This is an interesting post that I saw on Facebook!
It got me to wondering what my response to this would be.
Is is appropriate to publicize our problems and difficulties on Facebook? Should this be the first place to go to air grievances against others...the place to go to lay our burdens down? I think perhaps NOT!
Well, then, how do we face our problems; we certainly all have them. We do have a few choices:
1) Go into overdrive to search for answers.
2) Curl up in defeat or withdraw.
3) Avoid the problem.
4) Turn to God and seek His guidance.
Don't ask, "What am I going to do?" which focuses on our abilities, our resources, our understanding. We resort to manipulation and maneuvering to fix our problems. This rarely works.
Do ask, "What are You (God) going to do?" which shifts to focus on the omniscience (all-knowing) and omnipotence (all-powerful) of our Almighty God. He can blow the sides of any box out!
It's our choice--His plan or our solution! He has the power to carry out His plans, which--unlike our solutions--are perfect, always bringing Him glory. God knows how to solve your problem, but He may choose to do something that is seemingly unreasonable. But whenever we yield our flawed solutions and meager resources to Him and step out in obedience, He does great things in us and through us. God is greater than any problem we have! Nothing is too difficult for Him!
Philippians 4:6 "Be careful (anxious) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God."
Hebrews 4:16 "Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to hlep in time of need."
Jeremiah 33:3 "Call unto me and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
How do we face our problems...
by looking into the Face of our Almighty God and Creator of the Universe...
whose eyes and ears are always listening.
"Casting all your cares upon Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
Clean Windows and Screens--Hopefully we will not have any more dust storms for a while.
Start cleaning out cupboards for unused items for upcoming garage sale.
Clean pool and get ready to shut down for winter.
Mesquite Tree bean clean-up...does it ever stop producing!!!
Hubby and I to do our daily Bible Study Lesson on Evangelism --"Share Jesus Without Fear" by William Fay & Ralph Hodge from LifeWay Press. Our whole church is doing this together on Sunday evenings. We are off to an exciting start. Our prayer is that after this 4-week study we will be more adept at sharing our faith. Where Jesus leads us, He precedes us!
After months of struggling with my Lupus flare, I have spent much time in bed thinking about why I am in the state that I am in. When one is sick and tired of being sick and tired, one might be motivated to do something about it. In my last blog post, I shared with you my Lupus Recovery Plan and my desire to be a help and encouragement to other suffers. My intention was to post occasionally on the topic of Lupus, but after much thinking, prayer and suggestions from other bloggers, I felt I wanted to start a new blog that would focus not on disease, but on restoring, renewing and retaining functional health.
Some of the features of this new health blog will be:
Detoxification of toxins, fasting (A good place to start)
Beneficial Nutrients for specific diseases
Herbs and herbal remedies
Reading recommendations for restored health
Integrative and Functional Heath Practitioners spotlights
Helpful articles, resources and websites focusing on healthful living
My health recovery journey
My sincere desire is for restored health and to be an encouragement and help to others who are suffering with health related problems. May we together endeavor to do the best we can do in the natural and ask our all powerful God to do the supernatural!
"Father God, I thank You for creating me in Your image. I praise You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I confess that You are the God that heals, my Great Physician. I ask You to heal my body from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I pray that You would regenerate every bone, joint, tendon, ligament, tissue, organ, and cell of my body.
This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."
I have been wondering for a couple of weeks if I should write this post because I am a keep-it-quiet, tough-it-out kinda of person who would rather not share my ills. But, as I have been suffering through this current Lupus flare, I thought I might start a new page on my blog sharing some of my experiences with dealing with this autoimmune disease. Perhaps I could be of some help and encouragement to others who suffer along with me, or perhaps there are other blogggers out there that can do the same for me. If you are a Lupus sufferer, or know of someone who is, please let them know about my new "Lupus" page with its upcoming experiencial and informative posts.
My Today's Get Well Helps:
1) Eat healthfully - raw veggies, gluten-free nut crackers, low-fat cheese, protein-rich chicken salad in
tomato cup. Green tea laced with nutrient, antioxidant, electrolyte-rich Tangerine Vitamin C
powder. Vitamin C helps to lower CRP, C reactive protein..,a protein that builds up in your blood
only when there's inflammation somewhere in your body. Mine has been rather high...I think I
well knew that! Your doctor may order a CRP test to monitor these conditions:
Your heart attack or coronary artery disease risk
Inflammatory bowel disease
Some forms of arthritis
Pelvic inflammatory disease
2) Policosanol - My Internist informed me today that 20 mg. of policosanol (a natural remedy) or an
asprin a day will lower CRP. I opted for policosanol as I am allergic to aspirin. It will be
interesting to see how this works. It is also great natural way to lower cholesterol (I need help
4) Vitamins and herbs - A good multi-vitamin, D3, fish oil, etc. I will post more on the benefits and
research on these later.
5) Focus on others - I plan to mail my grandchildren a little love box with special notes, and maybe a
little spending money. They love getting packages in the mail! Lifts my spirits just thinking about
how happy they will be to open the box!
6) Surround myself with uplifting things - smelling a warm autumn-scented candle and listening to
wonderful Christian Piano music from Pandora Radio.
7) Rest - The most difficult thing for me to do! I want to be functioning and productive. But I know
that God orders my rests as well a my busy, productive times. I am trying to learn to appreciate
these slower, restorative times also. The only downside to this is that I often have to un-commit to
something that I have committed myself to and heed the physician's advise to rest. I am learning to
choose my commitments wisely.
8) Pray - When in extreme pain, pray...pray like crazy. God hears our cries for help. He loves and
cares for us. 2 Peter 5:7 "Casting your cares on Him, because he cares for you."
He often answers with great physicians who help ease our pain and head us in the direction of
health. I am blessed with a wonderful, caring, listening, knowledgeable physician.
He often answers using a spouse who lovingly helps with the household cores, meal
preparation, drives to doctor's office and pharmacy. I am blessed with a loving, caring husband.
He often answers with encouraging words, calls and cards from loved ones and friends. I am
blessed with many caring, helpful, loving friends and family.
He often answers with an amazing aware pup, Ivy, who has not left my side for days. Even
when the bedroom door has been shut, my husband says she lays by the door waiting to be at
I am learning from my "Winter Experience...that
when life blows it coldest chill, that's when hope grows its strongest." Hoping for better days ahead!
I have some paintings over the bed in our guest room and I am so not happy with how they look. My desire was to find something a little more cozy and country looking. My inspiration came from Brenda's Cozy Little House Blog: (She wows me with her talent for decorating!)
Isn't that room spectacular!
Yes, a drunkard's path wall quilt (the design of Brenda's quilt is called Solomon's Puzzle...like that better) for our guest bedroom would be perfect, but perhaps in country blue. I began perusing through the myriad of quilt books that I have accumulated to find a pattern. Then today I received an email newsletter from the Quilt Show website: http://thequiltshow.com with this great video. This technique will be so much easier and faster than the traditional one I am used to using. Now I am really excited about getting my simple blue and white drunkard's path quilt underway!
Don't you just love Jeff Larson's take on Romans 12:2! Even though this makes me chuckle, the truth is that it is so very easy to be pressed into the (stinking) thinking of this world. Oh, how we daily need the washing of the Word of God to renew our thinking.
On Saturday, several women from our church attended a "New Creation" Women's Conference in Glendale, AZ to sit under the mind-saturating teaching of Biblical Counselor, Dr. Nell Collins. In her session, "The New Mind", she started off with a question she often asks those she counsels, "Tell me what is your regularpattern of studying the scriptures?" What would our answer to that question be?
She stated that the need for developing a habit of studying the Word is as simple as ABC, A=Attitude (What we Think) affects our B=Behavior (Walk), and our C=Conversation (Talk). Using the RSMPA (Read, Study, Meditate, Pray and Apply) method, she suggests that we should select only 9-10 verses, select a key verse from those verses and memorize it. Might it be better for us to really study and understand and apply a few verses than to read many verses with no impact?
I am pleased to share with you her outline for this session:
1. Proverbs 23:7 & Proverbs 4:23 teach us the importance of what we think. (ABC's above)
2. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 makes us aware of the ongoing spiritual battle and gives us our first line of
defense. It is that we bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (War begins in the
mind-that's Satan's strategy)
3. Eph. 4:23 teaches us to renew our mind. How is that done?
A. 2 Tim. 2:15 Study the Scriptures (not just reading-there must be application)
1. To please God
2. To be confident communicators
4. To be doctrinally accurate
B. 2 Tim. 2:16 The Scriptures are God-breathed for
1. Doctrine (right thinking)
2. Reproof (wrong thinking)
3. Correction (turned around thinking, repentance)
4. Instruction in righteousness (right living)
(I memorized this scripture by using DRCornish, that me (I)
How very thankful I am for gifted teachers such as Dr. Collins, and the reminder that my mind needs renewing on a daily basis...yes, that my mind needs to have a continual overhaul!
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Hi! I am Gen, and I am rather new at blogging starting my blog in April of this year. Initially my blog was to be a Cornish Family history site, but after visiting a few fellow bloggers, I knew right away that I wanted it to be more than that. I wanted it to include:
My love for the Lord Jesus Christ and what he is doing in my life.
The blessing of family and friends.
My love for homemaking--cooking, baking, entertaining, home management, organizing, design & decorating, gardening, etc.
My love for crafting--sewing, quilting, card making, scrap booking, crocheting and knitting,
My love for England, especially Cornwall and all things English...tea, scones, pasties, trifles, movies, and dramas, music, and photography and art.
About Me: My husband and I were born and lived in Central New York until we moved to Arizona upon retirement in 2003. We have been friends for over 50 years, being married for 44 years. Our daughter continues to reside in New York with her family, and we make across-the-country treks each year to keep connected with one another. How blessed we were in 2008 to rejoice at the birth of our grandson. He surely is a delight!
Thankfully in 1982, my husband and I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our lives have never been the same. We now know the joy and peace which only Jesus can bring. Our lives now have such meaning and purpose, and have found it a blessing to be able to serve Him. We both have been involved in Youth Ministry, Women's Ministry (me), Deacon and Deaconess, Sunday School Teachers (him, K-2 and me, Middle school) and Awana Ministries for over 29 years. What a blessing it has been for us!
Even though I am a much older blogger than most, I do so enjoy reading how you younger bloggers are loving your husbands, raising your families, educating your children and living for the Lord. It blesses me so, and I know that I can still learn much from you. I am thankful also for other senior bloggers that I can share life with heart to heart. May we continue connecting, fellowshipping and being an encouragement to one another.
A few days ago I was blog hopping and came upon a post that used the phrase, "Pray like crazy." I intention was to print the post, but my computer was acting up. I spent a good portion of my day today looking through blogs for this great post to no avail. Can anyone help? If you have seen this, would you kindly lead me to this post. It was such a great post, and I so wanted to print it off and put it into my daily devotional notebook. Thanks a bunch!
It seems as if I am to be more attentive in communing with God. Our ladies ministry is studying the book of Nehemiah, "Growing through Crisis" by Martha Tyler. The first chapter--prayer. My daily devotional book, In Touch, has as its topic for the month--"The Prayer Life." My Sunday School Lesson from 1 Kings--prayer! What a privilege and a joy it is to spend time with HIM!
61. Our pastors at Victory Baptist. October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and we so appreciate our hard-working pastors. We have a senior pastor, and two retired pastors who teach. They are all excellent preachers who diligently feed us the Word of God each week. We give thanks to God for them and their ministry to us.
Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?
Have you ever told him thank you,
For being there, when times are tough,
For comforting words and fervent prayers
When trials come and the storms of life are rough?
He answers our calls in the middle of the night
And tells us not to worry, for he will be there.
He gives up his comfort of quiet rest
And comes with prayers of comfort to share.
Have you ever thought to say thank you Pastor,
For preaching God's word to help us understand,
For all the times he has asked for things
That will lend us a helping hand?
When you pray, put him at the top of the list
And ask the Lord to surround him with loving care,
To give him strength and walk with him,
To help him with the burdens that he must bear.
Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?
62. Our wonderful pastors' wives. They all are such a support to their husbands, serve sacrificially in the church and do a great job raising their families. What a blessing they are!
Aren't these the cutest punkins ever? They make me smile!
Jen is an absolutely amazing photographer who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. I am always oohing and aahing over her wonderful photos. You just have to check out her web page and see her fabulous work. And if you by any chance live in her area, you will want to take advantage of her giftedness. http://momentsbyjenphotography.com/about.php
While our family from New York was here, we spend one hot, hot day (103 degrees) at the Phoenix Zoo. About halfway around our trek of the Zoo, we came upon this wonderful surprise, Yakulla (Ya-kool-ya) Caverns. Since we did not bring our grandson's swim suit, we just allowed our over-heated boy to cool off in his pull-ups. Worked just fine!