Thankful

I cannot believe how long it has been since my last entry. Life happens sometimes. I look forward to getting back on the horse.

Today is Thanksgiving and I have much to be thankful for. Today also marks 8 months that my brother-in-Christ went home to receive his Crown of Glory. I want to share the post/tribute that I posted on my Facebook page.

Dear Bill,
Today marks 8 months since you went home to be with the Lord to receive your Crown of Glory. It took me 6 months before I could even look at any of these pictures because it was just too painful. I was planning to visit your grave today, but the Lord proved once again that He works in mysterious ways. Yesterday, I went to pay my respects to a wonderful sister-in-Christ as she was being laid to rest…and as it turns out, she was placed a short distance from you. So, Raj was kind enough to stop as we drove by your grave so that I could visit for a few brief moments. Your headstone is just beautiful! As you know, today is Thanksgiving and I have MUCH to be thankful for!!! One of the MANY things that I’m thankful for is your friendship, kindness, generosity and brotherly love. I miss our visits and all the stories you shared with me. I still remember the day when God finally revealed to me why He did not heal me and prevent me from having surgery because if He had healed me, I never would have met you. So, I guess in a strange way, I’m THANKFUL that I had to have surgery and be in a rehab facility so that I could meet you, Bill. I look forward to the day when I will see you again my friend!!! I love you and I miss you!
Love your lil sister,
Ciprianna

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Mourning into Dancing

Today is the anniversary of my Dad’s death. He died 3 days before my high school graduation in an auto accident. Though it’s been 25 years…(wow, can’t believe the time went by so FAST), it still feels like it happened yesterday.

No matter what anyone says, time does NOT heal all wounds. God comforts us in our grief and pain, but the hurt NEVER goes away…you just learn to live with it.

I’m thankful that God provided a much needed distraction this year in the form of a new job, which I began today. I had no time to mourn or think about my loss because I was too busy learning new skills at my new job. God is good!!!

Psalm 30:11 – You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy

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Bill “Doc” Lupetti…R.I.P

Today, March 25, 2017 is my birthday. It would have been a much better birthday had I not gotten word that my dear brother, Bill had passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017. I found out today after the women’s prayer breakfast when I checked my cell phone and found 3 voice mails. I knew what I would hear because I knew something was wrong when Bill’s phone went straight to voice mail when I called yesterday. I was with a friend who also tried to call yesterday and the same thing happened, straight to voice mail. I hoped and prayed that I was wrong, unfortunately, I was not. The Lord Jesus called Bill home on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Bill has received his  crown of glory!

Thank you, Lord God, for bringing Bill into my life. Bill has been such a huge blessing to me. I will miss his many stories about of life growing up, the Vietnam War and life in general, especially after he got saved. Bill was such a warm spirit, generous and kind, always willing to share his knowledge or refer you to someone else who might be able to help.

Father, words cannot begin to express or convey how deeply grieved I am. I look forward to seeing Bill again.

One of the pastors at my church shared this card on Facebook.

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Progress

Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

This is what is on my calendar for the month of January 2017. It’s a new year and everyday is a new opportunity to take a risk…take a chance to achieve the things you want out of life.

A new opportunity has presented itself for me to achieve one of my dance dreams and as “scary” as it may seem, I’m going to at least check it out, pray about it and see where God leads.

I pray that 2017 is a blessed year for us all!