A Tribute to Rod Halvorson

This month has caused me to take a deep breath and reflect on my life. We buried a very good friend who had a positive influence on our family for the past twenty-four years.

My husband, Steve, met Rod and his twin brother, Randy at an athletic supply store in 1992. They entered the store in their huge six-hundred-pound wheelchairs in search of softball uniforms for the women’s team they coached.

We had just received our then two-year-old son Gabe’s wheelchair. There was an instant connection about the dealing with disability. But that connection became so much more than a commonality about wheelchairs.

A few weeks later as we were loading Gabe’s chair in our van, a big red van pulled into our church parking lot. Rod and Randy rolled out.

We discovered another connection in that we all attended the same church. Our faith in Jesus drew us even closer. We shared Bible study with Rod and Randy for many years.

Our family has spent a lot of time with Rod, Randy and the whole amazing Halvorson family.

Rod HalvorsonWe learned there is a way when there seems to be no way. It may just look differently than expected.

We learned how to make the best of the situation we were given.

We have HOPE because we watched Rod and Randy live a full life even when day by day they lost more function in their body.

Rod lived most of his life with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and it was liver cancer that took him home.

But, we believe that Rod is home with Jesus in a brand new body. And I know Steve and our boys can’t wait to have a slam dunk contest when we all meet him there.

Steve and Rod Dec 2016

Steve and Rod December 2016

We are so grateful for the friendship of the Halvorson family and the lessons we have learned along the way.

Today, when you think about complaining. DON’T!

How about starting this week with an attitude of gratitude instead.

I think you’ll find that gratitude takes you much further than complaining ever will. I am grateful Rod Halvorson taught me that lesson.

My challenge to you this week – What are you grateful for?

Blessings on your week,

Gigi

My Gratitude Journal is a wonderful way to track those gratitude thoughts each day. It is available on Amazon or at www.DochasPublications.com

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Retreat: Living with a Grateful Heart

The photo on the cover of the retreat brochure. I love it!

The photo on the cover of the retreat brochure. I love it!

I am excited to speak at a women’s retreat for Mountain View Community Church later this month.

We will be in Sumas, WA the weekend of October 11-13, 2013.

The leadership team chose the theme “Living with a Grateful Heart.”

The retreat verse is Hebrews 10:22. I love the NLT translation of this verse.

22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Such a wonderful reminder of laying our guilt at the cross and trusting God with a sincere heart. This is my story!

As I prepare my four talks, I’m amazed at the sweet ideas God has given me for sharing my story and speaking into the lives of these beautiful women.

Whenever I am asked to speak for an event, I find other areas of my life line up with the theme I’m asked to share.

Beth Moore calls them “God Stops.” I call them “Kisses on the Cheek.” Simple reminders that God is in it.

Maybe a sermon speaks to the topic I’m studying.

Or someone recommends a book that relates to one of my topic ideas.

A new song might have the perfect words I need to express a thought.

All this and more have happened as I seek God for what to say at the retreat. That is the power of a daily walk with God.

Here is an example: This week we started our Choose Joy Bible Study. We are keeping a gratitude journal – recording five things we are thankful for each day.

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One of my talks at the retreat is titled “An Attitude of Gratitude.” In that talk I plan to share my gratitude journal.

Coincidence? Nah – That’s just how God works things out!

Here are a few questions for you. I hope you’ll answer one or all in the comments section below!

Do you have some sweet “coincidences” to share?

What are you doing in your life to live with an attitude of gratitude?

What are you thankful for today? Have you written it down?

With a grateful heart, I bless you.

Gigi