Sunday, September 09, 2012
I sat down this morning to read today's devotional from "Our Daily Bread" and almost cried from the blessing. God loves us so much. He sent His Son to die for us, He sustains us, and one day He will take us out of the presence of sin.
"Not far from where my husband and I live is a farm with a lot of horses. During certain seasons, some of the horses have masks over their eyes. For a long time I felt sorry for the horses who werenít allowed to see. But then I learned that my assumption about the masks was wrong. The masks are made of mesh, so horses can see through them. But flies, which cause eye disease, canít get through them. The masks donít keep the horses from seeing; they keep them from going blind!
Non-Christians often make conclusions about the Bible similar to the one I made about the mask. They think of it as something God puts over our eyes to keep us from seeing all the fun we could be having. They feel sorry for Christians because they think the Lord keeps us from enjoying life. What I didnít know about the horse mask, they donít know about the Bible. It doesnít keep us from seeing all that is good; it keeps us from being infected by lies that cause spiritual blindness. The Bible doesnít keep us from enjoying life; it makes true enjoyment possible.
The Bible doesnít keep us from knowing truth; it prevents us from believing lies. --
Julie Ackerman Link
O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto meThat He may touch my eyes and make me see;
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see Thee, Lord. óLathbury.
When we see the world through the filter of the Word, we learn the truth about both. "
Friday, August 31, 2012
My friends, for if you're still reading my blogs, you are my friends (or just plain curious LOL).
I got kicked out of the internet on Tuesday, and am just now getting back....I hope it stays as I have dozens of email messages, and lots to do on SP!
I did go to the endodontist, who sent me to a peridontist for another consult. When I called the peridontist, the earliest I could get in was late October....even after I told them my problem. I called my regular dentist who called the peridontist's office. I was able to get in to the peridontist at noon on Thursday. Praise the Lord! Many, many times over. The dr had a cancellation at 3:00 that afternoon, so I came back because sure enough, I'd broken the tooth (which caused the infection) and it had to be removed.
Now, if you're squeamish about dental things (and frankly, I am) stop reading now.
The peridontist cut a flap of my gum to verify which of 2 teeth was involved - the xray showed the infection between 2 teeth. Then, he tried to take the tooth out in one try, but had to take it out it pieces instead. There were 3 roots, the first came out ok, but I felt a little pain with the second one. He shot more novicane into my mouth, and started on the 3rd root. OH MY WORD!!! Can we say "PAIN"? Unfortunately, my body had tried to wall off the infection, so the novicane couldn't reach it. I was praying HARD, and mercifully, it was over. Then I had to have cadaver bone implanted because the infection had ruined some of my bone. My DH says I have a dead person in my mouth.....well, I DO. LOL
I'm on Rx pain meds, and am thankful for them. But within a few days it all should start feeling better.
Ok, on to other things. We're still having beautiful weather, into the 80's and I think today got into the low 90's. The humidity isn't too bad - it's not like living in the south (I've done that) or the tropics (done that, too).
I am going to have to figure out what's wrong that I cannot consistently have the internet. I have WiFi, and my DH is hard-wired into the provider, so I get jealous that he can get in and I can't. The router is less than a year old, so I don't know what I'm going to do. Is it my computer? It's less than 18 months old. So I don't understand what the problem is. Of course, you can take what I know about computers and fit it neatly into a 1/4 cup measuring cup and have room left over. Hahaha
Been nice talking with you. Have a wonderful weekend.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Good afternoon. I went back to my dentist this morning, and he's sending me to an endodontist (tomorrow for a consult; next week for the 'cutting') because my dentist says it's abscessed and may have gone into the bone - even though I had a full round of antibiotics already. I'm on a second round now, and because the pain is worse, I'm also on Vicodin. sigh. Of course my insurance doesn't cover any of that. Why would it?!!
Nevertheless, I am thankful that I can get in tomorrow for the consult and not have to wait any longer. Gettin' the ball rolling.
Today is a beautiful, sunny day, and I'm celebrating that as well.
I've been enjoying a spy/terrorist novel on my Kindle. I prefer paper books (I'm old fashioned), but the Kindle will have its uses.....like when we travel: I won't have to carry a couple of books, just the (smaller) Kindle.
Have a wonderful day, y'all. And Y'all down on the Gulf (Missy!) be safe.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Hi Y'all. I changed my mind about getting the epi - I've talked with my psychiatrist and she reduced my one medicine slightly and ok'd my taking NSAIDs. I will be getting blood work done this coming week to see how that's working out. But I think the anti-inflammatory properties of the NSAID are helping my knee some....not perfectly (yet), but helping. I know that doesn't have anything to do with my pinched nerve, but if I'm going to get a steroid shot, I think I'd rather first address my knee problem.....it's been going on since early December. I WILL have to address my pinched nerve one of these days.
This weekend DH and I went to (near) Aberdeen, MD for grandson Josh's travel baseball team's last tournament of the year. They played at the Cal Ripken complex - an interesting place. Josh's team started each game well, but lost all three games.
Before we left home, DH looked at what weather.com had to say about the forecast. Boy! Was it ever off base! It said there was only a 20% chance of rain, and the temps were to be in the 80's. Reality was temps in the 70's and rain sprinkles all day yesterday and we awoke to a downpour this morning. Haha! Fooled us.
All's well that ends with no injuries (except maybe to pride), and Josh played well. He batted something like 5 or 6 doubles during the tournament, and since the coaches rotate some of the players in positions, Josh pitched (got several guys out), played catch (again, did VERY well), and had a good time. Too bad they lost all the games.
My s-i-l has promised to help with my computer tomorrow. I am so happy. I've been having fits with it, and sometimes think about 'rebooting' a la the Dilbert cartoon - kicking it off the top of a very tall building. LOL
God bless you all. I hope you have a great week.
Monday, August 13, 2012
I've been feeling a bit anxious about the epidural I'm to get this Thursday....I don't like needles and the thought of one being stuck into my spine turns my stomach. So why am I having it done? I have a pinched nerve, which is causing pain down my leg. The epi is supposed to help that.
I've been praying about it, and gained a small measure of peace, but it wasn't until this morning when Scripture came to mind that I gained much more peace.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Now, I don't see anything there that guarantees that everything will work out the way I want it to, but that's ok. God is in control of EVERYthing. He has plans (for good and not for evil) for each person. God is my loving Heavenly Father. He knows far more than I do - He sees the big picture, I just see a tiny portion of things. I choose to trust Him.
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