Monday, August 25, 2014

Widows Group ~ Card Class

 
A few months ago I decided that I wanted to find other ladies in my season of life ~ life as a widow. 
 
I found a widow's ministry group at a nearby church and took a huge step out of my comfort zone and joined.  They meet once a month for a Bible study and once a month for a fun activity.  They are always very sweet, loving and accepting of anyone that wants to join, whether part of that church or not. 
 
The Bible study time goes by too quickly and I haven't been able to really get to know many of the ladies.  As I continue to get to know them, I look forward to hearing their experience of how God brought them thru the loss of their husband and learning what God is doing in their lives now.
 
 
 

The fun activity this month was a card class where I was able to show them how to make cards. 
 

 
 
I love making cards and sharing my hobby with others.

 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blessed be the name of the Lord



Job 1:21b ~  the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Doctor's Visit Update

I know many of you have been praying for me and my health since I had my grand mal seizure back in March.  Yesterday I went to the neurologist for my follow up appointment, to see my blood work results and talk to him about the fact that I am still having mini seizures (on average I'm having 2 to 3 a week) 

The doctor reviewed the blood results and determined that my liver is being badly affected by the Depakote medicine I am taking so he is  slowly taking me off that medicine, however since I am still experiencing seizures he is going to increase Keppra which is the other medicine I am currently taking for seizures.

He is giving me a month to let my body readjust to the new medication dosage and then he wants more blood work and another follow up appointment. 

I also have an EEG scheduled August 26th but I am praising the Lord that He is in charge and I am here to be used by Him.

Thanks again for all your prayers and to God be the Glory!

Friday, August 1, 2014

This month...

…marks the 4 year anniversary since Mike went to heaven.  One thing I've definitely learned in these last 4 years is that grieving lasts a different length of time for each person and everyone grieves in different ways.

For me, I would say this has been my hardest year so far, and I guess it's because the loneliness has hit me harder.  You may not be able to understand how I can be lonely in a house full of people especially when they try so hard to not make me feel left out.

Not having a husband these past 4 years has shown me how much of a balance Mike was for me.  The longer I go without a husband, the more I wonder what is God wanting me to do with my life because  I feel very out of balance.

This has been a year of health trials for me and I don't know what is going on but I keep reminding myself that God is in control.  In some ways I feel like my joy is gone and I know that is not true because true joy comes from the Lord.  Mike would often say to me that his job was to make me laugh every day.  Oh how I miss that!

In memory of Mike and his love for Christ and chickens, I will be doing my annual buying of chickens but because of my seizures, I will not be fasting from food, however I will be focusing more this entire month on spending more time in the Word seeking wisdom on the direction of my life/future.

I want to glorify God in all I do and I want my life to bring Him glory!



Friday, July 25, 2014

The Liebster Award

I haven't stayed up on reading my favorite blogs but the other day I decided I had a few extra minutes so I clicked on Emma's blog to read about their trip to China and in perfect timing a new post was added which was this award.

First of all let me say thank you to Emma over at Southern Bell Peppers for the Liebster Award and for getting me to blog again.  There have been a lot of struggles in my heart/life/mind lately and blogging is actually much harder for me now. 

I've never heard of the Liebster Award but it sounded like fun so, here we go with the rules:
- Acknowledge the blog that nominated you.
- Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created.
- Nominate 11 blogs with less then 200 followers that deserve some recognition.
- Create 11 new questions for them to answer.

Here are the questions asked of me, with my answers in pink 
  1. What is your favorite Bible character? These are always hard questions to answer but right now in my life I would say I am getting a lot of encouragement and conviction from reading about Paul's life.
  2. What Bible verse has encouraged you the most? This past year I have been clinging to these two verses.     Psalm 61:2From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.     Proverbs 18:10The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
  3. What are your favorites types of books? I am a very slow reader so I focus on Bible study type books.  I enjoy reading books by Elizabeth George.
  4. If you could own any kind of animal in the world what would it be? a horse
  5. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? dark chocolate, although if you would have asked me this question 5 years ago I probably would have said milk chocolate.
  6. What country's culture interests you the most?  I don't really know many other cultures besides North America and Argentina.  I think it would be great to learn each country's culture.
  7. What is your favorite hymn? Count Your Blessings
  8. What was your most memorable birthday? This is a hard one to answer…but I guess if I really have to pick just one, I will pick my last birthday before Mike passed away.  I was out with Kathy because we were going on a cruise to celebrate my birthday.  The reason I pick this as my most memorable is because Mike called me on my birthday, left a voicemail on my phone and I still have that voicemail today.  
  9. If you could travel to any American national park which one would it be? Olympic or Glacier 
  10. If you could learn any language what would it be? Spanish - although I know some, I would love to be fluent at speaking it.
  11. If you could live anywhere where would it be? I just want to be living in God's will…wherever that takes me.
Now that I am all done answering these questions, let me write 11 new questions to be answered.
  1. Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous?
  2. How many emails do you get each week, roughly?
  3. Would you ever sky dive or bungee jump?
  4. Do you like to talk on the phone?
  5. How do you feel about public speaking?
  6. If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?
  7. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  8. Have you ever taken a personality test? (How did the results turn out?)
  9. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
  10. What’s your earliest memory?
  11. What’s the best decision you ever made?



I Nominate:

Kathy at http://vegasgirlkathy.blogspot.com
Rosalyn at http://hanginwiththehoyts.blogspot.com
Elizabeth at http://dalemeri.blogspot.com
Rebecca at http://unexpectedoverflow.blogspot.com
Aunt Rita at http://meemaw-rita.blogspot.com
Aunt Kim at http://kimfromthesouth.blogspot.com
Sara at http://thebowyers.blogspot.com
Marcy at http://sixoliveplants.blogspot.com
McKenzie at http://pecanpastures.blogspot.com
Madeline at http://writingsofgrace.blogspot.com

I know many of you are very busy (especially right now), so don't feel obligated to participate, this is just for fun…so have fun!