Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

Dealing With the Bumps in the Road September 10, 2013


It’s been over a year since I was diagnosed with diabetes. It’s been a roller coaster ride, but it’s getting better. At first, the doctor thought I had type 2 diabetes, but it wasn’t getting much better after several months. After many blood tests and lots of finger sticks, it was finally decided that I have type 1. My endocrinologist told me I’d be going on an insulin pump. She really didn’t give me a choice. This was all so new to me and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go down this road or not, but it was pretty much out of my hands.

I could have been angry that I was losing control of my body and pleaded with God to heal me, but that’s not what I felt I was supposed to do. Almost from the beginning, I’ve felt like I was dealing with this now so that I could help others in the future. I have become more aware of the foods I eat and how my body reacts to them. All of this new knowledge has been helpful in the classroom as I teach nutrition and exercise to my students, as well as helping them learn about diabetes. My family eats much healthier than before, too.

Recently, the mother of a friend asked me about how I dealt with my diabetes. She was interested more in how I dealt with it mentally and emotionally because her husband has diabetes and has had a change in his medication as of late. I encouraged her that life can be pretty normal as long as you take it seriously and make the changes needed. I guess mainly I just reassured her that it wasn’t the end of the world and that it doesn’t have to totally control your life. Sure, you do have to adjust to regularly checking your blood glucose with finger pricks and taking your meds in a timely manner, but it can be done. I do all the things now that I did before I was diagnosed.

If you are experiencing extreme thirst, excessive need to urinate, bruises or sores that don’t heal as quickly as normal (especially of the legs and feet), exhaustion, and a drastic change in your vision, don’t wait. Go to your doctor as soon as possible! There is help available and you can do this. I never thought I could manage without sugar! My favorite drink was Mountain Dew, but it didn’t taste sweet any more at all. Chocolate didn’t either. I guess with all that sugar building up in my bloodstream, it was affecting my taste buds. I’ve decided that I must educate others when I can. God had a plan and with his strength, I can do this! Another reason I’m “stepping out in faith”!

 

It won’t last September 8, 2013

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I really enjoyed this post! It’s one that made me think about the people in my life and how their relationships have changed over the years. Well done!

 

How Technology Has Changed Our Worship

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The way we worship on Sundays has changed a lot over the past 6 years in the small rural community where we attend church. Sometimes I’m resistant to change, but I like the mix of contemporary music with hymns from my childhood. Being able to follow the sermon by watching the screen at the front of the sanctuary helps me to stay focused. It also allows me to see what points the pastor wants us to really grab onto.

Having a praise band instead of a piano or organ has been a gradual change. This has now become solely the praise band, because we no longer have a pianist, anyway. Many people are participating in a ministry that wasn’t available a few years ago. We have quite a few teenagers who are involved in the praise band by singing or playing an instrument. The music is very uplifting and tends to draw in some people who may not feel as comfortable in a church that only has a piano.

We got a new pastor a year ago and he is pretty tech savvy. Instead of using notes and referring to his Bible to read scripture, he was using his iPad. Evidently some of the less tech literate thought it was wrong that he was using the iPad instead of the Bible. It’s no different than referring to notes that are written on paper. The advantage is that he can have a Bible right on his iPad or easily copy and paste scripture right into his notes. Change is hard, but when we take the time to understand the change we may realize it’s not exactly what we thought at first.

Just as students learn best by different methods, Christians may learn best in different ways. The important thing is that we come together to worship and praise the living savior. It doesn’t matter if we wear a shirt and tie or jeans and a t-shirt, what kind of music we use, or if the pastor uses notes on paper or on an iPad. What matters is the condition of our hearts and that we come to church to praise the one who came to save us. Reach out to others in whatever way you feel God is speaking to you. Of course, this is just my opinion. You’re entitled to yours…

 

A Parent’s Prayer Answered July 30, 2013


What a joy to see my baby girl all grown up and getting ready to walk down the aisle to become one with the man of her dreams! Watching the two of them grow up over the past 6
years I’ve seen how good they are for each other. Knowing that they are so perfect for each other gives me peace. But even more imporatantly, I have seen how they have put God first in their relationship. It makes me so proud in this day and age to know how commited they are to making that pledge, because I know the God is going to bless this marriege more than we can even imagine!

Ever since she was little, I’ve been praying that God would bring a man into her life that would make a good Christian home for her and my grandchildren and this prayer has been answered in a big way! He’s great with children and as the worship director at our church at the age of 20, he’s taken on huge responsibility at such a young age and done a fabulous job! I have no doubt that he will be a loving and supportive husband and a gentle, but firm father.

My daughter has graduated from college and works with teenaged girls who suffer from eating disorders. She has such a caring and giving heart that I know the girls will benefit from the love of God that she shares with them. It’s been her dream to be able to show others how much God loves them. As a parent, it’s one of our goals to see our children succeed in the world and I know that they are definitely getting off to a great start!

 

Life Gets Crazy! April 29, 2013

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Life has been so busy this year! With several items requiring my attention over, I can concentrate on helping my daughter prepare for her wedding. I’m so excited for her and her fiancĂ©. They are about to enter a new chapter in their lives! As they hunt for an apartment and plan the wedding and honeymoon, it brings back memories from that time in my life. Our wedding day was one of the best days of my life and I know it will be a very special day to them as well!

I also know that wedding planning is a very stressful time. So I know it will be important for them to handle things in a timely manner so it’s not hanging over their head. And they need to take time to themselves as well. I am so glad that God will be central in their relationship. As long as He is first, I have faith that their marriage will be a long and happy one!

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Daily Prompt: All About Me February 13, 2013


Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you. This is my response to yesterday’s prompt:

When I first started blogging, it was in response to our church’s need for someone to take over the website. I contemplated this for several weeks before offering to rise to this challenge. I had never run a website before and I had a lot to learn, but nobody else was coming forward to take the job.

After much prayerful consideration, I felt that I was being called by God to “Step Out in Faith”. I knew that God would provide the skills I needed to complete the task at hand. The blog was a result of my feeling of God’s tug to have faith in him. I felt that this was something I needed to share with others to challenge them to step out in faith also.

 

Daily Prompt: Call Me, Maybe February 5, 2013


Cell phones have become a part of our everyday lives. When I walk out the door without mine, I get a little frantic! I have an app on my phone that helps me keep track of all the information I need to document for my diabetes. I can log in the amount of carbs I eat, my blood glucose numbers and keep track of the insulin I inject. That doesn’t include that my phone is my line of communication with my children and the rest of my family. I can access my email, check facebook, write a blog post, and get directions all from the palm of my hand.

Yes, when I was a kid, eons ago, we got along without cell phones. If you were going to be separated from your family or friends you always had a plan to meet somewhere at a certain time. We planned ahead. That’s not so much necessary now a days because of our cell phones. We live in the age of technology! We might as well embrace it and use it to make our lives easier in whatever ways we can.

 

 
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