Sunday, February 18, 2018

BACK TO CHURCH


John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease

We think we are important and our self esteem grows bold,
Our minds play tricks too often and our pride soon is fourfold.
Then we meet our Savior who instructs us through His word,
Then we realize in a moment that we've been quite absurd.
In our walk with Christ down here we are to magnify Him,
And any other behavior surely puts us way out on a limb.
Dear Christian: live for Jesus and make Him the honored guest. (RP)

It sure is a good feeling this morning, as I plan returning to church. The last time I was there was December 31, January 4 I had surgery, and I have been recovering ever since. Rawlie is going to accompany me today. I am glad he is, because I still need assistance in getting out of any chair that is low. I cannot use my hands or arms to push or pull me into the standing position. It will be so good to see our friends again, and listen to our new pastor, Kiyle Decker. A storm is predicted for today and it has already started. High winds and even snow may be our part today. Thank you so much for your prayer support.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

AMAZING VOCAL CHORDS



God's gracious ways explain so well what he has planned for us,
His way of life is meant for us,andoh what a marvelous plus.
He gives us joy both now and again when in His presence we land,
And then in Heaven we'll know it well, because we'll have it all firsthand. (RP)

We arrived early for our appointment with the specialist at Swedish hospital. Thankfully they took us right away. The doctor put a special tool up my nose and Rawlie and I watched as he explained what was happening in the vocal chords. They are not closing properly. During surgery he had already injected them, hoping this would help solve the problem. He set March 7 for the next surgery on my chords. He will go through the mouth. Yes, I will have to be "out" even though the procedure will not take long. It will be an in and out situation, but he described some of the discomforts following the procedure. All this is only temporary. If my voice returns to my satisfaction (or not), they can do also a more permanent procedure. So all we can do here is PRAY. Thanks for helping me this way. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

BELIEVE IT OR NOT


Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Oh how great to trust God's sovereignty and His providence Divine,
And to know He leads me daily with all the troubles that are mine.
He has a reason for each thing knowing best how to direct my way,
Cheer up fellow Christian, let God do His work, as you trust Him day by day.  (RP)

The verse and poem express my convictions today. Yesterday I failed the barium swallow test. They had a whole array of items for me to swallow, but stopped after only two teaspoons of material. My swallowing mechanism allows food to slip into the lungs. This is not right, so on the 22 nd I start special training with a speech language pathologist.  Hopefully I will learn techniques to help me strengthen muscle groups and whatever else is supposed to work, to help me eat normally again. It may never happen. If not, I already have the peg-tube and feed myself 4 times daily. I learned something else yesterday. I am to brush my teeth often, because I swallow my saliva, and brushing the teeth cuts down dramatically on my getting pneumonia because of the bacteria that comes from the mouth.  I learned something new. Thanks so much for your prayers. Today Rawlie drives me to Swedish hospital where Dr. Sniezek will do a procedure on my vocal chords. It may change my voice, and hopefully help me be able to talk better. I'll report as things happen.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

TODAY AND TOMORROW

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Man likes to be his own boss but God says His peace should rule,
If one decides to do it his own way, he certainly is a fool.
Let God's peace rule in your heart, and thankful you will be,
And your peace will be oh so sweet and His blessings you will see. (RP)

Many of you are praying about today and tomorrow. These two appointments are important. Today I will discover if I can swallow normally while eating, and the food goes to the stomach instead of the lungs. I have failed 4 of these already. May God's will be done is all I want. Tomorrow takes me to Swedish hospital for two things: for Dr. Sniezek to tweak my vocal chords, trying to restore my voice to a better level, and then getting a new PEG-tube extension. The one I presently use, has a slit in it. Fortunately I have been able to use it. I am thankful. And I am thankful for your prayer support. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

TEMPORARY FIX


Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

There is just one way to get saved; these words tell us how,
Just listen to them and accept this beautiful gift right now.
By faith we take what is written here and make it our own,
And by doing this I can assure you, you are never alone.
All the work in the world will not save you; that is very plain,
And if you were to try it out, your effort would be mundane.
We cannot boast of what God gives, so be content my friend,
Accept the gift of eternal life and always on our God depend.  (RP)

Yesterday I made a temporary fix to my feeding tube which had a split in it. I carefully wrapped a very small piece of magic Scotch tape around it. The first one did not hold, but the next one did and I completed breakfast without a problem. Lord willing Friday when Rawlie takes me to Seattle, I will get a replacement. If not, I will just keep on doing the same thing. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

COMPLICATIONS


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.
Jeremiah 29:11


We wonder what God thinks of us; here is the answer clear,
He desires peace, not evil, for His own, a blessed thing to hear.
God wants our future to be bright, and a future filled with hope,
With a future so plainly described, with every problem we can cope. (RP)

Things can get complicated. For some things it really doesn't matter. Saturday night our TV gave out. Today the company replaced all the rat-eaten cable and replaced the dish receptor, and now all is fine. BUT while feeding myself this morning, the peg-tube split and nutrients were spilling out. I spent the next hours on phone trying to figure out the remedy. Finally Swedish hospital, where it was installed, said they would see me Friday when Rawlie takes me for another visit to Dr. Sniezek concerning my vocal chords. In the meantime, I must devise some method to keep most of the nutrients going through the tube instead of spilling out. Thanks for praying. 




Monday, February 12, 2018

I WONDERED WHY


Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.   James 4:14

Uncertainties abound in life and tomorrow is one of them.
We have no idea in the world but we can trust it all to Him.
Life is fragil beyond degree and can disappear like steam,
So trust your soul to Christ alone because He only can redeem.(RP)

Margie had much trouble sleeping. She would start in her bed, then later move to her lift chair and usually sleep a couple of hours, and return to her bed to finish the night. I never dreamed I would follow this pattern after surgery. Last night I went to the lift chair and slept until about 6:30. I never sleep hours at a time. I have to make bathroom stops. This may be the problem. When I am better, I will see another specialist and see if there is help. I still do not know why the lift chair gives sleep. For me it is not even comfortable, but the results I like very much. Thanks for praying.