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The Stories Jesus Told: The Rich Man and Lazarus, Luke 16:19–31


The story of the rich man and Lazarus is another of the stories Jesus told regarding the proper attitude toward wealth and its use. The parable of the rich fool (which I spoke about earlier) and the parable of the unjust steward (which is next in the series) also touch on the topic of wealth. This parable makes a comparison between the lives of two men—one rich, the other poor. As we’ll see, the comparison extends beyond this life and into the next. Let’s take a look at how Jesus described the rich man.

There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.[1]

Not a lot is said in this brief introductory description, but the original listeners would have drawn some definite impressions from it. This man was not only rich but he made a point of showing off his riches by the clothes he wore. He dressed daily in purple cloth, which was something only the very wealthy could afford. The process of extracting purple dye from a shellfish called murex was labor intensive, thus making purple cloth very expensive. Royalty and those of high rank wore purple robes.

The rich man also wore fine linen. The Greek word translated as “fine linen” means a delicate, soft, white, and very costly linen. Wearing white linen garments under purple robes was indicative of great affluence. On top of that, he feasted sumptuously every day, which might mean that he entertained guests on a daily or regular basis, which would be very costly. The point being made, both here and later in the story, is that the man was very rich and self-indulgent.

And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.[2]

In keeping with the brevity of the parables, the information about Lazarus is also sparse. However, one outstanding point is that his name is given. This is the only one of Jesus’ parables in which people are named. Further on, Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, is also named. The name Lazarus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Eliezer or Elazar, meaning the one who God helps.

Lazarus is so poor he must beg for food. He is also ill, covered with oozing sores, and cannot walk. Either his legs are paralyzed or he is so weak and ill that he isn’t able to walk. The wording “was laid” in the Greek is passive, meaning that he had to be laid at the rich man’s gate by others. In first-century Palestine, there were no governmental services that provided care for the poor, so such care had to be given by the community or individuals. Almsgiving, the giving of money or food to those in need, was the main way people like Lazarus survived. Lazarus depended on others to daily carry him to the rich man’s gate, where he could beg, and where he hoped that he would receive food which fell from the rich man’s table.

When guests ate at feasts, they would break off a piece of bread and use it to scoop food from the common dish. Throughout the meal, when they wanted to wipe their hands they would break off a bit of bread, use it to clean their hands, and then throw it under the table. It was this food that Lazarus would have been hoping to receive.

Every day Lazarus would sit at the gate of the rich man, knowing that daily feasts were being eaten there, knowing that his hunger could be satiated if he were just given some of the food being tossed on the floor. He desired that food, but did without, as it wasn’t given to him; or if it was from time to time, it wasn’t enough to assuage his hunger.

The dogs would come and lick Lazarus’ leaking sores. Most Bible commentators presume that the dogs were dirty, mangy street dogs. One commentator expresses the possibility that these are the guard dogs of the rich man’s house, and that their licking would help the sores.[3] In either case, having such sores and being licked by dogs made Lazarus ritually unclean. If in fact the rich man had guard dogs, we can assume that the dogs were the ones being fed the table scraps thrown on the floor, rather than Lazarus.

Lazarus was in a miserable state—unable to walk, covered with sores, always hungry, completely dependent on others for help to move from one place to another, and sitting day after day begging outside the gate of the rich man, who apparently ignored him. He was a ritually unclean social outcast.

The parable continues:

The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.[4]

Being by Abraham’s side, or at Abraham’s bosom, as it’s sometimes translated, expressed the blessed state after death, and was compared to dining with the patriarchs, as seen in Matthew 8:11:

I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.[5]

Lazarus, who was never invited to the rich man’s feast, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table, is now reclining at a feast in the place of honor next to Abraham, the father of faith. The rich man, meanwhile, experiences a very different fate.

The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.And he called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.”[6]

The unnamed rich man has died and been buried, undoubtedly with an expensive funeral. However, his existence is now very different from what it was in his time on earth. He who feasted daily with copious food and wine is now the one in need and dependent on others for help.

He called out to Abraham, making sure to call him “father,” perhaps hoping that reminding Abraham of his Jewish descent would in some way obligate Abraham to help him.

At this point in the parable, the surprising discovery is made that the rich man knew Lazarus’ name. He was apparently well aware of Lazarus, who sat daily in front of his house in desperate need. However, he shows no remorse about his neglect of Lazarus; instead, he’s instructing Abraham to send Lazarus to perform a service for him.

Kenneth Bailey expressed the situation well when he wrote:

The rich man’s first demand is unbelievable. When Lazarus was in pain, he was ignored by the rich man. Now the rich man is in pain and something must be done about it—immediately! After all, he is unaccustomed to such things. Instead of [giving] an apology he demands services, and from the very man he refused to help in spite of his great wealth! He wouldn’t even give Lazarus some of his “dog food.” He might as well have said, “Now that Lazarus is feeling better and is on his feet, I would like a few services. Given who I am, and he, being of the servant class, such service is expected. Send him down, Abraham—and hurry up about it. Unlike Lazarus, I am not accustomed to discomfort!”[7]

There’s no sign of remorse, no asking for forgiveness, only continued self-concern and self-importance.

But Abraham said, “Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.”[8]

Abraham doesn’t answer harshly; rather he calls him “child.” He then instructs the rich man to think back on the life he led and all of the good things he received, as opposed to the bad things Lazarus experienced. Abraham reminds him that what he possessed wasn’t truly his; it was on loan from God, and he was meant to use it wisely. Now his earthly life is finished, and due to his actions in that life he is in anguish.

Lazarus, on the other hand, is now comforted. Having lived a difficult life, he is no longer in pain and torment. He is no longer neglected. He has been comforted after his death.

Abraham then said:

“And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.”[9]

Even if Lazarus compassionately wished to dip his finger in water and cool the rich man’s tongue, it would be impossible. Lazarus would have been well within his rights to point out how ridiculous it was for the rich man to ask that he be sent to help relieve his pain. Hadn’t Lazarus been in pain daily at the rich man’s doorstep and received nothing? Yet Lazarus says nothing, as is the case throughout the whole parable.

The rich man then comes up with a new task for Lazarus.

And he said, “Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house—for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”[10]

Realizing that his predicament isn’t going to change, the rich man asks that Lazarus be sent on a mission to warn his brothers. He sees that the same fate awaits them, most likely because they live in the same manner as he did, pursuing their own selfish pleasure with no concern for those in need.

But Abraham said, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.”[11]

Abraham states that they have the five books of Moses, known as the Torah, as well as the books of the prophets, called in Hebrew the Nevi’im, available to them. Abraham is saying that the Scriptures, God’s written Word, are sufficient to instruct his brothers in righteous living and faith. If they will hear those words, meaning to obey and follow them, they won’t end up as their dead brother has.

This answer doesn’t sit well with the rich man. He’s used to people doing what he says. His response is argumentative.

And he said, “No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.”[12]

This is ironic given that the rich man himself is at that moment seeing someone “from the dead,” Lazarus, who is reclining at the table with Abraham, and he hasn’t shown any sign of repentance. Yet he’s convinced that if Lazarus will appear to his brothers, they will repent. Abraham lets him know that’s not the case.

He said to him, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”[13]

The rich man is seeking to send his five brothers a sign. He assumes that if Lazarus, who is dead and who his brothers know is dead, goes to them, they will believe. The rich man’s brothers would recognize Lazarus, as for years they walked right past him as they entered the house for feasting. The rich man knows his brothers ignored Lazarus just as he did, and that their fate is going to be the same as his.

He also knows they either don’t read or don’t believe God’s words. The rich man is asking that a sign be given to his brothers. In Scripture a request for a sign indicates unbelief, as shown in John 6:30 and other verses.[14]

They said to Him, “Then what sign do You do, that we may see and believe You?”[15]

Although it isn’t specified, as parables don’t give a lot of details or historical facts, it’s possible that the rich man and his brothers were Sadducees. The Sadducees were the aristocracy of Israel and many were very wealthy. The high priests at that time came from the Sadducees. The rich man was clothed in purple, which could indicate he was a member of the aristocracy and therefore possibly a Sadducee, or at least Jesus may have been alluding to the Sadducees’ beliefs.

The Sadducees did not believe that life continued on after death. There was no expectation that there was any life beyond this one; as such, if a man lived prosperously and happily, died in peace, and was honorably buried, he had all that a man could ever expect.[16] However, Jesus’ parable shows that this is not the case. The rich man, contrary to the belief of the Sadducees, finds out that there is life beyond the grave and that our actions in our earthly life do in fact have something to do with life after death.[17]

T. W. Manson writes:

The rich man now thinks of his brothers, who are living as he had lived, believing what he had believed, and so dooming themselves to join him in torment. He asks that Lazarus may be sent to them to testify to them. Of what? Of the only thing to which one returned from the dead could bear witness; the fact that there is a life beyond the grave, and the nature of it is retribution. The five brothers are in danger of punishment after death precisely because they do not believe in it. … The creed of the five brothers is the Sadducean creed.[18]

Whether the brothers were Sadducees or not, what is clear is that the rich man knew they weren’t living in obedience to what God’s Word taught, and that they were going to end up in the same state he was in if they didn’t receive a sign. But Abraham says that no sign would be given to them, as they had God’s Word available to them and that was sufficient. They knew enough from the Torah, the Scriptures, to know what God says about how to live righteously and how to treat the poor.

So what was Jesus teaching with this parable?

Many of those Jesus was speaking to would have initially assumed that the rich man was blessed by God and that Lazarus was being judged, as they believed that prosperity was God’s blessing and the lack of it was God’s judgment. Jesus was expressing that this wasn’t necessarily the case. Being rich isn’t necessarily a sign that one has received God’s blessing or that they are righteous; nor are those who have less, or who suffer illness or poverty, being judged by God.

Another point Jesus was making was that being of the lineage of Abraham wasn’t enough to keep the rich man from torment. At a different time and place, Jesus expressed that being of the physical line of Abraham wasn’t sufficient, rather one had to live as Abraham lived.

They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did …” [19]

The parable also shows the wealthy how not to act. The rich man was aware of Lazarus and his needs but was indifferent toward him. He took no action to help him, though he clearly had the means to do so. It’s so easy to look away when one sees a beggar, especially when they are unsightly, as in this graphic example Jesus uses of Lazarus’ oozing sores being licked by dogs. Instead of seeing a human being, one made in God’s image, one whom God loves, it’s easier to avoid them or to look away and not take notice, to be indifferent toward them. As Christians, as disciples, we are meant to respond with love and compassion when we see the condition of those in need.

While Jesus is using a wealthy man as a bad example in this parable, there’s nothing inherently wrong with being rich. Even Abraham was wealthy. There is, however, danger when riches wrongly affect one’s attitude. It has to do with the place of importance we give our possessions and how we use them. Are we like the rich fool in Luke chapter 12 who plans to store up his bumper crop and use it for himself? Do we serve our money and possessions, or do we use them for God’s glory? Do we live self-indulgent lives like the rich man in this parable, or do we help others? Even if we don't have enough to give much financially, do we do what we can to help those in need, perhaps by giving some of our time, attention, or in some way helping to meet their need? What is our attitude toward the poor and needy? Are we indifferent? Do we look down on them? Do we judge them because we feel they deserve to be in that situation? Or do we show compassion, care, and concern in our actions?

The parable also gives a warning about ignoring or rejecting God’s Word. The rich man either had no belief or wrong belief. He knew his brothers were in the same condition. He asked for a sign to be given to them, but Abraham said no sign would be given because they had God’s Word available. God held the rich man accountable because he had God’s Word available, yet didn’t live in alignment with it, as evidenced by the fact that he didn’t treat the poor in accordance with Scripture.

How we live our lives affects our eternal future. Our actions, or our lack of action, make a difference not only in our life today, but in our life forever. We should be mindful of the choices we make, how we live, how we use our money and possessions, and how we treat those in need. The sum of our decisions, choices, and actions not only make us who we are today, but affect our future in the life after this one.

As Christians, as disciples, an additional point we should take away from this parable is that we are surrounded by many who, like the rich man, either don’t believe or realize that there is life after this life. They may not understand that believing God’s Word and receiving salvation through His Son Jesus will change their lives now and for eternity. Our job is to share our riches of spiritual truth with them. We shouldn’t be like the rich man in the parable, content with our spiritual riches, with the wealth of heaven we possess, and pass by the “Lazaruses” of this world who are so in need, not just physically, but spiritually.

Whether or not we have much money or possessions to share with those in need, as Christians we each possess the most valuable thing anyone can have—eternal life and a personal relationship with the one who makes it possible, Jesus. There are multitudes from all walks of life around us who are in desperate need, and we have the spiritual riches of faith, of salvation, of God’s deep love to share with them. Let’s do the very best we can to bring them comfort and salvation, shall we?


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The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31)

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.

20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,

21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.The rich man also died and was buried,

23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.

24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’

25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.

26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’

27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house—

28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’

29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’

30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”


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Note
Unless otherwise indicated, all scriptures are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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[1] Luke 6:19.

[2] Luke 16:20–21.

[3] Kenneth E. Bailey, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008), 385.

Dogs lick their own wounds. They lick people as a sign of affection. But more than this, recent scientific scholarship has identified that saliva contains “endogenous peptide antibiotics,” which facilitate healing. A dog’s saliva contains such peptide antibiotics, and the ancients somehow discovered that if a dog licked wounds, they would heal more rapidly. In 1994 Professor Lawrence Stager of Harvard University discovered more than 1,300 dogs buried in ancient Ashkelon. The graves dated from the fifth to the third centuries BC when Ashkelon was ruled by the Phoenicians. These animals were probably linked to a Phoenician healing cult. The dogs were in all likelihood trained to lick wounds or sores, whereupon a fee was paid to their owners. This may explain the background to Deuteronomy 23:18, which forbids the worshiper from bringing “the wages of a dog” into the house of the Lord.

[4] Luke 16:22.

[5] Matthew 8:11.

[6] Luke 16:22–24.

[7] Bailey, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, 388.

[8] Luke 16:25.

[9] Luke 16:26.

[10] Luke 16:27–28.

[11] Luke 16:29.

[12] Luke 16:30.

[13] Luke 16:31.

[14] “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So He left them and departed (Matthew 16:4).

The Pharisees came and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven to test Him (Mark 8:11).

While others, to test Him, kept seeking from Him a sign from heaven (Luke 11:16).

So the Jews said to Him, “What sign do You show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:18–19).

[15] John 6:30.




When you’re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure—the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”3


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Wednesday, April 30, 2014The Cheerleader
I’ve never really been afraid of tornadoes. You see, I’m an Arkansas girl, born and raised. I remember the thrilling nights as a kid when my mother pulled us from our beds and we’d spend what seemed like all night giggling under a mattress in the hall with flashlights and teddy bears. It was fun.


And I’ve seen the aftermath, the piles of rubble, the death counts on the news. But you see, I’m an optimist. And all these things I have seen from an emotional distance. So the prevailing theme to them all is the hope that humans are able to cling to, the stories of survival. So I’ve never really been afraid of tornadoes.


So on Sunday, April 27, when the weather man said the forecast was a mix for disaster, we decided we’d go ahead with our move to Vilonia anyway. We already had the UHaul. The house was in boxes. The helping hands had signed up. Our new house has a concrete basement. We’ll be safe, we thought.


We were.


While 20 people ate hot dogs and potato salad in the basement, the wall cloud blew over our mountain to the valley beyond it. The TV showed the eye of the storm directly over Cody Ln. And I stood on the front porch and saw the sucking black sky twirl in the distance. And for the first time that day, a fear swelled up because I knew that street. Because I’d traveled over the mountain just days before to that street. I’d stood in a house with a red door with my precious friend April, while our sons played in the yard. I’d marveled at her garden patch and seedlings and thought how much I loved her when she’d showed me her Hobby Lobby project, letters that spelled “Smith” above the door jam. “I spaced them out,” she said, “because I didn’t want to copy you.”


I couldn’t reach her. The storm had moved on but she wasn’t answering. We prayed for them as the minutes passed. Five, then ten, then the rain stopped and the sky stilled. But she didn’t answer my calls. “Call Daniel,” I told Miah. But he grabbed the keys instead. He and Jud got in the truck and left. I don’t know….I think he knew somehow. The way he was praying…it was different. He wasn’t asking for safety but for peace and I found it odd. I was afraid.


Time passed. He should have been there but the phone kept reaching voicemail. She wasn’t answering and now he wasn’t either. The group of guys that had been unloading our Uhaul left to go help. My texts to him grew in desperation.


Did it hit them?


Are they ok?


Honey, are they ok?


Please tell me if it hit them.


Please tell me they are ok.


Are they hurt?


Are they alive?


Miah, please tell me they are alive.


And then he responded. I can't.


A blur. Calls to our pastor’s wife. Praying. Crying. And then another message


April and Daniel are alive right now but the boys are gone, honey.


I don’t know what else happened for a while. My face was on the floor and my sister was there hugging me. Stephanie and I, both mothers, both friends of April, wailed. And only one prayer, a prayer more desperate than any I have ever prayed in my life, left my lips. “God, please, not this for her.”


It’s been a long couple of days. Little sleep. Lots of calls and messages. A group of men from the church went to the site and gathered what they could of the Smiths’ belongings. The house is completely gone.




Back in the fall, April and Daniel were still living in Sherwood. They received a 30 day notice that they needed to move so the owner of their home could sell it. She started to worry but in true April-fashion, she said “I know God will provide”. Just a week or so later she told me about the house they had found in Vilonia, about how perfect it was. The owners wanted to work with them to get them in it. It was just. so. perfect. It even had the red front door she had always wanted.


So, you see, I was angry. Because I knew God put them in that house. And it was no act of violence or human mistake that took their sons’ lives. It was an EF4 tornado, a mile wide, and it sucked everything that seemed so perfect off the foundation that God had given. I was SO angry.


I’ve always called her the cheerleader. Because she was one once, in a pom poms and pyramids sense, but because she still is now, in a bible and faith sense. She is who I call when my faith is stretched. And every time I hang up the phone, I’ve been reminded of how big and how good and how strong my God is.


I spent these angry couple of days questioning why God would take those boys and why he would take the best cheerleader he had. Because who could still cheer for their God after this?


The thing is though, my faith is not April’s faith. It never has been.


Last night, we walked in the hospital room to see her. While Jeremiah and I held her hands and kissed her face, she wept. She had questions about that night. She had heard that Jeremiah found the boys and she told him she was comforted it was him because she knew he would have prayed over them. We all cried. A wise, young friend of ours sent us a message of encouragement yesterday that we were able to share with April.

She shared the following scriptures:

Isaiah 55: 8-11
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavensand stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.


Jeremiah shared with her what a comfort it was for him to think that everyone is here for a purpose, for God’s purpose not for our own fulfillment. And when their purpose is reached, they GET to go home. He repeated Taylor’s words to her, “How incredible it was that Tyler and Cameron were able to serve their purpose in such a short time, when it takes some people 100 years”. I told her how angry I had been, grappling with the truth that this was allowed, arranged even.


And my beautiful friend, my cheerleader, laid in the hospital bed with her broken body and battered, beautiful face and held my hands and told me not to be angry because her God is good. She knew that her sons had fulfilled their purpose in life and that they were with the father now.


Tyler has always talked about heaven. About how he can’t wait to get there. She said she thought it was because he heard them saying how wonderful it would be…some day. But he looked at her Sunday afternoon, before the storm, and told her he was ready to go to heaven. “Will you miss me?” he asked her. “Well yes,” she said, “but let’s not talk like that now.” “How long will you miss me?” he persisted. And she just smiled and said, “I guess until I see you again.”


“I have peace,” she told me last night through her tears, “I know I have more pain to go through that I probably can understand. But I have supernatural peace. I don’t know what God has for me and my husband that our boys couldn’t be here for, but I do know that He is good. His plan is good.”


I don’t understand this kind of faith. Because I think every parent who has heard this story since Sunday has wondered, “How do you live through that?”


For those of you who have been worried about April and Daniel, worried that they would not be the same, that they could not carry on past this loss, please don’t worry any more. I have seen her hope. It is anchored in eternity. It is the kind of hope that saves people. And that’s not just the optimist in me talking.


For those of you wondering how a mother could serve a God that might allow this, understand that Tyler and Cameron knew Jesus. Just a couple of weeks ago, they led a friend to Christ. They aren’t over. Their story hasn’t reached the end. They aren’t even really gone. They’ve just moved for now.


We will miss them. Like April told Tyler on his last day on earth, we will miss them until we see them again, April and Daniel more than any of us. While none of us understand it, we must take up her lead and know that even still, God is good. And we must understand that while we may love these boys, God loves them infinitely more. He loves them perfectly. And with his knowledge of the lives and futures of the Smiths, God took them home.


But he left their mom and dad. Somehow, though every bit of that house was ripped from the foundation, April and Daniel will live. They will tell this story and honor Tyler and Cameron’s lives. Masses of people will know Jesus because of this story. Because we cannot fathom this strength.


When I left the hospital last night, I just cried and thought “She is so strong. She is so faithful. She is so selfless. She is so beautiful”. And it hit me. April is all of these things because she allows herself, even in the midst of this tragedy, to be a reflection of our strong, faithful, selfless, beautiful Savior.
They are greatly broken. But they will mend. They haven’t fulfilled what God has for them yet. But they will. Because while she could be angry, and she may be at some point, she is holding tight to the only thing she has left:

The truth that GOD IS GOOD. ALL THE TIME.

I asked her if I could take her photo, so she could have it later when she told her story.
She told me to show you all now. And to tell you… her God can overcome even this.


My friend. Who remains the most beautiful woman I know.
April, the cheerleader.





About a year ago, our home church (Thatchurch.com) in Sherwood, AR, told April's life story. This post has gone absolutely viral. Millions have heard the testimony of April's faith. She is showing hundred's of thousands to Christ. Watch the video of her story, and you will understand a little of the plan she is so sure God has.




When you’re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure—the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”3


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Hi ladies! I hope that you are all doing better today than you were yesterday! I know that this morning my tummy was very bad again with acid but not as much with the nausea, but I wasn't as tired - so praise the Lord for that!!!

I have been looking at recipes for what is called Oopsie Bread. It's a nearly carb/gluten free bread. I haven't eaten any yet, but will hopefully soon be able to make some. It is basically eggs and cream cheese with a wee bit of baking soda, a pinch of salt, and any other kind of flavoring in it that you choose to give it. Spark has a recipe for it that uses the hard cream cheese and I found another recipe on Pinterest that uses the soft cream cheese which gives the opprotunity for more flavors. If you want either, let me know!

Well, Wade wants to talk about dinner, so I will talk to y'all later. Love ya

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I must have "sympathy sickness syndrome".........Sharon's heart issues, Kim's pain and troubles and last night I woke up with sinus problems. I got up and took some Ibuprophen and snorted around for an hour and went back to bed. emoticon Actually, it just is what it is, when it is....but I can say Me too!

Yesterday was such a slow, draggy day at the office. It was very hot outside, so I tried to avoid spending much time out there. We had 101 yesterday. I know what you mean about the puddle Kim!

I cooked my pinto beans Wednesday so have a boatload of beans in the freezer again. So simple and yet so good. emoticon

Missy, I hope you can get your sugar stable. Mine had been so out of control for so long and contributed to my current state. I'm working to get RE-stabilized! I've been off the mark for three weeks. My FBS is finally coming back down but I did have a few spikes and I didn't like it.

I need to get ready for work......I'll see y'all at the office. You remain in my prayers, ladies.

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Kim, they have tasteless castor oil...
sometimes we just have to do things we don't like..

Kim...hate to say it...but the "Christian Colleges" are getting as bad if not worse than some of the secular ones....very sad!!!
The Bible tells us...John 15:20
Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

I just pray for her...and I know Jesus will use her for HIS GLORY!

thanks, Kim...I am very thankful!!! I don't like being sick...now if i can just get my diabetes under control


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Missy, any kind of laxative causes extreme pain and cramping in my stomach. I do take softeners that don't contain a laxative, but when I looked at the Colace products, at least the ones that I looked at all contained a laxative. I haven't ever taken Castor Oil - I gagged on a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water, I don't think I will be able to tolerate the castor oil. And salt water gargles or rinses when I have an infection in my mouth - I can't put in nearly enough to make a difference because I choke and gag as well, but I do it with just a wee bit of salt and hope it makes some difference! I can't even take most flavored cough syrups without gagging. My prescribed one I do fine with, but most other ones have something in them that makes me gag - I just have a very low tolerance for strange tasting stuff I guess! LOL! Right now I am going once every three or four days, but the going is getting easier. Praise the Lord.

Oh my, I hope she is ready to be bombarded with anti-God rhetoric, Missy, unless she is going to a Christian college. It is really bad on the secular colleges. And if you don't go along with their agenda, your grades will suffer for it. My niece recently graduated from Western Carolina (where my husband went) and it was just as bad there as other places. If you want to live your faith in a secular college, be prepared to be persecuted and very likely suffer grade-wise for it. It won't be fair, but it is accepted. I'm so glad that your family is doing better. Praise the Lord.

Not much else to tell. I will talk to y'all later. Love ya

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very hot here too...now it is thundering...stormy coming:):)

I got my daughters transcripts printed and ready...she took them to her college today...and they were accepted...she has officially been accepted!!! Hard to believe my little girl is starting College...whew.....wow..... emoticon

I am starting to feel better...thank u for your prayers...the nasty junk went through my whole house!!! I cleaned real well today...kicking those germs out!!!
Glad my family is getting better!!

Kim, have you tried Castor Oil? My sons dealt with constipation a lot when younger..and their MD said to use that ..and it helped them a lot..they also took colace pills...

Well, gonna make me a juice..

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Phew, it is a hot one today. Went out to look at a giant butterfly on my giant day lily and about melted! LOL! Now that would make for one ugly puddle!

Changed the sheets on the bed today - Praise the Lord, no back pain from that!

Didn't eat lunch today, just not hungry. I know that isn't a good thing to do, but I couldn't think of anything to eat that sounded appealing to me. Maybe something will sound appealing for dinner. I am just now starting to feel a little bit hungry, so we'll see.

Well, y'all have a great evening. Love ya

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Oh me too Kim! I thanked God for those who pray for me and with me in my times of need emoticon and asked for return blessings for you all.

I didn't do floors yesterday. I cleaned my car out instead. Guess what? I've not had access to the passenger side door since the accident last August, and Jesus helped me get it open yesterday! Hooya! There's a small piece of the fender that is bent and drags but it can be tapped out. I was very glad and rejoiced out in the parking lot.

I need to wash it and wipe down the dash and doors again before I take it for the oil change and inspection next week.

What a nice surprise Shel. Fruit is a good gift! I'd want some too. I got some luscious nectarines recently and some plums. Kim, I don't like the red delicious apples either...for a different reason! To me, they are dry and tasteless.

I got laundry sorted yesterday but don't want to do it today. It will keep until the weekend. It's supposed to be 100 the next four days and I want to stay indoors as much as possible....where I have AC!

I was trying to fill the bird feeder this morning and half of it spilled on the ground...but the birds will get it anyway. I have a feeder that the roof lifts up on, but not enough to firmly seat the funnel I use...unless I am really careful and I wasn't today.

I'll go sit outside for a bit before I get to work on the rest of my list. Be blessed today ladies. Take good care of yourselves. I'll do that here too. Yep, setbacks are a bummer Kim! Let's try to avoid them emoticon

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You can have the plums, Shel, I like the apples (as long as they aren't Red Delicious, they are the ones that burn my tongue) and the tangerines!

Can I be a relative when you go to Hawaii???

God bless, Kim

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I was dropping by the facebook pages of my siblings and cousins and thought it would be so cool to have a family reunion...but WHERE? We're so spread out...
Hm, maybe HAWAII! emoticon

My friend came home from shopping and put a tray of fruit by me - apples, PLUMS, tangerines! oh, yummers! Shel


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Hey, ladies! Hope you are having a good day.

Went to Mom's yesterday to make a list of things that needed to get done to get her house ready to go on the market. Mostly painting a few walls and some de-cluttering. Earlier we talked about redoing stuff in her kitchen, but she's decided to leave it be and let it be a bargaining chip for the buyer. It's becoming very real now!

I'm so glad your feet are doing better so much more quickly this time, Bren. Don't overdo and relapse, that would be a bummer!

Love y'all, Kim

God bless, Kim

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My feet are better today...so I need to get up and do some work emoticon The kitchen, clothes closet and floors are on my list.

Yesterday, I cleaned outside, including windows and I only do that about once a year...and then that draws attention to my dusty windowsills and whatnots, so those had to be cleaned as well. Then a trip to Wal-Mart finished me off. When I leave the cool apartment, I'm not thinking about the heat in my car with no AC and by the time I get home, I look and feel like I was dragged home behind it... emoticon I am glad for the little cart to help haul things in.

I am thankful for my off days, tasks to do and the strength to get them done. Christ IS my strength, every day.

I love you ladies and thanks God for you. You're in my prayers daily and I am blessed to be on this team...
I am off........to get started on my To Do list.

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Kim, sometimes it works better to copy-paste a link.
I just finished lunch with my friend/hostess Vicki - crab, shrimp, and fish, with her home-grown rice, some ground corn patties, and sweet potato. Yummers!
We'll be going to visit her father today. No other ministry. He's 84, I think. Hard of hearing, but still works his farm, God bless him! Shel


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I do agree with that point...that we CAN be free and have the flesh crucified with Christ, but sanctification is an ongoing process and I know the Holy Spirit convicts, not condemns me...

While my sins may not be "heavy" and harm others...they harm me and my relationship with Christ and that is the most important relationship I have. I love Him and He loves me, more than I can comprehend. Yep...I get that "if we love Him, we will obey Him" and that's where His grace comes in for me. I need it daily. I need mind, body and spirit in compliance and some days one or two are not on the same page.

I read in my Bible (with footnotes and life principles by Charles Stanley) That "I cannot wander too far, fail too many times, or exceed Christ's forgiveness. When I repent and turn to Him, He restores me to fellowship as though nothing had ever happened". God is merciful and mighty and His love endures forever. When I repent, I also need His help to stop repeating those things...ie, calling bad drivers jerks and jerk-ettes,, even when they scare me... (judging others) or eating too much. (gluttony) The topic gives me much to study, look up and assimilate emoticon

On a lighter note~ I had two babies at the buffet this morning! One was sitting in my chair where Tom Tat usually sits. They both ran of course, but came back. They are beautiful, like their mama...That made a total of 7 this morning emoticon I love my kitties...and birds! I have four dove and a boatload of sparrows that hang out here.

I'm going to get ready for work.......have a blessed and wonderful day all...
Love and hugs~ and prayers for us all...

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That's where you and I differ too, Bren. I believe that we can be free of that "heart of flesh", or the "old man", the "carnal nature", or the "sin nature" - and be sanctified. We don't have to fail, or sin but we choose to. Jesus provides a way of escape (1Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.) If there is a way to escape it, then there is way to not sin - there is a choice.
1Jn 3:3-10 "And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother."
Rom 6:6-7, 12-18 "knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin...12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness."

Diana, this is what I believe about being saved:
Eph 2:8-10 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
We can do nothing to save ourselves, but we do need to come to Jesus, believing that He is the Son of God and that He died and rose again (physically) on the third day. We need to repent of our sin and we need to live for Him.
1Jn 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Col 1:22-23 "yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach-- 23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister."

Missy, I'll be praying for you sweetie, I hope that you feel better soon!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Hey Missy!
I'm so sorry that you are so sick honey girl! You'll be in my prayers!

I'm having a good day here at the office by myself...yippee. I got some cleaning done this morning before work so that made me happy. I like neat and orderly. I'll do some cleaning here at the office later as well.

I have a few payments to post and credit cards to tally...then I get to play for awhile.

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I posted on the 12 week challenge thread that we will just start a new challenge in September. I hope until then..though....we can still stick with the main things we have learned...and keep losing weight! I will still say on the thread ..and post ..to keep us going in the right direction...so don't forget to visit!!!!

I am real sick...bad sinus infection with body aches to go along with it....can't breathe!!
not to mention my sugar got 315 this week..and still hovering in 200s...so i am cutting carbs and sugar again!!!! I do NOT want to go on Insulin...so I have to get my act together...

I am canning pickles today....I picked loads of cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, and squash! God has blessed me indeed...and I love giving all my blessings to others too!!! My husband's co-workers love me....lol....

I love my Jesus!!!!!! Beautiful day here!!!! Low humidity..nice breeze....love it!!!!

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Hiya Ladies~

That dog came back this morning Kim! It's a she...and she was chasing my cats off one at a time! Naughty girl. She wasn't out to hurt them, just wanted a good run...three times! My neighbor put her in her apartment while my cats came back to the feed bowls. Poor little dog. Whoever she belongs to doesn't take good care of her.

I guess I differ in my opinion somewhat. Since I had a period of time, more than once when I drifted away and was not living my faith...but I didn't give it up and I know God kept His hand on me even when I was pit dwelling. My heart was His, but my light had dimmed. I recommitted my life to Him wholly, about 12 years ago, and do repent quickly when I slip up. I still have "issues" that make me act ugly...like bad drivers for instance, and I get an attitude adjustment and back up. The world is full of bad drivers and some days I may be one.

Any of us, as long as we still live, have a heart of flesh that can do exceedingly wrong. Yes, we can quench the spirit and our hearts can become hardened and for us who believe and have been saved and set free, it must grieve our Father more than those who never knew Him, when they sin. That's what sinners do! But more and better is expected of us who call Him our Savior and Lord. I won't ever be perfect, but I can be "right" with God!

We had a real storm Thursday! Lots of very heavy rain, flooded streets and soaked folks. I was one of those. My umbrella was here at the office of course. I did tuck some T-shirts in a bag, but my pants, shoes and undies were really soaked too. Guess I'd better keep a full set here at the office. emoticon Luckily, I had extra pants and a pair of walking shoes/socks under my desk, so I was able to look dry anyway. It was 75 that day! Lovely!

I came in early this morning, to do rounds etc. and it feels great out there. It's supposed to get up to 90 today so it was nice to get that done while it's cooler.

Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy your time...whatever you find yourself doing emoticon


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I think the crux of the matter for me is the sentence, 'There is a wide distinction between confessing sin as a culprit, and confessing sin as a child.', When we have confidence towards God, we know we can come to Him in faith, not fear. In my earlier days as a christian there was a residual feeling that if I did one thing wrong, I would slip into damnation and condemnation, it was only by believing, what He said,' I will never leave you nor forsake you', that I realized my miniscule efforts to save myself through my own efforts were laughable, and only relying on His grace and personal relationship would I ever grow, I learned I do not know everything, He is God after all and is more than capable of creating His gift of salvation in me. 'When we are faithless, He is faithful and cannot deny Himself.' We will have eternity to learn all the lessons He has for us, our rewards in eternity will be a reflection of lessons learned and mistakes made in this life. We, as always, agree to disagree, Love, Diana.


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Exactly, Shel. The Holy Spirit is faithful to tell us when we have gone astray so that we can confess and repent - and until that happens we can rest assured that we are in a right relationship with Him.

We are getting some drizzling rain here - woohoo!

I tried your link, Shel, but it wouldn't come up!

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God bless, Kim

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Kim, I'm with you on not believing "once saved, always saved" because I think one CAN decide to turn ones back on the Lord. Best option is to maintain a clear conscience through self examination under the direction of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, I don't think we need to be fearful if we stumble and fall, as long as we are heading towards Him.

Anyway - howdy to you all, and if you want to check my sparkblogs, I managed to edit them with some pix (can't always get the pix in - and internet is slow here!) emoticon Shel
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I'm glad you're feeling better Kim. That was rough!

I'm getting the Omega 3's in my fish oil and the fish I eat, but never heard of Omega 9's. I'll look into that.

I got another bill from my cardiologist and I had been credited with only $117 of my $500 payment so I did a harassment call. The first time, I was told I'd have to contact my bank, get the date the check cleared and who endorsed it because they had no record of it. I did that and called back.

The second time I was told oh, the other $383 was applied to blah blah, that wasn't shown on your statement but it paid that in full so it doesn't show up when paid off, but it's not a problem. I told her it's a problem for ME when I wasn't sent a bill for the part that my money was applied to! So she's going to send me an itemized receipt. This isn't setting well with me emoticon

Then I had to hassle AT&T over an increase on my phone bill and unless I upgrade my services they don't have a promo rate plan and my year has expired at my promotional rate when I was forced to switch to U-Verse last year. But they can switch me to a faster something or other and it will only be about $10 more than my old rate so it would run about what the current bill is for the next year...then I can get another hike for the same service. Geeesh emoticon Of course some of those things he didn't "say" but I know to be true. emoticon

Well...it is what it is and at least those things are dealt with and marked off my list. Today is a new day and I need to have a good one, get an attitude adjustment and course correction.

Have a blessed day ladies...no matter what. I'll do the same at my place.

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I agree with you that when or if we sin we need to confess that sin and then repent of it to be in a right relationship with God - but I don't agree with the rest of the devotional, and I do realize that I am in the minority. I don't believe in "once saved always saved", or that a just God would allow the sins of one man to be "overlooked" while the sins of another send him to eternal damnation. There is no verse in the Bible that says the sin of the unrepentant saved has a different judgment than that of the unsaved. I've shared with y'all my view on this in the past so I won't go into it all again! Phew - huh?!!

Praise the Lord, I am feeling a little bit perkier today. Wade and I did a lot of walking yesterday while shopping. I was a bit concerned because I didn't have time to eat breakfast and hadn't had anything to drink, but I didn't really have any adverse reactions to that, so praise the Lord again. The screw in my implant in my mouth fell out on July 3, the day that my dentist and his office went on vacation - in the meantime it healed over. I went in yesterday morning and he said that it should be just fine. I'll go in a week before they do the forms for the new tooth to open it up and put in another screw! Yippee! That will take place in Sept.

Well, not much else going on here. Y'all be good. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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this is long but I enjoyed the perspective of this, and the conciseness of the writer.

References are at the bottom.

The Spiritual Disciplines: Confession


A familiar Scottish proverb tells us that “Confession is good for the soul,” and so it is. When we are looking to deepen our connection with the Lord, to live a God-centered life, confessing our sins plays an important role.

The Spiritual Discipline of confession involves sin that is committed after salvation. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are forgiven for our sins, and therefore are seen as judicially righteous before God, with assurance of salvation.[1] In His great love for humanity, God made a way for us to be reconciled with Him, and that way was through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, who gave His life so that we could be born again as members of God’s family. Salvation changed our relationship with Him—He is now our Father.[2] We are eternally part of His family.

Being born again, however, doesn’t mean that we no longer sin, or that when we do, our sins have no consequences. Sin has negative effects in our lives and the lives of others, and most prominently in the damage it does to our personal relationship with God. Sin causes a breach in our relationship with our Father, and confession repairs the breach. It takes effort on our part to make things right, similar to how it takes effort to restore a relationship with another person whom we have hurt or offended.

The discipline of confession is the means of counteracting the effect our sins have on our relationship with God. If we don’t regularly repair the damage through confessing our sins, we run the risk of becoming hardened in heart and spirit and relationally growing more distant from Him. As John MacArthur wrote:

I’ve seen Christians—judicially forgiven and eternally secure—who are hardened, impenitent, and insensitive to sin. Consequently, they are also without joy because they don’t have a loving, intimate fellowship with God. They have blocked out joy and fellowship with the barricade of their unconfessed sin.[3]

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus directed us to ask the Father to forgive us our sins.[4] He wasn’t instructing us to pray repeatedly for justification, as we received that upon salvation.[5] Instead, He was showing us the means of restoring our personal fellowship with God when that fellowship has been broken or damaged due to our sins. When King David had grievously sinned, his fellowship with God was broken and his sin had distanced him. His prayer was:

Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.[6] He asked God for restoration: Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.[7]

Confessing our sins and asking God to forgive us is the path to that restoration. When we come before Him and admit that we have sinned, when we ask forgiveness and have heartfelt repentance, the breach is repaired and the damaged relationship is restored. We are cleansed from our unrighteousness and can once again be in fellowship with righteousness, God Himself.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.[8]

Confession shouldn’t be looked upon as something negative or distasteful, because the positive result of confessing our transgressions is forgiveness. God desires to forgive us, and confession is the avenue through which we receive His mercy and compassion. His forgiveness brings freshness to our spirit as our relationship, love, and friendship with Him is renewed.

What Confession Means
The Greek word for sin is hamartia (pronounced ha mar TEE ah), which means to miss the mark, to wander from the path of uprightness and honor, to do or go wrong. As Christians, we don’t want to wander from the path of uprightness or miss the mark. Our goal is to journey through life walking close to Jesus, to avoid straying from His side. When we sin, we wander from Him, but confessing draws us back. Confession is an expression of our love and desire to have a close relationship with Jesus and stay connected to Him.

The word used in the New Testament in reference to confessing our sins is homologeo (pronouncedha ma la GAY oh),which comes from the combination of the words homos, meaning “the same,” and lego, meaning “to speak.” It means to speak the same thing, to agree. When we confess our sins, we are saying the same thing about sin as God does. We are agreeing with His condemnation of sin and acknowledging that in sinning we have acted against God personally, against His Word and His nature. We are admitting that sin is wrong and that we have acted in a way that is offensive to Him. It’s acknowledging that we call these actions the same thing God calls them: envy, jealousy, lust, hatred, deceit, greed, anger, gluttony, adultery, etc.[9]

It is recognizing that these actions are repugnant to God and that by doing them, we are hurting our relationship with Him. It is agreeing that because of the sins of humanity, including our specific sins, Jesus suffered torture and death on the cross. Confession is the acknowledgment that these things are wrong, that we have personally done them, we have offended God, we are sorry, and we need His forgiveness. It is also an expression of our understanding that when we confess our sins, God, in His love and mercy, forgives us.

Charles Spurgeon pointed out that as God’s children, we don’t come before Him to confess as a culprit or criminal comes before a judge. Instead, as His children, we come to our loving Father who desires to forgive.

There is a wide distinction between confessing sin as a culprit, and confessing sin as a child. The Father’s bosom is the place for penitent confessions. We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.[10]

When we confess our sins, we are recognizing and admitting our guilt. We are stating that no matter who we have wronged, we have sinned against God, whom we are accountable to, we deeply regret doing so, and we seek His forgiveness.

Confession consists of acknowledging our specific sins and claiming them as our own. The following story expresses this point well:

A counselor was trying to help a man who had come forward during an evangelistic meeting. “I’m a Christian,” the man said, “but there’s sin in my life, and I need help.” The counselor showed him 1 John 1:9 and suggested that the man confess his sins to God. “O Father,” the man began, “if we have done anything wrong—” “Just a minute!” the counselor interrupted. “Don’t drag me into your sin! My brother, it’s not ‘if’ or ‘we’—you’d better get down to business with God!”[11]

Because our goal is to regain our close relationship with God, it is helpful to confess specific wrongdoing along with our general sins and weaknesses.

Of course, part of confession is repentance, meaning the changing of the mind, a change of view and of purpose. It’s understanding that sin isn’t just a weakness or an area of your life that you need to work on; it is you acting contrary to God and His nature, resulting in His displeasure and causing a distance in your relationship with Him, as well as negatively affecting you as a person. Repentance means turning from sin and toward God, similar to the prodigal son who returned from a far country to his father’s house. It’s being sorry for sinning and committing to change.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.[12]

Every one of us sins frequently. We don’t want to, we usually don't mean to, but we do. And while some sins are more serious than others, all sin is spiritually damaging. Confession as a discipline is part of the process of counteracting the damage.

How Often to Confess?
There is no set rule for how often to confess your sins to the Lord, though it seems wise to do so on a regular basis. Before coming before the Lord to confess your sins, it’s good to take some time in self-examination, thinking and praying about the ways you have sinned and any specific sins you can remember. The goal isn’t to root out every detail or every possible sin, rather it’s taking time in prayer to invite the Lord to move in your heart to show you areas in which you need His forgiveness.[13]

If you invite the Holy Spirit to help you search your heart, you will likely become aware of specific sins you would want to confess. Not just sins of commission, but also of omission—times when you should have done something but didn’t. You may become more aware of sins of the heart (such as greed, pride, anger, etc.), which are less obvious than the more outward sins of the flesh. The purpose of confession is greater closeness to God, and taking some time to pray, meditate, and open ourselves to God in self-examination is part of the discipline.

Whom to Confess to
Scripture tells us to confess our sins to God. I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.[14] Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.[15] We confess to the Lord because ultimately He is the one we have sinned against. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apologize to those you’ve wronged—you should, and also make restitution if it’s called for.

Besides confessing our sins to God, Scripture also speaks of confessing our sins to others.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.[16] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.[17]

Some Christians—Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and some Anglicans—act upon the instructions to confess sins to another within the sacrament of confession (also called the sacrament of penance or the sacrament of reconciliation), as they confess their sins to a priest. Generally, Protestant belief is that confession is made only to God in the privacy of personal prayer. In some Protestant services, the pastor will call for a period of silence in order to allow time for members to privately confess their sins to the Lord.

While confessing one’s sins is generally a private matter between the individual and God, as we’ve seen by the verses above, there are occasions when we are instructed to confess our sins to one another. Martin Luther said that “secret confession” to another Christian, although not required by Scripture, was “useful and even necessary.” John Calvin also commended private confession for any believer who is “troubled and afflicted with a sense of sins, so that without outside help he is unable to free himself from them.”[18]


There are times when individuals confess their sins to the Lord, but don’t feel it is enough; they don’t have peace that their confession has restored their fellowship with God. In times like these, it can be beneficial to confess the sin to a trusted brother or sister in the Lord. In such instances God has given us our brothers and sisters to stand in Christ’s stead and make God’s presence and forgiveness real to us.[19]Making a verbal confession of sin to a trusted fellow Christian, along with the effective prayers prayed by that Christian, is sometimes needed to bring the realization of forgiveness, resulting in peace of heart, mind, and spirit.

Of course, such a confession wouldn’t be made to just any Christian, as not all of our brothers and sisters have the necessary empathy or understanding to receive a confession, neither can every Christian be counted on to keep the information in absolute confidence. Richard Foster gives some further qualifications for a person who will be receiving a confession:

Others are disqualified because they would be horrified at the revealing of certain sins. Still others, not understanding the nature and value of confession, would shrug it off with a “That’s not so bad.” Fortunately, many people do understand and would be delighted to minister in this way. These people are found by asking God to reveal them to us. They are also found by observing people to see who evidences a lively faith in God’s power to forgive and exhibits the joy of the Lord in his or her heart. The key qualifications are spiritual maturity, wisdom, compassion, good common sense, the ability to keep a confidence, and a wholesome sense of humor. Many pastors—though by no means all—can serve in this way. Often ordinary folk who hold no office or title whatever are among the best at receiving a confession.[20]

Receiving a Confession
Receiving a confession from another Christian is a sacred matter. Your brother or sister is coming to you in obedience to Scripture, trusting that you will listen with love and compassion. In order to properly receive a confession, you need to begin from a place of deep humility. All sin is abhorrent to God, and since we all sin, no one is in a position to be judgmental or to look down upon the one making confession.

The individual making their confession may be in pain and sorrowful about their sins, or they may be confessing in obedience to Scripture, or because they want to please the Lord. They deserve the utmost respect and love from you. If you can’t give them that, if you don’t feel you can keep the information confidential, if you are concerned that you may betray their trust, then you shouldn’t agree to receive it.

Foster gives the following wise counsel for those who are receiving a confession:[21]

•When one is opening their griefs to you, discipline yourself to be quiet. Don’t try to relieve the tension by making an offhanded comment, as it’s distracting and even destructive to the sacredness of the moment.
•Don’t try to pry out more details than necessary. If you feel they are holding something back due to fear or embarrassment, it’s best to wait silently and prayerfully.
•Pray for them inwardly and imperceptibly, send prayers of love and forgiveness toward them. Pray that they will share the “key” that will reveal any area needing the healing touch of Christ.
•Once they have confessed, pray for them out loud, and in the prayer, state that the forgiveness that is in Jesus is now real and effective for them. You can say this in a tone of genuine authority because If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.[22]
•Ask God to heal their heart and mind from any wounds the sin has caused.
One of our goals as Christians is to have a deep and abiding relationship with God, through Jesus. Because sin separates us from God, we want to avoid sinning; yet as human beings, it is impossible for us to be completely free of sin. Because of this, confessing our sins and seeking the Lord’s forgiveness is key to our having the relationship with Him that we desire. Confession is God’s way for us to eliminate the effects of sin in our relationship with Him. God desires to forgive us, and He wants us to be willing to seek His forgiveness.

When we come to the Lord to confess our sins, we may come in sadness, sorrow, and contrition, but we leave with great joy.—Joy that we are forgiven, that our relationship is restored, and that we can be in His presence unhindered by the burden of our sins. Confession leads to celebration. Our sins are forgiven, our lives are changed. Simply put, “confession is good for the soul.”


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Unless otherwise indicated, all scriptures are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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[1] For more on the concept of Justification, see: The Heart of It All: Salvation, Results—Justification, Adoption, and Regeneration.

[2] When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:4–7).

[3] John MacArthur Jr., Alone with God (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1995), 104–106.

[4] Luke 11:4.

[5] Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

[6] Psalm 51:11.

[7] Psalm 51:12.

[8] 1 John 1:9.

[9] David Walls and Max Anders, Holman New Testament Commentary: I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 166.

[10] C. H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings (Complete and unabridged; New modern edition), (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

[11] W. W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 481–485.

[12] Isaiah 55:7.

[13] Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline (New York: HarperOne, 1998), 151.

[14] Psalm 32:5.

[15] Proverbs 28:13.

[16] James 5:16 NAS.

[17] John 20:23.

[18] W. A. Elwell and B. J. Beitzel in Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988).

[19] Foster, Celebration of Discipline, 147.

[20] Ibid., 153.

[21] Ibid., 155–56.

[22] John 20:23.






When you’re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure—the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”3


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I have no access to a scale. Not much exercise yet since leaving Pucallpa Monday afternoon - long bus ride to Chiclayo, arriving this morning. Thought I'd pop in and say howdy before taking a nap! emoticon


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Another thing that will help, Bren, is taking 4000mg of fish oil; as well as eating fish or foods rich in Omega3 at least two or three times a week. Once you start doing that make sure that you replace the Omega9 that the Omega3 is going to take from you body. I take a Blackberry Oil, 500mg. The Krill Oil that I bought also gives me both the Omega3 and the Omega9. I need to get back to taking all of that on a more regular basis. My heart doc said that anything less than 4000mg doesn't accomplish much. But make sure that what you use is purified or distilled! It is the carbs and sugars that raise the triglycerides - the carbs and sugars that you don't use by the end of the day!

I really need to get back into my smoothies, they were helping quite a bit and I just sloughed them off. They need to become a regular part of my diet. When my idea of the hypothyroidism didn't pan out I just became really discouraged about having to live with all of these "symptoms" and just haven't really cared about much. I don't have anyone fighting to help me find answers and maybe I am just blowing all of this out of proportion and it is just something I am going to have to be content to live with - it is probably simply side effects of all my medication like Wade says - I just don't want it to be, because that means I am going to feel lousy for a very long time with no solution for it - and that makes me really sad and discouraged and not care about much! And that is what I have been going through the past month or so. Anyway - I need to keep eating healthy and do the best I am able despite how I feel, because that is what Jesus would want me to do. Love y'all. Kim

God bless, Kim

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Oh that's good Kim! God is so merciful and loving and those times of relief and comfort are such a blessing.

Can we still do weigh in's so we stay on "alert" until the next challenge starts? I like the 12 weeks too and I did appreciate the accountability...to God, self and others that they offer.

I'm looking into ways to lower the triglycerides and that means lower carb choices. I looked at a slide show in my mail this morning. It showed things NOT to have...excess fruit, alcohol, starchy veggies, butter or margarine, fatty meats, pasta, potatoes, rice and grains in small portions only, of course sugar laden items are a no-no.

I know where I am off track and will use these next three weeks (prior to lab work) to do the best I can to realign myself. I did so well the first 2-3 weeks after my hospital visit emoticon then got into crackers, taters and popcorn. My sugar readings have been higher and I just don't feel as well when feeding my "flesh"....I will spend the next 10 days on the food list and getting re-committed. I think that will get me stable without going back to the glyburide. I'll keep my meals simple, light and portion controlled. I have plenty of great choices in my kitchen. emoticon

I'll spend more time in the Word and less in the popcorn bag. emoticon

Have a blessed day ladies..........you're in my prayers daily and I am so thankful for your presence and friendship.
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Missy, let's wait until closer to Sept to begin our next challenge, that way if we go 12 weeks again we will end near the Thanksgiving holiday. This way too, vacationers can get back home and be settled back in and hopefully more willing to join in. What do you think?

Praise the Lord, I was feeling a bit better today, more alert. For those who saw my prayer request on the challenge thread, thanks for praying, I really appreciate it. I know that the Lord hears and touches.

Night night!

God bless, Kim

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weigh in today ????

are we continuing with another challenge???

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That's the key...finding something that works and doing it consistently. emoticon I'm still learning that. Like you said Kim,...I won't give up either. I'm working on getting rebalanced, after several days of carb excess. Calories were over for about 4 days, but are back down to range...but I still need better planning, to keep my sugar levels steady. I'm not using the glyburide, per Dr.'s instructions, so am taking that into consideration as well.
I rather liked those lower numbers!

Woohoo! That's wonderful...a new low! Speaking of numbers emoticon

Hey Shel! Glad you had a moment to pop in. Take good care of yourself over there.

Maintenance came yesterday to replace the large eye on my stove. It burned out Thursday night, with sparks flying...eeek! I use it almost exclusively, except when I do a small pot or skillet with something or my bean sprees like I did on Wednesday. That was good timing, since I'd planned to use my grill pan for my chicken and veggies last night. I have two more pieces of chicken I need to cook and think I'll do it while I clean a bit...so I can just heat it up tonight...

Have a great weekend all...

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It took me a very long time to find my answers, Diana. Right now I'm not able to exercise like I should, but the "diet" that my doctor told me to go on is working - a high protein/low carb. I'm not on a specific diet, I just eat more protein than I eat carbs. I cut out most bread, almost all white stuff (on occasion I'll eat some potatoey something or rice something, but it's not a regular thing), I rarely eat cereal anymore (boy, that is a huge change for me, that used to be a twice a day reality for me). I have some kind of protein at every meal and for my snacks, and some meals are all protein. Lunch is often just a meat; breakfast is almost always a protein drink; dinner is when I add some fruits and veggies. Snacks are usually cheese and nuts or some kind of fruit. On the weekends I let myself eat whatever I feel like. I'm losing about three pounds a month. I was down to 214.2 this morning. If I could exercise and if I watched my weekends better I would probably lose more than the three pounds, but I go with Wade's flow, and am really happy right now with where I am at - the lowest I've been in more than 20 years. You just have to find that thing that works with your body, with your hormones, with your schedule and your tastes. My Milroy's Disease makes things different for me; you may have something that will make doing a certain diet impossible for you but another one perfect. There was one diet that you were doing about a year ago that you really liked and seemed to be working well for you - try that one again and see if you can find success with it again. Just don't give up! Eat healthy, practice portion control and stop eating when you are satisfied not full, get plenty of water, move as often as you are able, and take it one day at a time! And never forget you aren't alone in this!

Hey, Shel, so good to hear from you!

Hope the rest of you have a great weekend. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Hi guys! I still have about 20 minutes here before heading back to my in-laws', so I thouhgt I'd drop in and say howdy! emoticon Shel


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God is always faithful, isn't He? That's a blessing Diane. I know I need direction daily and when I ask for it He gives it. I still have to "choose" the way of obedience! I go by the way of the ditches on occasion...still, and find myself in need of correction! May you be blessed each day in this journey.

That's a good devotional. I am aware of and thankful for God's presence with me, and for all of you here. I know I'm not the only one who calls on Spark Friends in time of need. emoticon God has us here..."gathered" as we are and while I may never see you all this side of heaven, the prayers and love have meant a lot to me. We can have peace in our storms...in Christ and be encouraged by those He plants in our lives, in whatever form that takes.

I need to get ready for work...be blessed today....I love you ladies!

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I really got desperate in prayer a few weeks ago, and told Jesus, that with all my knowledge and understanding of weight loss, with all my attempts and tries, I have made no lasting progress and surely needed his divine help to turn me around. Almost immediately my appetite has deminished (when we had some high temps) and I am still content to eat more minimally. Still I have no scales, but will try to find the one at work we used to have.

Have not posted in awhile, but I sure loved this!!!

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In the blessing of Moses pronounced before his death upon the several tribes, there was this among other things for Asher: “Thy shoes shall be iron.”1 A little geographical note will help to make the meaning plain. Part of Asher's allotted portion was hilly and rugged. Common sandals, made of wood or leather, would not endure the wear and tear of the sharp, flinty rocks. There was need for some special kind of shoes. Hence the form of the promise: “Thy shoes shall be iron.” …

This old-time assurance gives some important suggestions. For one thing, it tells us that we may have some rugged pieces of road before we get to the end of our life-journey. If not, what need would there be for iron shoes? If the way is to be flower-strewn, velvet slippers would do. No man wants iron-soled shoes for a walk through a soft meadow. … Asher's portion was not an accidental one; it was of God's choosing. Nor is there any accident in the ordering of the place, the conditions, the circumstances, of any child of God. Our times are in God's hands. We should not doubt, then, that the hardnesses and difficulties of anyone's lot are part of the divine ordering for the best growth of each person's life. …

Shoes of iron are promised only to those who are to have rugged roads, not to those whose path lies amid the flowers. There is a comforting suggestion here for all who find peculiar hardness in their life: peculiar favor is pledged to them. God will provide for the ruggedness of their way. They will have a divine blessing which would not be theirs but for the roughness and ruggedness. The Hebrew parallelism gives the same promise, without figure, in the remaining words of the same verse: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.”2 Be sure, if your path is rougher than mine, you will get more help than I will. There is a most delicate connection between earth's needs and heaven's grace. Days of struggle get more grace than calm, quiet days. When night comes, stars shine out which otherwise never would have appeared if the sun had not set. Sorrow draws comfort that never would have come in joy. For the rough roads there are iron shoes.

There is yet another suggestion in this old-time promise. The divine blessing for every experience is folded up in the experience itself and will not be received in advance. The iron shoes would not be given until the rough roads were reached. There was no need for them until then.

A great many people worry about the future. They vex themselves by anxious questioning as to how they are going to get through certain anticipated experiences. We had better learn once and for all that there are in the Bible no promises of provision for needs while the needs are yet in the future. God does not put strength into our arms today for the battles of tomorrow; but when the conflict is actually upon us, the strength comes. “As thy day, so shall thy strength be.”

Some people are forever unwisely testing themselves by questions like these: “Could I endure sore bereavement? Have I grace enough to bow in submission to God, if he were to take away my dearest treasure? Or could I meet death without fear?” Such questions are unwise, because there is no promise of grace to meet trials when there is no trial to be met. There is no assurance of strength to bear great burdens when there are no great burdens to be borne. Help to endure temptation is not promised when there are no temptations to be endured. Grace for dying is nowhere promised while death is yet far off and while one's duty is to live.

There is a story of shipwreck which yields an illustration that comes in just here. Crew and passengers had to leave the broken vessel and take to the boats. The sea was rough, and great care in rowing and steering was necessary in order to guard the heavily-laden boats, not from the ordinary waves, which they rode over easily, but from the great cross-seas. Night was approaching, and the hearts of all sank as they asked what they should do in the darkness when they would no longer be able to see these terrible waves. To their great joy, however, when it grew dark they discovered that they were in phosphorescent waters and that each dangerous wave rolled up crested with light which made it as clearly visible as if it were mid-day.

So it is that life's dreaded experiences carry in themselves the light which takes away the peril and the terror. The night of sorrow comes with its own lamp of comfort. The hour of weakness brings its own secret of strength. By the brink of the bitter fountain itself grows the tree whose branch will heal the waters. The wilderness with its hunger and no harvest has daily manna. In dark Gethsemane, where the load is more than a mortal heart can bear, an angel appears, ministering strength that gives victory. …

The lesson is that we cannot get along on our life's pilgrimage without Christ; but having Christ we shall be ready for anything that may come to us along the days and years.—J. R. Miller3

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Too often, we think of a shelter against a rainy day as a roof over our heads, a retirement portfolio, a savings account or, at the least, our social security payments. But material things will all disappear [eventually]. The Old Testament character Job said something about coming into the world naked and leaving it the same way. Indeed, the Bible says we won’t be taking anything with us.

There is a wonderful axiom about the three things most people really want out of life: happiness, freedom, and peace of mind. … When we are fortunate enough to have them, the three are also a form of shelter. The life we lead and the friends we make can be shelters, too.

My dad talked [to me] about the need to build a shelter, but he never told me what kind of shelter he was talking about. He left that for me to discover. But he pointed me in the right direction.

I don’t think my dad was talking about any form of earthly shelter when he told me to build one against a rainy day. I think he was referring to a more lasting shelter. Specifically, I think he was talking about ensuring a place in heaven.

Through Christ, I have built that shelter.—John Wooden and Jay Carty4

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God’s Word and His guarantees have no restrictions, no limitations, no qualifications except our faith. He is not bound by time or space or land or place! “Forever His Word is settled in heaven,” and His promises are forever!5 Our future is as bright as the promises of God, as long as we obey and trust Him.

When we obeyed, He kept His promises, He fulfilled His guarantees, and He supplied all of our needs according to His riches in glory. We only have to depend on God and His riches. He’s a big God and He has great riches and will never fail!—David Brandt Berg

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God Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness, which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity.—2 Corinthians 9:106

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Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you.—Luke 12:22–287






When you’re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure—the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”3


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Boy, some of those things don't even exist without the other, Missy - but so true! There is no Christianity without Christ, there is no forgiveness without repentance, there is no salvation without regeneration; there is very little politics now that includes God, and so much in the religious realm that has excluded the Holy Spirit that it has become unrecognizable as Christianity, although for some reason people still want to be called by that name - perhaps because they do want heaven without hell but on their own terms. This world gets darker and darker all the time.

I hope each of you are feeling better today. I'm hanging in there, working on correcting some of the things that aren't going right in my body. Some of my corrective supplements need to be changed, so I will be working on that over the next week or so to see if I can get some things under control.

Have a wonderful day today. Love you

God bless, Kim

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1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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Oh my....I hope mine don't last that long!!!

I posted this on my fb and thought I would share here...amazing how true it is today..even though it was written in the early 1900's!

General Booth says the chief dangers in the twentieth century are: Religion without the Holy Spirit; Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without Repentance; Salvation without Regeneration; Politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.
J. Wilbur Chapman (1859-1917)

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I had my surgery 31 years ago this month. I was 30. So it's about time mine eased up emoticon I'm heat sensitive as it is, but as hot as it gets here, I know of other places hotter...and I don't want to be there. emoticon I scorch just driving home from work with no AC.

I didn't finish the kitchen yesterday so that's on my list for the day...along with a couple more projects.

Be blessed and strengthened today, ladies....you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.


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I have been going through hot flashes..I knew it was coming after my surgery...
It is horrible!! But...God will get me through it!

Praying for us all!!!!



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Kim, that sounds worse than one of my Maxine power surges. That's what she calls a hot flash. They haven't been much of a problem the past couple of years but I'd get mean when one hit! emoticon When a cold shower feels good...you were HOT! I've had a few but not on purpose. I think when someone else turns their water on, mine falters...from scalding to chilly!

I too, hope you feel better very soon. I'm an advocate for naps, Diane and I've had days like yours but regular exhaustion is usually refreshed by rest. Take good care of yourself and do what feels right! I had a nice long nap this afternoon. I thought it was 5:30 when I got up and it was 6:30!

I had my dinner, tallied the day and am over my calories, so need to back off the feed trough the next few days emoticon My pre-dinner sugar was 126, so that's good, but I can still be fluffy if other things are off. My BP has been up the past three mornings so I'm getting too much sodium again. I'll load my water bottle and get busy with that. emoticon

Hope you all have a good evening and rest well tonight. Be good to yourselves, whatever that entails...I'll do the same here~

Love and hugs~

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Diana, I hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for the info on your daughter, any bit of info helps.

We went shopping today and I was hot the whole time. We got in the car and it dawned on me I might be dehydrated. We'd just bought some of my water so Wade grabbed me one of those. We got home and I decided a cold shower would be a good idea too. I don't do cold showers, ever! But today was a must! It sure felt good. My inner thermometer must have gone out of whack.

Wade is home on vacation this week. He's trying to get things done around the house. Mom mentioned something a day or so ago about getting in touch with the realtor soon! Woohoo. Gotta get everything ready.

Talk to y'all later.

God bless, Kim

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1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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Hi ladies, just a quick note, was totally exhausted last friday, slept all night, then took two two hour naps, in a.m. and pm. plus slept all night. saturday still a little groggy, sunday was good as was yesterday. maybe I was coming down with something! Hope you feel better kim, my daughter has a constantly low temp, always has. But her metabulism is fine. who knows, we are all made a bit different. Glad to hear you are up and around as usual bren, and waiting to hear more from shell!

Love, diana.


When you’re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure—the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”3


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Kim, I will be praying for you. I sure pray for me when I have that problem. emoticon It makes one miserable!

Knowing that something is off kilter even if the numbers show normal...makes it tougher to actually see improvement. Oh I sure get the laying around part and yes, it's so hard to force exercise when you are weak and weary or in pain! emoticon I had really bad back pain for several days but it's better now. I had a bad headache last night but did some stretches and took ibuprophin at 11:15, and got back to sleep. I've been working steady since 7:15 this morning.

I look forward to my off days tomorrow and Wednesday... emoticon I need to get my lock out list ready for James for tomorrow...and take a nice break.

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Well, I looked up low body temperature and found three different answers:
1. Normal body temps have gone down, because the world is just dirtier than it used to be and people aren't as active as they used to be. The new normal is 97.2 - 98.6. Not sure that this is actually a good thing.
2. A low temp indicates something is wrong with how the body is using the thyroid hormones even if all the numbers are alright.
3. A low temp indicates a low metabolism. Eating healthy, getting exercise and good sleep should bring the temp back up. Well, I usually eat healthy, but I don't get much exercise and my sleep is broken up during the night, so I can't really call it good - but my temp has been low for about four years now, so my metabolism has been low for that long I guess. This is the one that really makes the most sense, especially with all the other symptoms as well - the problem is, when you are as exhausted as I am it's really hard to exercise. We went to Lowes today and I got nauseous walking around the garden center in the sunshine - and standing for more than 20 minutes makes my back and legs feel like I am going to collapse - BUT, I need to do what I can for as long as I can!!! I will try this and see if it helps, then I will know if that is the problem - this is an easy one to check out! It's just gotten too easy to lay around because laying around keeps the pain away! But it also makes me weak.

Well, after a weekend of indulging I was up to 215.4. I am back to eating right today! I am hoping that that .4 is also due to the fact that I have not had a BM in four days now. This constipation is killing me. I am taking softeners, but they don't seem to be helping. This is the worst it has ever been. It isn't a very delicate subject but one I could sure use your prayers for.

Well, I am going to head over to check out the book pages. Talk to you later. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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I prayed over him/her too Kim! It was still on property when I left for work and I pray it finds it's way home or someone comes looking for it. It had a flea collar on, but no tags or regular collar. It wanted in my lap when I went out to sit...so I didn't! I couldn't drink coffee with a lap full of dog. It sure needs a lap and loving tho!

Oh poor Jake! I'll bet other pets were scared too. Hey, loud noises scare me! Temporarily but still...motorcycles racing by here much too fast for example. I didn't hear anything last night, but my co-worker said her neighbors were shooting them off at 1:30 this morning. It's illegal of course, in the city limits but the ones who do it don't care.

That's very confusing and when the numbers come back "normal" yet no one says, let's look into this...because something isn't right. I have no idea what mine are since it's been several years since my TSH was checked and he increased my dosage of Levothyroxine. Are you on anything for thyroid troubles?

I didn't know that about the temp. I had to check mine the first two weeks after I went home, to check for spikes and possible infections. I didn't have any thank God...so I quit checking it.

I noticed this morning that I have a rash behind my left ear. It's new...I did get too much sun the other day when I was going home from work and it was so hot. The sun beats down on my neck and arm...and it felt sunburned. I put a bit of lotion on it and will check it tonight at home. I hope it doesn't spread! With my short hair, it would look ugg-ee emoticon

I'm going to play for awhile. I've had a really busy day...it's too hot to be out tooling around so will wait until tomorrow for that. I have a couple of locks to get off before I leave at 5:00.

Lord, please empty me of self will, and fill me with Your spirit.


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Oh Bren, the poor puppy! Dirty and injured - thanks for loving on him/her!

I guess I'm not as resolved as I thought I was. I went looking for more answers today. I looked up low body temperature. This morning mine was 97. What I read just leads back to the thyroid, even if the numbers are normal, if you have a low body temperature, fatigue, constipation, disturbed sleep patterns, etc... then something isn't right with how your body is using your thyroid hormones. The low body temp is what causes the fatigue. Our bodies were designed to function best at 98.6. Certain enzymes in our bodies don't work right if our bodies are too cool or too hot. My body has been too cool for at least four years. Doctors have seen my low body temp and have never said a thing. Do they just not know or are these other doctors who talk about these things all quacks? I always tell the nurse that my temp is normally in the 97's whenever they take it on a doctor's visit (if they take it), just so they will know that it isn't an anomaly. Sigh! If my numbers are normal, then I don't know what else to ask them to look at. I need to research it more and read more than the four or five other doctors who have talked about this low body temp thing. Oh well, enough of that!

Poor Jake, he was beside himself last night with all of the fireworks booming around us.
The ballfield, which is about 20 minutes away from our house, has fireworks every year, and we can hear them from our house. Sometimes we can even see the ones that go higher up. Mom lives just up the road from it. There were other fireworks going off all around us and Jake just kept pacing. He doesn't like loud noises at all. We can't even pop the bubble wrap from our packages with him getting skittish. I wish I knew what that man did to my little buddy when he had him first!

Well, y'all have a great weekend. Love ya

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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I just hung out at home with Jesus and did my laundry, and got a nice nap in the afternoon. I enjoyed being off for the day and no calls to come to the office. My number is first on the emergency list to call.

I'm ready for my weekend at work and will get some outside time, cleaning the cart and making rounds.

emoticon I would think that was important Kim!! I thought those things went into the bone and stayed there! Yikes!
I pray you get some relief from these symptoms and soon. Congrats on the weight loss BTW emoticon That's super, hitting a new low! Just wish you felt better so you could enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Mine inched up a bit during my three days of carelessness, but it's coming back down. My sugar is higher too, but I'm skipping the AM glyburide. I'll adjust my carbs first....I did a bit better yesterday, no taters but I did have popcorn for a snack. I do that twice a week, but may have to cut out one or go low carb the days I have it?

I had a little dog visit this morning while feeding the cats. He's one of those short legged, long hair, squatty face types. Can't think of the name...he was dirty and had an injured hind foot, but super sweet and friendly. He has to belong somewhere, poor baby. I'm a cat person but I gave him some loving too. emoticon

Last week as I was leaving for work I saw two kittens trying to follow Mama across the street on the way to my place. I prayed for their safety. They got scared and darted back and mama just came on to the food bowl. She now lets me pet her, just started this week. My tom cat was missing from the line up this morning....but I had three others waiting.

I'm going to sit out for a bit before I get ready for work and enjoy the cool morning. You all are in my thoughts and prayers today. God knows our names, hearts and needs and is with us always.
Love and hugs~
Bren

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Happy Fourth of July, ladies! Any plans? I don't have any. Maybe we will watch some fireworks on TV tonight!

Missy, I want to apologize for speaking harshly to you about the weigh in thing. I shouldn't have done that. It doesn't matter how I am feeling or what I am going through, lashing out isn't ever an appropriate response. Please forgive me.

Despite my poor eating this past week, I did lose some weight. I was down to 215 this morning. Praise the Lord! A new low for me. It must be the vial of blood they took out the other day! LOL!

Oh man, the screw that goes in my implant for my tooth fell out last night. I left a message on my dentist's cell phone, but he and his staff are on vacation all this coming week, starting today! I hope it's not important. I wonder if Wade can put it back in with one of his mini screw drivers - LOL! The dentist used a rachet, but it does have like a phillips head on it! He'd just have to make sure he got it in the right place! I'm willing!

Thanks for your prayers, Bren. I really do need them. The fatigue is bad. The constipation is sometimes really bad too, even though I take softeners, it sometimes will be days before I go - and drinking lots of water isn't an option to help things along. Sigh! God knows it all and He will see me through, I just have to remember that.

If y'all want a couple of really good books to read, Pieces of Silver and Remember Me are very good. I just finished them. They take place during WWI. They are both people driven stories about faith and love and sacrifice and anyone who has read them so far has found them hard to put down. The author is Maureen Lang. Unfortunately they are both full price right now, but keep them in mind just in case they go back down in price again. I wish I could loan them out, but they aren't loan-able either.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Well boo, Kim. That's a case of good news/bad news and if it's medication and you have to deal with side effects, that IS a letdown. Praying for you....and am sorry it wasn't a more productive report.

Shel, I look forward to the new pics when you can post to SP. I know you are glad to be there and you're staying busy. Pop in when you can.

Today is a busy day with credit card payments, deposits and the like. I'll be ready for 5:00 today! emoticon



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Awesome, Shel! I'm glad you made it safely there!

Diana, I hope that you are doing better today. I can't believe they had you lifting heavy stuff like that!

Well, I did the blood work around 4 PM yesterday and had a message from my doctor on my patient portal by 6 or 7 PM that the results were "Great", perfectly normal T3 and T4 so no hypothyroidism. That was a real let down when I first heard it. Now I am just resolved to live with these symptoms since there isn't anything I can do about them. Wade thinks they are from all of the medication I am taking and he is probably right. I have changed some of the meds that had the worst side effects, but the ones I'm on now are the best ones for me. God knows all of this and He has a purpose and a plan, I ask for His grace to see it through.

I hope y'all have an awesome 4th of July. Love ya

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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Hey, gang! I'm at Levi's cousin's internet cabina. This little stool is uber uncomfortable! Anyway, I just posted a sparkblog that combined the 2 I posted on FB and my blogspot. No photos for Spark yet, tho I did post some to FB. Just want to say I love you guys. You'll hear from me more when I'm in Lima! Shel


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Ouch! That was scary Diana. I hurt myself Monday and all I did was lift a door on a sale unit to get my picture, and I had pain in the groin area for about 36 hours. It was ok again this morning. It was just week 3 so I wasn't "ready" for that.

Yours reminds me of the story I saw on the news Monday night about Amazon.com! That was a hair raiser. It's a good thing you made a report, but I pray for God's strength and stability for you on the job AND after...

Kim, I hope you have results and a plan of treatment pronto! Yikes! You've gotten some great info already on the thyroid issues and that's a good place to start...informing oneself.

You've been around this block a time (medical care/procedures) or two yourself and I appreciate the tips and encouragement, and the prayers! God hears and answers them. Oh I sure get the 100 year payout! I told Sharon at even a penny on the dollar, it would take me a long time!

Yes you did! While I played in the ditches, you made progress. emoticon I am happy with mine, but it was a wake up and smell the de-caf moment that started the ball rolling at my place. emoticon

I need to get my green beans put away. That was a lot! I'm glad I just got two bags. They are very good. Guess I should do the plant based plan the next few days Missy! I have produce piled in the fridge that needs to be used quickly emoticon

Have a good evening ladies. Blessings to all of you...

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I had done a lot of lifting on monday, 7 motors and 8 cases of powdered energy drinks, did not feel it too much on monday except for exhaustion, but yesterday my legs were very sore and weak! Could not figure out why they hurt, I called our nurse and after about 10 minutes of questions asked if I had lifted anything very heavy. Duh! So I came in and made out a report at work, so it is documented. They cut 2 personel in our storeroom, the two guys who usually do the heavy lifting, unfortunately they are low man on the totum pole in seniority, so they were the two who went. Rob paul to pay peter, they may have cut the paychecks , but if someone gets hurt, they will still be paying.

have a great day, when will we hear from Shell?



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my my kim...don't feel like that ...lol....
It was nothing personal....I just made the statement that only Bren and I showed up...I do think it being the LAST weigh in for the challenge everyone could have showed up...lol...just saying :)
It is wonderful that you are to a new low.... emoticon
I do always appreciate your up lifting words Kim...you always show your appreciation for me doing the challenges and that is very kind:)))

With humidity it is 100 here!!!!! My plants are feeling it!!!!!
hoping we get rain with the tropical storm/ hurricane headed our way!

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Hey, ladies. I feel like chopped liver. I miss the last weigh in and it's as if I never showed up! I didn't lose as much as y'all but I did get back into the teens and down to a new low, 216.2. Right now I'm trying to find out if hypothyroidism might be the reason for many of my problems, and finally the doctor's office faxed over the order to the lab, so I'm going this afternoon to give blood for the TSH, T3 and T4 test. It sounds bad but I am really hoping that this is what's wrong because it answers the questions I have on several problems I have. This has been on my mind the last few days, as well as being extremely tired.

I'm glad you're doing better, Bren. The pool sounds wonderful! When I had my gall bladder out we didn't have insurance either. The first hospital I went to for the surgery didn't have a program that wrote off accounts for patients in financial straits - so I paid what I could each month. After about six or seven months they realized it was going to take me about 100 years to pay the bill so they forgave the rest of it. The hospital I had the stint put in had the program and forgave it right away. Most of my bills were forgiven when they realized that I was making a serious effort to pay but it would take way too long to get it done. This was when Wade was a house painter. Tn had Tenncare, but at that time we didn't want to go on the doles. When I needed a hernia surgery we didn't have a choice. It now doesn't exist, but Praise the Lord it was there when I needed it. Just make an honest effort to pay what you are able each month. If they complain and threaten, let them know that's all you have - you can't give them what isn't there. You are in my prayers.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Thanks Missy! I did show up regularly, I just didn't behave very well emoticon I am sure ready to now!
I have applied for help but haven't heard back from them since I sent my W-2 info and check stubs as requested. As a self pay patient, the hospital made an "adjustment" of $28,000 but left a balance due of $53,314.

Oh, I just went in the pool for 30 minutes and it was wonderful! I took my timer, a bottle of water and my noodle out there and played all by myself in the deep in. It's really great with those new grab bars to help us get in and out. I loved it! I didn't really want to get out, but I have things to get done today so limited my "beneficial" play time.

I stopped by HEB and found some wonderful, marked down produce. Salads, green beans, baby bella mushrooms....I got some more fish and boneless, skinless chicken breast at Wal-Mart, so I'm loaded up. I have my green beans cooking right now and will have some with lunch when my fish is done. Yum yum!

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Bren, you have been very accountable and supportive all through the challenges!!!

Does your hospital have a charity program, that could help you out?

Praying we can beat this diabetes for good!!! I read in one of my magazines last night of a lady who beat diabetes..by going to a plant based diet...so I may just do that again...



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That has to be the main goal...to get in the best health possible for our various ages and "conditions". I'd be further along myself if I hadn't played around so much. I am sorry for my lack of attention and participation in life! BUT...I've been given a new opportunity and I want to get fully on board emoticon

Hey, I got my hospital bill on Saturday and had a nasty shock! I prayed about it and God is fully aware of my situation, beginning to end. He knew the bill was coming, as He knew about everything else! emoticon

I've got to go back to Wal-Mart for another prescription today, that wasn't ready when I was there yesterday, waiting for the Dr.'s ok to renew...this will be four times in four days I've been there emoticon
Yesterday, I had a full hour to walk and shop before the pharmacy opened. Now I know it opens at 9:00.

I need to dump the bread again. emoticon I've had it two nights in a row and now two mornings in a row my sugar has been over 200, even with the insulin. I've not taken the night dose of glyburide, but will add it back if needed, per Dr.'s ok. I really think the adjustment in PM carbs will be enough so I will do that first...since my goal is to come off some meds.

So...where's my step stool? I need to climb back on the wagon emoticon

You're all in my thoughts and prayers today......


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Well...Bren and I were the only ones to give final weigh in...
I need to know if ya'll want to do another one...It gets sort of depressing..when people agree to participate and then never show up again....If we start another one...accountability would be SUPER!!!.......I am very happy with Bren and I losing a total of 15.8 pounds!!! We can get healthier!!!!

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I haven't attempted stairs here yet, but it's on my list of things to do once I'm given the all clear for increasing my exertion. I still have a few patches of bruising and a painful spot at the groin but am near full recovery. I have stairs just down from my apartment and it's been over a year since I was on them...it's 14 steps up and for my whiny body that feels like a lot. emoticon

I had five cats at the buffet this morning! Beautiful kitties. I had to come back in for extra bowls. My neighbor Tawna has adopted my calico kitty and has spoiled her properly! She has a kitty bed sitting on her table in the picture window and I saw Miz Kitty in it when I was taking trash out. So sweet. She has a good Mama....and Tawna has a good cat emoticon

Yesterday was such a lax day at the office. I did have three rentals but we had security camera guys in, installing new equipment and the office wasn't my own for part of the day. They are done except for an upgrade for our Windows 8 and will finish Monday.

We are going to be increasing rates so we'll lose some tenants like we did last time. We don't like it...but we do like our jobs so will do what we are told to do. We have to give current tenants a 30 day notice and new rentals will be at the new rate, once they (bosses) set it, on Monday.

I'm going to clean for a bit and get ready for work. Have a blessed weekend all....and take good care of yourselves emoticon

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Bren,*giggle*, I know what you mean, 6 stairs!


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Sorry, Missy. No one in my family has a disorder of that kind. I hope that you are able to find some good advice though. Lots of prayer, love and patience are the only things that I can think of.

Diana, that was a good devotional. Sometimes when several things are acting up at one time I feel a bit overwhelmed, or the pain and weakness feels like I'm not even going to be able to hold myself up - I have to remember that very thing - God will never give me more than I can handle and there is always a purpose to whatever He gives; my job is to glorify and honor Him in whatever I am going through and trust that He will give me the grace to see it through. That picture of the submissive man under the burden of someone else's stuff will be a good reminder.

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend. Love you!

God bless, Kim

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I have a question

Have any of you dealt with a loved one.. who has a paranoid disorder?
If so, how do you cope with that? How can you help?



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While the overall "moral of the story" is great...boy did it make me tired! Just to imagine ONE flight of stairs, emoticon ...six is beyond my imagination! Boy can we feel burdened far past what we can carry at times (often) and in the natural that is a fact. Christ is our burden bearer and at my place I ask Him to do the heavy lifting regularly.

I had a light headache this morning and my BP and FBS were low...105/58, 61 HR and fbs was 73....woohoo!
I had oatmeal with mixed berries for breakfast and that got the sugar up quickly. That's my first "low" FBS, and I only had 14 units of insulin last night since that's all the pen had in it. I was glad to note it has a stop ga and won't let me dial up 20 if there isn't 20 units left!

I need to get my cart out and check on my sale ad....I'll be back later.

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I thought you all would enjoy this, I did!

Moving Day


By Clay Josephs

I walked down the stairs from my apartment to see how the movers were doing. My wife and I generally rent an upstairs apartment. Upper floors are more protected from floods and sewer back-ups, and they’re also generally cheaper, compared to the lower floors, since there are no elevators here. The new apartment we were moving into was on the sixth floor.

Being a former house mover myself when I was a college student, I knew what it was like to have to carry furniture and boxes of books, dishes, records—or rather in China, DVDs—and many other household and personal items out of one apartment and into another.

A huge part of this process was to load everything onto a big truck, so that boxes, suitcases, and furniture all fit together like a big puzzle, making sure nothing would break during the move. Then the truck was driven through the city and maneuvered as close as possible to the entrance of the apartment and unloaded. The last step was carrying the heavy burdens up numerous flights of stairs, and finally placing them neatly on the apartment floor. Whew! It’s a tough job, and not much credit is given to the brave souls that do this for a living.

In China there is not a lot of high-tech equipment, such as moving dollies and carts. Everything is done by hand, or rather by the strength of the back, arms, and legs. I’ve seen these workers carry refrigerators on their backs, with just a strap, and literally disappear beneath the stuff they were carrying, which brings me right back to my story.

Arriving at the bottom of the steps, I saw the driver of the truck and the mover. The driver, who often owns the truck, doesn’t usually do the carrying, but it is his responsibility to load the movers up with things which are then carried to their final destination. He was up on the truck, deciding what he would give to the mover.

At this time in my missionary career in China, a land of 1.4 billion people, I had struggled through many emotionally trying experiences. One of the emotions was the feeling that things were just too overwhelming, as there was so much to do and there were so many people to reach out to and to take care of, to give Bible studies to, and to counsel, and I sometimes felt that if anyone asked anything more of me I was going to scream or cry or yell, “Time out! I can’t do it!” In addition, I sometimes felt that others just didn’t seem to understand what I was going through, and even though it was hard to admit it, I wasn’t sure if I could keep going.

But there I was, watching these two men, and it looked to me like the mover at the bottom of the truck had all the load he could possibly carry. In my opinion he was definitely taking more than his share, his arms full, his back heavy laden, and it seemed that he even had things on his feet. Then, lo and behold, the truck driver motioned for the man to turn around and bow his head. I looked up in amazement. The truck driver had something in his hand that he was going to place on the poor fellow’s neck!

How cruel and heartless and uncaring, I thought, for this “slave driver” to add more to his moving brother’s burdens. I felt that surely this poor fellow would protest, or give a dirty look, or curse at him, or do something to show his displeasure. But no. What does he do? He turns around, bows his head, and takes on the load, having faith that the truck driver will not give him something too heavy to bear or that would hurt him. He accepts it without complaint and starts climbing methodically up the steps.

Wow! That hit me like a ton of bricks. The way these two Chinese laborers trusted and had faith in each other as they worked together put me to shame. They showed me that I didn’t have the same kind of faith, trust, and humility in my heavenly mover, Jesus, who, when He asks me to carry another thing, is not asking too much. He knows the size and weight of it and He knows that I can do it. He loves me and will not give me more than I am able to bear.

I was humbled by this demonstration of faith and trust and humility. It made me see that I still had a ways to go to get to this same point in my relationship with the Lord that these two workers demonstrated that day, where I would just bow my head, back up to the truck, and trust my mover to put the weight on that was right for me. He always knows best.

Lord, when I feel overwhelmed by the monumental need around me, You know what I am capable of by Your grace. As this mover trusted his boss and submitted to the load, help me to trust You and accept the job that You have given me.




When you’re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure—the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”3


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Last day of reporting to school. I had my cell phone off so I missed my coworker's text that we'd meet in the library and then go for breakfast. I already had breakfast. But that saves me $. Still got to say farewell to folks. At least 3 of us will still be together at the new school. I understand there's not much parking so I may forego taking the kids so as to carpool with my coworkers. Not to say I couldn't wedge the 4 in the van when it's MY turn. We'll see!
My pastor gave me a love offering of $200 towards the trip - what a blessing!

So, my plans today are get to the orthopod for my Rx, one last "fling" with ice cream at this special place (with my DD), pick up the Rx, and color my hair. Tomorrow I treat DSIL to Dunkin Donuts (and I'll get me a sandwich on a multigrain bagel) before he drops me at airport.


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That's a point I've had some confusion on. As to who will be left at the end to face the tribulation and destruction. So much of what we see and hear happening today, and makes us ill to do so...are all addressed in the Bible, like the verses Kim quoted. Our hearts break for those masses who deny Christ and defile Him and us, in word and deed, just as they did when He walked this earth. God alone knows what it will take to turn hearts toward Him.

Today is a beautiful, sunny day. Our pool was reopened yesterday, after a week being closed due to storms and the need of a new rope. If it opens today I may go test the water.

I'll aim to be on my feet more today and get some things done here at home. I've enjoyed my off days and have caught up on my rest.

I need to check my car. My inspection and oil change are coming due and I need to work those into the budget. That's the one time a year I actually wash it too. emoticon

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lol, I was on a group post lately where there were some heated discussions about the return, and boy it was intense! The Lord spoke to me that we will not be judged on which doctrine we adhered to as much as how we stay close to Him, and share His love one to another. It is only by His spirit that we learn, and He is more than able to deliver us when He chooses, whether we go 'home' before, during , or at the end. The main thing is staying close to Him and His leadings.


When you’re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure—the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”3


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I knew as soon as I wrote what I did that you and I would have slightly different viewpoints on this, Diana! LOL! I don't believe that the Church will be here when the beast is active on the earth. There will be Christians, but it will be those who have been saved during the tribulation and have never heard the Gospel previously. I do agree that Christians need to actively evangelize the world and reach as many lost as we can before Jesus returns.

God bless, Kim

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So right, so much to guard against, but I believe the greatest defence is an offense, to take back those in the Devil's territory. Go ye in to all the (your) world , and preach the gospel to every creature. It takes fight to stay motivated to share with other christians,as well as the unsaved. And fight we will have to do. His way, with His weapons that He taught us, love,faith, meekness, and we may seem to fail, in revelations it is written the 'beast prevailed against them (us). " when He makes war against us. It will seem like he is winning , but we know the end of the story, He will come with His angels and gather His saints from the four corners of the earth, and there will be a shout! When he gathers us, He will let loose his wrath on those that fought against Him and HIs own. That will be a very sad day for those who refused to submit in this Life to His loving rule.


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You're right, Shel. People's love has grown cold, and the world is growing more like "as in the days of Noah" than ever. People want their ears tickled rather than the truth. Now there is ISIS in the Middle East, with no nation standing against the violence of the Muslims who will make a bee-line to Israel. I think we are past the birth-pangs - and for those who know Jesus this should be welcome news; but for those who don't know Him, they should be terrified, especially those who have heard the truth and rejected it, because once Jesus returns and removes His Bride, they will no longer have any hope of salvation. We don't know the hour or the day, so we ought to live like it's any moment!

Did some shopping with Wade today. Got walking in - wore me out. I've had bits of headaches too the last couple of days.

Love ya.

God bless, Kim

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So true, Kim.

Yesterday my coworker and I were discussing how Christ's return is even closer than ever - if when He first came the disciples thought His return near, how much more now! We have earthquakes in diverse places, wars and rumors of wars...and "because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most" has grown cold (Matt. 24:12). I was watching on Netflix a documentary, "I Escaped A Cult" - evidence of how "many false prophets will appear and deceive many people." (Matt 24:11) May we be vigilant to guard our hearts and minds in Christ!


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We are living in one very sick and sinful world!

God bless, Kim

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Oh Missy! That is scary. Mine were high for a long time prior to my heart attack, and the triglycerides were so high because of the sugar levels...all play a part and are I was out of control in many areas. I WAS eating bad so I was a contributor to my troubles emoticon
You're in my prayers honey girl!

Thanks Kim! Those prayers help so much. I am happier and feel SO much better and it's just been two weeks! My Dr. was very pleased with my progress and my chart, that he added to my files. He likes my "taking charge" of my health...and so do I. It's by God's grace and to His glory because y'all know how much time I spent in the ditches!

With my lower sugars before meals, the 70's-90's, he wants me to back off the glyburide. I'll start today. I take four a day currently so will stop the AM dose. He said if the numbers climb, I can go back on the full dosage. I did tell him that I've drastically changed my eating patterns and that's helped a great deal. My pre-dinner sugar last night was 71, and I over-did the carbs with two little fruit cups AND popcorn as a snack so this morning's number was 211. I won't do that again....I'll have one, not both!

He ok's the Lovaza to my fish oil trade. My heart Dr. didn't know I was already taking it or I may have been able to avoid buying the high dollar stuff. I go back in 6 weeks and have lab work done to check the triglycerides/cholesterol and I want to lose some weight by then. It would be wonderful if I can come off some more meds with further improvement. My BP at his office was only 134/77 and my two week average was 118/74. I am on two BP meds tho, and perhaps one of those could go. He is concerned and asks about costs, since I am a self pay patient...where most don't consider it much.
He also said to give the blurry vision another few weeks to resolve itself. With the time period my sugar was so high, it could take a month of good levels to get it back to "normal".

Woohoo Kim! I have some stragglers in my mouth that are just hanging out, but they will just stay there and be non functional unless they bother me emoticon Imagine this with 6 empty spots. haha Hoping the jaw pain resolves itself pronto.

Shel...that's a good way to pray for them. In my opinion, sexuality is made an issue way too young these days and it starts in the homes. For example, the mom who dressed her little boy in girl clothes at kindergarten age and complained because the school wouldn't acknowledge him as transgender. The platform for sin and debauchery is ever expanding and will until Jesus returns. Pray and never stop until we draw our last breath!

I picked up a few plums and some more broccoli yesterday, so will add those to my menu...tomorrow. I was more tired than I realized, so will use the rest of today for sweet, healing rest....hope you all have time for some too!

Be blessed and strengthened, in Christ.....
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Bren, your numbers are doing so good! Praise the Lord! You sound happier too. Now if we could get Missy figured out. When you are doing everything right and things aren't coming out right, it's really hard. You both continue to be in my prayers.

Diana, yeah, looping stories! Betsy did that too. My SIL's mom will do that at times as well. Patience, love, and going with the flow of their thoughts helps the stress. My SIL doesn't try to correct her dad when he gets stuff wrong, she just pretends right along with him - he stays calmer that way. She also remembers that it isn't his fault. It's a malady of the brain and he can't help what's happening. So sad!

Got my final crown for my back tooth today. Woohoo. There isn't any tooth above it yet so it isn't very useful, but in Sept. I should be getting the crown for the implant - yippee! Praise the Lord, even though I still have a little bit of jaw pain, there wasn't any during the dentist visit!

Well, not much else going on today so I will let y'all go. Love you.

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I know diabetes is linked to dementia and alzheimers

Bren, your sugar readings are making me think real hard about mine...Mine got 338 yesterday.and I didn't have anything bad to eat...I don't eat that much..and yet ...mine go through the roof at times!! I am going to have to start a no sugar diet!!!! I did have chest pain yesterday..when the sugar got that high...I took a load of my supplements that I take for diabetes...and it dropped to 202 in 45 minutes...I am going to stay on my supplements everyday instead of only when I think about it!!!



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Two of my spiritual kids struggle with the issue of sexuality, and my prayers for them are always that they would learn to lay hold of the sufficient grace of God in order not to present their members as instuments of unrighteousness - choosiing celibacy over yielding to the flesh.


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I have my lists/chart ready to take to the Dr. with me today. My sugar levels are so much better for week two than week one and I am happy. For example my average Before lunch reading is down 74 points from the week one average! Hooya! Went from 212 down to 138.

I got one walk in this morning and think I'll dart to the store before my appointment. We got some wonderful rain yesterday, really heavy for my drive to work...today is a hair cloudy but with only a 20% chance they say for more...

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Thanks Kim for those verses! and for your observations of you neighbor with dementia, I mostly notice mom is on a loop, will repeat stories every half hour without realizing it. Denny is the one dealing with this, and he and his wife work which causes so much stress for him.

MY sister is a minister in the presbyterian church whose church just came out allowing their pastors to perform marriages where it is legal, according to the descretion of the minister. I do not get into heated discussions with her, on this subject, but she knows where I stand, on this issue and abortion. I am in prayer for her constantly. They look at me as being a little 'off', like I never thought about this issue and dealt with it on my own, not just parroting others opinions. Like you Kim , I looked to the scriptures, I didn't see anywhere where it is approved, but like you Kim, we still need to love them in the spirit of Christ, following His commands. Unfortunately this is probably fed from the backlash of those who used the Bible as an excuse to hate homosexuals, which was far from what Jesus taught.

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Kim, I wish we could put those verses in HUGE font and post billboards but we'd be locked up for trying.
God has not and never will change his mind about anything in His word. People can manipulate, change and rearrange it to pretty it up for themselves and no matter what sinful man is in offices of authority that passes trash into law..........it will still be sin and unless one repents and turns from wickedness, they will not enter heaven's gate.

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My neighbor, Betsy, across the street had dementia - but we really didn't know it until one day she suddenly stopped taking her meds and forgot how to do her blood sugar. The guy who did her house cleaning noticed something wrong before the rest of us. I got her to go home and try to do her blood sugar, she hadn't taken it for three days but she thought she had. She couldn't remember how and she had been a diabetic for years. I told her to call 911 or I would. She did. She never came home. She was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. She went from being able to living alone to no way could she live alone within a couple of days. Her family from out of town came in and brought her to North Dakota. I would strongly suggest having someone with her at all times, because she isn't going to remember what she has or hasn't done. She could tell you she did, and really believe that whatever she is telling you is the truth, but whatever she tells you is unreliable. My SIL has a father with Alzheimer's and a mother with mild dementia. The dementia is worse with stress. You will also notice personality changes. My friend was so sweet, at least to me, but after she was taken to the hospital she became spiteful and angry and pretty much wrote me off. I hope that helps a little bit - I was just on the outskirts of both of these situations, but this is what I saw and experienced.

Wade was reading an article to me yesterday about another church that has accepted homosexuality as a norm. The pastor came out as having "become" a homosexual after his son "came out". The Church itself put it to a vote and decided to become a "third ?" I wish I could remember what they are called. I found some verses about what God's view is about homosexuality:
1Co 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.

1Ti 1:9-11 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Gen 18:20 And the LORD said, "The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.”

Lev 18:22 'You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

Lev 20:13 'If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.”

Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

Jude 1:7 Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

Not many verses, but very powerful. Do we love them? Yes. Do we minister to them? Yes. Do we tell them about the saving grace of Jesus? Yes, Yes, Yes! I'm writing this now, because this isn't the first time Wade has read me an article about a church or a denomination accepting homosexuality as a norm. In these last days it will become more and more of the norm. Your church may be next. What stand will you take? If anyone has a problem with this, please take it up with God - He set the standard!

I love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Di, When I was a home health aid, I occasionally had patients with dementia. Kindness and patience. There's a site, Care.com, that hooks up people who need service with those who offer service , if you want to hire someone to give the family a break now and then.

Bren, honey, you be careful of strangers! The noodle shed would be a lonely place without you! emoticon

My pastor told me to come to the Bible study wWednesday night, when they can give me a check from the offering. I didn't preach, but he had me pray for the offering (we had a guest speaker). I just want to get hold of a couple of skirts for my pastora friend, and that should complete my packing. Shel



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Weigh in day ...reminder!! I have Bren's..and that's it... emoticon

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I haven't and am thankful...I think the gift card idea is great, and I google things to death...so I'd bet you could find some ideas on creating small breaks for caregivers. When Mom was in her last stages of illness I got some info from Caring.com I think was the name of it. I did it for me...as I wanted to give her the best I could with my limited time and resources, yet take care of myself as well. That was vital.....
Stealing away to pray.....is the best way to rest and refresh ourselves........and I can still do that.

I'm going to get my meal plan and activity done and spot clean a bit before work. I am SO glad I got the heavy things done yesterday...laundry and trash out. emoticon

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Have you ladies dealt with anyone with demensia? My brother deals with mom 24/7, I cannot be there and only thing I can do Is call her, what would be something I could do for Denny and his wife who bear the brunt of this? All I can think of is gift cards for restaurants or home depot or something. I am going to call my sister and see what we can come up with. Mom is at the very beginning right now, denny is looking into someone coming in a few times a week to check on her. My mom has her own apartment for the time being, we want to keep her there as long as it is feasable. Thanks.Love,diana.


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Good morning ladies!
It's not quite 3 AM but it is morning! I woke up about 2:30 and decided to get up and drag laundry around and get it done. Jesus is helping me as always. I need His strength for each task. It's been three weeks since I did it so I had a lot.

There is a strange man out there. He was down at the far end of the pool sitting on a bench when I went out. When I came back from the laundry room, he'd moved to a bench closer to my apartment. He said something when I went out but I didn't hear and was not going to engage him. I hope I don't have to call the police because he'd sure know who did it. emoticon

My buzzer just went off, so I'll take my cell phone out with me, to put things in the dryer...Ok he's gone and I am glad. I once went out to find a man sleeping in my chair by the door. The manager called police then. He said he thought it was his friend's apartment.

If I was any shorter, I'd need a step stool to get to the bottom of those washers! I think I'll put a teaspoon in my tub next time to get those very bottom, corner items with. I'm very thankful to be getting this task done and it was against my will but once started, it gets easier...and must be completed. This will count as my first walk of the day too. Three round trips to the LR.

I broke down and bought some small bags of regular coffee to mix with my de-caf emoticon The taste is fine, truly, but I did miss a teensy kick from a bit of caffeine. I did a half scoop of each this morning. The mix will be less when I stir it into my canister...

My FBS at 2 AM was 97 y'all! Woohoo! God is awesome! I'm praying the blurry vision thing clears up quickly and I do think it's related to the high sugar and BP readings the two weeks before this episode happened. I am so blessed and other than the residual pain (back, leg, light chest pain on occasion) I feel great!

I'm going to get a bit of cleaning done while waiting to finish laundry. I'll need a nap before work probably. It feels good to get back to a routine, without the pain and extreme caution...I'll be careful for awhile yet, allowing full recovery, but do what I need to do and thank God I can emoticon

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Welcome home Diana, glass you had a good time.

I'm doing okay. Not much new going on with me. I hope y'all have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow!

Love ya!

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Welcome back, Di - hope it was all very enjoyable!

Kim, I think I'm with you. I'll save the best for the first couple of weeks, and won't fuss with my hair after that until I get back. Even if it means taking a shower late at night to rinse out the fresh color before my first day of work. At least I won't have to be there till 9, unlike the previous 2 years of being there BEFORE SEVEN!

I've emailed my pastor about tomorrow's service, telling him I am prepared, if invited, to share from the word, and also telling him about the video I have on my flash drive. Of course, I won't mind if I just go up for prayer, and I'll sure appreciate it if they take an offering, what with all the unexpected expenses - dryer, stove, and dead squirrel!


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Good morning Ladies!

Diane, am glad to "see" you and glad you had a good vacation...those days pass too quickly!
I take mine one day at a time but that works out very well for me.

Nope, this was the first time...for the jaw pain and left arm involvement. Y'all know I'd been complaining of the breathing difficulties for some time and the shortness of breath had gotten much worse about 6 weeks prior to the attack.

Since my second sandwich was thawed, I separated it and put the English muffin in the toaster today. Way better! I'd had one of the Special K ones once and didn't really like it.

I have some whole grain English muffins at home and could do one up with my egg beaters, once I am inclined to start cooking. I'll do a batch of oatmeal too...and put some in the freezer. Tho if I'd just bag up the components separately, I can have it ready in 4 minutes in the microwave. It's timing and planning...getting those two to gel emoticon

I picked up fresh salad, carrots and cottage cheese this morning before work. I found a Lean Cuisine meal I really like! It's SW beef with sweet potatoes. I had one the other day with green beans added. I really like sweet taters, and will pick some up when I shop again. Once I cook regularly again, I can do a lot better, with less sodium. I need more greens too, since my kale went to waste while I was away...

I'm going to do some work related stuff, then play in my day planner. It's been over two weeks since I used it. Looked like someone spilled something on it while it was here and I was in the hospital emoticon When I opened it this morning there were stained pages and I had to discard some things. Oh well...when we are out, others sit at our desks and I'm glad it wasn't any worse than it was.

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Hi ladies!! I had a wonderful vacation in Detroit, the weather was perfect as was the wedding. (my nephew's)

My mom seems to have the onset of dementia, the very beginning, mostly short term memory loss, repeating things every five min without realizing she has already said it, she is 84. So far she can do things herself, but is becoming a little combative about taking meds. Our next step is getting someone to come in daily or everyother day to check on her. My mom has always been so determined and independant, but has become more isolated in the last years. My daughter said that these type of people often when put in assisted living situations, go downhill very fast, as they cannot cope, I pray she can handle the changes that are sure to come.

We had some major changes at work, though I am still in the storeroom, which I love, I am now working 3-11 pm mon-friday, no more long weekends, but this schedule works with ron's job, which is 2 am-12noon tues through sat. so I can see him when I get home and when he gets home before I go to work. Changes, changes, changes, they keep us alive!

Glad to hear you are doing well brenda, Just asking, did you have any episodes of jaw pain before this last one, or was it all a 'surprise'? wondering. talk later ladies, Love, diana.


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We got the SpecialK breakfast sandwiches from Sam's Club. They were really good. They have them with with different options for the meat and breading. I agree though, the bread can get soggy, and then as it cools it gets tough. That's why I let Jake help me eat the bread when I make one. Lately I've just been drinking my Atkins or Advantage Protein drinks for breakfast.

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emoticon I'm still shy 5# from where I got to before Mom passed away last year, since I had regained up to about 209 afterwards. I was 206 when I went into the hospital. It feels really good to be taking better care of me. I so appreciate the prayers and I knew I was covered in the process of getting fixed. emoticon

My back has been hurting all day today and I still have three days to do before my next off day. My posture needs some attention. Sitting on neck bones causes some trouble emoticon I'll get some good rest tonight and be good to go for the weekend. Sharon has a Dr's appointment Monday, so I'll be working and get my Monday on Thursday...so I'll have three days off next week. I need them too!

My sugar before lunch was 77...yippee! I did bring snack things so had some cottage cheese and fruit earlier....and a Lean Cuisine breakfast sandwich. I didn't eat all of it. English muffin gets spongy in the microwave and all the plastic cheese melted off but I was ok with the turkey sausage and egg white and a hunky part of the English muffin....yum. Hopefully, when I get my off days, I'll be inclined to cook some things for healthier choices for breakfast on work days...lunch is almost always a good choice.
I had oatmeal w/ frozen berry blend the other morning. Cooked it in the microwave, added a splenda packet and fat free half and half...delicious!

That was a blessing! It sure gets away quicker than we get our hands on it, doesn't it? "Found money"....
I got my packet of paperwork in the mail today for my assistance with my hospital bill. I'm praying they waive it all! I'll still have the Dr's bills etc...but if I don't have to pay the big chunk to the hospital, it will sure help. I worked hard to get my credit score to 765 and want to keep it!

Oh yes! Get out already...of my mouth! emoticon I know you will be glad to be done with this work!

I'll plan on getting an eye exam in December when we get our bonus. I can "see" my way into that emoticon

I'm going to play awhile then put the golf cart up. I went out earlier to take some locks off and tool around outside. It's only 83 so quite pleasant.

I'll be back tomorrow. Have a good evening all...

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Wow, Bren, you are just melting away! I'm so proud of you! I hope that you will be feeling ALL better soon. I keep all my ladies in my prayers, but the ones who have gone through difficulties especially so.

Praise the Lord, there was more money on our Health and Reimbursement card than I thought there was! Woohoo. Wade wants to investigate what happened with the anesthesiology stuff before we pay it off. I go next Tuesday to get my crown - woohoo. I am ready for my mouth to be left alone. Well, I still have to get the crown on the top, but that is going to have to wait for a few months whether my mouth is ready or not!

I hope y'all are having a good day. Love ya

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Kim, I have that fuzzy mind thing down real well. Our minds get tired like our muscles. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I got papers from the hospital yesterday. They had asked for bank statements...I sent them, now they want a check stub but we don't do stubs so Zach printed out a page showing all my payroll for this year. Hope that suffices.
He said they have W-2 copies at the other office and he will make me a copy. I couldn't find mine, tho I went thru my files four times last night. I found the pages I'd printed when I did my 1040-EZ e-filing thing, and I'd have thought my W-2's should have been in the same spot. emoticon

I'm achy and tired today, tho I rested well last night. Pain level is low, I just feel really weary.
I'm telling myself "Hydrate"!...Doing so should help.

I stopped at Wal-Mart on the way to work for envelopes. The box I just addressed and put postage on was to have 150 in it. It only had 96! I was really miffed. We were shorted 54 envelopes. I won't get them there again. I'd really be whining if they'd been for my personal use! We will do an Office Depot run the 1st of July, but I needed some envelopes today.

It's cloudy and looks like it's cooler, just by being a darker sky. I'd love more rain emoticon

Ouchewawa indeedy Kim! I tried to get an estimate from my cardiologist's office yesterday for my upcoming appointment and no one could help. The auto message kept kicking me back to the same girl until the 4th time she didn't answer the phone and I didn't leave a message. I'd told her since no one could give me an idea of what it would be, I'd just show up and do what I could do... emoticon
I need an eye exam but it will wait until some of these things are in. Half of my medical fund is gone but I am so thankful I had that set aside! I paid off another credit card today so that $100 a month can go towards the next smallest one and so on...I picked up some new reading glasses at Wal-Mart, one grade up.

Hooya! I slipped just below 200 this morning! That was exciting!

I'm going to refill my water bottle and play with my paperwork for a few minutes, and put my AM stats on my charts.

Have a blessed day ladies!

Lord, please empty me of self will, and fill me with Your spirit.


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