Monday, July 16, 2018

NO BIRTHDAYS IN HEAVEN

Revelation 21:4

 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”


Oh the joy of looking upward to our home beyond the skies,
When we see our Savior, Master, and look into His eyes.
God's handkerchief will be busy, on that blessed future day,
When with love and great compassion he will wipe our tears away.
Graveyard markers will be history cause all death has had its end,
No more pain or sorrow will touch us and eternity with Him we'll spend.  (RP)

Margie would have had her 88th birthday today.  The two items (and flowers - not shown) in the picture are what were brought to her room at St. Joseph Hospital as we were saying goodbye to her. My poem (above) expresses my heart about all this. Of course I miss her, but she suffered much and she really wanted to go HOME.  Rawlie is with me today, and we have talked about this. I thank him and his dear family for all their love and attention. And this applies to YOU too, for so many have supported me. Thanks SO MUCH for your prayers.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

ONE STEP CLOSER


Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God's thoughts of us are warm today, as He thinks of you and me, 
He thinks no evil, but only peace, as He gives this sweet decree.
He has a plan for each of us and will move us gently along,
And by His grace our hope is sure because to Him we belong. (RP)

I am getting one step closer to publishing my next book. Laurel Hicks is doing another reading of the text. I am so glad she is. It is amazing how many things are found no matter how many times it is read. I prepared my laptop to download the iCloud, then she sent the corrected part to me. I will be working on this, then when she finishes the second half of the manuscript, I will send it to the publisher for their first evaluation of the product. Thanks so much for praying. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ODDS AND ENDS

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Be careful little mouth what you say, is more than just a song,
It is a command from God, and keeps us from doing wrong. 
Christians who encourage others, are doing their Father's will,
Which edifies the recipients and helps them God's will to fulfill. (RP)

Yesterday was my odds and ends day. There were several things I wanted to get done, so after the never-ending routine of therapies, I worked on that. Bathroom cleaning, checking on the water cooler I am trying to waterproof, some book work, and several other things. Mixed with all this was sort of a relaxed attitude, because it was the end of the week, and I was not in a hurry. I was thankful I could use text messaging to help some, answering questions about concerns. Thanks for praying.

Friday, July 13, 2018

REPAIR

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. 
1 Corinthians 10:21

God demands allegiance from those who call Him Lord,
There cannot be confusion; all must be of one accord.
If you call yourself a Christian, then be sure to live for Him, 
Do not dabble with the world's lot, or else things will be dim.
Live for Jesus every day, putting Him first in all you do,
Then you'll have His blessing always, in all that you pursue.  (RP)

Three or four years ago I purchased an evaporative cooler. It has served me well.  Two weeks ago, Rawlie noticed a wet spot on the rug beneath it. Yes, it was leaking. Yesterday I dismantled it and was surprised because it is plastic. No rust here. So I bought a spray can of Flex Seal and will try to get the leaked plugged up, wherever it is. It takes 48 hours to cure, so I am glad I have other coolers to help with the heat control. Thanks for praying.  

Thursday, July 12, 2018

ASPIRATION

Matthew 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

You can only shine for Jesus when His light is in your heart,The only way you do this, is when with Jesus you make your start.He's the light of the world and wants to live in you,So give Him your life right now and have peace like you never knew.As Christians we shine for Jesus, letting His light shine brightly to all,When the lost see our works for the Master, they will then upon Him call.  (RP)

The reason I do extensive therapies for all the muscle groups in my throat, is because of aspiration. The swallow test is given to determine this. I have failed several of them. What does that mean? It means when I swallow, liquids are aspirated into my lungs. There are things I must do to help in this problem. First there are the therapies I do thrice daily.  Oral hygiene is essential, therefore demanding brushing the teeth and tongue at least eight times a day.  This  precaution is necessary to eliminate as much disease to enter the lungs. Can you imagine how many tubes of toothpaste I have used?  This life is not boring. I thank you all for praying. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SLICE OF TOAST

Psalm 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Everyone is so busy; not many have time for God,
Some put on a mask, and present another facade.
God tells His own to be still, and truly know His ways,
In this we really learn, and are genuinely amazed.
Help me today to honor You, giving You ample time,
When I do I will rise indeed to a new level sublime.  (RP)

My speech/swallow therapist started our session with giving me a lightly toasted slice of bread with applesauce on it. It was the first time I had eaten bread since last December. She was encouraged with my progress. She ordered a referral from my doctor so I can have a swallow test as soon as possible. Please join me in prayer about that test. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THERAPY

Psalms 7:1
O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,

The forces of evil are against us; we cannot escape their work,
But praise God we have recourse;we must not this option shirk.
The Lord is our place of refuge, ready to help us right now,
So come to Him without delay and at His feet humbly bow.  (RP)

It is amazing how much physical therapy helps one. When I developed the rotator cuff tear, the pain was pretty severe. The doctor ordered P.T., because he would not operate. I had doubt about its effectiveness, but with time I now see the value of it. I can raise my left arm, use it almost normally, and usually get through the night without too much discomfort. The therapist said it is because of my rigid schedule of therapy I do twice daily.  I have been at it for many weeks, but it is worth every bit of time invested.  Thanks for praying.