30 days of thanks 9

The ability to sleep

Sorry, for staying away for so long, but my mind has not been at it’s best due to family issues and the lack of sleep.

The significance of sleep is under-appreciated in the strenuous lives of various societies. These activities could play a crucial role in hindering the human body’s ability to perform including healing at it’s intended rate; The hustle and bustle of work, family problems, school, and electronics yes, I said electronics; can cause inadequate amounts of sleep.

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

Some people value their jobs, school and making money over their health when it comes to getting the sleep they need to sustain. The lack of sleep causes the body to work less effective than it is supposed to; Staying up all night working on projects and programs for work and school can cause the body to become stressed and weak. I am proof of the effects of a sleepless body.

The past few weeks have proven to be challenging with no ending from stressors insight. I feel Satan has attacked my family from the oldest to the youngest in order to cause me to turn away from God. I blogged a couple weeks ago about my great uncle well since that blog he has passed, the next week one of our 11 grandchildren came down with pneumonia and had to get admitted to the hospital for 3 days and before the week ended my husband who is three months out of kidney transplant has been admitted into hospital where he is still as of today. I tell you when it rains it pours.

Thursday night was the final test of my strength. I felt myself getting weak and weaker after staying up all night in the ER with my husband waiting for a bed to become available before he could be transported to the hospital and admitted. I finally told my husband I had to go and get some sleep. I got a chance to go home Friday late morning to get a couple hours sleep before going to the hospital, but on my journey home I could not think clearly and was seeing things that were not what they appeared to be due to the lack of sleep. I was shaking and could not remember clearly, my body started aching which I assumed I was coming down with a cold which scared me because of my husband’s condition; however after I got a couple of hours of sleep I was feeling amazingly better.

I thank God for taking care of me and all who were around me as I traveled home no matter what the distance. I could have fallen asleep while driving which could have resulted in a minor or fatal accident. I could have been injured, killed or caused the like to someone else, but by the grace of God allowing me yet more time I am able to share this information and rejoin my husband at the hospital and help his health team take care of his physical necessities while God works on it all.

Reference:

(June 5, 2019 https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov>sleep-d…)

Sleepless In Gainesville

Patricia

30 Days of thanks 8

Thankful for time

Time waits for no man because it is a part of the master plan.

Do not put off for tomorrow what you should do today.

My heart is sad today because my Great uncle has stopped eating and drinking. His faith is in the hands of the Lord.

When younger, I spent some hilarious days with my Uncle John. He is a small man in stature, but he lived as a giant in my eyes.

Unfortunately, as years and life diminished our visits, I never forgot my great Uncle John. Whenever I visited my home town I would look him up longing for his wit to make me laugh.

As years passed, life went on and I did not seek Unc’s humor when visiting as I once did.

Time passed, my children became grown-ups and two of my daughters move back to my home town.

My number 4 Carla started working at the local nursing home where Unc was living now as a resident when Carla meet him for the first time. There was an immediate bond formed between the two after she told Him who her mother was.

I was so surprised and so thankful one of my daughters finally got a chance to meet Uncle John

Carla would call me and tell me all sorts of hilarious conversations they would have, which reminded me of him and me when I was younger than she.

My daughter has since left the facility and state to go back to college, but she keeps check on Uncle John until this day when she got the call.

As I spoke with her earlier I was able to talk to and see him by video as he held her hand and would not let go.

I am praying we all do as my Uncle John is doing with Carla and hold on to God’s strong hand and never let go.

Do not let time pass you by!

30 Says of thanks 7

Help!

Feeling overwhelmed, walls are closing in, eyesight getting weaker, patience, patience, patience are nowhere around..help!

Children no longer listen, friends have abandoned you, loved ones avoid you..help!

Illness is slithering in, hope no longer springs eternal and joy has stopped coming in the morning..help!

Days are depressing, nights are lonely, sleep is hiding and can not be found..help!

Depression is sympathetic, seclusion is waving, loneliness is immediate..help!

Wait..someone is there..who can it be beckoning to come closer?

Frozen, scared, shaking, heart rate running wild and nerves are on end..HELP!

Who are you? Nothing..outstretched hand to come closer.

Queasy, frightened, confused….darkness closing in..HELP ME, LORD!

Glorious sounds forming words.

“I have waited so long for you to call me my child.”

“I moved obstacles off your path, so there would be less distractions on your journey.”

“I allowed your kids to grow up and make their own decisions because they have to walk their own paths.”

“I allowed your eyesight to decrease because there are some things you need not see and meditate on and…

“Your health is withering because I have permitted you to live long enough to come back and call upon me for help.”

I am thankful for so much including my obstacles which have made me stronger and a better person. I am thankful for my sister bloggers who have taken me under their fingertips.

Most of all, I am thankful the Lord is my saving grace and my help in the time of storms…AMEN!

30 Days of Thanks 6

My Potter

I am lying on the floor alongside my Potter’s chair.

I am lifeless, without form, aimlessly looking around.

I was once on The Potter’s wheel until I saw sin appealing to my eyes and grabbed it.

I was still wet in The Potter’s hands being formed, so it was no problem for the transgressions to stick to me and bury into my surface.

My form was distorted with temperament, malice, hatred, slothfulness, and more all accumulated from reaching out and touching that which appealed to my eyes as I spun on the wheel.

I was warped to the point that I would not allow my Potter to touch me with his glorious hands, so the weight of all I carried flung me to the floor out of the reach of my Potter….So I thought.

After lying on the floor wallowing in my corruption, The Potter sat a beautiful finished pot on a table. I saw the glory in that pot and long to be completed as well.

The finished pot ministered to me and all my flaws with its beautiful completeness without judging me.

Then along came The Potter who picked me up, after I tugged on his leg and sat me back on the wheel, my Potter submerged his hands in water then placed them on me and reformed me out of miry clay.

I thank my Potter for picking me up and gently reshaping me back into his form when I was heavy laden with sin and could not find my way up.

I still have sin baked within me, but I fight hard on a daily basis not to allow it to surface.

Isaiah 59:1-2

Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.

v3. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And you’re sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.

Jeremiah 18:3-6

So it went down to the potter’s house and saw him working with clay at the wheel.

V.4 He was making a pot from Clay. But there was something wrong with the pot. So the potter used that clay to make another pot. With his hands, he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be.

v.5 Then this message from the Lord came to me: “Family of Israel, you know that I can do the same thing with you. You are like the clay in the potters hands, and I am the potter.” This message is from the Lord.

Have you pulled on The Potter’s leg lately?

30 days of thanks 5

Salute

As festive Thanksgiving day approach as evenings extend darkness all around us.

I can not help but think about our brave troops all around this gigantic globe we call earth, which God created and left every living thing upon it in man’s hands to care for.

Genesis 1:2, In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:26- Then God said,” Let us make man I our own image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish and the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps in the earth.” NKJV

Away from loved ones and friends, our beloved brave troops spend their days, weeks, months and years on foreign and domestic grounds ensuring we are able to exist in some form of normality.

I salute the men and women of the armed forces for risking their lives, in order for everyone to enjoy their lives.

I thank their families for standing beside them as they protect us all, but most of all, I am thankful to the Lord for giving them the courage to continue and not allow fear to turn them around.

2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind. NKJV

I salute you all with honor for a job well done!!!

30 days of thanks 4

  1. Appreciating my ability to hear.

When I was younger I abused my auditory system, by listening to extremely loud music with and without headphones.

I think about people who are hearing impaired at birth or by other causes except self- inflicted abuse as I was doing and I feel ashamed of how I abused something so precious.

I do not know how much damage I have done to my hearing, but I thank you God for sparing me to be able to hear pretty well or hear what I want to hear per my husband..lol.

While walking to my car after work I experienced a feeling and heard sounds I know I have heard before, but never really listened to them.

The sounds that stood out and grabbed my attention were from some of God’s smaller winged creatures…birds chirping.

I can not ever recall listening to those beautiful bird sounds and envisioning myself stretched out on a blanket surrounded by them as they chirp me into a calm and relaxed state of mind as I did today.

I think God has been allowing me to hear the calming sounds of peacefulness by way of these beautiful creatures, but I refused to listen.

So, why today did I choose to listen to what I heard? Why today did the calm come over me and not Thursday or Friday when I needed it or did I really need it at that time?

Philippians 4:6-7 be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; v. 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

Better yet, perhaps God was helping me shake Satan off before I got home and carried him inside with me. Oh well, only God knows the reasons and that is fine with me.

30 days of thanks 3

Strength of Deborah

Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy in dealing with my life on a daily basis. You have blessed me to enter into another week and allowing me to continue learning about you and sharing you with all who care to listen.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned

Lord I pray for the strength of Deborah to be obedient to your word, to go out and share your word with love.

Lord allow me to understand what has been taught and studied of your word, so that I not share the wrong understanding of your word to others.

Lord bless me with humility that I not present myself bigger than you have created me.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Amen!!!!

30 days of Thanks day 2

Being thankful for today


Today has been another special Saturday for me as a woman in Christ.

Throughout the year on Saturdays Churches of Christ women from various congregations come together to host Ladies Day Programs. These programs are inspiring, uplifting and encouraging, because you get to meet sisters from different congregations, in various cities and states who bring amazing styles of teaching which help others understand what thus says the Lord whether by speaking only or visual examples, while staying on one accord with the Lord.

Ladies Day programs bring solace, clarity and understanding to some. It allows others to spend time with other ladies in whom they might not get to meet other wise and to invite a non member to learn also. There can never be a limit put on the food from the Lord and that is what these programs offer, spiritual appetizers from God.

I am very thankful for the Lord waking me up this morning, so I could join my Christian sisters in Christ and all the people who inspire me on my daily walk of rejoicing and allowing the Lord to restore my mind with the knowledge of his word and to cherish time spent with all I have come into contact with whether in person, by phone or online.

Thank you Lord!

For two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, and has not another to lift him up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting on another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7