Thursday, January 15, 2015

S.H.A.P.E.

I am tired of making excuses. 

I am listening to The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and he is talking about ministry. About how God has given us each a SHAPE. 

S = spiritual gifts
H = heart
A = abilities
P = personally 
E = experiences

God has given each of us a unique SHAPE and expects us to use it to serve Him. If we're not serving Him, we're making excuses. I am tired of making excuses. God has given me a unique story and I need to serve Him through it. 

Anyone want to join me? 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Giving Thanks

I am doing a "thousand gift" journey. I saw the below list on Facebook and thought it would be a great thing to do this year. You are supposed to have 1,000 gifts at years end. 


The author is Ann Voskamp. Her writing is...wordy...flowery....not my style...but if you read between the lines, I get a lot out of it. I'm reading the "One-Thousand Gifts Devotional" right now (I read  "One-Thousand Gifts" several years ago) and the whole premise is that giving thanks in all circumstances for the gifts/graces that The Lord has given us precedes joy. I want joy - what about you?

Here is my list thus far:

 Elijah singing, music playing, birds chirping, leaves on the ground, nap blanket, cherry salad, A friend being pregnant, AP having a good Christmas, a friend making a living doing something she enjoys, Christmas cards on my wall, coffee from my hubby, new mug from Sharmy, 1,000 Gifts devotional, coffee, Barry sleeping, little sunglasses, peppermint mocha creamer, contentment,  Barry having 5 days off, David, Emily & dad had safe flights home, Elijah is feeling better, rain, reflection of ceiling fan on ceiling, tree shadow, kitchen towel "tatted" by Lynne, Elijah, fluffy throw pillows    

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Oldies But Goodies

I found some pictures on Barry's phone! In no particular order...


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Boo-boos

Here is a sampling of what the wheelchair (or really my driving) has done to our house...

It's just a house, it's just a house..






Friday, January 2, 2015

Logistics of Doors

One of the most difficult things about being in a wheelchair is doors. They are a constant pain. 

If they open outward I have to do some fancy footwork to grab the handle and then get around them. Then there is the matter of closing the inward opening ones. I have to either turn around (which is easier said than done when you're navigating with your feet, one hand, messed up vision and sometimes cramped spaces) or grab it behind your back and almost flip backwards trying to close it. I mostly prefer the turn around method. 

Doors. Who knew they could be such a hassle/time consuming pain??

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Worshipping in the Details

I was listening to The Purpose driven Life (listening because reading is very challenging now) and the following verse really stuck out to me. 

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. (Psalms 37:23 NLT)


I have struggled since the stroke with feeling useful. (Although I am finding new ways to use my spiritual gifts - it just takes more creativity and seeking out other opportunities.) And I know the verse "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT) But the "every detail" got me. 

Even though I can't keep nursery anymore. Even though I can't drive myself to a mission outreach thing...and even if I could get there what could I do? Even though I can't get up and shake hands with the new couple in Sunday School. Even though I can't do a whole host of things right now...I can still worship Him in the details of life. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank You Cards

I had/have 12 thank you notes for Christmas presents. Only 12 but they are taking me forever. Like going on 5+ hours and I haven't addressed them yet. You'd think I'd be annoyed but it's just the new normal. With The Lords help that type of thing is not as frustrating anymore. Plus I have new toys (like a really cool label maker and an address stamp) to make the job a little easier. So, if you get a thank you card that looks like Elijah attached the labels and stamp, stuffed it, and folded it...yes, he did it. :) (He really did do the decorating.)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What We've Been Up To

Yes. Two posts in one day!










More Posts

My resolution is to blog more. Even if I have nothing to say. :) it is not enjoyable anymore since the stroke, it's more of a task - a task that takes forever. But God has given me these platforms (both in allowing the stroke and the blog) and I need to use them. Barry and I made a deal too. For every 20 of my posts, he'll write one. Yea! Look out 2015. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Headaches

So it's been awhile. I have nothing profound. Just to share....

Ever since the stroke, I have had mild headaches. They have progressively gotten worse. I have recently had a CT of my head land they are thought to be tension headaches. They could also just be a result of the stroke. 

Tension. What is there to be stressed about? Haha.  I think they are made worse (caused?) by the way I have to hold my head/neck to read or look at my phone (there are muscles that are connected down through the shoulder) coupled with the increased tone and constant tremors. Nothing over the counter helps. Boo  

Every time I have a headache (which in the past couple months has been nearly constant) I think I am having another stroke (which is more likely due to the cavernous malformation). Talk about tension/stress. I have spent a LOT of time in prayer.

Join me in prayer that the cause of these headaches is found/confirmed and a treatment/solution is found!!