Monday, June 18, 2018

FATHER'S DAY VISIT

Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40  

In a world that's very topsy-turvy, and confusion rules the day,
We should always pay attention and do everything God's way.
When things go wrong around us, stop and listen to God's Word,
You will learn from it instruction like nothing you've ever heard.
He takes no pleasure in confusion,warfare and -selfish acts,
So learn to do things His way, and then you can daily relax (RP)

I could not have had it any better than what happened yesterday. After attending church in the morning, I came home, did my mid-day infusion of nutrients and subsequent therapy sessions for swallowing.  By mid afternoon my family arrived with their take out meals from Red Robin. Tressa brought me home made tapioca pudding and rhubarb sauce. What a treat. That was my dessert while they were eating their meal. It was a very enjoyable time. Later, they left for home, but Rawlie stayed to work on his work project here at my house. So it is very nice having him here again. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

RETREAT

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 
Ephesians 2:10


When we are saved God expects us to work,
It is written in His word and we should not shirk.
He made us beautiful and has a job for us to do,
So work for Him with enthusiasm and be true.
This work He prepared long ago, so don't delay,
Keep on doing it very faithfully from day to day. (RP)

The elders of our church had a mini retreat, and I was able to attend  a part of it on Saturday. It was a very profitable time for each of us. Upon returning home yesterday, Rawlie and Gina dropped by for a visit. They were in town on business, so came by my house before going back home. Now today, I look forward to Sunday School and church.  And I don't want to forget it: Happy Father's Day.  Thanks for your prayers.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

BEAUTIFUL CARD


Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. Exodus 14:21

We never know how God will work as He leads His dear children along,
In our story today they were by the sea and there was a mighty throng.
In a miracle never seen, God divided the sea and His children walked over on dry land,
And his love and strong arm were seen by all as the One with the very strong hand. (RP)

Yesterday I mentioned in my blog that the class was the last one until September 7, 2018.  We initiated the study in the book of Ruth. It was an animated class with good discussion and learning better Ruth 1.  We always have an enjoyable time. As the class terminated, they handed me two envelopes. One contained a beautiful card of appreciation for my teaching the class. Many wrote personal notes that are special and I value them greatly. The other envelope was filled with money, paper bills of various denominations. I was overwhelmed. I will use this gift to buy paper on which I print each study sheet for the week. I am impressed with the interest in this study.  Thanks so much for praying.



Friday, June 15, 2018

JUNE 15 - SEPT. 7

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Man left to himself will always choose wrong with eternal death as his lot.
With Christ in one’s life the right choice has been made and now you're in the right spot. (RP)

Today ends this season for the Friday Bible class. It has been a great adventure. I am indebted to Tom Knight who taught in my place all during my recovery process.  I have been doing it for several weeks, and thankfully feel fine. September 7 our class begins again. I will take advantage of the recess to try and get my Shepherds book off to press. Thanks for your prayers. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

ROUTINE

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Oh the folly of many words spoken without the heart,
Revealing the sin of the speaker and proving he's not very smart.
The ones who are wise surely restrain their lips, 
Saving themselves from a serious trap and many a heartache skips. (RP)

Routine is the way we look at things. One definition is this:  a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.  We all have those, do we not? For some, routine becomes very boring or monotonous.  Maybe routine is in the eye of the beholder, or the one performing the action. In life, we must learn to live with routine, because it is part of everyday living.  I am so glad I am still around to perform routine duties. How about you? Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PEG-TUBE CARE

Proverbs 1:29- they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,And be filled to the full with their own fancies.

Oh the folly of hating God's knowledge and refusing to fear His name,
Refusing His counsel and rebukes certainly puts man to blame.
Men's choices will come to haunt them in the follow of their own way,
And God will fill them to the brim with themselves and keep them in disarray. (RP)

People ask me about the feeding tube, and are still quite amazed that I still feed myself this way. That is the way it has to be until I can ingest food better by mouth. I am learning, and I think things are much better than previously.  I have to take care of the peg-tube, keeping bandages clean and dry. It is a chore I never expected in recovery, but it is okay.
Thanks so much for your prayer support.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

DYSPHAGIA MECHANICAL/TRANSITIONAL


As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said,Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.Acts 13:2



God has a place for each to work in His harvest field so great,

He uses those who seek His face and upon Him patiently wait. (RP)



How do you like the title of today's blog?   That is a mouthful (no pun intended). My speech/swallow  therapist gave me this plan when she slowly started me on semi-solid food. The food consists of moist, soft-textured and simple-to-chew foods that form easily into a cohesive bolus. You ask, "What is bolus?"  Bolus is a small rounded mass of a substance especially of chewed food at the moment of swallowing. The menu she gave me  makes me "dizzy".  I realize how easy I have had it with Peg-tube feeding. No menus to worry about, No preparation for meals, etc. So now I start on a new journey which will test my ability (or lack thereof) during this transition period.  I appreciate your prayers as I work my way through this process. Thank you.