Friday, January 1, 2021

Persevere and Endure

Show of hands, how many people are happy to finally see the tail end of 2020? How has the Lord blessed You, this past year? What has been something that you have struggled with?



I feel so blessed to say that between T and myself, we have been through 3 surgeries, this year. We not only had the surgeries, but we have healed or we are in the process of healing.



I feel blessed because I know that all of my children are safe. Yes, one of them suffered a very low point, but he has moved beyond that. I give praise to Jesus for answering my prayers and for keeping him safe.




Slow and Steady Wins the Race 



Moving into 2021, I am going to be "slow and steady". I will continue to blog, however, my posts are going to be very basic. I just feel the need to get back to the heart of the matter (for myself) and that is to blog when I feel I have something to blog about. I will not spend extra time on images. It is just too much for me.



My fb posts will also be "slow and steady". I will post something when I feel lead to post.



Do you have a habit of praying when you go to bed? I have had a lot of things on my heart lately, my marriage, my children, not catching covid, whether or not to keep blogging, along with other things. 



Have you ever woken up with a verse (or verses) that the Lord has spoken to you? I woke up recently with Hebrews 12:1-3 going through my mind.



Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV 



Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.



When you read over those verses, what words speak to you the most?



The ones that really jump out at me (and it may be different for you depending on what the Lord is revealing to you):


Do not be hindered
Do not be entangled
Focus on Jesus
Persevere
Endure
Do not grow weary
Do not lose heart


Prayer: 


Father, I praise You so much. I come to You now asking that You will forgive me for living my life being hindered and entangled by sin. I need to ask for Your help to let these things go; to put them aside. Help me in my efforts to do better. Father, I thank You for supplying all of my needs. Thank You for always being with me. I pray that You will help me to always stay focused on You. I pray that You will help me to persevere, to endure. Help me not to grow weary or lose heart as I work to follow my path; the path You have set before me. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen. 



P.S. 



I am including a free printable for you.




Blessings, 




Leigha

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

2020 Recap

Where is your focus? What has your focus been throughout this year? Where is your focus as you head into the coming year?







If I am completely honest, I have to admit that my focus tends to gravitate towards the negative. No matter how hard I try to focus on the positive things if one negative comment is said, that is where my focus will end up.



The year 2020 has had its challenges. 




Can I get an Amen?



T has had the ability to work from home. I am so thankful that his job allows him to do this. However, I have to admit that I have ended up losing a lot of my space. I need quiet, throughout my day, in order to feel refreshed and closer to God. I no longer have that. I have worked hard to adjust to this new normal, but slowly seem to be losing more and more of myself.



I am slowly losing interest in blogging. I do not have quiet areas to escape to in order to think and write, so I feel like I do not have the energy or desire to blog anymore. And I will not even start on pinterest and fb. 



In September, Taylor moved out. He was not even going to let us know anything. I stopped him and said something to him and he said that he had an apartment and he was moving out. No job, no income, nothing. When T and I questioned him, he said that it was none of our business. I told him that I would be praying hard for him. He told me that he was sorry for me. That just made me more determined about my praying over him.



Then five weeks, to the day, after he moved out.... he sent his dad a text. In this text, he mentions wanting to end his life. 



This



Took



My



Breath



Away 



After, T had read the message through to himself and then prepared me a bit, he read it to me. And then we called him and talked to him for 2 hours.








Once the initial shock of his announcement had settled in, I was able to step back and thank God.



Thank God for answering prayers. 




Thank God for being with my baby. Thank God for surrounding him with his presence. Thank God for keeping him safe. Thank God for having Taylor reach out to us even when it must have been hard for him to do. Thank God for answering my prayers.



After we had talked with him for a while, I told him that I wanted him to know that I had been praying hard for him just as I promised that I would. He started crying and he thanked me. I then told him that I have had him covered in prayers.



Time is continuing to move forward. Taylor has moved back home and seems to be doing well. He spends time with us. He joins in conversations. He comes out to join us for meals. Oh.... he also has gotten a job with Amazon.



My focus? Depression. I have been struggling hard with depression. My focus just tends to gravitate towards the negative.



I will say this.... you will never be able to convince me that God doesn't answer prayers. 



So in looking forward to the next year, my word of focus is going to be "Pray". I have already found a lot of books on prayer and several on praying over your children, adult children, grandchildren, etc.



I am still memorizing long passages of scripture. Currently, I am working through Matthew 6 <-- a huge chunk of which is on prayer :).




As of right now, I do not know if I will continue with my blog. I keep going back and forth as to what I should do. So for now, I will pray and see where the Lord leads me.









Ps. I am including a couple of printables for you. One is an image using the word Focus and the other is using the word Pray.



















Monday, August 31, 2020

Life in the Slow Lane

Hello dear friend. How are you things in your life progressing? Are things returning to a somewhat normal state for you?









Around here, life is slowly returning to somewhat normal. Jacob, our youngest, has been able to go back to work. Praise You, Jesus!


Life Is Slowly Returning 




Taylor, our middle son, is still home. He still insists on locking himself away in his room. I do not even know if he has attempted to try and get a job or not. However, I am choosing to focus on the fact that he is home and he is safe.



T is still working from home. At this point, I do not know if/when he will be going back to the office to work. I am so thankful that his company allows remote work.



Now me..... I have been struggling with nausea/vomiting issues for more than 2 months. I have now had an abdominal ultrasound done and everything was normal. I had a brain MRI done and my pcp recommended that I see a neurosurgeon. However, after I talked to my endocrinologist, she said that my tumor has not changed. And chances are good that even with surgery, I will still have the same issues that I am having; maybe even worse. Oh, and for an added bonus, I will also have new issues to deal with following the surgery. T and I talked and I told him that I just do not have a peace about having this surgery done, yet. So, we are going to wait.


What Is Normal?




I then talked to my gastroenterologist and he scheduled a hida scan and a gastric emptying test. A hida scan takes images of your gallbladder and liver. The gastric emptying test is used to test for gastroparesis.



I had my hida scan done Wednesday. I could not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the test. I was so worried that I would get nauseous during the scan.



I had to lay still for two hours. Oh, I was so uncomfortable. I have fibromyalgia. So after a few minutes, everything starts to hurt.



She gave me a medicine, through iv, at the beginning, and told me that I should not feel any different than I already did. Then I had to lay still for an hour or so and then she came in with the second medicine. This one she hung on a pole as it was supposed to take 30 minutes to finish. Oh, this medicine is one that makes the gallbladder contract so I might feel some discomfort.



Oh my goodness! I wanted to curl up in a ball!








When it was over, she asked me if I had experienced any discomfort and if it was familiar to me. I told her yes, it was very familiar.



I was due to be back in there Friday for my gastric emptying test, but she knew that if it was a gallbladder issue there wasn't a need for the second test. So, she went ahead and looked over my images. She then called someone else in the room, for a second pair of eyes, before telling me anything.



Something showed as being very low... 13% and normal is 35%. So, it is a gallbladder issue. She then called my gastroenterologist to get his thoughts about the test on Friday and he agreed with her. So, I did not have the gastric emptying test.



I am offering my thanks to the Lord for helping me through all of this. I am so thankful that I finally know what is wrong with me. I am thankful to know that He is always with me.



Next up for me is a consultation appointment with a surgeon about removing my gallbladder.



Jeremiah 31:25 NIV



I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”



Cross References:



Isaiah 40:29 NIV 



He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.



John 4:14 NIV 



but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”














Faith Through the Struggles


6 Steps To Memorize Long Passages


Prayer For Healing


Don't Struggle With Your Thorns




















How are things in your life progressing?
Are things returning to a somewhat normal state for you?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



























Ps.



I am including a new Bible reading plan for you. My word for 2020 has been FOCUS, so I decided to put together a plan for you on that theme.


Where is your focus?


What is your word for 2020?
Have you decided on a word for 2021?










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Friday, July 17, 2020

Faith Through the Struggles

How are things in your part of the world? How has the virus impacted you and your family?







Hello from my little corner of faith in the Lord and struggling to keep up. I thought I would drop in and let you know a few things that have been going on in my life.



Corner of Faith in the Lord




Well, the virus hit. Did you just say, "Well, duh?" :) . I have felt overwhelmed by things since dealing with everyone being home. Things are so loud and it sets off my sensory overload in a hurry :(. However, I do the best that I can.



Because of the virus, T started working from home. What a blessing to know that he has a job that allows him the ability to work "remotely ".



Our son, Taylor, came home from Texas. He tries his hardest not to associate with us, at all. He stays in his room, with the door locked. But, I am so thankful that the Lord brought him home. I know that he is safe.



Our youngest son, Jacob, is no longer working. It bothers him so much that he doesn't have a job. I am so thankful to know that he has such a desire to work so he can prepare for the time when he has to stand on his own two feet.



Another T thing that has happened.... he had bariatric surgery. He has already lost 85 pounds :).



And Struggling to Keep Up 




Me, well, I am tired. I have been dealing with a lot of anxiety and depression. I have decided to step away from fb and will only go in to pinterest if I need to give something my attention.


For about three weeks, I have been sick. It started as stomach pains, but then turned in to nausea and has been that way ever since. I hardly eat anything and when I do, it is very bland. However, on July 7th, I started throwing up. Since I have adrenal insufficiency, I have to be careful with throwing up because it could cause an adrenal crisis and send me to the hospital.



Since all of this has been going on, I have reached out to my gastro doctor, but never heard back. I then reached out to my endocrinologist and all she said was to increase my hydrocortisone until I feel better. Then I had my pcp visit and talked to him about everything. He prescribed some phenergan and zofran that I can rotate. He is also ordering an MRI of my pituitary to see if there are any changes that could be contributing to my headaches and nausea. Then he mentioned a ct scan of something and an ultrasound of my gallbladder.








I just want to know why I am throwing up. What if we do all of these procedures and do not determine anything?



I am still doing my memory work. How about you? I am currently working through the book of Titus and just finished working on Titus 2. I have also just finished working on Psalm 23 and I am now going through Psalm 139. In about a week, I will be starting on Psalm 3.



Psalm 23:1 ESV 



The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.



Cross References 



Jeremiah 31:25 NIV 



I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”



Isaiah 40:29 NIV 



He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.



2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV 



And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.



Philippians 4:19 NIV 



And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.



~~~ The Lord is in control. He is the shepherd and I am one of His sheep. As he cares for His sheep, making sure each one is fed and watered, carrying the ones that are injured; He is also in control of my life. Everything is in His hands; even me and my needs.













6 Steps To Memorize Long Passages


Prayer For Healing


Don't Struggle With Your Thorns


















How are things in your part of the world?
How has the virus impacted you and your family?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.































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Friday, May 15, 2020

6 Steps To Memorize Long Passages

Is memorizing verses something that you would like to do but nothing seems to work? You feel lost. Nothing sticks for you. You lose interest and then give up. Try to memorize a longer passage of verses.










I have picked out Psalm 121. It is 8 verses total. I have broken it down in to two verse chunks for each week. This means, we will be working on memorizing Psalm 121 for 4 weeks. So far, we have worked on Psalm 121:1-2, Psalm 121:3-4, Psalm 121:5-6 and now we are moving on to Psalm 121:7-8.





Ready?






Not sure what supplies you need in order to follow along? Check out this post...



How To Memorize Long Passages





Step 1 ~  Read through all of Psalm 121, out loud, at least one time every day.






Psalm 121 NIV 





I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.






Step 2 ~  Write out (yes, pen and paper) Psalm 121:7-8 . You will write out these verses at least 5 times every day throughout the week.










~~ Why do I believe in writing out the verses at least 4-5 times every day? Check out this post...




How To Memorize Long Passages





Step 3 ~  Write out Psalm 121:7-8 on an index card.






Step 4 ~  As you do random activities, during your day, try to recall Psalm 121:7-8, from memory.





~~  What do I mean by random activities? Like, for instance, the many times that you wash your hands, while you are putting on your makeup, etc. Random activities are things that keep your hands occupied, but your mind is free to recall things like verses.
~~  If you have trouble remembering something, glance at your index card.










Step 5 ~  When you have spent time with these verses and you start to feel comfortable with them, try to incorporate them into your prayers.










~~  How do you incorporate Psalm 121:7-8 into a prayer?





Prayer: 





Dear Father, 





Thank you for always being with me. You promise to keep me from harm. You promise to watch over my life. You promise to watch over my coming and going both now and forevermore. Father, I am claiming these promises. Thank you for all that you do. In Jesus' name, Amen.





Psalm 121:7-8 NIV 





The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.





Step 6 ~  Now that you are comfortable with these verses, spend time recalling the first 6 verses plus these verses. Spend the next week recalling all 8 of these verses to make sure they stick. Then, pick out a day of the week to have as your recall day for all 8 of these verses.





~~  If you have trouble remembering something, glance at your index cards.




You have just spent the time necessary to memorize a chapter of the Bible.
Congratulations!




So, what is next for you?




You can memorize Psalm 1, Psalm 4, Psalm 23, Psalm 27, Psalm 91, Philippians 2:1-18.



Hopefully, those are enough to whet your appetite.














Long Passage Memorization Week 3


Memorize Long Passages Week 2


How To Memorize Long Passages


Prayer For Healing




















Is memorizing verses something that you would like to do but nothing seems to work?
You feel lost. Nothing sticks for you. You lose interest and then give up.
Have you tried to memorize longer passages of verses?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.































Ps. I am attaching the next Bible Reading/Writing plan. It is called Meditate on God's Word.  Enjoy :) .







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Friday, May 8, 2020

Long Passage Memorization Week 3

Do you have a hard time memorizing verses? Have you ever considered trying to memorize a long passage of verses?










I have picked out Psalm 121. It is 8 verses total. I have broken it down in to two verse chunks for each week. This means, we will be working on memorizing Psalm 121 for 4 weeks. So far, we have worked on Psalm 121:1-2, Psalm 121:3-4 and now we are moving on to Psalm 121:5-6.




Up for the challenge? 






Not sure what supplies you need in order to follow along? Check out this post...



How to Memorize Long Passages




Step 1 ~  Read through all of Psalm 121, out loud, at least one time every day.




Psalm 121 NIV 




I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.




Step 2 ~  Write out (yes, pen and paper) Psalm 121:5-6 . You will write out these verses at least 5 times every day throughout the week.









~~ Why do I believe in writing out the verses at least 4-5 times every day? Check out this post...



How to Memorize Long 3




Step 3 ~  Write out Psalm 121:5-6 on an index card.




Step 4 ~  As you do random activities, during your day, try to recall Psalm 121:5-6, from memory.




~~  What do I mean by random activities? Like when you are watching tv and a commercial comes on, mute the commercial. Spend that time trying to recall your verses. Or when you are busy with vacuuming the floors, spend those moments recalling your verses. Random activities are things that keep your hands occupied, but your mind is free to recall things like verses.
 If you have trouble remembering something, glance at your index card.









Step 5 ~  When you have spent time with these verses and you start to feel comfortable with them, try to incorporate them into your prayers.




~~  How do you incorporate Psalm 121:5-6 into a prayer?




Prayer: 




Dear Father, 




Thank you for always being with me. Thank you for watching over me. Thank you for being my shade at my right hand. Thank for not allowing the sun to harm me by day, nor the moon by night. Thank you for all that you do. In Jesus' name, Amen.




Psalm 121:5-6 NIV 




The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.




Step 6 ~  Now that you are comfortable with these verses, spend time recalling the first 4 verses plus these verses.





~~  If you have trouble remembering something, glance at your index cards.
















Memorize Long Passages Week 2


How to Memorize Long Passages


Praying For Healing


Don't Struggle With Your Thorns



















Do you have a hard time memorizing verses?
Have you ever considered trying to memorize a long passage of verses?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.
































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Friday, May 1, 2020

Memorize Long Passages Week 2

Are you struggling to memorize scriptures? Were you aware that it is often easier to memorize verses, and for them to stick, if you memorize long passages?









I have picked out Psalm 121. It is 8 verses total. I have broken it down in to two verse chunks for each week. This means, we will be working on memorizing Psalm 121 for 4 weeks. So far, we have worked on Psalm 121:1-2 and now we are moving on to Psalm 121:3-4.




Are you ready for the challenge?





Not sure what supplies you need in order to follow along? Check out this post...



How to Memorize Long Passages




Step 1 ~  Read through all of Psalm 121, out loud, at least one time every day.





Psalm 121 NIV 




I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.





Step 2 ~  Write out (yes, pen and paper) Psalm 121:3-4 . You will write out these verses at least 5 times every day throughout the week.









~~ Why do I believe in writing out the verses at least 4-5 times every day? Check out this post...



How to Memorize Long Passages





Step 3 ~  Write out Psalm 121:3-4 on an index card.










Step 4 ~  As you do random activities, during your day, try to recall Psalm 121:3-4, from memory.




~~  What do I mean by random activities? Like when you take a shower, get dressed in the mornings, cook breakfast, etc. Random activities are things that keep your hands occupied, but your mind is free to recall things like verses.
~~ If you have trouble remembering something, glance at your index card.




Step 5 ~  When you have spent time with these verses and you start to feel comfortable with them, try to incorporate them into your prayers.









~~ How do you incorporate Psalm 121:3-4 into a prayer?




Prayer:




Dear Father, 




Thank you for always being with me. Your word says that You will not allow my foot to slip. As You watch over me, You will not slumber. Just as You watched over Israel, You watch over me and You neither slumber nor sleep. Thank you for all that you do. In Jesus' name, Amen.




Psalm 121:3-4 NIV 




He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.





Step 6 ~  Now that you are comfortable with these verses, spend time recalling the first verses plus these verses.





~~ If you have trouble remembering something, glance at your index cards.












How to Memorize Long Passages


Praying For Healing


Don't Struggle With Your Thorns


4 Tips To Focus Your Prayers





















Are you struggling to memorize scriptures?
Were you aware that it is often easier to memorize verses, and for them to stick, if you memorize long verses?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.





































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Persevere and Endure

Show of hands, how many people are happy to finally see the tail end of 2020? How has the Lord blessed You, this past year? What has been so...