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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Friday, April 24, 2020

How to Memorize Long Passages

Do you struggle with memorizing scriptures? Did you know that it is often easier to memorize verses, and for them to stick, if you memorize long passages?









Are you willing to try to memorize a long passage of verses?




I have picked out, with the Lord's help, Psalm 121. It is 8 verses total. I will break it down in to two verse chunks for each week. This means, we will be working on memorizing Psalm 121 for 4 weeks.




Are you up for the challenge?







Supplies Needed 





Notebook





~~ I prefer notebooks that I can open up and that will lay flat. However, the one I am using is one that I already had on hand. The notebook you choose does note need to be fancy. It just needs to have paper that you can write on :).









Index Cards 




~~ I have a spiral bound set of index cards that I am using. Use what you have on hand and use what works the best for you.




Pen(s) and/or a pencil 




~~ I am very much a girly girl. I prefer as much pink, purple and teal in my things as I can get :). So I use G2 ink pens. This allows me to rotate between the colors. The point, here, is that you pick your favorite writing instrument and use it.




Bible and/or Bible app 




~~ Use your Bible or Bible app to look up Psalm 121





Are you ready? Let's go.










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 121:1-2 . You will write out these verses at least 5 times every day throughout the week.









~~ Why writing it out helps me... I think it is the repetition. First off, I gain so much when I slow down enough to write out the verses. But writing it more than one time, helps it to stick. I keep thinking back to when the boys were little. They needed to learn spelling words or they needed to learn vocabulary words. The best way to help them memorize those things was to write it out over and over. This. Is. The. Same. Thing.




Step 3 ~  Write out Psalm 121:1-2 on an index card




~~ Yes, more writing, but you can do it.




Step 4 ~  As you do random activities, during your day, try to recall Psalm 121:1-2, from memory.




~~  What do I mean by random activities? Like when you wash the dishes, dry the dishes, empty the dishwasher, do the laundry, 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 121:1-2 into a prayer?




Prayer: 




Dear Father,  




During these uncertain times, I find myself looking up to the mountains and asking where does my help come from? I am filled with wonder because I know that my help comes from You and You are the Maker of heaven and earth. Thank You for being in control. In Jesus' name, Amen.




Psalms 121:1-2 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.












Prayer For Healing


Don't Struggle With Your Thorns


4 Tips To Focus Your Prayers


5 Easy Steps To Memorize Scripture

















Do you struggle with memorizing scriptures?
Did you know that it is often easier to memorize verses, and for them to stick, if you memorize long passages?
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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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...