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Sunday, May 6, 2012


This morning my aide asked if I was tired of being in bed.

Well, of course!  Except for a few ventures on my feet with a few bold steps, I have been in bed 24/7 since the week before Passion Week. My physical therapist says I'm getting stronger, although it's hard for me to judge. (standing and walking more on my own power than because he's dragging me.)

Given that fact, I'm surprised I'm not more stir crazy than I am. I'd like some kind of poster or maybe a whiteboard on the wall facing my bed to give me something to chew on.

I may make it (favorite encouraging Bible verse) a giveaway contest on Facebook

I spend a lot of time writing, but it goes slowly when I work with one hand. Only 3000 word in the past week. Of course, I did also manage to get 2 synopses off to my agent, yeah.

And sometimes the pain in my right hip is too fierce to stand the weight of the laptop in my lap.

Limited TV choices ... bedroom TV only gets 13 channels. So I'm missing several of my favorite shows.

I have 6½ books still to read as a Carol judge. Getting through those slowly.

Within these four walls, however, I can see . . . the watercolor of a street in Mexico City painted by my hostess so many years ago.

A musical statue of a mother holding her child, playing "Wind Beneath My Wings," from my mother,

A teddy bear that I clutch close every night, from Jolene.
even if I
A phone in a lanyard around my neck so I can call for help . . . and receive a phone call from Jordan, even if I only understand one word in five!

A plush gray kitty given to me to remind me of Talia, from my friend Barbara

And speaking of Talia . . . she is my constant companion, taking up permanent residence in my guest chair. She has handledmall the stranger and hubub with more calm than I might have expected. She even knows when  to expect my aides and goes out to the main room to welcome them in.

Of course Talia isn't all gray, but the gift shop didn't have a lynx point Siamese model.

And the Thunder swept the defending NBA champs in 4 straight games.

Please pray for me, physically, emotionally, spiritiually, financially, and as always, my writing.


Joanne Sher said...

What a week! My favorite verse for encouragement is Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. My email is joanne(at)joannesher(dot)com. :)

Darlene Franklin said...

Right here, Joanne!

Pat Dyer said...

Just finished reading one of the Morgan Family Series books, Captive Trails. I really enjoyed it.

Here's my inspirational Scripture for you: "...This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s." 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV).

Also praying for you, and I would also ask that you pray for me as well.
Abundant Blessings,
Pat Dyer

Pat Dyer said...

Darlene, Just finished reading one of the Morgan Family Series, Captive Trails. I really enjoyed it.
Here is my inspirational verse for you: "...This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s." 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)

Pat Dyer

Pat Dyer said...

Sorry about the duplication. I thought the first one didn't go through.

Pamela J said...

When I broke my leg last summer, the Lord breathed a part of a verse into my thoughts as we waited to go to town to check and make sure the leg was broken:
COUNT IT ALL JOY is what He told me.
I have since watched for the things I can be joyful about through the experience and have found many things to be joyful about during the healing time.
Here is the whole verse, plus an extra to go with it:

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this , that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Oh, to be perfect, entire, wanting nothing!!
purensimplenatural at gmail dot com

Kameko said...


Staying within your bedroom's four walls as long as you have would be trying on anyone. I'm so happy that you have the things you listed to keep you company and remind you of family and friends.

My favorite scripture (which has uplifted my countless time over the past 9 months) is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Blessings and prayers,


Melissa Finnegan said...

Darlene, praying for restored health for you.

My life verse is Genesis 50:20: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

The enemy wanted to harm me, and did for many years, but God has intended it all for good, so He can receive all praise, honor and glory!


ouradvocate said...

"Don't be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be. But don't be afraid to be willing to pay the price." Lane Frost

ecucowgirl (at) yahoo (dot) com

Darlene Franklin said...

Each one of these is such an encouragement! Thanks for sharing

Sarah Mae said...

Hi Darlene!

I have a lot of health problems and spend 90% of my time (day and night) in bed. My cats are a huge part of the reason I am still smiling! (second to God, of course!) They keep me company and give me love when I need it most.

My bedroom is covered in things that have the word HOPE in them, so naturally one of my favorite verses is Romans 12:12:
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

I am praying that you are better very soon!

Sarah Mae sarah_mae_ at hotmail dot com

Jeanne Doyon said...

Sorry you are facing this difficulty. A favorite verse I have clung to many times is Psalm 57:2, My God will accomplish everything that concerns me.

Praying for your quick recovery as well as for His peaceful presence to fall afresh.


Jamie Adams said...

My life verse:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him an He will direct thy paths.

Over thirty years ago God used this verse to change my life. God bless you!

adamsfammys @ yahoo dot com

Jo Ann Rizzo said...

Darlene My favorite verse is Proverbs 3 :5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Jo Ann Rizzo

Darlene Franklin said...

Two of you directed me to Prov 3:5-6. If one more person does, I'll know it's a trifecta, when God says "sit up and pay attention!"

Darlene Franklin said...

Sarah, you feel like you're my soul sister! My middle name is "Hope." LOL.

Krysti said...

Darlene, here is the verse I would share you:

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26 (not sure which version)

You don't have to send me a book if you don't want to, although I'd be thrilled to receive one! (I see you're getting a LOT of emails!)

((((((HUGS)))))) I hope you have a much much better week!

Emily C. Reynolds said...

Hi Darlene,

The verse that's blessed me most lately has been Jeremiah 33:2&3--

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name:‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

A powerful reminder of Who is in charge and how He knows the end from the beginning. When our path seems lost in the mist, we can rest assured that He's guiding.

Darlene Franklin said...

Emily, Kristi, Robert, thanks for stopping by and your word of encouragement.

remember to leave your email address so I can contact you later.

dingo4mum said...

Hi Darlene,

Thought I'd share my favourite verse:

"Let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

All the best as you write for His Glory,


dingo4mum (at) dot au

Carolyn Boyles said...

My original comment didn't get posted for some reason.

The Lord will remove sickness from you. Exod. 23:25

I have a spinal cord injury so I understand having to spend extended periods of time in bed.

I hope you feel better soon.

authorboyles at

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