When Life Happens

What to do when things seem to happen and all at once?

We moved our son into his apartment on Wednesday three weeks ago.



Shop. Organize. Plan. Crash course in life.



Following this, our family celebrated my husband’s birthday. A huge group, including my mother, gathered and made sweet, happy memories in our home.


Climbing into bed that evening, my house clean once again, I fell into deep sleep.


At two in the morning the phone jolted me. My eighty-two year old mother had been taken to the emergency room. I threw on my dirty clothes and rushed to her side. Intubated and clinging to life, she was transported by ambulance an hour away to Little Rock. I’d wear those same clothes for the next three days while she lingered in ICU.


Mom weathered her storm and soon came back to my hometown and into a rehabilitation facility. Her prognosis? Not good. But, you’d never know this by the improvement she’s made, glory to God. I am convinced more than ever that only the Father knows the day of our promotion into Eternity.



During this exhausting time, my motivation and creativity flat-lined. My blogs due, I just couldn’t muster the energy or emotion to write them. It took great effort to push the like button on my friend’s facebook notifications, much less leave comments. And, my Twitter twittered to a flicker.


Through this time, I know one thing. God is faithful. God was faithful. God will always be faithful.


Yesterday, there were reports of double rainbows in my county. Facebook friends littered my newsfeed with photos of them. A reminder to me that God holds my times in His hands. My seasons are changing. So simple. So hard. I will breathe. I will be still. I will know my God.

My times are in Your hands. (Psalm 31:15, NIV)


Listen for His Whispers

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  • Teresa on June 19, 2015

    This so beautiful Rosanne. The way you relate your life and God’s love in your life are amazing. You have a special gift❤️

  • Sally Chambers on June 20, 2015

    So very poignant, Ann, and with all that’s happened, still your strong faith speaks out with thankfulness that your times are ever in God’s hands. Your words uplift me this morning.

  • Karin Owens on June 21, 2015

    Wonderful words. Wonderful reminder. Sometimes it’s easy to miss it if we’re only focused on our circumstances. Thanks, Ann. Love you, sweet friend.

  • Jamie Watson on June 22, 2015

    I know these times so well, Ann, and I will pray for you. Last year was that time for our family with my mother. It is hard when your parents get old and you know their time here with us is getting short, yet we learn a lot, about them, ourselves and our Heavenly Father. My mother left for Heaven last April and I already knew that the cancer was back and what the rest of my year would be like. Because of all that, dealing with her passing has been this year for me. We never outgrow getting to start a new chapter in our lives but daily walking with God and trusting in Him gives us a whole different perspective on these new chapters. Gods love is so sweet towards us and such a comfort.

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on June 22, 2015

      You are such a blessing to me! Sure we weren’t friends before David and Randy? 😉 I love you, sister!

      • Jamie Watson on June 22, 2015

        It really does seem that way doesn’t it? I enjoy your posts and blog and catching up with your family again. Love you, too!

  • Karen on June 22, 2015

    God is faithful. That is so true and we have to believe no matter what happens in our lives, he is in control, if we trust in Him. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on June 22, 2015

      Hugs Karen! How wonderful to walk through life with you, dear. So glad we met and have this solid friendship in the Lord.

  • debbie richardson on June 23, 2015

    It was good talking to you today….God is faithful, for sure!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on July 1, 2015

      Yes, it was good! I always say, “Why don’t we talk more?” But then I know the answer. So crazy busy! In heaven we won’t notice time. 🙂

  • Jenny Carlisle on June 24, 2015

    To everything there is a season. Prayers and hugs as your Mom moves to the top of your list again. You are such a blessing to all who know and love you.

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on July 1, 2015

      Jenny, you could not have said anything! Not anything–that could have made me feel better! Thank you!!!

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