They came out of nowhere! My husband, daughter and her sleepover friend had just gotten home with some delicious dinner. We unpacked it, sat down, said Grace, and began enjoying dinner when, out of the blue, we were attacked! Twelve to thirteen of the peskiest big flies flooded the dining room. My husband grabbed a flyswatter as the girls (seven and eight years old) shrieked while trying everything they could to cover up the target…their food. Now I have to admit, I became a little “girly” myself displaying some graceful moves that, I’m sure, would have earned a part in a Michael Jackson video. For the next 15 minutes the place was filled with laughing and shrieking, followed by more laughing as my husband, with sniper like precision, well, “neutralized” each and every one of them. Needless to say, my appetite was quite shot after watching fly carcasses literally “fly” across the room. Isn’t that life? You’re going through the day-to-day motions of life, enjoying your “dinner”, when, out of the blue, these pesky circumstances, beyond your control, both big and small, begin to swarm and launch a full on attack. This is exactly how I’ve felt over the last 4 months. From the tragic death of a loved one to cancer news of another, with a few big ones in between. While it may not be easy to pick up a flyswatter and “wipe out” the pest, I am sure of this; my God is always beside me. He will never leave me or forsake me AND I have a choice. I can sit here and complain about my interrupted “dinner” or I can pick up my “flyswatter” of prayer and praise and defeat the enemies attacks. 1 Thes 5:16-18 It’s not always easy but, when I begin to praise rather than complain, clouds part and beautiful rays of the Son light the way.