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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My hubby did well through his first surgery. The heart device "slid out" very easily. They moved him to ICU for the day/night. Tomorrow he'll be in another room and then another surgery for Friday am. This is going to be a long week. I live 50 minutes away from the hospital.
So, it makes for a long day. God's grace is sufficient and he truly answers prayers. I am exhausted but very thankful!
Thank you to all of my SP friends for praying!

  
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BELLACUDDLES 10/16/2009 4:52PM

    So glad that went well; I'm just glad you don't live further away. Blessings to you friend.

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SKSCHULTE1997 10/15/2009 6:30PM

    Glad to hear the good news. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. God will give you the strength to see you through this. emoticon

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BRIGHID_MORGAN 10/14/2009 11:54PM

    Continuing to pray for your entire family. I'm glad today went well. I know you are exhausted. I hope you are able to rest peacefully.

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MSLZZY 10/14/2009 11:32PM

    I will continute to pray for your husband to have a speedy recovery and for you to get restful sleep. He is in God's hands!

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Pedaling and praying through a rain storm

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I went out and loaded my bike with the sky just starting to sprinkle. I really needed to burn off the stress coming at me on all sides. So, I put on several layers.Then I put my Ipod with praise music on and started off. The rain was heavy sometimes, light others and none at all at times. I rode for 18.5 miles in the rain. I did not feel cold or wet during my ride. I cried but no one was there to see. It would have been hard to distinguish between rain drops and my tears. I also cried out to God and I know he heard me. I felt much better when I returned to the truck as God had given me a special measure of his peace.
Yes, I needed to burn some calories, but I needed to talk to God more. As my friend, Suellen commented on my earlier blog, "maybe venting my anger at my circumstances during the storm would help." Little did she know than when she was writing that comment that was exactly what I was doing. And yes, Suellen, it did help. God did hear my cry and he did calm my storm.

  
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SDEHNKE 10/15/2009 7:56PM

    1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Lamentations 3: 55 - 57 I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, "Do not close your ear
to my cry for help, but give me relief!"
You came near when I called on you;
you said, "Do not fear!"

You called and God answered. I'm so glad that we both know the true Peace and can count o Him at times like these.

Suellen



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SDEHNKE 10/15/2009 7:54PM

    1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Lamentations 3: 55 - 57 I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, "Do not close your ear
to my cry for help, but give me relief!"
You came near when I called on you;
you said, "Do not fear!"

You called and God answered. I'm so glad that we both know the true Peace and can count o Him at times like these.

Suellen



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AUTUTMNLYNN2 10/14/2009 1:40PM

    Sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes He calm you!! either way thank you Jesus for helping my sister. And I know He will continue to be with her.
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BRIGHID_MORGAN 10/13/2009 11:31PM

    I am so glad to hear that you were able to vent your emotions. I know your bike time is your Praise and talk to Him time. Suellen was very right about venting during the storm. God knew you needed the rain today. I know you will be able to get through these challenges. Your faith alone can achieve the impossible, but you also have people here on SP that will continue to support you during these tribulations.

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Life's uncertainties

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just a short while ago I got a call from my parents in CA. My Dad's trip to the oncologist was today. The news they received was expected, but still disturbing. The doctor said there did not need to be any treatments. Rather than years, my Dad may only have a few months to live. The hospice will start visiting weekly to assist my mother as she cares for him. My Dad sounded a little upbeat and my mother 's faith is so strong that she sounded very matter of fact when explaining to me what the doctor had told them. It will be hard to deal with since I am across the country from them. I have plans to take all of my family and visit at Christmas, but now I am wondering if I should go earlier. I am praying for God to direct my decisions.
I have another big item on my plate right now. It is my husband's health. He is having heart surgery tomorrow morning at the Nashville VA. He has had a blood clot in the leads to the ICD that was put in his chest last year since January of this year. The drs. will remove it and move it to the other side. If they damage the heart tissues or muscles, then they will crack open his chest to repair his heart. I am praying that does not need to happen. It is in a very small percentage of operations that this happens. I praying that all will go well for my DH too.
It looks like it is going to storm outside. But when the storms of life get to me now I just need to climb on my bike. So, I may chance getting wet and burn off some stress and pray as I pedal.

  
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PLANSEEKER 10/23/2009 8:59PM

    Still praying for you and your family. Praying we can all have the strength to cope with all that is going on with our loved ones and continue to do all we can for them.

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AUTUTMNLYNN2 10/14/2009 1:38PM

    I will be praying for you and your situations. Remember Hebrews 7:25 ...Jesus forever lives to make intercession for you!
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MSLZZY 10/13/2009 10:42PM

    Let go and let God! He is in control! I will pray for a good resolution for your husband and strength for your parents in this time of uncertainty. emoticon

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BRIGHID_MORGAN 10/13/2009 10:14PM

    Your family is still in my prayers. I am saddened to hear the news from the doctor but know that you and your family have a such a strong faith in Him that you will make it through all the challenges being thrown at you. I hope that tomorrow goes well with your DH. I'm sure it will and he'll have God with him during the procedure.

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SDEHNKE 10/13/2009 4:53PM

    Riding in a storm would probably help you vent your anger at the world right now. As you ride let all your needs be known to Him.

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry and he will say "HERE I am.". Isaiah 58:9

Suellen
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BELLACUDDLES 10/13/2009 3:54PM

    WOW, there is a lot going on. I will be praying for answers for you and also on your DH's outcome tomorrow. Just try to breathe deep breaths in and out.......you have given it to God; He knows how much you love your dad, and your family's faith.....sounds like it is unshakable! That is sooooooo awesome too!

Hugs,
Barbara

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VISUALLYRICS 10/13/2009 3:36PM

    You are so blessed to have a Godly mother with such a strong Faith! Praise God!!! I am not surprised, though....knowing you, Sandy! I will be praying for you.

{Jesus..... Please hold Sandy close....just now......she needs Your strength more now than ever. Give her Wisdom from Your Throne & a clear sense of direction concerning her family. Show her how dear she is to You & let her know how you cherish her so........through these circumstances....may Your Presence be strong. ~ in Jesus Name....I pray.}

with love ~ Laura

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Kicking the bad food habits

Monday, October 12, 2009

I have my kids and grandsons visitng from out of town. We have gone out to eat many times. Plus I made cookies for them too. My exercising has been non-existent since I have not been on my bike in over one week. I have been way over my calorie range too. I refuse to get on the scale until I get back into control. Part of my family heads back to Ft. Hood in the morning so that will help me some. Then the rest will leave later in the week. I will get a long bike ride in tomorrow for sure. I know what to do and I am not doing it!
I also know what to do to get back into my good habits.
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BELLACUDDLES 10/13/2009 10:03AM

    You will get back my friend; get those shoes ready and oil up that bike!! LOL!

Hugs,
Barbara

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VISUALLYRICS 10/13/2009 8:24AM

    WTG!!! YOU know what to do! emoticon emoticon emoticonI can see your mind is set & you will succeed!! emoticon~ Laura

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Well, I blew it this week!

Friday, October 09, 2009

I found out that I can not go to a training all week and make good choices. There were small dishes of candy in the middle of the table to tempt me too. I mostly sat all week and ate out three meals a day. YIKES! I only worked out in the health room one time. I did not have the energy to keep up my committments after listening to speakers from 6:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. everyday. It was actually 7:30 a.m. Atlanta time, but my body knew it was 6:30 a.m.
I plan to pick up my bike from the shop in the morning and crank out a great workout. I have got to burn big time calories. I have company all weekend too plus a lunceon at church on Sunday. Maybe I will be back to my routine next week. At least I know what to do to drop the pounds and get my strength training mode back into high gear.
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SKSCHULTE1997 10/11/2009 5:15PM

    Soon you will be back on track. Soccer ends this week andI decided not to put the boys in Basketball to have some time off. I am working on gettin back on track. I bought a bunch of junk food at the case lot sale and now am trying to stay away from it.

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BELLACUDDLES 10/10/2009 12:27PM

    Just do your best, Sandy, and try to work in little spurts of exercise too. Keep t hose positive thoughts going too!

Hugs,
Barbara

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BRIGHID_MORGAN 10/10/2009 11:43AM

    Sandy, I know you'll be back on it immediately! I too am trying to get back on track. I know you're glad to be back home too. I hope you're family is doing well.

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LIMASTAR 10/10/2009 12:37AM

  Your back on track, so quit beating yourself up. It happens to everyone, including myself.

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COLUMBINE2 10/9/2009 11:09PM

    Oh, do I relate to this! It is extremely hard. I avoid the scale a day or two when I return home (so I don't get discouraged and cave in) and get right back on track. Usually the extra lbs. come off pretty quickly. But it makes you appreciate your own turf where it's easier to make wise choices and to m-o-v-e! I bet your bike missed you, too! emoticon

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