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God Speaks

God does speak to His children.  You just have to be tuned in to hear Him. This week was an interesting, awe-inspiring event for me.  It doesn’t take much as you’ll see in a minute.  🙂

My son is having a difficult time at work because he wants to be doing something that isn’t available right now and he called to talk to me about it.  My heart went out to him because I’ve “been there, done that…got the T-shirt.”  So I began to pray for him. I prayed that the Lord would calm him and give him patience to stick it out until the right thing comes along. 

The next morning, I’m doing my devotions and it’s about David.  The “Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed” series features Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore and Kay Arthur.  I’m into Priscilla’s lesson on “Anointed and Disappointed” and the whole time I’m reading it thinking about my son.  So I stopped and sent him a text about David and how he was anointed at the young age of 15 but didn’t actually take the throne and rule over Israel for another 22 years.  In the meantime, he tended sheep, played a harp for King Saul and took food to his brothers who were engaged in battle.  Those were menial, boring jobs. He did it anyway.  God used all He put David through to make him the greatest king Israel ever knew…the man after God’s own heart.

I told him to be patient. Your time will come when it’s right.

I got a text back a couple of hours later from him that just said, “That’s weird.”

I sent a text back with….”why’s that weird?”   No response.

So, I went over to his house after work with a copy of the study. He had to read that lesson. It just screamed at me the whole time that he needed it.

He finally explained to me that after I talked to him, he kept “hearing” “David, David, David, David” whispered in his spirit and then I sent that text the next day about the same thing.

I love it when God does that.  It’s so awesome that THE CREATOR of the Universe wants to have a relationship with me and you!

God speaks in so many ways.  Through others sharing His word, His word directly, the Holy Spirit living inside, Bible studies, and even Christian music. We just have to learn to discern that Voice.  If it is jumping off the page at you, He’s speaking to you.

Oh yes, God speaks.  Are you listening?

Blogging

I started blogging somewhere around 2007-2008.  I was in real estate and just got into the trend to help get my name out there.  Funny thing was that most of my blogs weren’t about real estate.  They were about spiritual matters.

My pastor read some of my posts at the time told me that I needed to be teaching.  Uh no, not one of my spiritual gifts…but thanks…I think…

I started this blog after putting my journey on paper about the things that God has done in my life in the past few years.  My Mom read it and said that I needed to publish it.  I always feel like she says stuff like that because she’s my Mom.  Ya know?

But I just had it in a Word document and I thought that if I could help someone else who may have gone through some of the same things, why not put them online.  That is one of the reasons why God allows us to go through things so that we can be of comfort to others.

I’m just me and I hope that some of my experiences can help you through yours or keep you from making the same mistakes.

I have a deep hunger for the Word of God and I can’t get enough of Him.  I spend most of my time with the Lord first thing in the morning before I begin my day.

My dog loves this time of day because she lays on the bed and snores while I read and study.  I have a basset hound and any chance she can get to lay down and snore, it’s her favorite time. 🙂

I started off with Our Daily Bread just to get in the habit of reading or spending time with the Lord first thing years ago.  It wasn’ long before that was not enough.  I was taking part in Bible studies at church but it frustrated me when we would take a week off or it would be weeks before another would begin again so I started doing them at home. I thank God for Beth Moore and her willingness to share her experiences and making her studies available online. I have learned a tremendous amount through her studies.  I love Kay Arthur but you have to actually take a class in a group setting conducted by a Precepts authorized teacher.  There are many studies out there.  Priscilla Shirer is a good one, too.  I really enjoyed her series on Jonah.  Lifeway has been my lifeline to Bible studies and helping me to dig deeper.

Start something. Take that first step. You make the effort, God will meet you there. The first thing in the morning for me is best because I am less distracted and it helps to set my tone for the day.  It also keeps me in constant dialogue with Him throughout the day.

I may or may not blog every day but I try to put down things that inspire me or move me and I hope you enjoy them.

Thanks for reading.

 

No Pain, No Gain?

October 6, 2011 – I slept good last night. I only got up twice to pee, which was great. I did take a hydrocodone before bed because my leg was starting to bug me. It only does that at night.

This morning as I was walking toward the kitchen, I slammed my left foot into my cane and smacked the crap out of my toes. That will certainly wake you up!

I have green/blue toes now. Oh well, life rolls on.

Cooked breakfast, did my Bible study, put a roast in the crockpot (I prayed over it that it would be good because my usual stuff was not on my shelf and it was not healthy anyway) and made it out the door intact. My driver’s side window still half up, I got to enjoy the cool air going to work this morning.

I had tuna salad with pickles and some yogurt for lunch. The guys at work took my van door apart and got the window wedged into an upright position.  I’m grateful for that—especially since the rain is supposed to start tomorrow.  I’ve got to bake them some brownies for doing that for me.

I started getting sleepy around 4 and even up until bedtime it took all I had to stay awake. I don’t know why I was so tired unless it was too much sugar at lunch via yogurt and mayo.

October 7, 2011 – –  I had to get up this morning, much to my body’s protest.  My dog was sitting at the bedroom door, whining at me to get up. She was ready for her morning cheese.

I baked brownies for the guys at work, cooked breakfast, did my Jonah study sans coffee.  I’m not a huge fan anyway so I was kinda relieved knowing that I am not supposed to be drinking caffeinated products anyway based on my metabolic type.  I am not forcing things I don’t like—they aren’t on my diet anyway. Cool.

Lunch was leftover roast.  It has been a crazy day at work, very stressful and I don’t get stressed very often.

I am ready to go home. I really want to go by Kroger because we are out of so many things but I would be floating a check for a week.

I did go to Kroger. I limped through and got a few organic items to a whopping $188 (minus the $25 gift card for gas).  I was in excruciating pain and hobbled the rest of the night.

October 8, 2011 – – – I slept until almost 10am. I was so tired.  This daily workout with my cane is wearing me out. I am sore. I even took a 3 hour nap.  I am tired and my body aches like the flu. Later realized it was carb/sugar withdrawal.  Took Tylenol and it helped. Ate only two meals today. Just not hungry.  Now watching “Thor” with Louis.

October 9, 2011—Had a very rough night. Pain kept waking me up. I tossed and turned and moaned and groaned.  But odd thing, I got up this morning and I have been walking around, cleaning, and even repainted my toenails and I have not had any problems.  It is almost 2 and I am starting to feel that flu-ish feeling again. I wish I knew what causes that. I am wondering if it is the Stevia in my water.

October 10, 2011 – – This day started off just fine.  No crutch required. Praise the Lord!  I went and paid the water bill, dropped off mail at the post office, got gas and went to work. Then all hell broke loose. My computer was messed up and rebooted all day. Going to a customer to pick up parts in the rain, my handle broke on the driver’s door so now that the window won’t roll down and I can’t get out the driver’s side, I have to crawl to the passenger side to get out. Fun.  Issues, issues and pressure all day.  Hallmark Man’s computer conked out and instead of being rational and taking it to get it fixed (only 6 months old, warranty…hello!) He smashed it to pieces.  I am so not happy with him.  I gave up getting a decent mower this summer so he could have a nice computer.  That really hurt!

I am just trying to make it through. It took all I had not to cry today. I needed my boss at work to fix the flipping computer. Mondays suck for him to be away off site.  This Monday sucked even worse. I had people emailing and fussing about this and that and it puts pressure on me.

I am OK now but part of me wants to hide under the covers and not come out.

 

October Begins Anew

October 2, 2011 – I had an OK night. Closer to morning, I felt as if my body hurt all over, almost flu-like.  I had taken a hydrocodone before bed because I was hurting.  I’ve stopped using deodorant with aluminum in it.  I’ve stopped aspartame, sugar and grains. I know it is going to take time for this to clear out of my body.  I am so ready to be pain free.  I’ve noticed that I can bend over and pick stuff up without the pinch/pain feeling. That’s progress.

Did my regimen of eggs, Cymbalta, glucosamine, probiotics, Estroven and a multi-vitamin this morning.  Took two Aleve since I felt crummy still.  Drank my vanilla biscotti coffee with one packet of Stevia.  I’m getting used to it.  It really tastes more like dark chocolate.  Louis says it smells like pee.  Yay.  Oh well, it is something different to drink other than water.

I did my first session video with Priscilla Shirer, “Jonah, A Life Interrupted” and the tears just began to flow. Not sure why. Maybe I knew I needed to re-think my “interrupted” life.  I do know it was a Divine Intervention.  I was on a collision course and spiraling out of control in the financial arena. Only He could save me.  I am excited about what He is going to show me and teach me during this next six weeks.

As I sat here, my neighbor was cutting grass.  It sounded like they were cutting ours, too.  I think I will bake her a strawberry nectar cake this afternoon.  They are great neighbors.  He’s not a believer in Christ and needs to see God’s love somewhere outside of “religion.”

Didn’t have a perfect day. Ended up having to take some hydrocodone this evening. Walking was painful.  I was limping and hobbling from room to room.

I have a mole on my leg that I think is melanoma. I keep wondering if all of this pain isn’t cancer spreading.  You know, you think the worst when pain goes on for so long like this. I keep hoping that time and a healthy diet will clear it up. I am praying that the weight loss will help.

I had tuna and pickles for lunch, stir fry with beef, broccoli and snow peas for dinner.  I had plenty of Omega-3 today plus some sunshine. It was gorgeous outside. Nice breeze blowing, cool temperatures so I sat out with the dog and soaked up some rays.  Tended to the flowers and found some interesting creatures there.  Cool looking spider, green lynx had laid her eggs, hornworm caterpillar and another caterpillar on my verbena.  Picked seeds from my four o’clocks.  Set aside some of the lemon seeds to plant. We’ll see how that works.

Tried to take a nap with the dog. Doesn’t work well on a twin bed. I finally did get into a position that didn’t hurt.  We slept for a bit. I need a bigger bed.

It’s 10 o’clock. Guess I need to head off to bed. Got payroll in the morning.

I tried to sleep in the bed with Louis but was in too much pain to get comfortable. Went back to my little room, took a hydrocodone and went to sleep.

October 3, 2011 – -Slept OK last night after the pain subsided. Had a time getting around the house this morning. Sharp pain shooting down my right thigh. I feel like I need a crutch or a cane sometimes to take the pressure off that leg.  Then, other times, I am fine. This is just so weird. It moves and changes constantly.

Breakfast consisted of the usual: eggs with bacon pieces and cheese, coffee (grabbed regular by accident so I had to pour some creamer in to make it drinkable), glucosamine, Cymbalta, Estroven, probiotics and a multi-vitamin.

I need to have blood work done. I guess I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll have to cook my eggs and eat them afterward.  Hmmm….not sure that’s going to be so tasty.  I know Miss Girl will be disappointed. She likes sharing my food.

Had tuna with a little mayo and pickles for lunch.  I’ve been drinking my water with lemon and Stevia.  I grab an Altoid here and there in case my breath is kickin’.  I don’t want to kill my co-workers with my dog breath.  🙂

Read some more in the “No Grain Diet” book. Got really down because everytime I think I’m doing the right thing, I read somewhere that it’s not. I’ve been drinking water with lemon juice and Stevia because I really hate plain water.  Well, apparently that’s “sugar” and I’m not supposed to drink it that way.  I’m not supposed to eat ham (sugar-cured…makes sense).  I can eat ground Ostrich?? Where the crap do they have that??  I’m just royally frustrated and I prayed about it.  I am trying to do what I can with the limited funds, food and mobility and I am asking God to bless my effort.  Can you believe that tuna was not on the OK list?  This guy is all about organic food and nothing processed and perfect water, etc etc.  I could throw in the towel, but I’m not. I’ll do what I can and move on.

I am so ready to be pain free.

The Journey takes a turn

September 30, 2011 – Took a hydrocodone before I went to bed. Leg pain was about all I could handle. Slept good. Got up a couple of times to pee, had to let the dog out at 1:30. Woke up this morning with a headache on the left side (my migraine side).  I am hoping that I am either dehydrated from peeing so dang much or lack of caffeine. But I may be wrong. I did feel it coming on last night. I am thinking migraine. But that’s OK. I do have one migraine pill left.

I am so glad it is Friday!  Today I’ve got to sit down and figure out what bills to pay (besides rent) and whether or not we can afford for me to renew my real estate license ($100).  I’m not using it but hate to throw away the work I put into getting it.

Tomorrow we are supposed to go to Savannah and see the movie “Courageous” with Mom. I’m looking forward to it.

Wow! Talk about amazing grace! The next two things that happened was God alone and to Him be the glory, honor and praise!!

I went to run some errands today at lunch and was praying about whether or not to keep my license and God spoke to my heart, “why do you like real estate?”  Um…ok, not for the sales or the money (or lack thereof) or the freedom to come and go as you please. Believe it or not, it was because I like knowing what’s going on in that area. That’s it?  Not worth it.  So I made the decision not to renew.  Freedom!!

After work, I headed to Wal-Mart to pick up a few items and was dreading the painful limp across the store.  Two items were at one end and the rest were at the other. OK, here we go.  I grabbed a buggy and started at one end, paused a few moments while an elderly gentleman tried to use the computer generated “choose your windshield wiper” machine.  I was going to get some for mine but as I stood there, I heard this loud, obnoxious black lady tell her child (and I’m sure that half of the store heard her) “I ain’t got no F*****ing money, NO!” She continued to talk to that child in an angry manner and I heard the little boy go, “Momma, why you fightin’ me?”  Wow…how sad.  In the meantime, I’m still standing and I think, “Well, I can wait for wipers. It’s not going to rain this week anyway.”  So I moved on to get the produce and head out the door.  As I’m walking to my van, it hit me, “NO PAIN!!” I didn’t limp. It didn’t hurt.  I was practically shouting inside.  Thank you, LORD!!!

I found what I enjoy drinking now, too.  Water with lemon and Stevia.  Perfect!  I made some unsweet tea, too, just to have something different to drink.  Got the idea from going to the Rusty Pig for bar-b-que and I got some un-sweet tea there that could walk on its own. Super strong!  I put two packets of Stevia in it and it was still potent.

I wanted to see what else was available in video download Bible studies from Lifeway because I was getting close to running out of Beth Moore.  I found Priscilla Shirer (Pastor Tony Evans’ daughter—love hearing him preach on the radio.  He’s got fire!) and, boy, let me tell you I have a hard time saying her name! It’s a tongue twister to me.  But she’s got one about Jonah.  It’s called “Jonah, Life Interrupted.”  I watched a 30 second promo and if they have it at the store tomorrow, I’m going to do that one. My life has been interrupted a lot.

We went to bed around 11, since we were going to be getting up earlier to head to Savannah.  I brought my hydrocodone in the room with me in case I needed it so I wouldn’t have to fight with the dog (who wants to sleep with me in a twin bed).

October 1, 2011 —  I woke up this morning.  No pain.  Hallelujah!!!  Praise YOU LORD!  I slept great last night.  No pain. I vacuumed this morning and my hip caught a couple of times but it was a quick catch and went away just as quickly. I am sitting OK now as I type. I am so grateful!

I started this past week on a “No-grain diet.”  My body responds better to protein.  I eat eggs each morning and they help sustain me until lunch. No crashes, no hunger.  Even after lunch, I don’t have the “I gotta have a nap” feeling.  I don’t really get hungry until time to eat dinner.  I try to get before 7pm and I am good until the next morning.

Dr. Mercola’s book, “the no-grain diet” is great. I’ve downloaded the iBook and am going through it. I am trying to buy organic or as healthy as I can.  I am praying as I go so the Lord will bless my effort.  My main prayer is to lose this excess hundred pounds and that my skin will shrink with it. I am not going through plastic surgery. I am not doing what man says will work. I am trusting in God alone to get me through this. I do not want to have the skin from my stomach hanging down to my thighs afterward.  ONLY GOD can fix that.

The movies are going to be at 12:30. I’m going to be hungry. Gotta figure something out.

So I took a sandwich baggie with bar-b-que in it and ate some before the movie.  The hour ride there was ok.  Walking down the ramp then up the steps and sitting for 2 hours didn’t do me much good.  I got up a couple of times to go to the bathroom and was really stiff by the time it was over. It was a great movie! Emotional rollercoaster for sure.  Went to Lifeway afterwards, then Pooler and walked the strip mall while I was there to stretch my legs.  The hour long trip home was the kicker. Limping a little this afternoon.  But thankful that the Lord gave me the strength to make it.

The last video of Beth Moore’s video Bible Study (Living Beyond Yourself) on self-control was exactly what I needed. She talked about self-control in the area of eating. It really helped me with what I’ve been reading and studying and trying to do with God as my guide.

 

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