Unexpected Obstacles—New Beginnings

Hello Again Dear Friends! I’ve been away for a lengthy time due to some unexpected obstacles. I took a nasty fall down a flight of stairs in 2008 and have suffered tremendously. My injuries resulted in the need for neck fusion at several levels; which I’ve had done in three stages over the past several years. So far, I’m feeling pretty darn good and look forward to what this New Year will bring with it into my life.

I’m saddened to realize it’s been two long years since my last post; but I’m excited at the opportunity to re-connect with each of you.

Life often delivers unforeseen obstacle’s and places them at our feet; sort of the way a cat brings us their “gift” of the mouse or bird they’ve killed as a token of their love and gratitude for us. Similar to the offerings our precious feline drops on our stoop, the unwanted obstacles of life can shock us with disgust. However, if we take a closer look at what our cat is telling us with their benevolent gift we’d be honored rather than repulsed. Because of their deep love for us they do what they know best; they stalk, hunt and kill their prize. And they bring that trophy and lay it at our feet as a gift for us.

When life lays obstacles at our feet it’s sometimes easy for us to recoil in repugnance. Often our first thought of the impediment isn’t of it being any sort of ‘gift’ at all. Our first feelings are usually that the deterrent is an intruder trying to extinguish us out of existence; whether physical, financial or spiritual. During the past few years that I’ve been away and recovering from my injuries, my sister and several of my friends have experienced various female cancers, other friends; as-well-as my father, my son and myself, have experienced various heart conditions. All of which have threatened each person’s very survival.

They say hind-sight gives you perfect vision, and I believe that when I recall the events of these past several years. When I was going through the problems my injuries caused with constant and excruciating pain, migraines and physical limitations no one could’ve ever convinced me that each day during that time was a gift of any sort. But looking back now I see that it was, because it was during this time that I really got to know myself and what I really want out of life. I got the chance to realize what is most important to me; to the well-being of my soul.

Looking back at this time with all of its problems, hurdles and health scares, I’m happy to realize that life did indeed lay a very precious gift at my feet.


What precious gifts from life have you experienced in the past? Don’t be shy; leave a reply!


About Blue Jeans and Chocolate

HI! I’m Smalls (that’s what my kids call me since I’m only Five feet tall.) I am a Fifty- Something, blue jean wearing, young Granny, who strives to live beautifully. I’m a student of God’s word, the Hebrew language, love and life. I live in the Sierra Foothills with my precious husband and our Black Lab, Riley—she’s a handful, but we love her. I love to travel, to daydream, and to write; and I’ve become an aspiring novelist. I’ve lived in other countries and still plan to visit more. I love to venture off the beaten path in the attempt to discover the world not seen in the tourist traps. I love to read as a way of learning. I usually have a book with me everywhere I go—you just never know when you’ll have down time. I have three sons, two step-sons, a couple of daughter’s-in-law, and ten grandchildren (so far.)
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2 Responses to Unexpected Obstacles—New Beginnings

  1. Wow! sorry you’ve gone through so much, but you put a positive and insightful spin on such a tough spot. Most of the bad stuff in my life was introduced by me! Nevertheless, Yah allows me to live through it and each time i seem to learn a bit more about Him and myself and become one He can use through my brokenness. Bless you and your family.

    • Hello Farm Girl! Thanks for your reply. =0) Like you, I get in my own way most of the time and am so very thankful that God always brings me through whatever it is. I always hope for brokenness so that it’s never “me” at the other end of something. Bless you and your family also!

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