Life on The Outside

I’m getting better with my grabber tool! I retrieved a tiny, flat, triangular pill from the hard, tiled floor where I clumsily dropped it.

Yvonne Stegner
Special Contributor

I felt exhilaration, much like the first time I was able to pick up a quarter off the floor of my room at the nursing home with that tool. I anticipate using this tool to pull small weeds in upcoming days, and expect I will be more effective than I was in 2018.

Life “on the Outside” is rather quiet these days, although spring (accompanied by sun-kissed skin and more temperate air outside) is just waiting to welcome us soon. I’m sure that some think I must be going stir-crazy in the house, with nothing exciting to do and nowhere I wish to travel to. I have discovered a verse from God’s Word that applies: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Phil. 4:11 KJV.

I had opportunity to put the kid-sized shovel my oldest daughter found me into service recently. Though I lack strength and could only move a bit of snow at a time, I felt a sense of accomplishment in clearing the walkway of snow deeper than my power chair should traverse through.

Being a kid at heart, I really enjoy the onset of spring. Green grass, newborn baby animals, colorful jelly beans in the candy dish, mud puddles to traipse through… Also like a small child, I prefer to do things “by myself”, although I am clumsy and weak, not to forget slow-moving. Determination helps me make up for these shortcomings, that and the patience Jesus is helping me obtain.

I continue to be thankful for the many blessings that allow me to live “Life on the Outside”. Helpers that take care of my basic needs that I can’t perform independently yet, a warm bowl of fragrant chili delivered at mealtime, personal letters in the incoming mail, a home Bible study that allows this cold-weather wimp to remain inside the toasty-warm house, friends that drop by unexpectedly to visit and with lunch invitations, the list goes on indefinitely. Thank You, Jesus!

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