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Mid-day rant April 16, 2014

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Rant number one will be short. Over several days I have been perusing written by, for or about medical reception confuses and annoys me how people are spout off to us about things that are beyond our control, and in medical reception, that means just about everything. Basically we are just messengers who funnel information from one source to another. Requesting a prescription refill? Yes, we take the message, but guess who is primarily responsible for making sure they are done in a timely fashion? Your doctor. Upset because you have to wait thirty minutes or more for your appointment? Guess what…receptionists have nothing to do with that. Mad because you have to reschedule because you were more than 15 minutes late? The doctors implemented that policy, not the people at the front desk. 

I searched the articles as I tried to determine what compels adults to be rude, disrespectful and downright nasty to people who are already doing a dead-end job. I read dozens of postings from people complaining about receptionists being rude, and saw that the perception was that medical receptionists are uneducated and crabby. The thing is, the ladies I work with are not and are often on the receiving end of harsh treatment that they do not deserve-myself included. It is a personal struggle to come here 40 hours a week and be perceived negatively, overworked, undervalued, and disrespected. I have to keep my Bible close by.

I have also worked in retail, and dealt with rude customers but even they weren’t as bad. My confusion comes in because I have never, not once, thought to yell or berate someone who is providing me with a service. I have been upset before as a customer and as a patient, of course-but what baffles me is the short-sightedness that leads to displaced and unwarranted anger.

Rant number 2 is kind of related and I think the reason for the attitudes. I am so disheartened by our “instant” society. We discuss often in church and Moody how this world system encourages and promotes selfishness. Everything is expected to be done in an instant for me, me, me… I request a prescription, who cares that the doctot has hundreds of other patients, I expect it to be done instantly,  or I will call every hour and berate the receptionists… I have to wait 15 extra minutes for my appointment, well who cares if someone just received a devastating diagnosis and is suffering from an emotional breakdown, I have a sniffle so that is unacceptable… I could extend the example to other areas of our lives as well. As Christians sometimes we treat God the same way, expecting and demanding  for God to act on our behalf according to our will, not His, RIGHT NOW (I am guilty of this and need prayer, my brothers and sisters. I have bern praying about my job and a house and I definitely need morr patience while God is working in my life).

Although I still need a ton of improvement,  my selflessness has definitely improved as I have put more effort into my Christian walk. The fruit of selflessness is patience, empathy and trust. Scriptures about patience are numerous:

Ephesians 4:2 “Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love”.

Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength…”

Galatians 5:22 “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control”.

Those are just a few. There are literally dozens.

Since we have thosr Scriptures readily available at our fingertips as believers, there should never be an occasion where someone who proclaims to be a child of God is shown exhibiting a lack of patience and the selfishness that often accompanies it. The next time you are stuck in traffic, use it as time to talk to God. Pray that if there is an accident that is keeping you from moving that no one is hurt. The next time you are at your doctor’s office and your doctor is not on time, consider that the patient he or she is seeing may be a available baby who is being cleared for a major surgery and pray about it. Use your tests of your patience to your advantage by praying about the situation and asking for development of godly character. 

Your life can only improve as you move from devilish attitude focused on self to a Christ-like attitude focused on others. Think about it-think of the most selfish person you know. Nine times out of ten, they are miserable, because they can never be satisfied.

But our sufficiency lies solely in Christ.

 

Why do Christians forsake the assembling of the saints??

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrsgridley0630 @ 3:07 am
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I am at a loss.

Tonight another Moody Bible Institute course began at my church.

There were three attendants. Me and my husband made up two of them.

I can only speak for myself as to the value of not only attending Moody, but any other Bible study group or class. How else will I know about my Christian self without study? And not to mention how I learn as much from my fellow students and their open and honest testimony as I do from the instructor himself.

I have much respect and admiration for my instructor as well as my pastor. They are zealous for the Lord, steadfast and devoted. They will truly teach if there is only one person in the room. But in my humble opinion, they deserve a much greater audience. Not because of any of their personal characteristics, but instead because of the message they so boldly live by and deliver.

Some of us Christians have a favorite athlete, team or sport. We will spend hundreds of dollars on tickets to go support the teams and will act a plum fool at the games. We will go sit outside in the coldest weather, chests bared with letters spelling out the team’s name on our potbellies. We take it personally when the team loses or our beloved athlete does not perform so well. It becomes a part of us.

In the same manner, some Christians follow the goings-on of celebrities, who in my earthly opinion, appear to be extremely shallow on the surface, in most instances. We see them wearing a certain pair of shoes or jeans, we go out and spend our entire paycheck to get them. Celebrities set a lot of awful trends and patterns that people, including Christians, get caught up in and follow. There are entire magazines and news shows dedicated to celebrities’ lives, comprised of 90% hot air and 10% truth. At work today I happened upon a People magazine that offered to give readers a glimpse of Sofia Vergara’s $10 million home. I saw where Kanye and Kim were supposedly beginning to plan what I am sure will be a stupidly over-the-top wedding to which God will not even be invited. What more does this do but entice jealousy and self-loathing in those who are unsaved or babes in Christ (as well as some seasoned saints)?

I digress. I just wonder why we as Christians are not as zealous in our pursuit of maturity in Christ as we ought to be. Why do we exhibit more dedication, loyalty and admiration to people who do not even know we exist when the One who died selflessly for our sins is beckoning for us to draw near to Him? We will go sit out in wind, snow, sleet and hail to watch the Super Bowl but the church pews are never full on Sunday. I am struggling to keep the Moody site from being closed due to lack of participation. The Bible tells us to “forsaken not the assembly of the saints” (paraphrased from Hebrews 10:25). How can we learn to shed our former self without support and encouragement of our brothers and sisters?

Why should we go to church AND attend a Bible study?

1. God tells us to.

2. While church itself is a worthy pursuit that enables believers to rejuvenate themselves prior to the beginning of another hectic week (I think of Sunday services as a weekly revival of sorts–a revival is a renewed or increased interest in the Lord, I think in a way Sunday services apply), church does not allow believers to ask questions. As is often said in my church, a member cannot jump up in the middle of the pastor’s sermon and ask a question. Questions are best served for a class atmosphere.

3. We learn from other believers. This is the last course before Moody breaks for the summer, and I am sad. I love, I mean LOVE my fellow students and instructor. They have enhanced my life more than they can possibly know by allowing me to be a part of their lives. I listen to their struggles and how they handle them and get fresh ideas on how to handle my own. I hear from them the things they used to do and we all laugh together at how awful we were before we were saved and how we still have flaws that require prayer. For one of our classes, we were given some guiding points and asked to develop a paper and present it to the class. We all had different perspectives based on our own experiences and we were all correct in our thinking. We still adhered to Biblical principles, but applied to our lives, they each turned out different. It was an eye-opening experience.

4. Our capacity to love grows. I have to admit, being around my brothers and sisters helps me focus when I am around non-believers, and even believers whose attitudes aren’t right. I remind myself that the sourpuss I am dealing with is still a child of God and in years past might have been reflective of one of the brethren that I love so much now. Some people who seem difficult just need the right LOVE.

5. Our desire to learn about the Lord grows. This might seem out of place, but back in the 70s before I was even born Teddy Pendergrass sang a song entitled “The More I Get the More I Want”. Of course the connotations there aren’t spiritual, but it reflects my passion for the Word. Each time I read and study I become hungrier for more. I cannot wait to open the pages of that Bible and let it speak to me. Something new is revealed each and every time. I do not see how anyone can read that book and not be touched by it.

There is more to it than just that. Why do we go to Super Bowls and spend ten dollars on movie tickets? To show support for whomever that athlete or celebrity it is that we admire. But yet going to church to worship Jesus is a drag? He who was beaten beyond recognition, nailed to a cross and crucified is not worthy of the praise and worship that we so readily heap upon a man who couldn’t care less about us? We can spend $230 on a set of headphones that we saw 50 Cent wearing but complain about paying tithes to support the church and its various ministries, or won’t shell out $60 for Moody classes that lead to certificates and Bachelor’s degrees? We can go to bars and share beers with total strangers and think we are having the time of our lives but don’t care to worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ?

 

Why is that?

 

(the picture is not my own–it is from http://lacityofpraise.com/?p=24 if this image is protected no copyright infringement was intended. I just think it’s an awesome picture).

 

A Plea to Mothers April 14, 2014

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Stop coddling your sons. Please.

I am writing this as the mother of a son (and a daughter)–a Black son at that. A son who has had very low expectations set for him–by society. My husband and I expect nothing but great things from our son and are doing our best to prepare him for it.

Along the way,l particularly at my job I see mothers who are doing the exact opposite–babying and coddling their sons until they turn into lazy, inept men-child incapable of participating in a balanced marriage. Mind you, depending on what my son does after he graduates high school, he may still be welcome to live in our house as a young adult (for example, if he is going to college, but even then he will be expected to aide in the household duties and abide by our rules. I don’t care how old he is–our house, our rules). But here is what I see moms doing for their twenty-plus year old sons that burns me up:

1. Never teaching him how to do his own laundry, cook his own meals or requiring him to pick up after himself. I am not sure how this is acceptable in this day and age. This is not the forties or fifties where a breadwinner man had the homemaker wife whose sole responsibility was to take care of the house. If that is the arrangement, that is perfectly fine. But typically in households these days men are a) marrying later, meaning they have more years as a bachelor then their grandfathers, thus need to know how to do their own laundry, cook a few meals and keep their homes clean) women are working forty hours a week just like their husbands. So why should they be expected to also do all of the housework?

2. After your son turns a certain age a mother really has no business setting up his doctor’s appointments for him and definitely has no business going in the exam room with him. I see this a lot and it’s strange. Then mom does not let the grown man-child do any of his own talking. It is ridiculous. I’ve known moms to fill out their son’s job or school applications. Why???

3. When your son gets in trouble, stop acting like it is everyone’s fault but his own. Hold him responsible for his behavior. I know we love our sons but we have to teach them that the world does not revolve around them nor will everyone cave to his wants and whims. I have always said my son has ONE time to get in trouble as an adult, because we all make mistakes. But he should not ever expect my continued support if he goes to jail multiple times. That is absolutely unacceptable. It is embarrassing to me when I see a mom crying at her son’s arraignment talking about how he’s such a good boy when this is his sixth time in front of a judge.

4. Have high standards for your son–and I have to speak directly to moms of Black sons on this one. Society expects our Black boys to either be athletes or end up in prison with several baby mamas. My husband and I tell our son he is expected to be the husband of one wife. He says he wants to be a doctor–we expect high performance in school and reward him accordingly. When he acts up, he faces consequences immediately. My son has done a couple things wrong in school and it is unfortunate that his teachers have to be concerned that when they tell a parent their child has done something wrong, they may get cussed out. I’ll get my son’s side of the story, but wrong is wrong and will be dealt with. Tell your son he can be that doctor or even the president if he wants, but then you have to set the high standards so he can get there. And then BACK OFF so he can become a man.

5. Let fathers be fathers. I will readily admit that my husband is in a better spot to teach our son how a man should behave. Why? BECAUSE HE IS A MAN. Try as I might, I cannot say with one hundred percent certainty that I understand the struggles that come along with being a man. My husband knows the stress that comes along with being a man, with being the primary caretaker of a family, to try to aspire to go against what society says he will be, etc.

6. Let your son fail sometimes. Moms, we are not always going to be around to solve our son’s problems, nor should we attempt to. That is up to HIM.

What does the Bible say about manhood? There are also several verses that I feel speak directly to manhood, and the goals a mom should remember when raising her son:

Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

Unless a son is going to go the way of Paul and live a celibate life that allows him to focus singly on serving God, a mom should prepare her son to be a good husband. In my humble opinion, that means pulling his own weight in the household–providing for the family and supporting his wife with the household duties if she works as well. That leads me to my next one.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (paraphrased by me): “If you don’t work, you don’t eat”. Period.

1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways”. Uh, moms, you are instrumental in this, as are dads. Sons are going to continue being childish if mom allows it (making his appointments, covering his tracks, doing his laundry, etc).

The verses describing the qualities of a bishop or deacon are also useful in terms of what is expected of men. My husband had to learn these verses as he trained to be a deacon:

1st Timothy 3:2-13 “This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus”.

Obviously the best example of how a man should behave is found in our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. A Man who was blameless, dedicated to God, prayerful, exhibited power under control and sacrificial love, a Man who did not shirk His responsibilities.

Moms, we have a huge job to do. Let’s get on it. Don’t cripple your son. Empower him.

 

*The picture is not my own. It comes from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/opinion/sunday/too-much-helicopter-parenting.html?_r=0

 

The Power of Being YOU April 6, 2014

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Unfortunately, I missed church today, as I am still recovering from bronchitis and both my kids are sick as well–my son experienced an exacerbation of his asthma and my little girl has a very bad cough and congestion.

Whenever I miss church I still like to know what happened during the day’s service. I was pleased when my mother told me that about six or seven people in a row stood up to share their personal testimony with the congregation.

Personal testimonies always touch me in a special way. Number one, I have much appreciation and admiration for those who are courageous enough to stand up in front of a group of people, some of whom are more judgmental than others, unfortunately, and talk about themselves–their shortcomings, their failures, their deficiencies. Number two, I appreciate and admire those who are able to say that they have turned those shortcomings, failures and deficiencies around, and number three, I appreciate and admire those who stand boldly and give God the glory for their victories.

I am not a huge fan of Facebook or Twitter because in my opinion, those sites are abused by people who over-share information that people in a decent society would keep to themselves. People share things that they ought to be ashamed or embarrassed about. A few days ago I read a story of a young lady who took to Twitter to discuss how she had received $3500 for performing oral sex on two NBA basketball players. Why did I read the entire story? Honestly, I was in disbelief. This young lady was proud of her “career”. Apparently, this is something she does frequently. I will never visit anything related to her again and I am not going to post her name because I don’t think her Twitter page, or that of her friend who tweeted her to say that they needed to start organizing their “sex party”, deserve any more hits (or views, or re-tweets, or whatever they’re called).

I was abhorred. I’ve said this before and I will say it again–I did not drop out of the sky. I have two kids out of wedlock so obviously I am guilty of sexual sin. So while I cannot say that this young lady is incapable of turning her life around, I have to admit I was absolutely disgusted by her page, and I am disgusted by a lot of young women’s pages. Everyone wants to have the biggest butt or be the most naked. In my opinion, and feel free to disagree with me if you must, but in my opinion, the character of a society’s women is a serious identifier of that society’s morality. Ours is in decay.

This is the information that people decide to make public. What they fail to realize is that once that information is out there, it cannot be taken back. One day, perhaps that young woman is going to have a daughter who will read what her mother used to be, and, if her mother is her first female role model (as a mother should be to her daughter), the daughter may think that behavior is acceptable and normal of a young woman. This young lady may have a son who has friends who look up his mother’s pictures of her with her breasts and lady bits out and bring them to his attention. And then what?

My point is, everyone wants to be noticed and feel important. Some just go about it with the wrong things in the wrong way. Everyone I see on Facebook or Twitter (and no, I do not have accounts on either, but I have seen them) thinks their lives are important enough to where they have to over-share even the most unimportant of details–what they ate, they just brushed their teeth, they are mad at the world and someone is going to pay, etc.

http://static3.businessinsider.com/image/4bed76d37f8b9a964d020000/facebook-share-screenshot.jpg

Well, our lives are important–God gave them to us, he didn’t have to– but we have to be careful–if we are a Christian–not only what we do or say, but how we live altogether. If we have a Facebook or Twitter page, it ought to be reflective of our Christian lives. We can reach so many people with social media and our personal testimony is something that no one can take from us. Of course there are people out there who can and will challenge Christian doctrine, but they cannot tell you that you did not experience what you know you experienced.

And no one can tell me that it wasn’t God who saved my life after I was raped. No one can tell me it wasn’t God who took the knife out of my hands when I was about to slit my wrists. So I choose to live a life that reflects that, and even if I do ever make a Facebook page or Twitter account, I choose to share that personal testimony with the hopes that the experience that has empowered me will empower someone else.

It is another aspect of being uniquely YOU. Your experiences, who you are, set you apart from any of God’s other children. Use it to bring someone into closer fellowship with Him. So much of social media is being used for selfish exploits–for people to bring attention to themselves. Let’s each make it a point not to feed into that world mindset–ME, ME, ME, ME, ME!

Make each day about HIM, HIM, HIM, HIM!

*The picture is not mine. It was retrieved from http://static3.businessinsider.com/image/4bed76d37f8b9a964d020000/facebook-share-screenshot.jpg, from an article entitled “Facebook’s Biggest Issue is its Serious Bait-and-Switch”, written by Lisa Barone for Business Insider, 5/14/2010.

 

The Gift of God’s Discipline April 5, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrsgridley0630 @ 10:11 pm
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During my recent message for our church’s annual Women in Red program, I mentioned how there was a stark difference between myself at the age of 21 and my current age, and how 21 was the age when I was at my most wretched–completely caught up in the ways of the world. At the time I told myself I wasn’t doing anything normal 21-year-olds didn’t do, and even tried to pass off my behavior by telling myself that I was doing BETTER than most people my age. I had never done drugs, nor did I have the desire to, and I didn’t think my drinking and clubbing was that out of hand. But, of course, I was measuring myself against the world’s standards, not the high standards God has set for his children.

I also mentioned during my speech that 21 was when I got knocked off my high horse. As God enabled the devil to afflict Job, I was also afflicted. Not with illness, the loss of my family members, or the loss of wealth, of course. Twenty-one was when I got raped. That was a huge wake up call. Now, at no point in time do I want ANYONE to think that I feel that my being sexually assaulted was God’s doing, nor do I feel it was my fault. I do believe that sometimes, when God’s children go astray, he either A) does something to get our attention or B) as in the situation with Job, allows us to go through the fire.

I thought about how I was disciplined as a child. People can say what they will today and listen to Dr. Spock all they want, but I still believe that if you spare the rod, you spoil the child. I was never abused as a child, but I was spanked–infrequently. I didn’t act up much as a child, but when I did and the infraction was serious enough, I got spanked for it. And you know what? I deserved each one I got.

What did being spanked teach me? I kept thinking about the situations that led up to me getting spanked. My spankings were always a result of direct disobedience and disrespect. My parents told me to do something, I decided I knew better than them and did not do it–spanking. Once, my grandmother was the spanker–so you know I must have REALLY been acting up, because how often do grandmothers spank their grandchildren?? Anyway, my parents taught me when I did something wrong, there would be swift, and oftentimes, painful consequences.

A disciplined child grows up to be a disciplined adult. Look at the children now whose parents treat them more like friends than individuals who need guidance and authority. They grow up with no respect for themselves or authority and no self-control. The point of disciplining your child is to teach them that A) that their actions come with consequences and some of them may be negative, B) they have to learn to control themselves despite their surroundings, which may include their peers or their environment, C) and that throughout the entire duration of their life they will be responsible to SOMEONE.

There are numerous Scriptures about discipline:

Here is one of my favorites:

Proverbs 25:28: “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls”.

And another:

Hebrews 12:11: “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it”.

The following verse applies not only to earthly parents but also applies to how I think of God our Father and his discipline of his unruly children:

“Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him” (Proverbs 13:24).

That very verse alone is why I can thank God for his loving discipline. Because if God loves you enough to discipline you, OH BELIEVE ME, YOU ARE SOMEBODY. YOU MEAN SOMETHING TO HIM. Just like a parent who loves his or her children, when God sees us doing wrong, he is going to correct us so that we may do better.

Of course it is not fun when we are going through it–but at the end of it all, we’ll be better for it.

 

 

 

I’m still pulling for you, GM… April 1, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrsgridley0630 @ 9:44 pm
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This saddens me.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/31/autos/gm-power-steering-recall/

The whole situation with General Motors and this recall has affected me profoundly. In several of my past posts, I have mentioned my frustrations with my 2006 Chevy Cobalt and how it turned off in the middle of driving or the engine had issues with little to no warning. As it turns out, it is one of the cars being recalled.

Of course I do not approve of how this was handled. I personally have complained about the problem for the past several years. Obviously I am not the only one, as a simple Google search of the car turned up thousands and thousands of posts with similar complaints and no surefire solutions.

At the time I got the car, I was pregnant with my first baby and needed a car bigger than the little Ford Escort I was driving. I got the Cobalt with a great deal–my dad’s GM discount, no money down and 0% financing. An excellent deal on a brand new car. The monthly payment–only $196 a month. In total I paid about $17,000 for the car.

But that is not counting the money that was misspent as we tried to repair what we THOUGHT was wrong with the car but truly wasn’t. We have probably spent closer to $30,000 on the car, and now it can’t be resold. I would not think of selling that car to anyone.

However, GM is the company my dad retired from after over thirty years of service. GM provided me with a stable, happy childhood in good neighborhoods, with good schools and good teachers, healthy food, health insurance and access to good doctors, safe transportation, and more than enough toys and books to satisfy my childhood needs, wants and whims. GM took us to DIsneyWorld, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and put some money toward my college education.

General Motors employs over 200,000 people. If a class-action lawsuit is successful, does anyone really think the CEO is going to lose her job? No. Who is going to pay? A bunch of lower-tier workers who are probably already on the fringes of poverty. I personally will not take part in any class-action lawsuit or anything that might cause people to lose their jobs.

Although I had some near-misses in my Cobalt–yes, it stopped a few times when my kids were in the car, and I am furious about that–I still cannot bring myself to be a part of anything that might bankrupt even one family. I do not see how any American can be rooting for another American company to go under. Along with that company going under, that means that many more people will lose out on their food, homes, and everything else attached to their livelihood. I am never going to stand for that. I am still pulling for GM to come through this, make this right, and produce better cars. Heck, I do not know why they can’t go back to the days of old–I do not EVER remember hearing about recalls on our cars in the 80s and early 90s. Maybe they to revisit their engineering foundations or something. They need to figure out what made their cars better back in the day and return to that business model.

And it would be nice if they would come to someone like me with a decent offer on a new car, since the one i have is defective.

 

Being used by God March 30, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrsgridley0630 @ 6:23 pm
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There is nothing more rewarding.

First, I must discuss the major oobstacle I have recently overcome.

My health has been in a precarious state for the past few months now. My hair had been coming out, my immunity was low, I was fatigued in the strongest definition of the word-Imean true, torturous exhaustion. Despite being tired I could not sleep at night and was irritable, short-tempered and had difficulty focusing and remembering things throughout the day. My hand, arm and leg would be tingly on the left side only, and pain or numbness on one side is NEVER a good thing. Sounds serious, right?

 

Kind of, but not life-threatening.  My iron levels, for reasons unknown to me, are ridiculously low. Other major illnesses with similar symptoms, including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, have been ruled out.

 

THANK YOU JESUS!

 

So now I am taking supplements and hopefully will feel their effects soon so I can get back on with my regularly-scheduled life.

 

So, the Devil didn’t win that one. I knew I would be okay even if it was something serious.

The Devil also lost last night. I have some flu-bronchitis type deal going on. I was nominated to be the speaker for my church’s annual Women in Red program. We  used “Women walking in faith” as our theme, and used 1 Timothy 3:11 for our Scripture. Although that passage of Scripture is aimed specifically at deacons wives, my point was that all Christian women ought to br grave, sober, not slanderers and faithful in all things.

Despite my illness, I did not cough or sniff once as I spoke. Everything went flawlessly. That is the beauty of when God speaks through you. If you are doing what God wants you to do or saying what He wants you to say, He is going to see you through so through you one of His children may  be touched.

I would like to ccongratulate all of the women of my church. They are a phenomenal group of women and deserve all of the good things that come their way. All of them are older than me and by watching them I see how a Christian woman ought to carry herself. It is a blessing to be around them.

 

 
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