Monday, April 18, 2016
Elijah and I made these and I am proud. Haha. They are play-doh in a balloon for squeezing for anger management and other things. Sounds simple, but oh my goodness, they were not. The sticky balloon with a small neck. The mushy play-doh. We made a HUGE mess. While we made each balloon I would say I was NEVER going to make another one, that Barry was going to finish. Then once we got that color cleaned up (play-doh goes everywhere, including the floor - think of the wheelchair on the floor with little bits of play-doh...mess) I thought, one more. Sigh. We made 5 in 2.5 hours. But we did it!!
(They feel much cooler then they look.)
Friday, March 18, 2016
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
God is teaching me to trust and believe in His promises even when I cannot see His hand. I still have the headaches. I still have the double vision. At first, I didn't want to mention that because we were praying for different results, but I heard once that it's not my job to worry about God's reputation, that's God's job. My job is to trust.
Trust His Heart by Babbie Mason
God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don't understand
When don't see his plan
When you can't trace his hand
Trust His Heart
That is what I'm called to do. Remember what He's done in the past and have faith that He will work all things for my good. Even headaches and double vision.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
We went to a one-night marriage retreat with our church this past weekend. I am soo vulnerable at those type of events.
First of all, I have to eat in front of people which I don't like doing. I had to throw all caution to the wind though, and just not worry about it. Conquering fears. :)
Second, there were maybe 50 people there and I was sitting in the middle. The music leader had everyone stand. I, of course, did not, while everyone around me did. I am used to this in church, but not in a smaller, intimate setting. I FEEL (I know it's just my perception) like all eyes were on me. There was even another guy in a wheelchair. Should have made me feel less awkward. It didn't.
Thirdly, a group was playing Corn Hole. I watched while Barry played for a little while but finally gave in to peer pressure and played. I use that term loosely. Playing left handed...that bean bag went every which way. It barely made it halfway. Ha! Oh well. I had fun with friends.
My point, do I have one???, is God is REALLY calling me out of my comfort zone. That's all.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
I got new glasses with a prism, to attempt correcting my double vision. I still am seeing double, but my ophthalmologist (optometrist?? I think ophthalmologist...don't know the difference...Megan, what are you?) is wanting me to give it a couple of days. Join me in praying that my brain adjusts to the prism and the double vision is corrected!
Saturday, February 20, 2016
We have a foundation!!
That being said, they will be starting the framing next week, so I NEED SCRIPTURE NOTECARDS BY MARCH 1. I have some, but if you wanted to add any (write scripture on notecards to be placed on framing before drywall), I need them ASAP. Thanks!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
We bought a Bible, highlighted Psalm 127:1, wrapped it WELL, and will put it in the foundation (hopefully being poured tomorrow!). I LOVE that our house will literally be built on The Word.
"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." Psalm 127:1a
On another note, I don't have a headache thus far today...keep the prayers coming!!!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Sometimes...sometimes I let Satan get to me. Yesterday was one of those times. I am beyond frustrated at my meds. I have to take Percoset for the headaches (this dulls the pain and makes it easier to deal with, does not get rid of the pain), the Percoset makes me not sleep, so I have to take something for that, and sometimes that does not help. It's MISERABLE not to sleep. I take many medications for allergies and asthma. I take something for acid reflex. I've started to get menstrual migraines but because of my history of stroke, everything they would normally prescribe, I can't take. The only thing I can take is large doses of ibuprofen for several days. Which occasionally causes asthma problems and I have to take additional medication. My poor body.
I want to throw myself a little pity party but then I remember that the Lord allowed me to have this body for a reason. All I can do is take as good of care of it that I can, pray and leave the rest up to The Great Physician.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Joy has been coming up A LOT lately. The other day I read about Joy, the fruit of the spirit, in my Bible Study by She Reads Truth, "Choose Joy" was the title of Girlfriends in God (which I normally don't read but this one caught my eye), I'm listening to "Choose Joy" while I exercise and the name of the sock store was "Choose Joy" (ok, that last one might have been a dream).
Anywho, true joy exists apart from our circumstances. Happiness comes from circumstances, joy comes from a deep rooted confidence that God came to earth in the form of Jesus, lived, died for each of us to pay for the penalty of sin, rose three days later and is coming back. Joy comes from believing God is who He says He is. From rejoicing in GOD alone.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
- Psalm 92:4, ESV
Joy is possible even in the storms of life. Joy persists even when life is hard. The world cannot steal joy. "....joy is not a fruit of our work, our circumstances or ourselves. Joy is a fruit of God’s Spirit. It is a manifestation of who He is, a result of the heart-transforming power of Jesus Christ in us." (She Reads Truth - Fruit of the Spirit)
True joy is only possible through a relationship with Jesus. If you don't have that joy, and want to know how to get it, won't you let me help? Email me!
Monday, January 25, 2016
Well, what I was going to write, is not what I am going to write. :) I was going to write about how hard it is to see our house being built from the sidelines (since the wheelchair won't work in the mud and around a construction site. Barry is getting me over the best he can, but there is only so much he can do). But in my quiet time this morning I studied about the fruits of the spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.
I can only obtain the fruits of the spirit by ABIDING in Him. One of the definitions of abide, according to dictionary.com, is "to reside with". For His Holy Spirit to reside in me, to become so a part of me. I want to abide in Him so that I can have true joy peace and patience, despite seeing the progress of our house from the sidelines.
Friday, January 15, 2016
There is progress on our land! It went from this....
Yay! Progress! They are supposed to be starting to pour footers today (if it's dry enough).
My proposal is this...I want to put scripture on the framing before drywall goes up. To do this, I need everyone's help. My sister-in-law suggested the scriptures be put on notecards so that whoever wants to participate can. The scripture notecards will then be laminated and stapled up to the studs before drywall is put up.
I would like to cover each room with scripture! Please help by putting some scripture on notecards, telling me what room it belongs in and getting then to me. If you need my address, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or get it to me another way. Thanks!