Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lessons Learned From Parakeets

You know how I have mentioned that T and I have started birdwatching? I am sure that I have mentioned it once or twice. Well, Tim bought me Parakeets for Easter. They are so adorable and a lot of fun to watch. However, determining if they are male or female is a different story (haha).



I wanted to share something that I have learned just since having these little guys (oh about 2 days now). Tim and I have lovingly bought "toys" for them to play with and decorated their cage with them. We spend a lot of time patiently reaching into the cage talking to them, singing to them, whistling to them; showing them love. We desperately want them to know that they can trust us, that they are loved and are safe with us.

Does that make you think of anyone? I just picture the Lord providing everything for us. He reaches out to us in love over and over. He is so patient with us. He is so patient with me. He wants me to know that I can trust Him, that He loves me, and that I am safe with Him.

Luke 23:44-46 NIRV  It was now about noon. The whole land was covered with darkness until three o'clock. The sun had stopped shining. The temple curtain was torn in two. Jesus called out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my very life." After he said this, he took his last breath.

Spoiler alert... He Is Risen!!!



Mark 16:1-20 NIRV The Sabbath day ended. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices. They were going to apply them to Jesus' body.  Very early on the first day of the week, they were on their way to the tomb. It was just after sunrise. They asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb?"  Then they looked up and saw that the stone had been rolled away. The stone was very large.  They entered the tomb. As they did, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe. He was sitting on the right side. They were alarmed.  "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. But he has risen! He is not here! See the place where they had put him. Go! Tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. It will be just as he told you.' "  The women were shaking and confused. They went out and ran away from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.  Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene. He had driven seven demons out of her. She went and told those who had been with him. She found them crying. They were very sad. They heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him. But they did not believe it.  After that, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them. This happened while they were walking out in the country. The two returned and told the others about it. But the others did not believe them either.  Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating. He spoke firmly to them because they had no faith. They would not believe those who had seen him after he rose from the dead.  He said to them, "Go into all the world. Preach the good news to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who does not believe will be punished. Here are the miraculous signs that those who believe will do. In my name they will drive out demons. They will speak in languages they had not known before. They will pick up snakes with their hands. And when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all. They will place their hands on sick people. And the people will get well."  When the Lord Jesus finished speaking to them, he was taken up into heaven. He sat down at the right hand of God.  Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere. The Lord worked with them. And he backed up his word by the signs that went with it.

Jesus took all of my sins upon Him, He endured all of the punishment that was supposed to have been mine so that I could have a relationship with the Father.

Dear Father, I thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross for me. I know that He took my sins so that I could be forgiven. I know that He endured all of that punishment that was meant for me. He did all of this so I could have a relationship with You. Father, I lift up my friend that is reading this right now. May they feel Your presence in their life. May they come to accept Jesus as Lord of their lives so they can have a relationship with You as well. I praise You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Your turn:

How can I pray for you today? Please respond below. If you will allow it I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Don't Struggle Alone

When things get overwhelming for you, who do you turn to? Do you struggle when it comes to asking others to pray for you?







Today has not been great for me, so far. I woke up at some point during the night, to roll over, and realized that I had a major headache.




I need to ask you for prayers. I really struggle when it comes to asking others to pray for me, so please forgive me for that. You know that I have been studying about marriage and praying over my marriage for the past month, right? Well, I am starting to notice signs of our being attacked.



Just A Bucket Of Fish




Tim is dealing with a lot more stress in his job. Every 4th week or so, he is on call. That means that when issues arise even at 2 am, he has to get up to fix it. Well, he has had a few times, recently, that he was tasked with migrating something (it's all mumbo jumbo unless you are a tech person), clean something up and then migrating back. He explained it as having a bucket of fish. He moves the fish to another bucket so he can clean up the original bucket. However, he messed up and dumped out the bucket with all the fish. The fish in this story are all fine and everything continues on as normal. Until yesterday when something that he was taking care of crashed. It was a fluke, but his boss treated him like it was all his fault and that he keeps making mistakes, yada yada yada. It is just a lot of stress for him.




Then there is me. Headaches are becoming a normal thing for me. Is it due to secondary adrenal insufficiency or fibromyalgia? That is a good question. All I know is that I have at least one day a week that I wake up with a major headache and it lasts the majority of the day.







Please Pray





As I stated above I have a hard time asking others for prayers. I know that I need accountability in this area. I am hoping that you will help me with this.




Please send up those prayers. Thank you for your time, support, and encouragement.











Philippians 1:3 NIV




I thank my God every time I remember you.




Prayer 



Dear Father, thank You for always being with me. Thank You for the friend that is reading this right now. Help her to know that she truly is a blessing. I thank You every time that I think of her. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.











Ways To Avoid Heat Exhaustion


Wait In Hope


Life With Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency











When things get overwhelming for you, who do you turn to?
Do you struggle when it comes to asking others to pray for you?
How can I pray for you?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



























Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I work in the medical field. The tips that I have listed are what have helped me in the past. I hope that they might help you as well.



Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 







Photo credit: Min An on pexels.com













Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Keep Your Marriage On The Rock

Are you facing storms in your marriage? Is your marriage built on the Rock or on sand?










In every relationship there will be storms. You will have good times along with the bad times. What is important during these storms is to remember where your foundation is; is your marriage built on the Rock or on sand?




I have mentioned in another post that T and I almost separated at one point. That was a very bad storm in my life.




Cling To  The Lord 





It was the evening of our 12th anniversary and he decided to announce to me that he wanted to move out. He also let me know that he did not love me any more. I spent a lot of time crying and praying during that time. Cried myself to sleep most nights, too, well, that is if I slept at all.





I remember one night, after T had fallen asleep, I got up and went out into the living room. The boys were all asleep and I knew that I would have some quiet time with the Lord. I spent time crying and praying. I asked if He wanted me to fight for my marriage or if He wanted me to seek out a lawyer. I heard an audible reply telling me to "fight" and that is what I did.










I clung to the Lord as He lifted me out of my pit. I clung to Him as He guided our marriage through that nasty storm. It was not easy. Even though, my friends at the time, accused me of taking the easy way out.





Every relationship has ups and downs. Cling to the Lord, seek His guidance. Build that relationship on the Rock.





Build On The Rock 




Romans 12:7 ERV 




If someone does you wrong, don't try to pay them back by hurting them. Try to do what everyone thinks is right.



Prayer




Dear Lord, thank You for loving me so much that You have blessed me with my husband. Please help me to not be someone that needs to keep score or that holds on to hurts. If he hurts me, I do not want to hurt him back. I want to show him the love that You show me each and every day. Please forgive me for the times that I fail in this area. Thank You for bringing this to my attention. In Jesus' name, Amen




James 1:19 CEV 




My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry.



Prayer




Father, please help me to always be one that is quick to listen. I want him to know that his thoughts and feelings are very important to me because he is very important to me. Thank You for putting him in my life. In Jesus' name, Amen





Proverbs 16:24 



Pleasant words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body.



Prayer 




Dear Father, please help me to be careful with how I use my words. I want to be kind and encouraging to him. I do not want to be rude or tear him down. Help me to remember that kindness is contagious, but so is rudeness. Thank You. In Jesus' name, Amen





Proverbs 26:11 NIRV 




A foolish person who does the same foolish things again is like a dog that returns to where it has thrown up.




Prayer 




Father, please give me new eyes to see the things about myself that I may be continually doing that is hurting my marriage. Father, I do not want to be like a dog going back to it's vomit. Help me to see these areas and to make the necessary changes. Thank You for Your help. In Jesus' name, Amen





Proverbs 23:4 




Don't wear yourself out to get rich. Be wise enough to say no.




Prayer 




Father, please help me to always make You and my marriage a priority. Nothing else comes before them. Help me to be wise enough to know when to say no to other things that would take up too much of my time and keep me away from You and my marriage. Thank You. In Jesus' name, Amen




Proverbs 29:11 NIRV 




A foolish person lets his anger run wild. But a wise person keeps himself under control.




Prayer 




Dear Father, please forgive me for the times that I respond out of anger. I want to make choices from wisdom, not from anger, Father. Please give me wisdom. Help me to always seek Your guidance when I am angry. Thank You. In Jesus' name, Amen.










Matthew 7:24 NIRV 




 "So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock."




Prayer 




Dear Father, thank You for being in our marriage. Thank You for protecting us when the storms hit. Help us to stay connected to You -- our Rock -- so we know that our marriage has a strong foundation. In Jesus' name, Amen











 7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage


 Is Your Marriage Normal or Weird


Do You Do This In Your Marriage?











Are you facing storms in your marriage?
Is your marriage built on the Rock or on sand?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



















Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 











Photo credit: Ingrid on pexels.com 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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I am in no way an expert on things pertaining to Faith. However, I seek guidance from the Lord : Isaiah 48:17 NIV This is what the Lord says -- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go."


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Wait In Hope

What struggles are you facing? Is your body "misbehaving"?









One Pill To Rule Them 





Life and times, since being diagnosed with Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency, is a constant struggle for me. Oh how I wish it were as simple as just taking this one pill and it would all be okay.  Sorry, I just flashed to Lord of the Rings (haha).




I have to take hydrocortisone every day for the rest of my life.  I have to take it in order to be able to function.





Since I have a tumor on my pituitary gland, nothing in my body functions the way that it is supposed to function any more. All of the hormones that are produced by the pituitary gland are no longer being produced, so I have to take medicine to try and make up for the lack that my body is feeling.








A "Misbehaving" Body 




Last summer, I was experiencing something that I was certain was low blood sugar issues. I was having times that I was extremely hungry and had to eat "on time".



My endo ran some tests, but when everything came back normal, I decided to make some adjustments in how I take my medication. I was taking my hydrocortisone 4 times a day, now I only take it 3 times. It seems to help.



This summer, I have been struggling with heat exhaustion. Now whenever I leave, I make sure to carry a damp wash rag with me, along with bottled water and extra meds.



I am also dealing with dizzy spells. When I stand up and start to walk, I get really dizzy. I have to find the first available place to sit and well, sit. I don't know what it is. Is it vertigo? No idea. However,  I feel like, whatever it is, being extremely hungry triggers it, being over heated triggers it.



This is my life and times right now. Living one day to the next, trying the best that I can to function with a "misbehaving " body. When I see my endo again,  I will be talking to her about these dizzy spells to see what she says.









Psalm 33:20-22 NIV



We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.  In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.



Prayer



Dear Father, thank You for being with me. Father, You are my help and shield, I wait in hope for You. I rejoice in You and put my trust in You. May Your unfailing love always be with me even as I put my hope in You. In Jesus' name, Amen.










Ways To Avoid Heat Exhaustion



Life With Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency















What struggles are you facing?
Is your body "misbehaving"?
How can I pray for you today?
If you allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.





























Whatever your struggles, you are not alone ,we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 




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Friday, March 23, 2018

Don't Forget To Absorb

Are you doubting yourself as a mother? Do you ever feel just "not good enough"? Life is passing, but you don't feel like you can keep up?









Life as a mom can have its challenges. It doesn't matter if you have a newborn, an eye rolling teenager, or a twenty year old who knows everything; each stage has its own challenges.





Today, I have felt lead to compose a letter to my younger self. You might want to grab your favorite cuppa and get comfortable.




Dear Mama,




I see you, sweet mama. I understand that parenting can be frustrating. You look at those little faces and wonder if anything you teach them is getting through. It feels, at times, like a never ending cycle.










Just Breathe 





I want you to stop everything for just a moment. Stop. Close your eyes. Breathe. Now open your eyes and watch those kids. Just sit where you are for the moment and watch. Yes, I know, they may very well be hitting each other, or throwing water on the tv. But just focus on that moment. Absorb everything about these beautiful creatures that God has blessed you with.




Yes, things can be chaotic and maybe even out of control at times, but everything you are doing is reaching through to them. Sweet mama, how I want to reach through and help you, but I know it is something that you need to do.



You've Got This 




Yes, those kids while young now, all grow up. They all do very well in school. They graduate with honors, have a knack for music and love the Lord. You ( with God's help) and your guidance did that. 




Keep leaning on the Lord. Keep teaching the lessons that need to be taught. Keep going, mama. You've got this. I am so proud of you.




Love From,




Your Older Self











Psalm 59:16 NIV



But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.




Prayer



Dear Father,  thank You for being with me.  Father, I will sing of Your strength and Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. In Jesus' name,  Amen. 












Are you doubting yourself as a mother?
Do you ever feel just "not good enough"?
Life is passing, but you don't feel like you can keep up?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load. 



















Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand.  If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 











Photo credit: ladyjo on pixabay.com 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Avoid Depression This Can Help

What are you struggling with today? Does normal day to day life sometimes make you feel blue? Is there anything that is causing anxiety?










I have to be honest and admit that the normal day to day life sometimes makes me feel blue. Of course, for me, normal is functioning the best that I can with Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency, fibromyalgia and other illnesses. Sometimes I catch myself feeling the weight of disappointment from others and I just feel blue.



Normal day to day life, for right now, includes these "episodes " that T has been having. Whenever he bends over, his eyes (yes both of them) start rapidly twitching back and forth. It only lasts, maybe 30 seconds, but it is so scary.



When he rolled over in his sleep, one night, and glanced at the clock and realized that he was having an "episode ", he knew that he needed to go to the doctor. He has an MRI, carotid artery ultrasound, and an echocardiogram scheduled. The doctor mentioned that he "might" have had a tiny clot break loose or some bits of plaque break free.










This is all so scary for me. I know that they are testing for signs of mini strokes or stroke symptoms. The only other thing that I have seen that "might" explain this is called nystagmus. However, from what I have read about that, it is neurological.



He has been experiencing these "episodes " for a couple of weeks now. Can I let you in on a secret? Well, it isn't really a secret. Four years ago, this month, he started getting sick, went to the doctor and was hospitalized with burkitt's lymphoma.




What are you struggling with today? Does normal day to day life sometimes make you feel blue? Is there anything that is causing you anxiety?









Shake The Blues 





1. Pray about your feelings.




Seek God's guidance and help with how you are feeling. He cares about you.




2. Journal your thoughts.




Sometimes, I find that it helps me a great deal if I journal my thoughts. I am sure that I have mentioned this before, but it does help to get those thoughts out of my head. When I am done, I close the journal and everything is in God's hands.




3. Listen to some calming music. 




Load pandora on to your phone or tablet and then search for some calming music. You might even want to search for some Christian music. Then when you feel blue, put on your earbuds and hit play.




4. Reach out to a friend. 




Contact a friend. Send an email, a text, a fb message to your friend. Let her know how you are feeling. Be sure to get your thoughts out.




5. Give thanks. 




I know, when you are sad, it is hard to stop and find something to be thankful for, however, it works. Feeling blue? Stop focusing so much on yourself and find three things that you are thankful for, list them out loud to the Lord.




With Grateful Heart




1. Taylor is doing great in Texas. He is making friends and attending school events.
2. Jacob (who has scoliosis) just received a very good x-ray update.
3. I have meds that I can take to keep me alive and functioning.
4. God is in contol.










Psalm 563 NIV




When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.




Prayer




Dear Father, thank You for being in control. Please help me to remember that. You have all of our lives in Your hands, Father. When I am afraid,  I will put my trust in You. I trust that You are there. Thank You.  In Jesus' name,  Amen .













Give Thanks Anyway

An Overflow Of Deep Emotion

 Always Give Thanks


















What are you struggling with today?
Does normal day to day life sometimes make you feel blue?
Is there anything that is causing you anxiety?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

























Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I work in the medical field. The tips that I have listed are what have helped me in the past.  I hope that they might help you as well.



Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 



Photo credit: jill111 on pixabay.com 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Do You Do This In Your Marriage?

When conflict arises in your marriage, do you carefully face it head on? Or do you stew quietly over it?









In marriage, you will have times of struggles. You might find that you and your husband get on each other's nerves. Maybe you argue with one another over things that seem insignificant. This is all normal. What matters is how you handle things when these moments arise.



It was about a week ago now, I walked in to the kitchen. Tim was preparing something for his dinner. I mentioned, "I need you to do me a huge favor." His response was, "What do you need now?" Okay, I was not feeling too good at the time, but to me, what he said to me was, "Leigha, you are such a bother, what do you need now?" I even told him that is how his statement made me feel and I would try not to be so needy.



That moment was not a pleasant one for me, but I did make things more than they needed to be. He has since let me know that he does not think I am a bother because he loves doing things for me. He wants to help shoulder the burdens I carry in our relationship. I love that he said that, using words that I use here on the blog with you. That let me know they were from God.



Stew Is For Dinner, Not Conflict



What matters is how you handle conflict when it arises. Normally, I would have taken what he said to me and held on to it. I probably would have stewed over it for a while and then I would have pressed it down.



I would have allowed those careless words to have festered in to anger and then suppressed it until it became depression. Or, as I was still in my festering mode, I might have lashed out saying things that I did not mean.



When conflict arises in your marriage, do you carefully face it head on? Or do you stew quietly over it?



 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage 




1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIRV



 Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank Him because you believe in Christ Jesus.



Prayer



Dear Father, thank You for my husband. I do not know where I would be without him in my life. Father, please help me to always be grateful of the things that he does for me. I know that it is because of our love of Jesus that we are together. Thank You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen




2. Jeremiah 29:11 GNT



 I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.



Prayer



Dear Father, thank You for always being with us and our marriage. When we get discouraged and feel that things are not the way we want, help us to remember that You are in control, Father. Help us to remember that You alone know the plans You have for us and our marriage. You have plans for our prosperity and not disaster. You have plans to bring us the future that we hope for. Thank You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen.









3. Proverbs 16:18 NIV



Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.



Prayer




Dear Father, please forgive me for any times that I am prideful. Help me to choose to be loving over having to be right. Help me to choose humility over pride. Thank You for revealing this area to me. In Jesus' name, Amen.





4. Matthew 7:3 CEV You can see the speck in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the log in your own eye.



Prayer 




Oh Father, please forgive me for any times that I dwell on my husband's flaws. I don't in any way believe that I am perfect or that I manage things better than he does. Please help me to be his cheerleader and celebrate his strengths. I want to build him up with my actions and words and not tear him down. Help me to always focus on the log that is in my own eye, Lord. Help me to have new eyes to see the areas about myself that I need to correct and work on correcting them with Your help. Thank You so much.  In Jesus' name, Amen.





5. Matthew 7:12 Do for others what you would want them to do for you. This is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.



Prayer 




Dear Father, thank You for my husband and for putting him in my life. Please help me to always be more focused on his needs than I my own. I want to treat him the way that I want to be treated. In Jesus' name, Amen.





6. Romans 12:18 ERV Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone.



Prayer 




Dear Father, thank You for putting my husband in my life. I do not know where I would be without him. Father, please help me to always do the best I can to live in peace with everyone. I want to create peace not conflict in my marriage. I lift our marriage into Your hands and I pray that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.












7. Philippians 4:6 CEV Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.



Prayer 




Dear Father, please help us to bring our worries, our every concern to You. Help us to learn to pray together over our circumstances instead of living in worry. I want our marriage to be strong with Your help and guidance, Lord. Teach us to pray more and to worry less. In Jesus' name, Amen.











 7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage


 Is Your Marriage Normal or Weird?













When conflict arises in your marriage, do you carefully face it head on?
Or do you stew quietly over it?
Do you have any tips that you can share?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.


















Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 




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Monday, March 19, 2018

Panic Attacks, What Does the Bible Say?



I woke up in a panic. For the life of me, I could not remember what I had just been dreaming about. However, from the sheer dread that I felt, I know that it was not a good dream.

As soon as I got up to go into the bathroom, I started worrying, no more like panicking over my blog. I know that my attempts to share the Lord's love with you are starting to get the attention of someone that I would rather not have to deal with. I know that he would rather that I would give in to my fear and bury myself under my covers and stop posting. However, that is not going to happen.

I did have to soothe myself this morning before a full blown panic attack hit me, but I am pressing through.

So what about dreams? I know that God uses them to speak to us. Yes, He does. I can feel your eyes rolling from here (haha). He has used dreams to speak to me before. It was through a dream in 2005 that I felt lead to go back to work. I had not worked since my oldest was in kindergarten. The thought of working again caused me quite a bit of uncomfort, but I did it. And, you know what? We were able to get a lot of our bills caught up, redecorate our condo and Tim got a promotion at work. Once all of that fell into place, we sold our condo and I was able to stay at home again.

So I am thinking that my panic stricken dream from earlier this morning was from the evil one. He is trying to stir up trouble for me. I am so thankful that the Lord blocked the memory of what I was actually dreaming.

Here is a passage from Psalms where David expresses feelings similar to that of a panic attack:



Psalm 55:4-8 NIRV

4 I feel great pain down inside me. The terrors of death have fallen on me. 5 Fear and trembling have taken hold of me. Panic has overpowered me. 6 I said, "I wish I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away and be at rest. 7 I would escape to a place far away. I would stay out in the desert. 8 I would hurry to my place of safety. It would be far away from the winds and storms I'm facing."

I don't know about you, but reading that makes me feel so much better. At the very least, I do not feel so alone.

Here are a couple of verses about God using dreams to reveal Himself:

Amos 3:7 ESV  For the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.

Numbers 12:6 ESV And He said, "Hear my words: if there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream."

Do you deal with panic attacks? I hope that you find some comfort in what you have read here today.

Are you someone that gets dreams from the Lord? Please respond below, I would love to read about your dreams.

Please let me know how I can pray for you today. If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,




Friday, March 16, 2018

5 Things I Wish You Knew

How many of you live with self doubts? Do you feel like a failure before you even begin something?

This is me, dealing with negative self talk. "Come on, Leigha. Nothing you post matters anyway. Why bother? Nobody is going to read what you share. You are wasting your time."

I know that satan is at work within my thoughts. He really wants to keep me from posting. He doesn't want me to share my thoughts. Why? What difference does it make to him? Oh, I know that answer. It is because, I am trying to share the love of Jesus with you by sharing things He has done for me, in my life or has revealed through scripture, prayer, devotionals, etc.



5 Things I Wish You Knew


1. I love to blog.  I want you to know that I LOVE blogging. I have a hard time thinking of myself as a writer. But I really enjoy blogging.

2. It is lonely work. Being a Christian blogger is lonely work. Oh, how I would love to have someone walk beside me in this venture. Someone that could keep me accountable for things and pray for me as I would for her. However, for the time being, it is something I do alone because I love Jesus and you know what? I do it because I love you, too.

3. It is overwhelming.  Being a blogger is completely overwhelming for me. "Click here to boost traffic". "Sign up for this to generate blah blah". My head starts hurting thinking about it all.

4. Take courses; probably not.  I have seen some interesting courses that I could sign up for, but no matter how interesting they look, I don't believe they are for me. No, it is not an introvert thing (well not completely), it is money related.

5. I trust the Lord.  I want to follow where I feel the Lord is guiding. I will trust in Him and know that He will provide in His time and His way.

Your turn:

Do you live with self doubt? Negative self talk? Depression? Please share so I can help carry your load.

You might also enjoy reading:
Negative Thoughts How Do You Overcome Them?

Psalm 73:23
Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand.

I want to give a shout out to Valerie Murray. It was your post What Most Christian Bloggers Wish You Knew About Them that inspired this post.

Have a blessed day,



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