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.

Missing You, Daddy! February 5, 2013

Filed under: Faith,family,God,love,proud — webmasteryates @ 12:00 pm
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Twelve years ago my dad left this world. He was at peace with God and tired of the fight, comforted by the presence of his family until the very end. No matter that we knew the end was near, it still hurts; every day…

My dad was one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. Family was very important to him and I respected him very much. Not wanting to disappoint him, I always tried to do my best (well, most of the time) and treated others the way he and my mom had taught me. He was always there to cheer us kids on in all of our sports and school activities, including band concerts, Christmas programs, and made sure we had what we needed. We didn’t have a lot of luxuries, but we never missed them or felt slighted because we didn’t have the name brand clothes or newest toys.

We knew what it was to work. He expected us to do our part in caring for the animals on our small farm and other chores around the house. He enjoyed gazing at our small herd of angus cattle and got satisfaction from the small things in life. He helped coach my brother’s baseball team and with the dog training club in 4-H.  Taking horses to shows and helping with our cattle to get them ready for the 4-H fair were other things he found enjoyment in.

I have no regrets. Even though I lived 3 hours away with a family of my own, I called him every week and spent time with him as often as I could. He overcame the odds many times as the doctors called the family in saying that the end was near. He fought back and despite the odds, he returned home to live another year or so. He said the thought of his grandchildren was what gave him the strength to get well enough to come home. It’s never easy when you know someone is dying. What do you say? My advice is to spend time with them, let them know that you love them. Listen to what they have to say. They need to say what’s on their mind to feel that they have closure and to feel that they can go in peace.

My sister lives in California, and was traveling home to see him. The doctor said he would never survive until her arrival, but he did! Even though he hadn’t spoken for several days, he acknowledged her arrival and breathed his final breath two hours later. We sat there and remembered the good things about him for a long time. We laughed and we cried as we recalled his singing “You Are My Sunshine” and the time he scared us at Halloween by pretending to be the Headless Horseman. I have many memories stored in my heart and no one can take them from me. I miss you, Daddy. Thanks for the encouragement and the love and guidance you provided. Forever, you will live on in me and my brother and sister! I hope we’ve made you proud. I wish you could have been around longer for your grandchildren to have known you better. You would be so proud of all of them, I’m sure! I know that I will see you again, in God’s time, and I look forward to that sweet reunion!

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Weekly Writing Challeng: Mind the Gap February 4, 2013

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Ereaders versus paper books: which would you prefer? I own an ereader, and like the convenience of downloading ebooks immediately, but there’s just something about opening a book and being able to quickly rifle through the pages. The ereader is good to put a lot of books in one place and carry them all with you on vacation or just on the go. The immediate availability is nice. I also like being able to get to them through my ipad or iphone. But if I’m at home and want to curl up on the couch and read, I’d much prefer a paper book.

 

Daily Prompt: Burning Down the House January 30, 2013


Garage fireThis is my first blog from the Daily Prompt. The title of this one caught my eye because we had a fire over a year ago that took our detached garage. We were able to save nothing. Anything that was salvaged was destroyed by the water from the firefighters. This prompt however, is about the house. After giving this some thought, the first thing I would grab would be our family photo albums and important documents. Next, I would get my medicine, laptop and cameras, not necessarily in that order. I never want to go through another fire, but having in mind what I would want to save is a good idea just in case!

 

Overcoming Obstacles With God January 29, 2013

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Six months ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was feeling horrible with classic diabetic symptoms; extreme thirst, urinating a lot, exhaustion, and when my vision got really blurry, I knew it was time to find out what was going on. My doctor’s office worked me in the very next day and a simple blood glucose test showed a very elevated result. One look at the nurse’s face and I knew it wasn’t good. I was put on insulin to bring my number down quickly and I signed up and attended diabetes education class and met individually with a nutritionist and a diabetes educator.They were very helpful and I learned a lot that helped me deal with the day to day glucose tests and insulin shots as well as what foods to eat and not eat.

It was 4 months later before I found out I had type 1 diabetes, not type 2. My treatment changed again and I had more changes to make in my daily life. Insulin shots before meals were added to my arsenal of ammunition against this disease that has my body fighting against itself. Adjusting my meds several times still has my numbers totally out of whack. Strangely enough, I have never blamed God for this struggle as it’s not his fault. I do, however, praise him for giving me the strength I need to deal with this debilitating disease. My diabetic care team has been a huge help!

My most recent visit to the endocrinologist was another variation to my treatment. Now, I will be learning how to use an insulin pump. That is the next step in my quest for a somewhat normal existence. Hopefully, once I learn to use it, I’ll be able to get things under control. Without God in my life, I’m sure that I would have felt totally overwhelmed through all of this. Knowing that he’s always there for me has helped me to look at this as an opportunity to learn about the disease and to help others who are dealing with it as well. Teaching students in my health classes about it and showing them how to eat healthier are goals that I have now that I am learning more about it. God will help me to do this. I’m stepping out in faith…

 

Did You Pray Today? December 4, 2012

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Don’t start your day without prayer! Jeremiah 29:11-14 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I  have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

God tells us that he has plans for us! Each one of us are important enough that he actually has plans for us that will make us succeed, but how will we know what those plans are if we don’t talk to him and listen to what he’s telling us in return? It only makes sense to start our day by talking to our Lord.

 

Life Without Limbs, Nick Vujicic November 19, 2012


Nick Vujicic, Life Without LimbsNick Vujicic, the president and CEO of Life Without Limbs, spoke at the Anderson University Chapel on October 18, 2012. He is one of the most motivating speakers I believe I have ever heard. Nick has overcome many obstacles in his life. You see, he doesn’t have any arms or legs. It would be easy to have a negative outlook on life. Nick came into the world with this handicap. He could blame God and feel sorry for himself, but he chooses not to live his life that way. Watch the video of Nick’s presentation and see what you think. Share your thoughts below.

http://vimeo.com/51916007

 

Get Rejuvenated! October 26, 2012


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Relentless (Natalie Grant album)

Relentless (Natalie Grant album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

I love my family very much, but I think we all need a little time away to clear our heads and get refreshed. The best way I have found to do that is to attend the Women of Faith annual conference with my sisters in Christ. It is a great weekend to socialize with other women and be lifted up by the talented entertainers and speakers at this event. In the 3 years that I’ve been able to attend, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Sandy Patti, Amy Grant, Selah, and Mandisa have performed on stage. It’s like going too a Christian concert! Plus, we get to listen to some of the best speakers share their faith stories. We laugh at comedians sharing the faith through humor and then we cry at some of the trials and tribulations shared with us.

 

When I come back home after WOF, I am filled with the love of God and my faith has been strengthened. Check out the schedule and see when there is an event near you. Get your tickets in advance and put it on your calendar. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

 

 

 
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