You know that life is treating you well or you are supremely busy when those items you tended to before receive less attention. Not posting in Silver Linings for nearly two months could be seen as one of these two options.

But, in God's time, there are no boundaries, no set rules of when and where. He is. How He responds is delivered in so many ways and at this moment I feel so blessed.

In Philippians 4:6, we are reminded, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."" God has a time for us and we must not lose heart, just like we are reminded in 2 Corinthians 4:16 - "Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."

Such has been my life over the last few months. I have prayed for God to help me and guide me on this journey with Parkinson's. I want to live life to the fullest to be a shining example that no matter how discouraged we may become, His presence is always with us. That He takes care of us. Soon, that physical representation will be in my life daily.

Before I state how or what or who, remember what is stated in Matthew 6:25-34. God provides our needs. 

Now a need that I didn't know I needed when I began this journey is here. For the past year we have been exploring an assistance animal. Laverne, a standard poodle, will be joining our family soon. We are working together in training right now. Instead of living a life around a disease and allowing it to determine when we go places or do things, this beautiful creature from God will be there with me.

I feel that a burden is lifted. Not from my shoulders, but from my wife's. She'll always worry if I am doing okay when I am away from her, but with Laverne, she has the security she needs to know that I have assistance. When we were going through this process of being matched with the right assistance dog, both Jean and I realized that many of the items that Jean was doing to help me could be performed by an animal such as Laverne. One less burden has been lifted.

In a few days, Laverne moves into our home permanently. She has already moved into our hearts. However, He has answered our prayers and his answer was there before I even asked the question.

There fore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not your life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Matthew 6:25 NIV