Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
I have been through so much in the past few weeks, sickness and surgery. However, I am not sad, if anything I am grateful. I could have died, yet God saw it fit to provide me more time on this earth to work for Him. I really have been blessed. I have seen God's hand in every step of this situation. He let me feel the pain that led me to the hospital. In turn, I ended up in surgery. I want to share with you yet another awesome blessing that God sent my way this week.
I have a lot of good people to work with at my school, however, there are not many that I can honestly say that I really trust. Ms. Rebecca Hurst is one of those people. She has always been a shoulder for me when I have really needed it. I feel as though I can talk to her beyond most anyone! This week she handed Tina a card for me. She knew that I had been sick, and being the person that she is, she was concerned. Tina and I didn't end up catching up with each other until I went back to work on Wed. Tina gave the card to my mom and she gave it to me. I placed it in a folder with a Guidepost book to take home and read. Wed. evening was a blur and Thursday was even more so because I was so worn out. I never opened that folder.
Today Ms. Hurst came to my room to work on my computers for a new reading program that is beginning. She and I were laughing and enjoying each other's company when she asked if I had received her card. I had to stop for a moment and think and then I realized that I had. I thanked her and mentally decided that I need to get it out of my folder and read what she had written. At the end of the day I was beginning to feel so tired and pain was kicking in from my surgery. I decided that during my seventh period class I would try to take it easy and let the students continue their math game with me being a little less involved. I began to go through my folder of things and I came across the card. I opened it and began to read the front. I smiled and flipped open the card to find a beautiful note and a gift from Ms. Hurst. Tears sprang to my eyes as I realized just how much of a blessing that God had given me by letting me work so closely with her. Not many people these days would think enough of a colleague, a friend even, to take the time to let them know how much they cared. Yet here she had selflessly spent time to make me smile. How precious!
I was reminded, even after a rough day at work, just how precious a true friend is. I saw Jesus in Rebecca Hurst today and it was such a beautiful encounter. I hope that each of you reading this receive a visit from Him through a beautiful person in the coming week. And if you do, please take the time to thank Him for the selflessness of that person!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
More Holiday pics..... the little tikes and us at Cumberland Falls with their Granny and Mama, My Christmas Decor, and My little (not so little) bro!
My Fairy Lamp and Plant table!
My lil bro... Billy B. He is so handsome!
My Christmas tree with Santa and Ms. Claus posing nearby.
My Danielle Ornaments.
My Christmas Tree decor.
Kiddies posing in front of the falls!
Judy getting nervous haha
Lea runnin' on the rocks!
Alec, Me, Michael, Judy, Lea .... posing in front of the Falls!
Lea... the angelic look.
Alec... the goofy grin!
FeFe with her babies!
FeFe looking around!
1O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
3My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?
4Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.
5For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
6I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
7Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.
8Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
9The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
10Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Wow! This is today's verse on my www.myway.com page. Amazing! This is the exact verse that Danielle's mother and I look to when we ache to know what she is doing in Heaven. Look at this verse in break down with me.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
THINK ABOUT IT. ALL OF OUR LOVED ONES WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE US ARE WITNESSING OUR LIVES. THEY ARE WATCHING US RUN OUR RACE. SOME PEOPLE ASK IF THIS IS SO? IT'S IN PLAIN TEXT RIGHT HERE IN THE KJV OF THE HOLY BIBLE, GOD'S WORD. HOW AMAZING IS THAT? THINK ABOUT THE TIMES THAT YOU ARE FEELING SO HEAVY WITH BURDENS AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY MAKE IT THROUGH, THERE'S YOUR BEST FRIEND, YOUR PAPAWS, YOUR MAMAW, YOUR SISTER, YOUR CHURCH FAMILY, ETC CHEERING YOU ON FROM HEAVEN. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORKS, GOD'S MIND IS SO COMPLEX THAT HE CAN CREATE THINGS FROM NOTHING, HE DID WITH ME, BUT HE HAS SPOKEN THIS INTO ORDER AND HERE WE HAVE OUR LOVED ONES, PRECIOUS SAINTS WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE US, CHEERING US ON EACH MOMENT!
let us lay aside every weight,
THIS PART SAYS TO LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT. OK, IS THAT TALKING ABOUT OUR BODY WEIGHT? HOPE NOT! HAHA NO, IT'S ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT THE WEIGHTS THAT WE CONTINUALLY ADD ONTO OUR SHOULDERS AS WE WALK THROUGH EACH DAY OF OUR LIFE IN THIS WORLD. WE PLACE THE WEIGHT OF GUILT, THEN A COUPLE OF POUNDS OF SHAME, A POUND OR TWO OF SORROW, 5 POUNDS OF GRIEF, ETC. HERE WE STAND ON MONDAY, AND BY FRIDAY, WE ARE SO DISCOURAGED AND WEIGHT BEARING THAT WE CAN BARELY STAND NO LONGER. NO WONDER FOLKS DON'T WANT TO BE CHRISTIANS! IT'S EASY TO DO! I DO IT MYSELF. BUT THIS PART OF THE VERSE IS TELLING US TO STAND UP AND SHRUG OFF THOSE WEIGHTS. WE HAVE THE GREATEST PROMISE POSSIBLE! NO MATTER WHAT WE GO THROUGH HERE, IT'S ALL GOING TO BE BETTER IN HEAVEN. WE SHOULD WALK WITH OUR HEAD HELD HIGH AND A SMILE ON OUR FACE. WE WANT PEOPLE TO WANT WHAT WE HAVE! BEING A CHRISTIAN IS A BLESSING, NOT A BURDEN!
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
OOOOOOH...WE ALL HAVE 'EM. THIS PART SAYS FOR US TO LAY ASIDE OUR BESETTING SIN! MY PASTOR PREACHES ON THIS A LOT! A BESETTING SIN IS ANY SIN THAT YOU ASK FOR FORGIVENESS ABOUT AND THEN CONTINUALLY PICK BACK UP AND CONTINUE TO SEEK PLEASURE IN DOING SO. IT MAY BE DRUGS, LUST, OR SOMETHING THAT SEEMS BARELY WORTH WORRYING ABOUT LIKE CURSING OR BEING HATEFUL ALL THE TIME. WE HAVE TO GIVE THESE TO GOD AND DO OUR VERY BEST TO NOT INTERFERE AND PICK THEM BACK UP!
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
I LIKE THIS PART. RUN WITH PATIENCE. IT SOUNDS LIKE AN OXYMORON DOESN'T IT? WHENEVER YOU ARE RUNNING YOU ARE USUALLY TRYING TO HURRY WHICH WOULD MEAN THAT YOU ARE IMPATIENT FOR THE GOAL. SO, GOD IS TELLING US, YOU'LL REACH YOUR GOAL IF YOU JUST STAY THE COURSE. BE PATIENT, RUN AS HARD AS YOU CAN NOT TO HURRY AND FINISH, BUT SO THAT YOU WILL BE BLESSED WITH EVERYTHING THAT YOU DID ACCOMPLISH DURING YOUR RUN!
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
LOOKING UNTO JESUS! HOW BEAUTIFUL. NEVER HAS THERE BEEN A MORE BEAUTIFUL NAME! IT SAYS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH..... HE GAVE US A START AND HE WILL OPEN HIS ARMS TO US AS WE CROSS OVER JORDAN TO BE WITH HIM. LOOK TO HIM IN EVERY SITUATION. DON'T THINK EARTHLY! TOO MANY OF US DO THAT TOO MUCH OF THE TIME. THINK HEAVENWARD. 93 AND A HEART ATTACK ISN'T GONNA BE MY END, BUT MY NEW BEGINNING (HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING THAT IS!)
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
HE ENDURED THE CROSS. FOR OUR JOY TO BE ABLE TO BE WITH HIM! WE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN IF HE HADN'T HAVE DONE THIS!
despising the shame,
HE DESPISED THE SHAME THAT HE WENT THROUGH. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO HANG NAKED IN FRONT OF YOUR MOTHER OR FATHER? NOT ME. JESUS DID THAT. IT EMBARRASSED HIM. HE HUNG THERE IN PAIN AND IN SHAME, HERE'S THE BEST PART, FOR YOU AND ME!
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
BUT THE BEST PART IS THIS.... HE DIED YES.... BUT HE AROSE FROM THE GRAVE AND HE HOLDS THE KEYS TO DEATH, HELL, AND THE GRAVE IN HIS NAIL SCARRED HANDS. HE IS SITTING AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND ON HIS THRONE WHERE HE DESERVES TO BE!
"HE'S LIKE A GREAT WIND, YOU CAN'T SEE THE WIND, BUT YOU CAN FEEL IT AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT IT DOES!"
THIS SAME LITTLE GIRL HAS REQUESTED THIS PICTURE FROM ME (I FOUND IT ON ONE OF THE REMEMBERING HANNAH SITES) BECAUSE HANNAH MADE SUCH AN IMPACT ON HER! GOD USES THOSE WHO ARE WILLING AND HANNAH WAS WILLING! I WANT TO WILLING, DON'T YOU?
Let me first begin by saying, THANK YOU to all those who have been praying for me. I am feeling a lot (not totally) better. I went to the doctor today and they are going to run another test on me on Tuesday afternoon to see if they can pinpoint exactly what's going on. So whether or not I'll have surgery next week is not certain. I ask that you all continue to pray for God's will to be accomplished.
Let me also mention that Michael is now working at Legend Suzuki in Corbin, Ky. He started on Thursday of this week. Send anyone you know or even yourselves out the see him if there is a need for a car in the future. I (he) would greatly appreciate it. Anyone in sales knows that in order to do well you must build a customer basis. Please, help us by PRAYING for him daily to do well and secondly by spreading the word. Just for kicks I am going to copy and paste my little ad for him onto this post. Feel free to copy it and send it to whomever you wish.
Legend Suzuki of Corbin, Ky
If you or anyone you know needs a new or preowned car, please send them to Legend. Tell them to specifically ask for
and I promise that he will treat them right!
Ps. Legend has more than just Suzukis! Various preowned vehicles are available of various brands. Also, Suzuki will be opening a new Suzuki Motorsport Store in the next little while.
Cute huh? Also, check out their website www.legendsuzuki.com . There's something called a bird dog club and it's a pretty cool referral program. You can actually make money by referring customers to Michael. Click on that link to learn more.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
After watching the final moments of the state funeral for President Gerald R. Ford I was reminded, once again, just how amazing our wonderful nation is.
God has truly blessed America and we so easily forget it. How beautiful it was to watch President Ford be honored with a beautiful flag draped across his casket while folks passed through the capital rotunda to pay their respects.
How astonishing it was to watch his casket be carried to his burial site on his museum grounds by the soldiers who so carefully honored him by following their duties eloquently.
Amazing to see the 21 gun salute and the 21 jet planes fly overhead to honor President Ford. More amazing, the parallels to our precious Heavenly Father's number of perfection 7. When we use that number of perfection and multiply it by the Triune number of our Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit... 3) we get 21. Is it coincidental? I think not.
It's all in God's plan to bless America for honoring and standing up for Israel. Thank God we have a Godly, Christian president President George W. Bush, who is continuing to follow God's lead in leading our country. As sad as it is that we have soldiers dying and that we are still at war, America is doing the right thing. God's holy word proves it and I fear what will happen to our nation when the next Presidential election is held. Lord help us!
I leave you with a biography of Gerald R. Ford from The White House website.
When Gerald R. Ford took the oath of office on August 9, 1974, he declared, "I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances.... This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts."
It was indeed an unprecedented time. He had been the first Vice President chosen under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment and, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was succeeding the first President ever to resign.
Ford was confronted with almost insuperable tasks. There were the challenges of mastering inflation, reviving a depressed economy, solving chronic energy shortages, and trying to ensure world peace.
The President acted to curb the trend toward Government intervention and spending as a means of solving the problems of American society and the economy. In the long run, he believed, this shift would bring a better life for all Americans.
Ford's reputation for integrity and openness had made him popular during his 25 years in Congress. From 1965 to 1973, he was House Minority Leader. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1913, he grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He starred on the University of Michigan football team, then went to Yale, where he served as assistant coach while earning his law degree. During World War II he attained the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy. After the war he returned to Grand Rapids, where he began the practice of law, and entered Republican politics. A few weeks before his election to Congress in 1948, he married Elizabeth Bloomer. They have four children: Michael, John, Steven, and Susan.
As President, Ford tried to calm earlier controversies by granting former President Nixon a full pardon. His nominee for Vice President, former Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York, was the second person to fill that office by appointment. Gradually, Ford selected a cabinet of his own.
Ford established his policies during his first year in office, despite opposition from a heavily Democratic Congress. His first goal was to curb inflation. Then, when recession became the Nation's most serious domestic problem, he shifted to measures aimed at stimulating the economy. But, still fearing inflation, Ford vetoed a number of non-military appropriations bills that would have further increased the already heavy budgetary deficit. During his first 14 months as President he vetoed 39 measures. His vetoes were usually sustained.
Ford continued as he had in his Congressional days to view himself as "a moderate in domestic affairs, a conservative in fiscal affairs, and a dyed-in-the-wool internationalist in foreign affairs." A major goal was to help business operate more freely by reducing taxes upon it and easing the controls exercised by regulatory agencies. "We...declared our independence 200 years ago, and we are not about to lose it now to paper shufflers and computers," he said.
In foreign affairs Ford acted vigorously to maintain U. S. power and prestige after the collapse of Cambodia and South Viet Nam. Preventing a new war in the Middle East remained a major objective; by providing aid to both Israel and Egypt, the Ford Administration helped persuade the two countries to accept an interim truce agreement. Detente with the Soviet Union continued. President Ford and Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev set new limitations upon nuclear weapons.
President Ford won the Republican nomination for the Presidency in 1976, but lost the election to his Democratic opponent, former Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia.
On Inauguration Day, President Carter began his speech: "For myself and for our Nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land." A grateful people concurred.
For more information about President Ford, please visit the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum
I am writing to inform everyone that God has awesome Grace. Seriously, His grace on me this week has been amazing. What is grace? We hear it all the time. But can we define it? Merriam-Webster defines grace as 1 a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b : a virtue coming from God c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace. God has definitely had grace on my situation of sickness this week. I know He will continue to do so with the upcoming decisions to be made regarding this situation.
My Sunday morning post talked about how sick I woke up being. Well it continued until Monday night and I finally couldn't handle it any longer. Michael took me to the ER and they ran tests and gave me pain meds (which knocked me for a loop since I've never even had a sip of alcohol in my whole life!) They found out that I'm having gall bladder attacks and I have a bacteria in my stomach. So now I am having to take a pain med and Phenegran every 6-8 hours plus a Prevpack with 3,000 mg of antibiotics and stomach acid medication. I have had to call in to work today (our first day back) in order to go have an ultrasound on my gall bladder. I have a doctor's appointment on Friday at 1pm to get my results. Even though it sounds nuts, I am hoping that they have to remove it so that I don't ever have to go through this again. However, God's will will be done in the situation.
It's amazing how God works. I could have went down with this sickness while I was out of town or while I was watching my niece and nephew, but He helped it to hold off until the right time. Grant it, I would never wish this pain on ANYONE, but pain is a part of life and is a sign from one's body to let them know something is wrong. I guess we will soon see what exactly is wrong with my body.
I request that each of you reading this remember me in prayer. I am so up in the air with what to do right now. I have saved up days at work for the past few years just so that I could have a child down the road and I really hate having to miss days upon days. I am in limbo because I feel a lot better than I did Monday night, and I feel ok with my pain medication; however I don't know whether to go on to work tomorrow or to just wait it out. If I do end up having surgery, the receptionist said that it would probably be next week, so I hate missing all these days before having that done and then having to miss even more after it is done. But, as confusing as this situation is, God will guide me through it and everything will work out the way that it it suppose to work out.
I am including below various information about the gall bladder and its attacks and symptoms. I had no clue this was what was hurting me for months and someone reading this might just be in the same boat. So here ya go:
What are the symptoms of a gallbladder attack?
Symptoms may include one or more of the following: chest pain in the right side (caused by stones in the bile duct or inflammation or swelling of the gallbladder itself). Nausea or queasiness, vomiting and gas are frequent. There may or may not be belching or burping. The gall bladder, which sits just below the rib cage to the right of the stomach, is very tender to touch. It can be so painful that it takes your breath away.
You may not be able to walk without bending over. Sometimes the pain radiates through to the back shoulder blade on the right side or in the middle between the shoulder blades. This is pain from the gallbladder being referred to the back of the shoulder. This back shoulder blade chest pain is one of the most common yet unknown symptoms of a gallbladder disorder. This can come and go or be constant. It may be sharp, excruciating or dull. It may also occur especially at night.
An gallbladder attack will typically last for one to four hours.
What causes gallbladder attacks?
The pain can come from a stone making its way down the biliary duct (or bile tube) toward the (duodenum) small intestine. It can also be caused by a back up of bile in the gallbladder (with or without stones) that causes it to swell from fullness causing discomfort. Or it can come from an infected gallbladder itself that becomes inflamed (cholecystitis).