Saturday, October 29, 2011
Offically we only got 5 inches of snow - but: it was wet, so how accurate was the measure? and 2. I don't live at the Harrisburg airport where the official nunbers are computed. At our house, we got several more inches than that.
I have attached pictures in my gallery.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Several weeks ago DH and I thought the bathroom scale wasn't working right, so we bought a new one. I cried when I got on it - it weighed me 10-15 pounds MORE than my old one did. I'll get around to changing my SP page, maybe yet tonight.
Obviously that did nothing to help my state of mind (for details on that, read my blog "Confession and TMI"). Well, I'm an emotional eater, so guess what I did.....yeah.
I'm slowly working my way back from eating like that, and now that (knock on wood) my latest respiratory infection seems to be getting under control, I'm planning to resume exercise.
Update on my mental illness. I'm not clinically depressed - well, it's a part of it. I was diagnosed this morning by a psychiatrist as being bi-polar. So, in addition to the anti-depressant, I'm now taking a mood stabilizer and something else. But I was very favorably impressed by the psy. dr (I refuse to spell it out every time), and I have a follow-up visit scheduled already.
So, you ask, how does God fit into all this? Well, let me tell you: He's right here inside me. He let me get so bad off even I realized I needed professional help. He provided a psy. dr who is a woman (always a plus in my book), who ONLY treats patients over the age of 60. Isn't God GREAT!!!!
God comforts me, guides me, leads me to others who encourage and comfort me (some of them are on SP), and He reminds me that He will NEVER leave me, that He will ALWAYS be with me THROUGH a situation, and First Timothy 1:7, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear), but a spirit of (His) power, (His) love, and of a sound mind (or 'self-discipline'). I believe God's will for me is to have a sound, disciplined mind, but that I need to arrive there with psychiatric help. I see no contradictions. So PRAISE THE LORD!
Later in evening - I'll reply to Missy (YATMAMA) here - bi-polar folks have deep depressions and extremely high 'highs' - an anti-depressant alone would tend to push one into worse mania. Mania is not necessarily really, really happy - it could be really, really irritable, maybe even violent. But I don't know it all.
Mood stabilizers are called for. And from what else you said, it may be that your m-i-l actually was allergic to anti-depressants. But, I still have plenty to learn about bi-polar disease.
Thank you one and all for your prayers and encouragement. You mean a great deal to me., my SparkFriends.
Friday, October 21, 2011
We were 'in the neighborhood' the other day when the Zanesville, OH man let all his exotic animals loose then shot himself......we actually drove thru town that afternoon.
So the stories of "Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!" were of great interest to us.
Yes, too bad so many animals had to be killed, but folks, the alternative was too risky for the humans in the area; especially since it quickly turned nighttime and rainy.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I want to share something with you that I read this morning. Something that really resonates with me.
From “Our Daily Bread” for 10/20/2011 My Fingernails or His Hand?
“Tough times can cause us to get our perspective turned around. I was reminded of this recently as I talked to a fellow-griever – another parent who, like Sue and me, lost a teenage daughter to death suddenly and without warning.
She told me she had been missing her daughter terribly, and she told God she felt as if she were hanging on by her fingernails. Then she felt as if God reminded her that His hand of protection was there to hold her up – that she could let go, and He would catch her.
That’s a better perspective, isn’t it? This picture reminds us that when troubles come and we feel least able to hold on to our faith, it’s not up to us. It’s up to God to support us with His mighty hand.
Psalm 37:23-24 says: ‘The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord….Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.’ And Psalm 63:8 tell us: ‘My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.’
In tough times, we can become so preoccupied with our role in ‘clinging to God’ that we forget about his promised protection. It’s not our fingernails that sustain us – it’s His loving, upholding hand.”
Written by Dave Branon
Isaiah 41:9-10 “I (God) took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
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