Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2 years

My thoughts -
November 25, 2009 - the night I had a stroke on Wednesday before Thanksgiving

It has been two years since my life changed. Thankful to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for saving me, giving me a second chance and bringing me closer to Him. While I might not be where I thought I would be, or even where Doctors told my family or me, the recovery process has been the toughest challenge I have ever had to face. I have bad days but the good days out do them. I cannot say recovery is easy but! I can say that the peace, strength and love from the Lord keep me going.

In the last two years I have come across so many people and I pray that God has used me to help others. I have seen so many that do not know the Lord, do not have His peace and are very miserable. I have also seen people that say they rely on Jesus in one breath and in the next breath are miserable. May His peace be on them that He so freely gives, that those that are miserable realize the refuge He provides. Before my stroke I never realized how much I am to rely on Him and how much His ways and plans are better than anything we can imagine.

His Words change people and life becomes manageable as long as He is the focus. Two years and that is my thoughts for today. Circumstance might be there - not having a full functional body, not always walking as best as I would like, not having a right hand that can do what it did before and lots of pain/muscle tightness in arm and leg. But God, makes my days better by giving me a family that helps even when it stops them for a moment, a family that ask what can they do to help or if I want help and giving me friends that have no idea how much I need their company at times but show up at the right time. Thank you.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Monday, November 21, 2011


A time for change is coming. The last few weeks have been busy with medical & dental appointments and visit from my mom. There were vacation times for my daughter and husband. (Of course at different weeks) So I have had lots of company every day.

I went to my neurologist appointment last week. Everything is progressing and my doctor was impressed with all that had improved in 6 months. I still have a ways but doing well. I did get a prescription for Baclofen to help my tight muscles and the spasms. We are still testing amounts and have seen some improvement with less pain and relaxing of my tighter muscles. Still have varying degrees of pain but in time, I think, the pain will lessen.

I also had a few dental visits - I'm embarrassed but I know that the doctors will take good care of me. I have several upcoming visits over the next few weeks to include removal of 4 back teeth and several filings. The combination of stroke side effects and bad past have brought me to this point but all is changing.

As far as waiting - I'm excited to what the future has in place with God's direction. The time is ending for us to be here so 1. base housing is no longer an option, 2. no longer waiting for an answer so now time is to move on and forward. My healing gives glimpses and I know that one day I will be fully healed. As far as when - only God knows. Now we have to decide where to move, when to move and what is provided in the move. More later...

As we get closer to when we have our Thanksgiving meal, we are choosing to be happy and look forward to spending time just us especially as a break/pause in all that goes around us. We will have our small feast with turkey, cornbread, dressing, and many vegetables. I can't leave out the pumpkin pie.
Thankful to the Lord Almighty God for providing what we have and need, for His peace as we make decisions and shedding light on changes that need to be made.

May you all be blessed in the coming days, weeks as we come to the end of this season/year!

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15

God bless,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

TSMSS - Blessed Be Your Name

Blessed be Your name - Matt Redman

"Blessed are You, O LORD!
         Teach me Your statutes."
Psalm 119:12

"And the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said:

      “Stand up
and bless the LORD your God
      Forever and ever!

      “Blessed be Your glorious name,
      Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!"
Nehemiah 9:5 

Praising God!
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Earthquakes and Thoughts

As I write it is 2:10 AM - I can't sleep and time has already changed back an hour so last night it would have been 3 am. 25 hours ago I was awake because of a 4.7 earthquake that struck near Prague, Oklahoma (about 45 miles from me give or take a few). We felt the shaking as we had just settled for sleep and awakened by noise. I knew that something was happening but didn't quite know what but within a few minutes "Earthquake" flashed in my head. Sure enough! There was a red box about the size of a 5 magnitude on the website on my phone. I had to settle as this is not the first time I had felt an earthquake but the biggest one I had been in at that time.
Now just 3 hours ago we had a even stronger and major earthquake which started as a 5.2 but was upgraded to a 5.6. There were more news report feeds on my Facebook and this time more damage. A good amount of damage reports have been reported from cracks to items off the wall. Some roads have been damaged and DOT is working to fix. I'm sure some of the structural damage won't be found until morning. This earthquake has been said to "beat" the old record from 1952 in El Reno, Oklahoma of 5.5. The last two years we have had blizzards, floods, tornadoes, 50+ days of heat over 100, drought and now earthquakes (which are not new but never in the same time frame).

Time - running through my head - how much time do we have? to live here on Earth? How much time to spend with our loved ones? Time is short my friends. Time - I'm reminded of a verse:
"whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.
For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away."
James 4:14
The subject is about boasting even things tomorrow but in this verse the reminder that our life is short.

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? He paid the price for us - the sacrifice for all our sins, redeeming us and making us white as snow. Without Jesus Christ, His forgiveness, we are apart from God Almighty and will not have eternal life. Will you choose today - life or death? Eternal life, I pray, is your answer. Asking Lord Jesus to forgive your sins and help you change your ways. Turning to Jesus with your whole heart, asking Him to heal, mend and shed His light on the areas in your life that need to change. He will forgive as this is a gift from God.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved."
John 3:16-17

Thanking the Father for another day. Amen!