BACK ON TRACK

I have come to recognize that my attitude needed adjusted in the area of food and in exercise.  My recent trip to the hospital and some things that people said caused me to take a hard look at my attitude.  The heart attack in November and having the orders to not eat certain foods were enough to sidetrack me from listening to the Holy Spirit.  My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and this has been a struggle for me for a long time.  I thought I had things under control, but did not.  I find myself more dependent than ever upon Him to make right choices. Yesterday I prayed that God would heal my heart and as I did I realized that it needed healing spiritually as much as it did physically.  And through the day as I read more about issues of the heart and healthy eating for the heart, I came upon a video from a Dr. from the Cleveland Clinic who has been treating his patience and encouraged other Dr.’s as well to encourage their patients to eat a meatless diet, basically a vegan diet.  The results were amazing.  This was even more convincing to me that I needed to begin to go back to eating healthy again. People who had been sent home to get ready to die were completely healed and not expected to ever have another heart attack.  Coming from a Dr. at the Cleveland Clinic where I was told had the best in whole nation gave me confidence to go ahead.  I will still take the meds that I have been taking until the Dr. says it is safe to stop.  The day before all this as I felt the struggle inside increasing, I kept hearing, “I am the God that healeth thee.”  Sometimes He heals by telling us what we should do, but He gives us a choice.  I lack accountability, someone who will hold me to this decision.  I have asked the Holy Spirit for help since He knows my weakness, but I can use help from all you who love me.  Thanks!

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GRADUATION DAY!

What a great day!  Will graduated from kindergarten and Grandpa & Grandma were there to see him receive his diploma and watch the great performance they had for us.  They sang and had a routine with flags to the tune of  a butterfly song.  Then we ate cake and cookies and fruit with them after.

OUT WITH THE OLD

 Sonny removed an old ratty looking gas grill from the patio off the sun room today and it looks so much better.  The Rhododendron out front is beginning to blossom and the bushes along side of the house have blossoms that are from white to pink.  Very pretty.

The above is Weigelia- French lace.  It is supposed to bloom in the early fall again.

MAY FLOWERS

More surprises – the bushes have blossoms!  And the plants the deer ate the tops off from have pretty blue bell shaped blossoms.  Below is the round flower garden almost emptied out of what was there.  We took out the remains of a water fountain which no longer worked, planted the dogwood tree and moved other plants to other gardens.  What to plant here- that is the question?  Sonny moved the rest of the rocks out of it for me.

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF BY HIS WORD

This relationship between the Word of God and the glory of God-between hearing and seeing-is not new.  In Exodus 33:18 Moses said to God at Mount Sinai, “Please show me your glory.”  He wanted to see the glory of God,  God responded with a revelation of himself by the proclaim before you my name “The Lord'”(v.19).  And then he did that on the mountain with a full proclamation of the meaning of his name: “The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation” (Ex.  34:6-7).  That was God’s deepest answer to Moses’ request, “Let me see you glory.”  He proclaimed in words the essence of his gracious name.
Similarly God revealed himself to the prophet Samuel by the word.  First Samuel 3:21 says, “And the lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”  This is what we want as human beings: We want a revelation of God himself.  We want to say with Moses, Show us your glory.”  And indeed a time is coming when “the glory that is to be revealed to us” will make all “the sufferings of this present time”  seem as nothing (Rom. 8:18).  But for now, in this age, God has ordained that primarily he reveals his glory to us “by the word of the Lord.”  Hearing is the primary way of seeing in this age.

~ John Piper ~