Monday, April 5, 2021

Unplugging


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At the end of February, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I will undergo a lumpectomy one week from today. I will have radiation therapy to the cavity left by the removal of that small lump the following week. The therapy sessions will be twice a day for five days, that is the plan.

 

I have decided to unplug from my blog until May 4th. I decided I need this time to get some things done here at home and keep my many appointments prior to the surgery. One week after the lumpectomy, I start radiation. (one week of twice-daily, radiation treatments.)

 

Please pray for my family as we go through this upcoming month of medical appointments, surgery, and treatments.  

 

 

               

 

 

 

 

                 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March Reflections

 

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March has been an interesting month. After a few weeks of testing in February, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Some of my thoughts were not easy to share with others. I had to see two more specialists to find out and decide what I need to do. I have had a nurse navigator who has been wonderful about further explaining what the doctors have told us.

 

 Reading

 

I have been reading a book of meditations, entitled Strength Renewed by Shirley Corder. It is written especially for those going through breast cancer. She went through it in the late 1990s. She gives a scripture for each meditation and ties that scripture to a time in her journey through breast cancer. I finished reading it on March 29th.

Some time ago, I started reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I got through the first two “books” but chose to put it down to concentrate on my review book, Flooded. I returned to A Tale of Two Cities after I preliminary-posted my book review. I found the twist toward the end of the story to be remarkably interesting.

 

 Second Covid Vaccination

 

We received our second COVDID-19 vaccinations on the first Saturday in March. I experienced intermittent chills, felt feverish, and had muscle aches. I stayed in on that Sunday. Someone told me that when we have those side effects, the vaccine is working.             

      

The Lenten Theme

 

I have learned quite a bit from exploring the theme, “God sees me.” I realize God gave me this theme because I would need to realize that He is always near to me. These past few months would have been more difficult for me, had I not known God and acknowledged His presence.           

           

Insomnia and Spring Forward

 

I, sometimes, deal with the inability to sleep at night. This is something I seem to take in spells. My husband has this same trait.

 

Several years ago, I realized I drank a lot of cola beverages. I chose to stop from having them in my home. (Root Beer does not have caffeine in it. I did not eliminate that from my diet for a while.) I had to give up chocolate and black tea (orange pekoe and pekoe). I went to herb and decaffeinated teas. I did find that a certain brand of hot chocolate mix was 99.9% caffeine-free. ( The two-word name rhymes.) I never liked coffee, when I tried to drink it early in my marriage, it bothered my stomach and robbed me of sleep.

 

When Indiana went on Daylight Savings Time, I had a difficult time getting used to it.

After a few years, I heard that we lose an hour’s sleep when our time springs forward. 

This year, I thought I would ‘beat the system’ I went to bed earlier than usual. My innards woke me after three and a half hours. I took care of that need and laid back down. I could not sleep.

 

I looked at the clock on my cellphone. It read 1:30 A.M. I had been awake for almost an hour. On a lark, I decided to see how long it took my clock to change to Daylight Savings Time. I became a clock watcher. That next half hour was slow in passing. At 1:59 A. M., the clock showed the change. It took about as long as it takes to batter an eyelash. I was amazed. For some strange reason, I was able to get back to sleep for a while.     

Friday, March 26, 2021

Book Review: Flooded

 



By Nicki Korziarz

                            (The 5 Best Decisions to Make When Life is Hard and Doubt is Rising)

 

Ms. Nicki Korziarz has written a book dealing with the tough issues of life. She divides her book into what she calls five decisions, each of which has three chapters.

In each section, she shares with the reader some of the times she felt swamped and even inundated by the events that touched her life. She also relates these decisions to the life of Noah.

 

Each of us have had times of uncertainty as we try to deal with difficulties that life throws our way. We see that Noah displayed obedience and followed God’s directions.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who seems to be ‘hemmed in’ by stresses that seem unbearable. I would also recommend this book to those who are Christian counselors or pastors.

 

I received this book from Bethany House, free of charge. All they asked of me was that I give an unbiased review.

 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

God Sees Me-Paul

 

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As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from

heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him,

“Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?” Acts 9:3-4 (NIV)                

Saul was on his way to Damascus. His mission was to round up those who belonged to The Way, the sect of Christians, and carry them back to Jerusalem. They would be his prisoners.

 

Something happened that changed his life forever. He met the LORD. God asked him a very pertinent question, “Why are you persecuting me?” Jesus identifies himself. Paul is told to go into Damascus, and he will be told what to do.

 

            The LORD instructed Saul in a one-on-one conversation. Those traveling with Saul did not see anything. How often do we hear a message from God that no one else hears?

 

God watched as Saul wreaked havoc among those who belonged to The Way, those who believed in Christ. God knew all the evil and nastiness in Saul’s heart. Yet, God chose to forgive Saul and direct him to work for Him.

 

For God to know Saul’s attributes, He had to watch as Saul went through his murderous ways. He saw Saul, forgave him, and used him for His glory.

 

As God sees us go through our lives, He takes note of our attributes and our weaknesses. Personally, I know He has taught me so much about myself. I now understand why I react the way I do when I have issues with my computer. It is due to my frustration. I know God can take care of that shortcoming if I allow Him to.

Unplugging

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