Monday, January 26, 2009

What is Peace?

I do not know that I truly know what peace is....I sat in a discussion at a homeschool meeting tonight on this and I really felt God talking to me. Actually the topic was on peacemaking or making peacemakers (within your children) in your home....Going to scripture, James 3:13-18 13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
To me this meant you first need to have peace has to come from a steadfast faith in Him and through obedience in Him and to His word. Romans 5 speaks of this and it is overwhelming in such a beautiful way. I was in tears on the way home tonight just thinking of how Good God is! I have been praying for Him to do work in me and through me and I feel it happening - it is very powerful. I see it happening around me, and I am awe-struck. I cannot say I know how to process it all, but I am trying. I know I have to learn to not be easily offended - to really live and show the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). I need to be more Godly, more Christlike. I want this, I pray for this, I need this. Pray for me, will you?

I am a music driven person, scripture resonates through song with me, and there is so much wonderful worship music out there today that speaks to of the scriptures mentioned tonight talking about peace was Hebrews 11 which makes me think of the song by Jeremy Camp, Walk By Faith. It is one of my favorite snip-its from the bible, for we walk by in the Lord, for we cannot see Him, but we believe He is there! This has been my foundation in Christ as I am sure it is most Christians, it's just close to home in that verse if that makes any sense. I think one verse that really spoke to me tonight is Hebrews 12:14 - 14Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. I want to have peace like God wants us to know and have. I don't want to live in strife and struggle with my kids or my spouse or my daily life. I want God's peace and will for my life.I want to show God's love to people and I know I need to start with forgiveness and love. I am praying for all of these things and it may take a life time, but I am working on it and I know God is working on me!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

*******Why yes, ..............Size Does Matter!!*******

Recently Betaseron changed the gauge needle it used for the injection I have to take every other day. The size became smaller and more like a needle that diabetics use when giving multiple shots daily. It is a very small and short needle and really is much different than the one in the old Beta set up. I used the first box from the shipment of the new needles as I was excited to check them out, and I still had one box left from the old sized needles. Last week I decided I needed to go ahead and start using the old box of needles to get them used up and out of the way before they expired and so forth. I will be glad when those needles are gone. You can see and feel the difference when giving the shot as well as see and feel the marks left after the shot. I am so ready to get through these needles so I can go back on the smaller gauged needles. I personally think that size does matter when it come to dealing with certain things, like needles, diamonds, and winning lottery tickets!! I tend to bruise easy and with the larger needle, I end up with a huge and somewhat painful reddish purple welt that lasts sometimes up to two weeks. I hardly notice the marks left from the new sized needles, a little pinkish, but not painful and no real bruising to speak of like the ones previously mentioned. It is a much appreciated improvement!! Thanks Betaseron!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Complete Book Review Coming

I am always interested in the different ways people have of dealing with chronic lyme as both my husband and I were diagnosed back in 2004-2005. Last week I was approached through my blog by a fellow Lymie (Bryan Rosner) whom I have come across on You Tube and over the net many places over the past couple of years about reading his newest Lyme book. I told him I would read it and review it on my blogsite once I was done. I am giving it a little "preview" now I guess. The book is not only about medical treatment, but also alternative therapies and the combination of the two. I have started looking it over and it is an interesting format for the reader, although I have not gotten into the meat of it yet, I identify with his experiences with searching for treatment and dealing with doctors who are not knowledgable about Lyme Disease. I will add more as I get further into the book so check back if you want more info. If you are interested in looking into this book for yourself, it is called "The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments" by Bryan Rosner and you can find it here :

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blogging here lately....(and timing)

has happened, but then not happened. I have blogged, but it has not been published. I start to blog about something and then either get sidetracked or the thought flees my mind (imagine that) and I never get back around to finishing that particular post. I have 5 or so old blog posts sitting in the edit section waiting for me to come back and finish them, and I have tried a couple times on a couple different ones, but it seems the meaning (or time) has been lost since I did not get it done right when I was thinking about it. I guess this is all leading to timing. We all having issues with it....I have punctuality issues. I like to be on time, well actually early for things. Early is on-time, On-time is late, and late well, we all know late is unacceptable although sometimes unavoidable (especially when we have kids). I have friends that tease us because we are usually at lease 15 minutes early to everything, and we are almost always, ok we are always the first people to show up for anything. Even when I try to be late for the sake of not being the uncomfortable first person to show up to something, I am still the first person there. Go figure?!?!

I wonder how much of this is intentional as part of God's plan? I know he has a plan for everyone right? And there are reasons for the way things turn out right? all has to be part of the larger scheme of things. I know sometimes being in the "wrong place at the wrong time" gets people in trouble often, but it has also helped people being in the "right place and the right time". I was blessed today and able to be there for someone in a rough time of there life and felt (still feel) awesome in just being able to pray for them and with them. I am not normally serving in church during this time and was in the "right place at the right time" today, a door opened (both figuratively and literally) and I was able to minister to someone and just love them. I hope I have made a new friend as well, because I did not really know this person (other than in passing before) but I want to get to know them even more so now!