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”!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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…

 

Get Rejuvenated! October 26, 2012


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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.

 

 

Overcoming Fear October 11, 2012

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“Father, when I am afraid, I will put my confidence in You. Yes, I will trust Your promises. And since I trust You, what can mere man do to me?” – Germaine Copeland, Prayers That Avail Much

There are times in life when we worry about where the money is going to come from to pay our next bill or we fear for the safety of our children. It’s not always easy, but we must give these concerns over to the Lord and trust that He is in charge! If we’re not careful, fear can take over our waking moments and prevent sleep. I am thankful for all the times that I was able to give my fears up and trust that God would take care of the situation. He knows better than I the best way to deal with each given situation. I pray that I would be given the gift of discernement so that I would recognize when God communicates to me.

 

Searching for Father Christiaan Kappes October 7, 2012


Friday evening, we sat in a local restaurant with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law, when my husband informed me about a call he had received that morning. He said to me, “You aren’t going to believe this one.” He proceeded to tell me about the disappearance of Father Christiaan Kappes in Greece. Immediately, my stomach got that sick feeling. Chris, as we knew him, is the step-son of a very dear friend of mine. Jenny Johnson Kappes was my field hockey, basketball, and softball coach when I attended Franklin College during my college career. We have kept in touch through the years. Jenny was maid of honor in our wedding and is my daughter, Ashley’s, godmother.

I called Jenny as soon as we got home and she confirmed what Todd had told me. The family is extremely concerned for his safety and that of his translator, Ioanna. At first, it was very difficult to get any help from the U.S. Embassy, who had denied help when Christiaan and Ioanna had gone to them for help. After many hours and days of phone calls and making contacts via the internet, Christiaan’s sister, Nadia Charcap, feels some relief that she is getting the word out and it is on the news and in the media in Athens. The authorities there are finally on the job. The family is asking for prayers that Father Christiaan and Ioanna are found and that the thugs that have threatened them and may have hurt them be brought to justice. I am including links to some info about this case.

Please keep Father Kappes, Ioanna, and his family in your prayers. We hope that they are found safe and sound, but they have been missing since Monday, so it is imperative that we pray for the safe return!

 

 
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