one moment away: the Saturday Gratitude Journal

My phone is sounding in it’s silent tone and I can’t answer it right away but I can see who’s on the other line.  My doctor.

And it’s about time for the call.  He told me last Friday it would be 7-10 days when he would have my report.  My report from the surgery.  My report that would tell us whether my cancer had spread–if it was in my lymph nodes–if more surgery would be required.

One phone call, one doctor’s visit, one moment of time.  And everything can change.  One phone call of a loved one’s death–one doctor’s visit with the diagnosis of cancer or disease.  And these moments of time are not always of hard news.  Some moments are of unwavering joy.  Joy of happiness.  Joy of answered prayers. Joy of healing.

One moment of time.  And everything can change.



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There’s this nurse’s voice on voicemail asking me to call my doctor when I get a moment.  A moment of time.  I hold my breath as I count the number of rings it takes for someone to answer.

‘We have received your report back and the cancer has not spread. It is not in your lymph nodes,’ my nurse explained.  ‘The entire area was removed in surgery, the margins are good and the doctor told me to tell you it is a very good report, a very good report.’ And she said, ‘We will see you on Tuesday for your recheck and talk about the scheduling of your radiation treatments.’

And I cried as I thanked her.  Praising God for His faithfulness, a grace that never fails.  Answered prayers.

One moment of time.  And everything can change.

And this week as with any week, God has blessed and I have so much to be thankful for.

To see my son again as a baby–Wyatt’s little feet pattering across the floor and his head adorned with blonde curls

Morning devotionals

My Daddy’s white handkerchiefs 

Hearing my daughter read the story of Batman and Superman to Kase and Drew, my grandbabies with their heart giggles. 

Clouds filled with moisture–eyes filled with tears

Songs that wake me up in the middle of the night–over and over, Thy Will be Done.

Answered prayers

Warriors of prayer.  Warriors of faith

Beauty in the healing miracles–Jacob, Drew, Jenner, myself and so many others 

I remember vividly the morning. I had spent the night at my daughter’s.  A light snow had covered the ground.  The phone rang. ‘Daddy has been rushed to the hospital and it doesn’t look good,’ my sister said in a trembling voice.

And in the mad rush to get to the hospital I reached for my bag and my knees gave way to the floor.  I can’t do this.  And in that moment of time–my life, it changed forever.

And I also remember vividly the announcement of my three grandbabies.  What a beautiful change these three have brought to my life.

My oldest grandbaby boy–eating dinner at Chick-fil-A. ‘You’re going to be a grandma in January or February!’ my daughter and son-in-law said with smiles that bursts through the restaurant walls.

My granddaughter–my son-in-law called wanting me to come to their house to see something.  Now it was hunting season so I thought for sure he had scored a big buck.  I kept waiting on him to lead me to the backyard to see this monster deer and then he reached on top of the refrigerator and there it was–this stick–positive.  ‘You are going to be Granna again’, my daughter said with a joy only an expectant mother can voice.

And my son calling, ‘Mom, we have something to tell you.  Jesi and I, well, we are pregnant.’   Not Jesi is pregnant, we are pregnant.  And this thing about my son–you don’t have to see his face to know his smile is wide.  He gets that from his Papa Lackey.

One moment of time and everything can change our lives here on earth.  But there’s this one promise, one moment of time that will change us for eternity.  And that is Christ’s coming.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 

1 Corninthians 15:52 (KJV)

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

Revelation 22:20-21 (KJV) 

One moment of time.  And everything can change.




8 thoughts on “one moment away: the Saturday Gratitude Journal

  1. Tears of joy as I read these sweet words of promise. Praise and gratitude for answered prayers. Tathel, the beauty of you…your strength…your faith…inspires! Gentle hugs with love to you and your precious family❤️

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  2. God is still in the miracle business. Quitely going about and performing those miracles daily. I am so glad you are one of these miracles. When you drop to your knees knowing you cant face another moment…he quitely listens. Lets us cry it out and then amazes us with the strength to keep on. May he do that often with you my friend as you travel the rest of this journey which will make you stronger so you can pass on that wisdom and experience to someone else. Thank you so much for sharing those thoughts. I read this and stopped numerous times to blink the tears back and blow the nose… knowing how many moments of time we all have experienced. God bless.


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