Saturday, December 07, 2013
So, I've had a lot going on lately. Infusion on Monday, dr. visit on Tuesday, colonoscopy on Thursday. The dr. was going to check that and then my gall bladder next week. My right side under the ribs had been bothering me, but after the colonoscopy, it really hurt. On Friday, it would really hurt if I tried to stand up straight or take a deep breath. So, I went to the ER last night at 6:30 p.m. I had never been to that hospital, but I was NOT impressed. Unfortunately, I can say that I've been to the ER before (in NC not here in La.) It took 4 hours before we even saw a dr. Meanwhile, they did a sonogram of the gall bladder (ordered that before I even saw a dr.), blood work, urine, x rays, CT scan. They found nothing. Of course, I'm glad, but yet, why is it still bothering me. At 4:30 A.M., someone came in who we'd never seen and asked if we were ready to go home. I asked, "What did the tests show?" I never saw the dr. after the tests and only for 5 minutes before. They sent me home with 2 prescriptions for pain and nausea pills that I didn't get filled. Why take medicine if you don't know what it's for? Anyway, I hadn't eaten much at all (jello/broth) for 3 days so after that we went to IHOP and I ate a huge breakfast. I figured that if it was going to hurt that at least it would have a reason to! So, I'm back at my computer now, so I'm happy!!!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
When everything seems to go wrong Just P.U.S.H.
When the job gets you down Just P.U.S.H.
When people don't do as you think they should Just P.U.S.H.
When your money is gone and the bills are due Just P.U.S.H.
When you are depressed Just P.U.S.H.
When you are having marital problems Just P.U.S.H.
When you are having trouble with addictions Just P.U.S.H.
When you are having health issues Just P.U.S.H.
James 1:2-4 tells us: 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The date of what is typically recognized as the first Thanksgiving occurred between September 21 and November 9, 1621, a year after their arrival in the new world. Fifty-two Pilgrims and approximately 90 Native Americans attended the first Thanksgiving. According to Edward Winslow, a participant in the first Thanksgiving, the feast consisted of corn, barley, fowl including wild turkeys and waterfowl, and venison. It was prepared and served by the five remaining women. The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
The first actual mention of the word thanksgiving in early colonial history was not associated with the first feast described above. The first time this term was associated with a feast or celebration was in 1623. That year the pilgrims were living through a terrible drought that continued from May through July. The pilgrims decided to spend an entire day in July fasting and praying for rain. The next day, a light rain occurred. Also, additional settlers and supplies arrived from the Netherlands . At that point, Governor Bradford proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving to offer prayers and thanks to God. The next recorded day of Thanksgiving occurred in 1631 when a ship full of supplies that was feared to be lost at sea actually pulled into Boston Harbor. Governor Bradford again ordered a day of Thanksgiving and prayer.
Several people wanted to have an official day of thanksgiving, including George Washington, who proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. Several people did not want it including President Thomas Jefferson who thought the concept of Thanksgiving was "the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard."
Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, spent 20 years trying to get the various presidents to declare Thanksgiving a holiday. Finally, she persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
In 1953, someone at Swanson severely overestimated the amount of turkey Americans would consume that Thanksgiving. With 260 tons of frozen birds to get rid of, a company salesman named Gerry Thomas ordered 5,000 aluminum trays, recruited an assembly line of women armed with spatulas and ice-cream scoops and began creating mini-feasts of turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes — creating the first-ever TV dinner. Thomas later said he got the idea from neatly packaged airplane food.
May you all have a joyful Thanksgiving.
Worshiping Him Together,
Ronda (The Lady with MS, the Master's Strength)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Rest of the Story
We left with Jonah sitting under his little vine having a pity party. Then, God sent a worm to kill the vine. Again, Jonah was so upset that his vine died that he wanted to die! (And I thought that I what crazy when I had PMS to the max one time and cried when my sweet potato vine died!) God rebuked Jonah by asking him, "Do you really care more about a vine that you didn't even do anything to get than you do a whole city full of people?
Why do you think that God did not tell us Jonah's final decision? Perhaps the reason we are not told how this turns out for Jonah is that this information is not important. The important lesson we can learn from this story is how God deals with an unhappy, selfish, angry prophet like Jonah. God constantly approaches Jonah with love and logic. He does not let Jonah go, and He does not let the citizens of Nineveh go. Just as God pursued and tried to save Jonah and the Ninevites, so God pursues and tries to save us. The book of Jonah shows us that God is compassionate and merciful. God may have so ordered your circumstances to teach you a lesson like he did for Jonah. God has a way of stopping us in our tracks. When things are going wrong, ask God what he is trying to teach you in this situation.
Maybe Jonah saw his sin and confessed it and ran down the hill into the city to serve the Ninevites and thus serve God. We don’t know, and I’ll be honest, that bothers me. I want to know the rest of the story. What happened? What did Jonah do? Well, for one thing, Jonah told this story about himself. He showed all of his “warts.” He didn't glamorize his actions; he admitted his selfish response to the city’s repentance. Why? So we could learn from it. And, the “story” ends with a cliff-hanger. Re-read the last two verses:
But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"
We, too, need to ask ourselves, “Are we concerned about lost souls?” How will you answer this question?
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
We have a tendency to stop with Jonah’s story at the point when he went to Nineveh, the people repented, and the city was saved, but there’s still a lot more that we can learn from Jonah. It’s hard to imagine that after Jonah’s “time out” and leading one of the largest revivals in history that he would act like a two year old. But, that's what he did. He should have been on Cloud 9, but instead he was so depressed that he wanted to die! He had anger toward God (Jonah 4:1) and self-pity (Jonah 4:2, 3, 5). So Jonah sat out there under a vine that God had provided for him having a pity party.
The first very important critical step in the cure of depression is to change your thinking patterns and attitude. There is a sense in which depression begins in your thoughts. You’re going to have to change your thoughts and attitudes towards the person or thing causing your depression. Don’t keep blaming them or the situation. Accept it. Now, let me be clear....accept it doesn't mean like it. As long as you continue to feel done in or bitter towards that person or thing or action, you’ll not make any significant improvement out of your depression. Change your thoughts about the situation – maybe an understanding of why it occurred, if there is an explanation, will help. Unfortunately there are not explanations for everything in life. Some things happen as a result of our own actions or the actions of others. Some things happen because God is in control and he knows what's best for us. I think health issues or a death or the loss of a child are harder to deal with because it would be easy to blame God. It's all a matter of attitude. Ask yourself: Has this situation given me an opportunity to be able to help others that I wouldn't have been able to help before? Think about it: We (or at least I do) love hearing about "survival" stories--people who had been molested and now turned that awful situation into good by helping others; people who have lost a husband and have still kept "going;" people who battle cancer and even if they are still terminally ill, go to their reward as an inspiration to others; people who have lost a baby and now understand the devastation and now help others get through their loss. People like survivors, not whinners. It's OK to give yourself a pity party; after all, you deserve to feel sorry for yourself for a little while. But, then, get up from your fall, dust off your knees, and go on with life. Yes, that it SSSOOOO much easier said than done. Also, please realize that some people can do that in two seconds while it may take someone else a lot longer. The important thing to realize is: "Am I depressed?" If so, decide to do something about it.
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