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Faith

Monday, August 30, 2010

I have never been an outspoken person and wouldn't have any idea how to share my faith with others, but lately I have been questioning why I believe the way I do. Last night I got to remembering things that have gone on. The complete feeling of peace when I have been told that everything is going to be all right. That happened when my parents were driving home in a really bad snow storm, when I was about to have major surgery for cancer, and after I got home from the hospital after that surgery. I got that same feeling when I got my horse so many years ago and she didn't pass the vet check. I knew she would not have the problems they said she would. I also had always gotten the wrong number until after the deadline to return her and then, dialing the same number, got the person I bought her from.

A few months after my surgery I found out that one of my dogs had two large tumors and only two months to live. Prayers went up then and the thought that I would take him by my vet here (he was being fostered at the time) and see what they could do for him. The tumors were gone when we got there. It is four years later and he is healthy and happy as long as his brother stays out of his way.

The main thing I remembered so clearly last night was how I learned a lady from our church had passed away. Not from a human telling me, but through a song on the radio. I can't remember the name, but it talks about don't cry for me when I die because I will be in Heaven with Jesus and walking hand in hand with grand--daddy. I knew why I was hearing it. That was confirmed when the pastor told of her passing.

I don't know the reason all those memories came back. Maybe it was to reassure me as to why I believe. There are so many things in this world that one cannot figure our, and so many questions asked. I think I needed to remember those things and I need to keep them in my mind. Maybe, also, the memories that give me the reasons for my beliefs will help with my weight loss battle. To trust in the Lord to help me through.

  
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HOPE2BE 8/30/2010 8:53AM

    I too have had the same feelings when praying for people and knowing they would be all right which they were. It is such a comforting feeling to know such things when it presents itself. There was also the time I was healed when someone prayed for me and I knew i was well which proved to be true years following. What a blessing for you. emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 8/30/2010 5:49AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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RGDSGAL 8/30/2010 12:35AM

    I enjoyed your blog very much. Everything you said was true; sometimes we do need to be reminded why we believe what do......

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Missing SparkPeople

Thursday, July 08, 2010

I have been missing the SparkPeople messages lately. I haven't received any email from them for 2 weeks. I go onto the site and the teams, but it seems that I am not seeing anything that is going on. I am just wondering what happened. I have checked my email preferences and with the internet provider.

  
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HOPE2BE 7/9/2010 3:51PM

    You might check with membersupport@spark people.com They might be able to answer you or check it.

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NITRO.MOJO 7/9/2010 10:13AM

    Also make sure to add mailer@sparkpeople.com to your Email address book so none of them get caught in the spam filters.

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JAMER123 7/8/2010 11:57PM

    I have had days like that also. Not sure where to go to let the Administrators know there is a problem. But you can go to your email preferences and click on the highlighted "view today's" and get the info and points. Mine came back on shortly after soing this. Good luck.

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Enjoying July 4

Monday, July 05, 2010

Today we had a great church service in which they talked about the flag and independence and we had a song by some African members of church. I don't know how long they have been in the U.S. but they don't speak English real well yet, but they wanted to do their song this Sunday.

I went out to the barn and saw Fancy and made sure she was somewhere with water today. They will apparently move her to the other stall in the next day or two, and I checked with the guy who works there and he said they will get her mats moved and the stall she will be going to leveled. I don't want her in it with the mess it is in.

Then this evening I did something I haven't done in years. I went bowling. I had a bit of trouble starting out, with slipping, losing my balance and the ball, and falling down. Eventually I got back into the swing of things and got two games over 100. Don't let anyone fool you, bowling can really be exercise. My stomach muscles are sore! And my shins are sore. I don't know what the rest of the muscles are going to be like. I can't soak tonight because of the cramps I got last night, but the shower massage is going to get a workout.

I hope everyone had a nice Independence Day for U.S. and 4th of July for everyone else.

  
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PAMBWS 7/5/2010 12:16PM

    Great way to spend July 4th - or any day, for that matter. Getting out, having fun, church.

Sorry to hear that Fancy is not in a great stall...I know what it is to worry about your horse...luckily, I know that Rocket has a huge stall (he can still get into trouble), lots of water & a huge paddock with good grass & his favourite buddies. Still, he can do things to hurt himself...hit his shoulder & was limping for a couple days!

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Long day

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I don't know really why it seems so long other than the heat, I guess. I did take one dog for a short walk this morning and then went to Murdock's for the 4-H cook out. With little money, hamburger and drink for $0.25 is a pretty good deal. There was also a pack burro group there with one burro all decked out in his pack stuff. I took about 3 pictures of him. Then there was a lady with a mini-horse that just came to her knees, so I took pictures of her, too. When I got to the barn I found out how well my pictures came out -- NOT. I didn't have a memory card in the camera and it was too late to go back for more pictures.

I got the grain unloaded and walked around and visited some of the people there at the barn and found out my friend wouldn't get there till about 5, so ended up waiting till then for a ride and the nice breeze went away so it was pretty hot again. But I did have a nice ride, even cantering for a little bit (I'm not too great with balance right now since I wasn't riding for a while and have a balance problem from neuropathy, though it is better on the horse than off). Afterward Fancy got some grazing and some grooming and her West Nile Vaccine before the mosquitoes come out full force down there. She was a happy girl and so was I.

But once I got home, I felt worn out. I think I will try to go to bed a little early tonight.

  
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PAMBWS 6/20/2010 3:23PM

    Too bad you had to wait until the breeze was gone to ride...but then, any ride is better than no ride.

Keep on riding...even quiet rides are good.

Right now I'm grounded - the 'child' says he is sore!

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KAYE454 6/19/2010 11:31PM

  I had a long busy day it went by fast

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IMEMINE1 6/19/2010 11:12PM

    It was hot here,too.
The bugs were a real pain.
Well,I hope you have a good night.

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Are Anti-Depressants necessary for Everyone?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I am sorry that I mentioned this in my blog. It seems that even those responding on this forum, who don't know anything about me, believe I should have these drugs pushed on me. THAT would get anyone depressed, even if they are not before. One person wrote that they can be used as pain relievers, which could have been a reason for someone to push them on me (though I already have something for pain), but that wasn't the reason they were being pushed or they would not have been mentioning psychiatriac therapists.

So I am removing that blog.

  
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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/20/2010 8:56AM

    I actually wanted to address Meralo's comment about using anti-depressants for pain management. Pain is a usually caused by activation of nociceptors which then signal to the brain to perceive pain. If this neurotransmission can be modulated then pain can be lessened; anti-depressants modulate neurotransmission (SSRI's block the serotonin reuptake mechanism, SNRI's do the same thing for norepinephrine reuptake mechanism, tricyclic antidepressants tend to do both, MAOI's prevent the breakdown of monoamines in the extracellular space, thereby prolonging their effects, etc. and changing the levels of these neurotransmitters can modulate basic synaptic transmission). Just because they are mainly prescribed for depression (and have been labeled as "anti-depressants"), it doesn't mean that they don't have efficacy in other disorders/diseases. Think about aspirin, it's generally taken as a fever reducer & pain reliever, but it also acts as a blood thinner, so now many many people take it to help prevent heart attacks & stroke. I really wish that people would get over the stigma associated with mental disorders & the drugs that treat them...

I am not currently taking any anti-depressants, but yes, some need for them (and no, not everyone needs them). In this country, while it may seem that they are being heavily pushed, there are so many people that suffer from mental disorders and are not receiving the treatment that they need (whether that be therapy, antidepressants, etc.). A lot of people suffer in silent & keep things hidden & don't actually seek treatment, either because of denial or fear of judgment or whatever, and it's not like people that are suffering walk around with a big sign on their forehead that says "depressed" & there's no blood test or anything so all medical profressionals can do is ask someone if they feel they might need help (asking never hurt anyone). You shouldn't feel insulted/offended that perhaps your medical professionals were erring on the side of caution and asking you if you need help. What if the next person that walked in presented in the same manner as you, but was actually suffering from severe untreated depression and no one asked if they needed help?

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now.

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MERALO 5/20/2010 4:16AM

    I think that depression has become almost fashionable and in trying to openly address and treat actual sufferers, the doctors can get it wrong sometimes. Meds have worked for me, but my mom was offered meds as pain management! I understand the theory of that, but is it necessary to use drugs for one condition to treat a totally unrelated one?

Since following a new lifestyle, I've found that I can almost predict my derpessive cycle which has been the biggest success ever - I now know precisely what I'm dealing with, and when....meds can't do that. I'm still taking them but I hope to wean myself off them soon and move towards a proactive treatment that uses multiple "therapies" as opposed to using just one as a crutch.

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