I’ve been pretty scarce lately. I apologize for that, I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write about my last 4 months.
As you know in July I had eye surgery. It went real well and it took 3 months for my eye to stable out. The doc said that my eye sight would change over 3 months. And it did, I was finally released by the surgeon at the beginning of October. I just saw my regular eye doctor and he is able to correct my eye sight to 20/30. I’m excited, the doc not so much! I guess my cataracts have grown, especially in my surgical eye. So I guess that is my next endeavor … cataract surgery. I still have to recoup the cost of the last surgery. But, we’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
My son got married in September at Zion National Park. We had such a great time visiting with family. Here is a picture of my beautiful children
along with hubby and I. I couldn’t find the one with hubby and I. Actually I see it everyday as it is on my desktop, but I couldn’t get it to upload to WordPress. Yes, I am a dork!!
It was so great to see my children and grandchildren. They all have grown so much, but they are sure getting to be their own person. HAH, children and grandchildren. Also to be in such a beautiful area, Zion National Park. I told hubby that I could live there. It would be so cool!!! Just saying!
Work has been busy, as September is the start of the ministry year. With the business comes craziness but, a fun craziness. Before my son’s wedding, he told me that he is in A-Fib and they had to shock his heart to get his sinus rhythm back . Well, it didn’t work and the next step is a pacemaker. So in October, he called to let me know that he was having his pacemaker put in on October 15th. After my silent initial reaction, I called him the next day to see if he wanted me to come out. After he and his new bride discussed it, I flew out to Lincoln on Saturday, 10/13. He had his surgery on Monday, as scheduled and spent the night to make sure all was okay. His dad and step-mom surprised him and showed up when he returned from recovery. Ry went home the next day and he is getting better everyday. By the time I left, he was driving and the seat belt wasn’t irritating his incision, well, not as much as it did in the beginning. I had asked him the other day how he was feeling and he said great! I didn’t get to see anyone while I was back in Nebraska, which I apologize for, because I stayed at the house and hung out with the new puppy, my son and his family. I’m excited for them as they had just bought and moved into a home, before his surgery. It’s a cute house and the furniture they got for it, transforms the rooms! Sometimes, I wish I lived closer to all my kids … maybe one day, we’ll get to spend time traveling around to spend a little time with each one.
The Friday after I got home, I went with 2 buses full of ladies from our church to the Women of Faith Conference in Sacramento. Wow, what an experience! I had a great time. So many uplifting speakers and great music. If you are a female and this conference comes to an area near you, don’t hesitate to go!! You won’t regret it. We laughed, we cried, we sang, we were amazed, and in total awe of all that we saw and experienced! I fell in love with my Savior all over again. I’m hoping next year, I can get all my girls to go with me. Now that would be cool, to get my daughters and daughter in law to go. We’ll see.
In between all of this, I’ve been sick. Three times on antibiotics and this last time was working. That is until I felt so good and decided to rake the leaves in the front yard. I was so exhausted that it was difficult to even lift my arms to put the piles in the hopper. Once I finished, I was done. I went to bed and stayed there. Today I’m better … well, enough to go to work and then to the eye doc. Now I’m ready for bed and it’s only 7:16pm.
Tomorrow is voting day. I’ve already voted … but it’s exciting to see the commitment of people to go out there and vote. We may or may not agree on the candidates or the issues, but we are doing what this country is all about … democracy … making your choice known by voting. Standing up for your beliefs. Just remember, for those that are standing up for their beliefs and voting on their chosen candidate, that is exactly what the next person is doing. That choice may be the same as yours, but it also may be different from yours, but we all are choosing to do what made us so privileged to live in the USA, voting for our choice. It looks to be a close race and we’ve all done our part. Whichever candidate wins, I pray that this candidate does what is best for our country. Does what’s best for our citizens and get this country recovering from the huge debt, the unemployment, the foreclosures, etc. So choose your candidate, but remember, the rest of that voting line will choose theirs.
I’ve heard that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. However, that isn’t in the Bible. Last year our lead pastor taught on this. The verse really says:
1 Corinthians 10:13
New International Version (NIV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be temptedbeyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
What we so mistakenly think the verse says is that through our own strength we can overcome. In reading the actual verse, it says that God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. If you are tempted, he’ll provide a way out …
So why am I bringing this up? Well I’ve got quite a bit on my mind, on my task list and in my heart. Now I have more of those things, as I was in an accident today. Everyone is going to be okay. Right now, I’m experiencing the after shock. I’m feeling like a zombie as it doesn’t seem real even though I know it was.
But as difficult as all this is, I was blessed with amazing people at work. They were there for me once I finished my statement and all that had to be done. They were there to hold me even in the blistering heat. They were there to fold me into their arms to comfort me. They were there with a glass of cold water and a cold towel to help cool down my body. They were there ready to do whatever I needed or get whatever I needed, I just needed to tell them. But the best part was they were there to pray over me. To lift me and the other person up to God and lay us at His feet for His guidance, peace, strength, comfort, grace & mercy.
In my literal mind, I was in His throne room at His feet with all my friends around me interceding in prayer to our Father. There was no temptation, however, I was suffering (maybe still suffering) from shock, sadness, guilt, but God had me encircled by these people who are not just co-workers, but close family. This was God’s way out for me, so I could endure what I’ve experienced today.
I’m thankful that I have tomorrow off and have a day to settle down. I have an advantage as I was given signs to look for and tools to use when I’m spiraling out of control in my thoughts.
I not only love my job, but I LOVE the people I am privileged to spend 8+ hours a day with. Thank you God for all of them.
Wow, I never thought I’d have such a great weekend, but that is exactly what happened. We had a girls weekend at a cabin at Meeks Bay on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. From Friday night until Sunday morning, there were 9 of us there. I know we all had a hesitation about going, as we didn’t know everyone well, but were blessed with such a compatible group of women. As the weather on Saturday morning was not conducive to go outside, we stayed in. With staying in, we all did our own thing and were comfortable in the silence of book reading, knitting, sleeping and pedicures. We found ourselves having great conversations and finding out we had so much in common that the time flew by. We had so much food, but it was so good!!
On Sunday, the weather cleared up and we were able to take a walk along the beach and took many pictures.
Today hubby and I were able to accompany a group from church to feed the Marines at the Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center. What an absolute blessing! I’m so glad we went and spent a few hours feeding them. When we arrived, they were training on repelling off the face of the mountain. Hubby and I went to sit among them as we ate and it was so much fun! We ended up talking with a Captain from Omaha, NE.
Even though this was an action packed weekend, I feel so relaxed and rested. I’m so thankful for this weekend and all the gems that I got out of it.
Next up, my childhood best friend arrives on Friday to visit. I’m excited to see her and her husband!!!
I hope you all are safe and sound after this holiday. Have a great week!!
So many things going on, I’m not sure I can get them all written down. Let’s see, first of all, I’m feeling better. I don’t think I’m quite 100% however, I am feeling so much better. I’m hoping this week I’ll finally be fully recovered.
Then hubby got really sick. I mean really sick to the point of spewing his guts most of last Thursday morning. I left work early to take him to the doc. He was feeling achy before Thursday, but the velocity of his getting sick, was more along the lines of food poisoning. Unfortunately these were too close for the doc to tell. But he said either way, he picked up a bug. If it’s the flu it will take a while to recover. If it is food poisoning, it will can take 3 days up to 6 days to recover. What I didn’t realize is that one can have a fever with food poisoning. It makes sense after the doc said that your body is reacting, not to the bug itself, but the toxins the bug leaves behind. Therefore, the fever is your body’s natural defense. Poor guy, yesterday he was feeling a little better, however, he was weak and no energy. Today he was feeling a little better and overdid it by doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen. I made him stay home from his volunteer work so he could continue to recover. He plans on going to work tomorrow, but again, I told him to take tomorrow’s volunteering night off so he can finally kick this thing. I felt so bad as he was just burning up with a fever,, achy all over and his stomach hurt so bad!
He’s been planning on getting baptized as a reconfirmation of his commitment to Christ. He needs to take his class on Thursday night, then baptism is on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, we are having an Open House to celebrate this wonderful decision and I am so excited and proud of my hubby. My sister, his sister and her husband will be here to join in the celebration, so we are excited!
Next week, hubby and I go to Sacramento for Thrive. I am so excited, as I’ve always wanted to go to Thrive. So I’m real excited to go with hubby and as a staff member to this great conference. We’ll be gone at the end of next week and I really cannot wait!!
Since we will be gone, I have to board the dog. Unfortunately, he’s due for all his shots before I can board him. So Thursday morning, hubby is taking him to Reno to get shot … hahaha … vaccinated that is. So much to do to prepare to be gone for 3 days. Plus getting the house together for the party. I’m so excited, exhausted and anxious … LOL … so much to do, so little time.
Well, I hope you all have a great rest of the week.
The lead pastor at my work, bought the staff a Kuerig coffee brewer. We were blown away and excited by his generous gift. It now sits in the office kitchen and we all have made our special blend of coffee all day. First thing this morning we brewed Golden French Toast coffee, to which he said, it smells like Denny’s in here! LOL … it actually did … I was ready to pour syrup on waffles or pancakes … hmm, I’ll have to go to a pancake house this weekend.
Well, just came in for a quick hello – y’all take care and if I don’t stop in before Sunday, you all have a Very Merry Christmas!!
I have to say thank you to all who’ve commented. Your comments were in my spam comments and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know you were here. I’ve become very lazy or busy or something and I don’t have much time to approve and post your comment, however, I do read them.
This week has been a busy and interesting week. I love the variety of tasks involved with my job. Yesterday, I was able to assist with a brunch. I had a great time and also learned how to make French Pressed coffee. Interesting concept and pretty good also. We had bagels & cream cheese, fruit & yogurt, mini quiches and mini fruit tarts. All pretty yummy, thanks to Raleys!
We sat and talked a little about ourselves and then we were to share our life verses. Life verse? I had no idea. All the verses in the bible are definitely appropriate for my life, but to have one that sticks out and talks about me … well, I haven’t found one … YET! The one that was fresh in my brain and one I mentioned is Proverbs 27:9 (NIV) – “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” As I’m lousy at memorizing scripture, I couldn’t quote the verse, so I said it talked about love and friendship.
So I woke up this morning and started searching for a life verse. Then I came upon a person’s blog that spoke loudly to me. It said that a life verse is also in God’s timing. One may not have found one, but when the time is right, it will speak loudly. That was such a comfort as I felt like such a failure to not have a life verse.
In searching information on life verses, I stumbled upon a birth verse website. When I entered the month and day of my birth, this verse appeared: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 NIV I have to say, I love this verse!! It is not only my birth verse, but at present, it is my life verse. It covers all, just as He does.
I wish it was just a little pink bunny that keeps going and going and going … unfortunately, it’s been tragedy that keeps affecting our area of the world.
It has been raw emotions getting reopened repeatedly for the past two weeks. I mentioned the IHOP shooting. I have not mentioned the attempted kidnapping during one of the weekend service at church. I have not mentioned the motorcycle accident killing the rider, who also went to our church. And now, the Reno Air Races has a plane crash into the audience, with a tragic outcome.
I was with friends last night, having a girls night out. As I was taking purse orders, one of the ladies had mentioned, who do we know that was there and how is this going to impact us again. All I could think of was, yeow! Because it was such a true statement! Even though Reno is about 50 miles away and where the air races were, it’s even further, but this event is very popular. People from all over come to the race to watch these pilots do stunts that one only wished they could pull off. So to realize, that our little community may be affected once again, just took the wind out of my already tattered sails!
In the midst of all of this, there have been great things to come out of it. With the IHOP shooting, courage shines through. There was a family with children and grandparents sitting at a table next to a group of men having a breakfast meeting. When the gun fire started, the men ran out through the exit door. Then realizing there was a family sitting next to them, they ran back in to help get this family out to safety.
With the threat of some misguided individuals saying they were going to protest the National Guard’s funeral service and memorial service, a large group of officers of many kind, on motorcyles along with individual mortorcyclists were lining the street. Another group of people were able to have food donated from several restaurants in the area, for all of these riders. That way they were fed and had water after being in the sun for several hours. Another group of people opened their homes to these riders should any of them need a place to stay. Still more people in the afternoon showed up to stand on the street waiving flags to show support to the family and friends of the fallen.
To see this community pull together and see God reign and shine in the middle of such darkness was such a great experience.
We have had a couple of rollercoaster weeks, but they have taught me to not stand on my own strength and understanding. It taught me to lean into God for the strength and courage to do things that I couldn’t do on my own. It taught me that He is with me, no matter what I’m facing. He is there when I’m weak and weary. Just like a Father should be for his children. He does tell me that I am loved, no matter what! I am so thankful that no earthly father, no matter how good he is to his children, can compare to the Father we have in Heaven.
It was so difficult to wait on His timing. I am so thankful He gave me the strength and courage to do so!
You came to steal my joy and bring me into your dark land. You thought you would keep me there and sink my mood further into the abyss. What you didn’t count on was that I’d call on My Light and ask for help. You didn’t think He’d send someone to pull me out of your black hole.
Well, surprise! He did and I am standing here in His light, basking in His Splendor!
I know this movie has been out for a year, however, we finally watched it last night. It’s a good mystery. At first the “anti-matter” thing was beyond my understanding, but the story line was interesting. In the movie, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) said, ”Oh geez, you guys don’t even read your own history do you?…” Then he proceeds to give the head of security at the Vatican a history lesson.
It got me to thinking, being raised a Catholic, that I don’t know the history, nor did I have an interest in learning the history of the Catholic Religion. One thing I did remember was the smoke from the chimney and the color it is once they’ve agreed on a new pope. Other than that, that’s about it.
I’m so glad I am in a church that isn’t about religion. But about a relationship and knowing His word. The Bible has all the history I need to know. I’ve come to love the people in the Old Testament as they were so colorful, so human. I also love the people in the New Testament as they actually walked with Jesus each and every day and saw all that He did.
As I watched the movie, I saw the obstacles that block our way to being free in quite a few of the characters in this movie. I can only attribute this to the current study I’m in, “Breaking Free” by Beth Moore. I was really quite bummed that Ewan McGregor was the bad guy in the movie.
This is my favorite quote from the movie, Cardinal Strauss: [emphatically] “Man is flawed, always. Even this one.” This is my favorite because growing up I was taught to hold those (Priests, Bishops, Cardinals, Pope) of the church in the highest esteem. They were held on a pedestal and never waivered … at least in the mind of a Parochial Elementary school child. Even with this being a movie and actors reading a script, it was nice to hear a Cardinal say those words. I know it’s not real person, but what a concept!
What brought me to the church I belong is that the pastors are real people with real problems and real emotions. They are not perfect and they are not afraid to share that with us. They are human and they suffer the same daily struggles each of us go through. For me, knowing that God is always with me and always loves me no matter where I am in my life, getting through those struggles are not as bad as they could be without Him.