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Leaves

Eph 2:10 “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God, makes us new people, so that we would spend our lives doing the good things He had already planned for us to do.” (ERV) 

When I was growing up in Western Pennsylvania, the falls were so colorful! There were lots of maple trees, and oak trees, so colors were red, orange and yellows. Just so beautiful. When I first became a Christian, I thought that trees and their changing leaves were all part of His great creation. How so creative God is! 

When I went to school, and had a science class, I found out that leaves on trees always had this capacity to do this. The chlorophyll made their leaves change color. The chlorophyll process made the green color disappear and the vivid colors of orange, red, and yellow became visible. The temperatures change would help to make the leaves change colors. God is so creative. 

God has made us as we are. He has made us His people and we are a new creature when we turn to Him, and we can do His will. So in a sense, we are leaves. God has always worked in us and will continue to do so. He will draw our colorful creativeness out of us! We don’t know what He has planned for us, but we know that they are good things for us to do. Since God had prepared these things ahead of time, we can walk in his way. What an adventure! 

Seahorse Key Lighthouse

“Jesus got into a boat and his followers went with him. After the boat left the shore, a very bad storm began on the lake. The waves covered the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The followers went to him and woke him up. They said, “Lord, save us! We will drown!” Jesus answered, “why are you afraid? You don’t have enough faith.” Then he stood up and gave a command to the wind and the water. The wind stopped and the lake became very calm. The men were amazed. They said, “what kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him?” Matthew 8:23-27 (ERV)

My husband and I like Lighthouses. We have visited Cedar Key Florida several times. We found out that Cedar Key has a Lighthouse, Seahorse Key Lighthouse. It is out in the Gulf about three miles so you have to take a boat ride to get there.  It takes about 30 minutes each way. So we thought we would go for it and visit in July.  

Fathers Day 2019

Ephesians 6:2 “Honor thy Father and Mother, which is the first Commandment with promise.” (KJV)

When I moved to Mechanicsburg, my Dad liked that I was close to Harrisburg. He could go to the Farm Show sometimes. My parents would come out for a visit. My Dad would go to the Farm Show while my Mom would stay at my home. I would take some time off to visit with my Mom. This was when I was single, but also after my husband and I were married. It worked out well that we could visit.

Moments With Mom

While growing up, I always have pets. Usually cats and dogs. I sometime took care of baby lambs and pigs. But, I do love my kitty cats! My Mother was ok with pets but only if outside or in basement. When cold outside, I bring them inside. I got a litter box for our cats so they stay inside more. If I take care of them, my Mom was happy. Continue reading

Jesus Grows

The Bible has a lot of Promises that God has given us. So wonderful!. It’s especially interesting to learn how Jesus grew while He lived on earth. If Jesus grew that way, then we can grow that way in our faith. Grow in Jesus

Some people may like to pick a verse and memorize it. Or do a “deep dive” [study the verse]. What to do? Choose a verse you like. I choose a verse from Book of Luke.

Luke 2:52 “As Jesus grew taller, he continued to grow in wisdom. God was pleased with him and so were the people who knew him.” (ERV)

I ask myself what this verse mean? I break it down and take each part alone.

  1. Jesus grew taller, or physically, or healthy.
  2. Jesus grew in wisdom, and in knowledge.
  3. Jesus more and more pleased God, or spiritually.
  4. Jesus also pleased people, and earned their respect.

Jesus grew in all these ways when He lived on earth, so we can grow this way also.

How do I make this verse meaningful to me? For me this verse means:

God wants me to grow physically, so I can be healthy for Him. Right now I am having some problems dealing with cancer, but I want to be as healthy as I can and live for Him.

God wants me to grow in wisdom, to learn things for Him. God wants me to more and more please Him, grow spiritually. God wants me to also please people, by earning their respect.

By memorizing and studying this verse, I find God wants me to learn by growing in Him. Jesus grew physically. He became wise. He pleased God and people liked him. God wants me to be like Jesus. So I can grow in these four ways as Jesus did. All of it is to grow in Him. Grow our faith in Jesus.

You Have Cancer

Psalm 16:8 “I always remember that the Lord is with me. He is here, close by my side, so nothing can defeat me.”  (ERV)

“You have cancer.” On August 30, 2018 I read those words on my doctor’s lips. It is cancer of Bone Marrow or Multiple Myeloma. Those words are hard to hear and accept. A friend of mine asked me:  “How did you find out?  Any symptoms? How did this happen?”

I had Anemia most of my life. Over the years, whenever I went to my family doctor for a six-month check-up, blood tests and lab tests were done.  These were checked by my doctor.  My doctor may then say to add some vitamins to help, or take another supplement. But when I went to my doctor in July, 2018, my doctor noticed I had a low blood cell count.  She was concerned about that so she wanted me to see a Specialist. a Hematologist is one who studies blood and bone marrow.  I started going to my Specialist in early August.  More blood tests! One time 11 vials were taken! Also a Bone Marrow Biopsy. That hurts! On August 30, blood tests and bone marrow biopsy results came in.  I was told that I have cancer of Bone Marrow or Myeloma. What’s that?  It affects the plasma cells of bone marrow. It can be anywhere in my body where my bones are! 

My Specialist set up a treatment plan for me.  It won’t be Chemo by infusion, but I do have to get a strong drug, that is injected into my body.  Usually in my stomach, and it is injected slowly.  I go two times a week, Tuesdays and Fridays.  Go for two weeks, and then I’m off one week.  At the end of two weeks, I talk to the doctor, so that it may be adjusted as I go along.  In addition to the Injections, I also take some pills to go along with the shots. The goal is for me to get into remission with this treatment. This means to make my cancer inactive. Why? Because there is no cure for this kind of cancer. I will always have it. 

This was my Doctor’s plan for treatment. But in my mind, I’m still hearing the words, you have cancer!  That is hard to accept.

So far I’ve gone through the first two weeks of treatment. And take all the pills too. Going to the Room where I get the ”shots” is humbling and mind boggling.  I’ve gone to two offices; one office has room for about 10 patients, and the other office has room for about 20 patients.  All these people have cancer, of one kind or another,  They are either getting blood tests, infusion, chemo or shots, like me. More people to pray for! My treatments have side effects. One side effect is to make me feel tired all the time.

Psalm 62:1 “I must calm down and turn to God, only He can rescue me.” (ERV)

When I go for my “shots” I’m a little nervous! I realize some friends, as well as my brother, and my husband, and cousin have gone through cancer treatments.  So I now understand more what they have gone through.

I am very thankful for you, my friends and my family who are praying for me, and my  husband for his wonderful support. I’m learning to trust God more, no matter what happens.  So thank you so much for your prayers.

Father’s Day 2018

Ecclesiastes 3:4 “There is a time to cry, and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad, and a time to dance from joy.” (EVD)

June has a special day to remember Fathers; June 17, 2018 is Father’s Day. A day to honor and celebrate and remember our fathers. Some of you are fathers. Great! Some of your fathers are still living. Wonderful! What a blessing! Some fathers may have passed away, but they still live in our hearts and memories. They will always be a part of us.

My father enjoyed listening to music. He liked the Lawrence Welk TV show! He listened to polka music on the radio. That was HIS music, and it made him happy. At family weddings, he enjoyed dancing to the polka music. If I was nearby, he would take me as his partner and off we would go! He liked spinning around so fast at times, I almost felt dizzy. I would hold on and when I might start feeling dizzy, he would guide our dance straight so I could get my bearings, before spinning about again. He enjoyed dancing the polka.

I remember one wedding my father and I attended. My mother was not feeling well so she stayed home. Dad and I planned to go to the wedding and reception but not stay long. We were ready to leave, but the music started to play a polka! My Dad wanted to dance! With a twinkle in his eye he grabbed me and away we were dancing. When it came to the polka dance, it was like Dad gotta dance!

It’s always been a favorite memory of mine, dancing the polka with my Dad. I pray you all have fond memories of your Dad as well.