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What, Me Worry?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 When I was younger I often worried about things. What would my grade be in that class? Would I have enough money until the next paycheck came in? Would my car make it from one city to the next? As I got older my worries changed a bit but they were still there. Were those sniffles my daughter was making something serious? Were the doors and windows ... Read More »

Accepting Help

I knew the day would come. Seven years ago, an X-ray discovered them. There were a handful of stones in each of my kidneys. I knew the stories; “The pain is worse than childbirth.” Recently the day of reckoning finally came, and the pain was indeed worse than childbirth. It wasn’t long before the text messages began showing up on my phone: “I’m sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well, can I get you anything?” “I’m on my way to the store—can I pick something up for you?” My first ... Read More »

Battling Mental Illness

On the news again, another attempted murder-suicide, but this time an elected official was involved.  Too often these days, we read or hear of the mentally ill killing, or trying to kill, innocent people.  Whenever I learn of something like this I stop and say a silent prayer of thanks.  Thanks that this time it didn’t involve my son.  You see, in 2002 he was arrested for breaking and entering when he was off his medication for the serious mental illness from which he suffers.  Less than 36 hours earlier ... Read More »

Getting Myself Back

In high school and early college, I was sick enough to miss school only one time. I often stayed up until 2 a.m. finishing AP homework just to wake up at 6 a.m. to go to school. After school and on the weekends, I worked a part-time job, did activities, went to the gym and hung out with friends. Nothing ever stopped me from accomplishing my goals. Then my life changed before senior year of college when I developed chronic anxiety. That summer was the hardest time of my life. ... Read More »

You Look Great!

Some days it’s hard to get out of bed. Other days I fall into bed at 8 p.m. and sleep until the alarm goes off. Fatigue is a constant reminder. Some days my left leg is tingly or the left side of my face is numb. Other days a rash appears below my knees and turns my feet red with spots. Sometimes I just ache with joint pain. These all are reminders that I have an autoimmune disease called Sjögren’s Syndrome (pronounced show-grins). Probably one of the most challenging things ... Read More »

I’m Getting Old, But I’m Not Complaining

Recently an unwelcomed envelope arrived in my mailbox; the dreaded AARP card was delivered to me. Needless to say, I was not happy. In fact, I might have even complained a bit. It might have sounded a little like this, “I cannot believe they would send this to me! How dare they assume that just because I’m about to turn fifty that I have any interest in being a member?” I mean, AARP is for “old” people, right? And I am not old! A few weeks later another unwelcomed envelope ... Read More »

God Bless People Who Donate Blood

I’ve donated blood three times in my life. The first time was in high school and the other two times I was in my 20’s. Each time I’ve successfully donated but by the time I get to sit up and walk to the table to have juice and cookies, I become very close to fainting. If you’ve donated blood, you’ve probably seen people who have had to go back to a bed and lay down again. Well, that’s me. I’ve been avoiding donating blood for years now because it makes ... Read More »

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