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A dear friend of mine posted this today (I say as I copy it word for word without asking her!):

3 years ago I began a journey to a healthier me.
In the process I was told I was selfish, I was called ugly names and I was accused of terrible things. 
But I did it.
I lost 92 pounds. 
Alone. 
Without a gym.
Without supplements. 
Without support. 
Without praise.
Without accolades.
I did it with a healthy diet and daily exercise. 
I did it for me. 
Then I had a little setback. 
Spent a year nursing 3 bulging discs in my back and found out that I have Lupus.
Between the depression and the steroids, I put 30 pounds back on.
Today I’m starting over.
But this time, I’m not alone. 
This time I have a small, but mighty team in my corner cheering me on! 
3 years ago, I overcame some emotional hurdles that seemed insurmountable, but I cleared every one with quiet determination. 
This year I have some physical hurdles that seem HUGE!! 
But….this time I have 3 very supportive, loving people pushing, helping & praying for my success. 
I’m not going to subject all of Facebook world to updates of every meal, workout and blister.
This is my journey. 
I just wanted to thank the people that cared enough about me to push me back onto the path and love me enough to walk beside me for the duration. 
I got this. 
WE got this! 
THANK YOU!

I won’t share with you some of the personal details of her life over the last few years.  But please know that she is a caring, honest, sincere friend.  She’s the real deal.  She’s a strong mother to adult children and a great grandma to their children!  She’s a blessing as a girlfriend and I’m honored to call her that.Proverbs 31

I tell you this today to ask you all to be in prayer for my friend.  She’s strong, one of the strongest.  But she needs the love and support that comes through the prayers of others.

Thanks everyone!

Have a wonderful week!

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Why don't YOU tell me some of the things you've learning in your lifetime.  Share with us the good, the bad, and the ugly things that have built you into the person you are today.


Why don’t YOU tell me some of the things you’ve learning in your lifetime. Share the good, the bad, and the ugly things that have built you into the person you are today.

Well here we are.  Tomorrow is the day.  The dreaded birthday.  I’ve tried and tried to think of something important and philosophical to say.  Certainly at this advanced age

I’ve gained some wisdom I can share with you all.  And what kind of writer am I if I give you nothing?!  GASP!

I really don’t have a clue what to tell you.  Looking back I can clearly see my mistakes and successes. Mistakes that hurt me and others.  Those that led to an entirely different life that what God probably had planned for me.  Those that continue to hurt me (see Ch-Ch-Changes).  But what has been learned from the mistakes and the successes?

Let’s see if I can come up with a short list…in no particular order:

1) Use your brain! My mom used to say “If in doubt…don’t”.  Damn if she wasn’t right (oh that hurts).  If your gut and your brain are telling you “NOOOO!” then it’s wrong and you should not even go there.  It’s your conscience, your built-in sense of right and wrong.  It’s God.  Teenagers are good at ignoring that inner voice that screams NO and listening to the outer voices that say “go for it”.  Pause and think, and most often you’ll hear the voice telling you it’s wrong.  Listen to it.  In 30 years you’ll be glad you did.

2) Take good care of yourself physically!  If you are going to eat whatever you want while you’re young…we all do… then keep active.  Work it off.  And don’t stop as you get older.  KEEP MOVING!

3) Never stop saying “I love you” to those closest to you.  Even when you hate your parents…and we all do…suck it up and say “I love you”.  Something I’m still learning.

4) Have faith. No matter what your family background, find a place to learn and worship God.  It matters.  It matters to your spirit and soul.  It matters to your family.  It matters to your community.

5) In connection to point number four, never stop studying.  My church holds a weekly Bible study.  Most who attend the morning class are older folks.  We have one dear old soul who is 88-years-old.  This week she didn’t attend the church Bible study because she was leading a different study at her retirement residence.  It made me wonder what this women who was a pastor’s wife, a foreign missionary, is a regular church attender, and an every day Bible reader could possibly have left to learn.  Maybe that’s why she chose to teach that day?  I’ll have to ask her and see what wise words she offers us.  Stay tuned!

6) Separate from point number five, keep learning.  Someone once said “you learn something new every day”.  You really do.  Or you should.  Life has a way of teaching us lessons when we least expect it.  We learn from life experiences, from our parents, from our children, from our friends.  We learn in organized ways like school or reading.  Keep learning.

7) Be nice and use your manners!  Smile, say “please” and “thank you”, be polite.  No matter how crappy  your day is, or how awful you feel.  First, it makes you feel a little better.  Second, the person you’re dealing with may very well be having a much worse day.  Nice matters!

8) Don’t take yourself or life too seriously.  Lighten up.  Unclench. Life is messy and you’re going to look foolish now and again.  At this stage of the game even my granddaughter laughs at my forgetfulness.  If I don’t laugh with her, I’m doomed.

THERE’S MORE – PLENTY MORE!   But this is getting to be a long blog.  Why don’t YOU tell me some of the things you’ve learning in your lifetime.  Share with us the good, the bad, and the ugly things that have built you into the person you are today.

You won’t see me tomorrow.  It’s the big day and I have to find my black clothing to wear to dinner.  Juuuust kidding.  Have a great weekend!

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Not sure if I can even put this experience into words.  It has to be descriptive enough for the reader to understand.  I’m also concerned that if the right (or wrong?) person reads this I may very well be carted away in a straight jacket.  It’s a long story, so grab a fresh cup of coffee and an open mind…here goes…

I have been having debilitating migraine-type headaches for months.  I’ve missed a lot of work.  My boss has been wonderful but I can tell it’s getting difficult for him.  My husband has about had enough of my complaining and staying in bed all day.  The headaches are a combo platter of pain.  Temple and eye pressure and that horrible “spike” in the back of my head.  You know the one… at the base of your skull as if it’s in your brain stem!  That’s the part that has disabled me.  It’s been so severe that I can’t function and only want to sleep in a dark room.  I even had a CT scan, but nothin’ in there ‘cept the spiders.

Now,  I’ve started four new medications for various health concerns this year.  Let’s  sum that up by just saying “sucks to get old”!  Last weekend I started reading all the small-print warnings that come with each prescription.  Also, looking a the timeline of when I began and/or increased dosages of these over-priced pills.

It was then that I realized that in mid-July we’d doubled the dosage of one particular med.  Hey…that’s about when the horrible headaches began!  DUH!  Why didn’t I see this until September 18th?  So, feeling pretty stupid,  I decided to doctor myself and stop taking that particular med for a while to see if I felt better.  Assuming what’s wrong is simply side affects.

SIDE NOTE: To all those prone to panic, don’t worry.  I’m not NOT taking a med that my health depends on.  Such as a heart med.  It’s one I can afford to experiment with a little.

Throughout this week I have still not felt well.  Missing a few days or 1/2 days of work.  On Wednesday the headache pain was the worst ever.  I couldn’t leave my dark room and slept until 3:00 p.m.!

Then, on Thursday…around 6:00-6:30 a.m. as I lay in bed, curled up, trying to sleep through the pain that was with me all night… it happened.  Warning: here comes the part where you’ll want to have me committed.

My husband had left for work so I was home alone (except for our crazy dogs).  As I said, curled up in bed trying to ignore the headache.  When I heard “BOOM BOOM BOOM” as if someone was pounding at the front door downstairs!  I also felt the vibration of this in my old house.  (When the wind blows our windows rattle people!)  I wondered if I was having yet another wild dream, which has also been going on for months.  Then again…BOOM BOOM BOOM and the vibration!  In my half awake-half asleep state I was scared that someone was trying to get into the house.  But the dogs weren’t barking.  Was it my hubby come home and without keys?  That didn’t make sense, but the dogs wouldn’t bark at him.  (I still get the willies being home alone sometimes.)

After those booms and vibrations something even more odd happened.  The sound of my bedroom changed.  The fan somehow grew quieter.  Then I felt physically smaller some how.  Not child-like… just proportionately smaller in my bed.  I remained curled up as I was too scared to move.  A minute later I realized that…wait for it…

The spike-in-the-back-of-my-head pain was gone.  Yes, gone.  It’d had it for months and this round had gone through the night.  Now, it stopped.  I still had temple pressure and some dizziness, but the disabling “spike” was gone!

TIME OUT: Let that all soak in for a minute and go refill your coffee.  I know it sounds way out, but it’s what happened.  If someone else was telling ME this story I’d certainly be listening with a bit of doubt.

OK… got a refill on that coffee?  Let’s continue.

Last night after I shared this wild story with my husband he said to me, “That was God, pounding out that spike from the inside.”  Whoa!  Wait a minute!  Yes!  Not crazy!  But experienced a miracle!  WHOO HOO!!  And who can’t use a miracle?!

Today when I woke up…NO spike in my head!  A bit of a headache, and some dizziness still, but no spike!!  I can function!

LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. – Psalm 30:2

Well, there it is.  My wild story.  You decide for yourself if you think I’ve lost my mind or experienced a miracle.  But the truth is…that pain is gone and I am healed.

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The Body of Christ… the Church as God designed it:

But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12: 24b-28.

As many of you know, it’s been a very very stressful couple of years in our family.  (How many blogs have I prefaced that way?!  Sorry.)  This, and other physical issues, have taken a toll on me.  Tomorrow I have to go for a rather nerve-racking medical test. Fear of the unknown is a powerful thing!

You may also know that I work at my home church.  On Wednesday mornings the older crowd gathers for prayer and Bible study with the pastor.  Today he came to the office and told me that my “presence was requested” by the Bible study group.  I figured they needed something so off I went with pen and paper in hand.

However, when I got there the pastor sat me down and the entire group got up and gathered around me to pray!

Time out for tears, BRB, hard to type.  OK, composure regained…maybe.

I’m trying to think of how many people are in the group this morning.  Enough to fill a rectangle of six long tables.  Pretty good size group for us.  The sight of all those older church members getting up and gathering around me was so amazing!  As the pastor anointed me with oil and began to pray I cried.  God’s presence was so comforting and my emotions overwhelmed me.  Can you say “ugly cry”?

So let me ask you folks, if we ARE the Body of Christ, then what are we all doing with that gift?!  Let me give you this challenge:  The next time you find yourself telling someone “I’ll be praying for you”, stop and say instead “can I pray with you about this right now?” and then do it!  That’s a win-win!  The person receiving prayer is abundantly blessed and you have done what you said you’d do on the spot.  No thinking two days later “gee, I forgot to pray for so-and-so the other day”.  You know you’ve all done that! 🙂

Now, go out and BE THE BODY this week!  Then come back and let us know about your experience.

But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way
– Casting Crowns

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It’s one of those days when the moment you wake up you feel the weight of sadness.  Sadness of Real Life circumstances that just feel heavier than usual.  You get on with your morning, but just can’t shake that feeling.  You think “maybe if I just have a good cry I’d feel better”.  When in reality what you need is to do that crying at the feet of Christ!

I got to work, late of course, and drank my coffee while checking email and Facebook messages.  I’d posted earlier that:

We are approaching the 6 month mark already. Not sure anyone else is counting. I probably shouldn’t be.

You see, next week it will be six months that my husband’s oldest daughter and her three little children have lived with us.  Shame on me for counting!  Shame on everyone else for NOT!  Yes, that’s me… whining again.

I was having private message Facebook conversation with a friend and had just said that I need to pull out my iPod and listen to some Joyce Meyer podcasts when my phone rang.  It was God calling me directly!

Yes, that’s what I said.  It was God calling.  As He has done many times before (Being Used).  Ever faithful “Grandma” Ruth called me at the very moment I was seeking God’s voice by way of Joyce Meyer.  The moment I heard her voice on the line tears came to my eyes.  After she had told me the reason for her call there was a pause and then she asked me, “How are you and your family doing?  Is your daughter still living with you?”  Oh maaannn!  The tears came, and this wise woman of God so understood my emotion.

God nudges her to call me at just the right moment time and time again and for that I continue to be grateful and amazed! I wouldn’t ever compare a person to Jesus, but she’s just got that certain Christ-like something.  Where she can just relate.  She understands.  She KNOWS!

Playing on KLOVE radio as I write this blog, the chorus of a new song, Blessings by Laura Story:

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

Amen Sister!

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Haven’t blogged for a while, and when I have it’s been pretty much just fluff.  Sorry about that.  Everyone has a dry spell I guess.  Here are a few Bits and Pieces thoughts on this bloggers birthday:

  • Yessss, it’s my birthday.  And no, Facebook did not tell you.  haha  If you know me well enough, you knew.  And if you forgot… SO WHAT?!  Life is far too busy.  It’s not as if I’m five-years-old.  I know you love me because you tell me on REGULAR DAYS!  That’s what counts.
  • Don’t even ask about my age cause you won’t get the truth! 😀  However, it did occur to me that I have lived in this old house for half my life!  When I moved here I had three small children.  My oldest was only in first grade, the others not yet in school.  I was younger then, than my Baby Child is now.  Oy vey!  Next subject…
  • It’s been a typical winter in the Mid West, USA.  We’ve had it all.  Record cold, big snow, thunder snow, a hint of spring.  There have most certainly been worse winters!  Let’s not complain.  But yeah, we’re all ready for real spring. 
  • I use the UberTwitter app on my BlackBerry phone.  Love it! It’s even better than the actual online Twitter.  Last weekend it was shut down by Twitter for some kind of violations.  Now it’s back under the name UberSocial.  It’s all good.  Except, it’s still not working quite right.  That Twitter to Facebook connection is making me crazy.  It either posts only to my FB wall, or it posts two or three times all over Facebook.  Or not at all.  #frustrating (little Twitter hashtag joke there folks)
  • When can a dreaded thing like diarrhea sound cute?  When a precious two-year-old who has been sick tells you “I have di-a-reah.”  Awww, poor little Mia!  Another round of the cycle-of-illness makes its way through my oldest’s household.  When has there ever been such a “sick winter”?!
  • Speaking of illness…Hubby is so sick!  He usually manages to fight off the colds etc.  But this one has got him big time.  Sinus infection for sure.  Poor guy is at work as we speak just suffering.  Factory work sucks, I don’t care who you are.
  • I don’t know about you all, but there are a lot of people to pray for in my corner of the world.  I have a deal with a few friends which goes like this… “I’ll pray for you and yours and you pray for me and mine!”.  Sound like a good plan for blog readers too? 
  • We’re excited to see some great concerts in the next few weeks.  This Friday it will be Sanctus Real and on March 12th it will be Third Day.  Yes, Third Day AGAIN! haha 

It’s late.  Probably past this old woman’s bedtime.  Have a great end to your week blog friends!!  Leave me a comment and let me know how you are REALLY DOING!  Even list a prayer concern!  It’s all about being the Body of Christ right?  Right!

Have you seen this girl?!  I want to be this faithful child of God!

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Can’t get this lyric out of my head…

Wide awake in the middle of your nightmare,
You saw it comin’ but it hit you outta no where.  (Toby Mac “Get Back Up”)

Great song.  As if the author can see my life!  Check it out here: KLOVE / Toby Mac

A while back I wrote a very personal blog asking for prayer for a family situation.  You responded willingly and for that we are grateful!  Since then, however, I have deleted the blog.  It really did allow too much of a glimpse into our personal lives and I felt it shouldn’t stay.

But now we find ourselves living in a worst-case scenario; the result of the situation addressed in that blog.  Just one of many painful trials we’ve endured in the last few years.  Heck, the last 10 years.  In the midst of this “nightmare” it’s hard to SEE how we will ever emotionally survive.  But, of course, we will.  We KNOW we will.  And this is why:

THANK YOU J.J. Heller for also seeming to see into my life and speaking to me so personally.  “Your Hands” has been my anthem this week.

P.S.  This is my Five-Minute-Friday submission as per @katdish (Kathy Richards).  Even though it took longer than five minutes since I had to stop in the middle to talk to someone.  🙂

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