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Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Be Still

  Many days I find myself with too much to do. I spend my days at the computer typing, or clicking away. Some time is spent outdoors taking care of the animals. I find myself worrying that I will never get it all done. Often times, I don’t get it all done. I am always behind the schedule I set for myself. If I was healthy, would I get more done? Yes. Of course I would. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Mast Cell Activation Disorder— a disease cluster. It is unclear why MCAD appears in so many patients with EDS and POTS, but EDS is caused by a defect in the […]

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Have You Sought Your Friend?

What a Friend We Have In Jesus   Sometimes the words of this song really strike a chord with me. There are times when I feel exceedingly weak. When I am burdened and I don’t think I can bear anymore. I have life verses and a favorite verse. They are not the same. My life verses instruct me in how to move past my burdens. Matthew 11 : 28 – 30 (KJV) 28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your […]

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I sang In the Choir

Are you playing in the band or singing in the choir?   I don’t usually write devotional blog posts on Sundays. In fact, I’m late posting my Friday writing post. It hasn’t come to me yet, but this one is on my heart. I sing in the choir. I love singing for the Lord, but every once in a while, my flesh gets in the way. I worry about how we sound. I’m concerned with what others think. I listen too much to the opinions of those around me. The truth is, everyone has flesh and is affected by it. None of us walk in the spirit all the time (although we are always indwelt […]

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Washed in the Blood

 
We sing the song, but do we take it to heart?
What does it mean to be washed in the blood? To me the song and the words are a reminder of the great cost that Jesus paid for my sins. He didn’t just suffer for everyone. He gave Himself specifically for me. How often do I take my salvation for granted and forget the true significance of the sacrifice that Jesus made for me. He left His home in the third heaven (John 1:14 , 2 Cor 12:2) to come down to earth. While He was here, He gave His life, allowing Himself to be tortured and crucified, so that His blood could cover my sins (Mark 15:15). Nobody took His life; He gave it freely for the sheep (John 10:15-18). I need to be reminded of His great sacrifice, so that I can more fully appreciate the great sacrifice He made. Jesus didn’t promise that salvation meant we would have an easy, pain-free life. In fact he promised just the opposite. If we follow Him, we will suffer. We will have tribulation in this present world. We will have fellowship in His sufferings (Philippians 3:8-10, John 15:20, 16:33). In my personal life, I deal with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the “sister” diseases that accompany it. In those moments when I want to scream in agony, I must remember that my pain doesn’t even begin to compare to what Christ went through. With Christ’s help, I can handle having a chronic condition. If through my suffering, one life is touched for Christ, perhaps, just one more person turns to Christ because they saw how Christ helped me through my tribulations, then I will not have suffered in vain. Someday we will have our glorified bodies with no pain and no more suffering, but His glorified body has the reminders of what He went through for us. There is a hole in His side from a soldier’s spear and the prints from the nails (John 20:27). Thank you Jesus for making the ultimate sacrifice for me. Help me to keep that price in mind as I go about daily living. The salvation gift was free for me, but it cost Him dearly.

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Five Reasons to Use Scrivener

  I was a WordPerfect girl for many years. Reveal codes could not be replaced when working with legal documents. Nothing Microsoft ever offered came close. I am well aware that Word has the ability to view codes as well. Sadly, they were never as easy to work with. I’ve taught classes on how to use Word, PowerPoint and Excel, so I know them well. And they are good. Not as good as the Word Perfect suite was, but good. Yet, for writing a book not even WordPerfect can measure up to Scrivener. No, Scrivener doesn’t have the same exceptional word processing capabilities, but it is far superior to Word or any other software I’ve […]

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