it would be at a church. I still find that kinda cool a little scary for me but I do love the job and it’s been such a blessing for me.

In March I went to Haiti with Compassion, which I do have to say was probably the highlight of my year. While there in Haiti I met my sponsored child Thierry which was really really awesome. Not only did I get to meet Thierry while there but I also had a huge attitude adjustment and found out that I would never be the same person ever again. I also met Rose  while in Haiti and sponsored her.  I just recently found out that Thierry’s family is doing much better so he no longer in need of my sponsorship. I am so very thankful I was able to meet him before he moved on to a better life.

This year I also I had 2 knee surgeries which did not go as well as I had hoped and I have yet another eye issue going on.  Those things threw me into a bit of a fog but with the help of my family, friends and most of all God I am getting through it quite well and I have learned that God will give us the strength we need to get through whatever comes our way.

I could go on and on here talking about all the events of this past year but really you have probably heard them all before and if you haven’t and you really want to know all those stories there is a row over to the right of this page with every blog post ever posted on this blog. Though the year has had a few downs I really do have to say it’s been a good year full of mostly ups, God is always good and I am so very thankful for this place he has put me in. No matter how old we get we always are still learning and I do know that I have learned a whole lot this year.

This year I learned that no matter how tough life can be…God is always tougher.

If God asks you to do it,..he will equip you to do it.

Bad things do happen… but I also learned that no matter how bad things are there is always a blessing to be had in the midst of it all.  

And the biggest thing I have found this year is if you look for joy you will always find it…even if places that you may think it could never be found..

Two years ago I set out to write a blog because God told me to do it, I did not have a clue as to what I would ever write about but yet there always seems to be a story and always a reader somewhere in the world who reads it.  For whatever reason he continues to keep it going and I have to say I have been extremely blessed by it all and also by those of you I have gotten to know here, and also on your own blogs.  As I close out the year 2013, I would like to say thank you to all of you who continue to come by my blog and read it. Some of you leave a like or a comment and some just silently stop by and never say a word. Every single one of you are part of this blog and a part this blessing. It is WAY WAY more than I ever could have imagined or expected could happen,Thank YOU. God is really awesome isn’t he??  🙂

Thanks once again for reading and I hope you see many blessings in the coming year.  Happy New Year to you!

P.S.  Below is the year in review that WordPress put together for ‘A Story By Me’

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

SOME DAYS ARE JUST TO DARN HARD…

I am not sure why I feel the need to have more than one blog.  There are a lot WordPress design options so maybe that is the reason. I like the pretty purple swirls on one of my blogs and then there is the cute little worm who travels up the side of another blog I have.

I have never been the type of person who likes things to stay the same and some days I just want to be different. There are differences in my blogs also.  I usually I try to keep things on this blog upbeat and it is also my main blog. Some days I feel like I need to vent so I am venting on thinking loudly.  On days I feel extra thankful those are the days I write love letters to Jesus.     

No matter what the reason I have more than one blog I eventually end up sharing what I post on the other blogs here. and if you clicked any of the links to the others you will see I really don’t use them much at all.  Now that I think about it maybe it is time to delete the other blogs, save myself the extra work and just post it all here on my main blog in the first place…. 🙂

Below is my post I posted on Thinking Loudly yesterday and what a difference a day can make!  Today I woke up feeling painful knees but the difference between yesterday and today is the attitude I chose to take today.  Today I feel much better than yesterday mostly because I am done with the pity party and maybe because I allowed people to help me instead of keeping it all bottled up inside, only sharing my true feelings with the blog world.

Each day I continue to heal but on the bad days I still know that God is good. Everyone keeps telling me tomorrow will be a better day but I am not sure that is always true. Tomorrow could actually be a worse day but the attitude I decide to choose to take will make all the difference in the outcome of the day.

No matter what you are going through today remember Jesus is walking along with you, If you can not walk then lay it out there for him go ahead tell him how you feel.  He is always listening and he truly cares about you and if needed he will carry you.

No matter what kind of day it is today Jesus will always be the same.  If you choose to take him along with you today I am pretty sure you will see your day become much brighter.

Here is my post from Thinking Loudly…

SOME DAYS ARE JUST TO DARN HARD…

Most days when I wake up in the morning I am thankful.  But today when I woke up that thankfulness fleeted through my head for only about half a second because as I opened my eyes I realized I had awoken to searing pain in my knees.

Though I know I am supposed to sleep flat on my back with my knees propped on pillows my ‘sleeping’ self insists on knocking the pillows off the bed and curling into a ball on my side. The result of that is knees that feel like a pair of rusty hinges that are frozen in the bent position and they need to be unlocked. The unlocking hurts more than I can ever begin to explain, so I won’t.

 click here to read the rest of this post.

When you finish reading, come back and listen to this song by 7eventh time down

If your feeling low today – Just say Jesus! 

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.