Friday, June 24, 2016

I'm Alright - Are you?

Life is hard, right?

We never know what hand we will be dealt, but it's what we do with the hand that makes all the difference.  Do we keep playing or do we fold?

The past few years have been a roller coaster ride for my family and some of my friends.  We've experienced many wonderful cherished memories ... weddings, babies, vacations, graduations, new jobs, new homes; and many very difficult times ... funerals, loss of jobs, and devastating illnesses.   In spite of the sad harsh moments in our lives, we have to go on.  But how?  For me, it's about having a purpose and a path and the right frame of mind.  My purpose is my family, and my path has been paved by God.  Certainly, I have made choices in my life that have side tracked me, but I always find my way back on the path.  I try to remain focused on the blessings in my life, and how the good times outweigh the bad times ... and how the bad times make the good times so much sweeter. 

Then just when I reroute and think I know what direction my path is going, there's an unexpected bend in the road, sometimes a sharp turn!  It's at these times that I have to take a step back and reassess where I am in my life, decide what is most important, and trust that God will guide me down the right path again.  I am at this crossroads now.

And I'm alright.

Today, instead of sharing a happy hour beverage, I'd like to share a song with you.  A few weeks ago, I was sorting through some old music, and I came across a few FFH CD's.  FFH (stands for Far From Home) is a contemporary Christian band and the song is "I'm Alright".  The YouTube video and lyrics are below.  So have some tea, or wine, or whatever will help you relax, and have a listen.  I'm having Serenity tea from Teavana that my daughter gave me for my birthday. (Check out the very cool floating tea egg that she gave me as well.)  And I'm drinking it out of a favorite mug from my son.  My kids are so good to me!  Oh, and that's Madison keeping an eye on me.

As I ponder on the lyrics of this song, I realize that most of the time I truly am alright.  Despite the problems, annoyances, and inconveniences that I might encounter, I can get through anything by trusting in God, leaning on my family, and counting my blessings every day.

Can you?

Stay in the game,


FFH - I'm Alright
"Some say that life is hard
Like swimming upstream or going against the grain
But I say life ain't that hard
'Cause I've seen how the joy outweighs the pain
So you can sit and whine about the times you've been having
Oh but as for me I choose to be as happy as I can be

Because I'm alright
Trouble may find me but it's not gonna keep me down
'Cause I'll hold on tight
To the Father who loves me, He likes having me around
Yeah He loves me and He cares for me and so I'll be alright

We go round and round back and forth and almost upside down
To buy who we are, a great big house, nice jeans and a shiny car
But I'm learning that this world keeps turning with or without me
So I'll do my best and leave the rest to the one watching over me

Because I'm alright
Trouble may find me but it's not gonna keep me down
'Cause I'll hold on tight
To the Father who loves me, He likes having me around
Yeah He loves me and He cares for me and so I'll be alright
Alright, alright
You know I'm gonna, I'm gonna be alright
Oh you know I'm gonna be alright
Everything's gonna be alright"


  1. That was a great message for a beautiful Saturday morning! You need to keep writing you are talented!

  2. This is simply fantastic, and so very honest. I read it like a weather update, location- your heart. Well, things were stormy, then we had that hurricane followed by a forest fire, but now it's partly cloudy with a chance of who knows what, but regardless, I am still here with God as both my umbrella and my snow suit <3 I love the FFH song too, Trav and I have a different FFH song that perfectly captured the turmoil of our early relationship. How often music reached farther than words alone can! Keep up the great work, this was fantastic!

  3. Diane! Thank you for your kind words! I don't know how I missed this and I'm just now seeing it. I love the weather analogy, that's perfect. I have been wanting to put another blog post out here and just haven't made the time, but I have so many things to say! :-)