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A Swarm Of Seniors!!

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Proverbs 16:31

“Gray hair is a crown of splendor;   

it is attained in the way of righteousness.”

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It was sooo funny today…

 

My hubby took me to Fisherman’s Village…

 

http://fishville.com/

 

To get my long-awaited burger…

 

After my routine colonoscopy…

 

Which is such an awesome procedure…

 

NOT!!!

 

I took all the required meds yesterday…

 

And waited…

 

Finished getting my income tax ready to work on with hubby over the weekend…

 

Typed up two blogs…

 

And did various other things…

 

My son came home sick, guess he got it from me…

 

So I had to take care of him!

 

And still no potty time…

 

I could have taken a walk today…

 

But I thought I’d have to rush to the bathroom!! 

 

I don’t want to keep hopping in and out of bed tonight…

 

While I’m trying to get a restful sleep…

 

Please, Lord, let my plumbing work properly…

 

And let the results to be…

 

“Ok, see you in 3 years!!”

This is what we seniors talk about!!

Such lively conversation, huh???

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We haven’t been over to Fisherman’s Village in a while…

 

http://www.fishville.com/marina.html

 

And certainly not at lunch time in February…

 

At the height of “snow bird” season!!

 

Snowbirds are people who leave cold, northern winters…

 

By escaping to Florida!

 

If you don’t stay for at least half the year…

 

Then you’re a sunbird…

 

If you don’t come down here at all…

 

To escape the snow flakes…

 

Are you a flaky bird???

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Floridian’s Temperature Gauge:

74 degrees-

  Beautiful outside weather…

85 Degrees-

Beach and pool weather…

95 Degrees-

Too hot, stay in air conditioning…

Anything lower than 70 degrees is chilly…

Lower than 60 degrees is cold…

Lower than 50 degrees, we’re freezing!

http://EzineArticles.com/3282469

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We decided to go to the…

 

Village Fish Market Restaurant…

 

When I e-mailed my friend/hairdresser this story…

 

She said…

 

“How was your burger at the Village FISH Market??!!!!

 

LOL

 

That alone cracked me up!

 

That is tooo funny!

 

A client asked me how I can stand it with all the old peeps!

 

HaHaHa

 

And…..YES!

 

I was laughing hysterically thinking this is definitely…

 

BLOG MATERIAL

 

hahahahahhahhahaha!!”

She’s young, she doesn’t get it…

Wait her time will come!!!

Ha!

 

http://www.fishville.com/restaurants.html

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old.

You grow old because you stop laughing.”

-Michael Pritchard-

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Well, we noticed that the…

 

Village Fish Market on the water was very crowded…

 

So, since we didn’t want to wait…

 

We sat by the door in the bar area…

 

Well, let me tell you…

 

Fisherman’s Village was like a Senior Citizen Reunion…

 

Not one young adult, teen, or child in the whole place!

 

I think every Senior in the world was at Fisherman’s Village at that exact time…

 

Walking past our window!

 

And me without my camera!!!!

 

It was Baby Boomer Heaven…

 

They were all dressed for summer…

 

Because our weather’s in the 70’s…

 

As compared to…

 

What’s yours???

 

Zero???  Or worse???

 

I had on black capri sweats…

 

Since I just came from the Surgi-Center…

 

No makeup…

 

 I wasn’t ready for the Florida Summertime Fashion Show…

 

I didn’t fit in!

 

Plus, I had a long sleeve denim shirt over my short-sleeve top…

 

Because I felt a little chilly!!

 

Ha!  What a hoot!

 

Yup!!!

 

They just kept comin’ in and out…

 

Walkin’ back and forth…

 

Meeting friends…

 

Talkin’

 

Like they hadn’t seen nice weather in their entire lives!!

I was still a little woozy from the anesthesia for my colonoscopy…

I thought at first that I was seeing things…

When, seemingly swarms of seniors…

Came out of the woodwork…

From everywhere…

Like an Old Folks Convention…

Is Tuesday Senior Day?

https://www.facebook.com/fishermensvillage

What a show!!

A Senior Fashion Show!

Snowbirds, sunbirds…

En mass with their Florida Lifestyle outfits…

Like a casting for a Beall’s “Florida Lifestyle” Outlet advertisement!

What an onslaught of walkers, canes, braces, wheel chairs, and orthotic sneakers…

I spend so much of my time with kids…

That I forget I’m old…

Elderly= 55 +

Some days I feel old…

Especially last week, when I was sick with a sinus infection…

But, Praise God!

They were so vibrant…

They made me feel young, and not alone…

So, since we’re right there with them…

And we’re old, too…

We just waltzed ourselves down that breezeway/runway…

Right out of there with them!

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Then, later in the afternoon…

I took my walk…

And again saw old folks…

 

Strolling back to their condos, from the pool, in full beach gear…

 

Two guys in a boat looking at their catch of fish,

 

And one elderly couple approaching me going to the pool…

 

The old guy was wearing no shirt, bless his heart….

 

Gee, they all just must want to finally feel the sunshine on their skin!!

 

All this “old folks” conversation…

 

Brought back memories…

 

Of when we first brought our son, who was around five…

 

To Whiting, near Toms River, NJ…

 

To see Grandma and Grandpa’s new house…

 

We took him into the big grocery store…

 

Rode him around in the cart while we shopped…

 

And he kept looking around, looking around…

 

Finally he says,

 

“Gee, Mom, there are certainly a lot of Grandma’s and Grandpa’s down here!!!”

 

We laughed so hard!!

 

Well, that was me today…

I saw so many, many Grandma’s and Grandpa’s…

Wish you all were there with me!!

It was so funny!!

My cousin from NJ, e-mailed me…

“What’s so funny?  

Sounds like a warm, sunny, wonderful day for the old folks (like me)!!!!! :)”

Right!

And from my friend Marian…

“I got a kick out of your story about your funny day… 

I’ve noticed a few of those ‘old folks’ around our neighborhood, too…

But mostly driving cars like they think they may break (not brake)…

If they turn the wheel too sharp. 

I wonder how they got all the way from places like Ontario and New York! 

Just last night, we had a couple over…

And talked about how we have become the ‘older’ generation.”

Yikes, it’s true!!!

“Inside every older person

is a younger person wondering what happened.

-Jennifer Yane-

So Come On Down!!!

The state of Florida is the southernmost state on the continental United States,

boasting both peninsula and panhandle landforms.

Due to its location as the closest U.S. state to the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator,

Florida is renowned for its exceptionally sunny, but humid, tropical climate.

Known by other state nicknames such as

“Alligator State,”

“Orange State” and

“Everglade State,”

the nickname “Sunshine State”

was officially adopted by the Florida Legislature in 1970.

The nickname appeals to “snowbird” tourists who,

especially during cold winters in the northern climates,

visit Florida for its spectacular weather and warm beaches.

In 2011, tourism is the largest industry in the state

and one of the top domestic and international destinations in the world.

Spanish explorer Ponce DeLeon was the first European to explore Florida.

He named it Pascua de Florida or “Feast of Flowers” for the succulent flora and abundant flowers.

Florida has a humid subtropical to full tropical climate,

with abundantly sunny days and a mean daily temperature of 71°F.

Despite its wide variety of temperatures of near 100°F

to sub-zero temperatures throughout the year,

Florida is the warmest state in the United States, on average.

http://www.wisegeek.com/why-is-florida-called-the-sunshine-state.htm

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Dedicated to all seniors…

In loving memory of my Mom, Tina!

Miss you, Mommy!

Ya Gotta Believe in Yourself…

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Because God believes in You!!

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you;    

do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;    

I will uphold you with My Righteous Right Hand.”

Here’s the triumphant story…

I received through e-mail…

Of a little pup, called Daisy…

Who overcame all obstacles!

The vets suggested putting her to sleep…

But Daisy’s eyes and her spirit said otherwise…

She wanted to LIVE!!!!

So people refused to give up on her…

Nor did she give up on herself!!

It’s a story about strength…

Friendship…

And love…

But most of all…

It’s a story about believing in ourselves!

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ

which strengtheneth me.”

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The inspirational music…

“You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban…

Is sung as a contemporary hymn in church services…

People find it embracing and emotionally strong…

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until You come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on Your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when You come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up

To more than I can be.

God never gives up on you!

He sent His Son, Jesus…

To rescue you…

So you can run, too!!!

John 6:29

Jesus answered,

“The work of God is this:

to believe in the One He has sent.”

Matthew 9: 28-29

“When He had gone indoors,

the blind men came to Him,

and He asked them,

Do you believe that I am able to do this?’

‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied.

Then He touched their eyes and said,

According to your faith let it be done to you’;”

Believe!

God has not forgotten you…

He couldn’t possibly love you anymore than He already does…

Believe what God has said in His Word…

About you!!

I’m Gonna Love You Through It!

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When I first heard this powerful song…

I heard Jesus saying these words…

“I’m Gonna Love You Through It!”

“It”

Being, anything that life throws at me!

Then, I heard…

“And I will send you angels…

Those in Heaven…

And those dressed in flesh…

To support you…

Help you…

And love you through life’s rough spots!”

Cancer…

Affects us all…

Those who’ve experienced it…

And those of us who have loved those who have…

My prayers are with you and your families!

May God always love us through it…

And bless us with people who will go through it with us!

To those who have survived…

I celebrate your life!!

She dropped the phone and burst into tears
The doctor just confirmed her fears
Her husband held it in and held her tight
Cancer don’t discriminate or care if you’re just 38
With three kids who need you in their lives
He said, “I know that you’re afraid and I am, too
But you’ll never be alone, I promise you

When you’re weak, I’ll be strong
When you let go, I’ll hold on
When you need to cry, I swear that I’ll be there to dry your eyes
When you feel lost and scared to death,
Like you can’t take one more step
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.

She made it through the surgery fine
They said they caught it just in time
But they had to take more than they planned
Now it’s forced smiles and baggy shirts
To hide what the cancer took from her
But she just wants to feel like a woman again
She said, “I don’t think I can do this anymore”
He took her in his arms and said “That’s what my love is for”

When you’re weak, I’ll be strong
When you let go, I’ll hold on
When you need to cry, I swear that I’ll be there to dry your eyes
When you feel lost and scared to death,
Like you can’t take one more step
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.

And when this road gets too long
I’ll be the rock you lean on
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.
I’m gonna love you through it.

Luke 4:10

“For it is written:

‘He will command His angels concerning you

to guard you carefully;”

Amen!

Thank you, Jesus!!

Light Pushes Back Darkness!!

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Josh Wilson’s story behind…

“Pushing Back the Dark”

http://www.joshwilsonmusic.com/posts/07-18-13/story-behind-pushing-back-dark

“I was in seventh grade.

It was five minutes until our Wednesday night youth service,

and I was hiding,

sitting on the cold tile of a bathroom in a dark corner of our church.

They were about to start the worship music,

and I was supposed to be playing guitar.

I told them I was sick and couldn’t go.

I wasn’t sick.  I was scared.

I was scared of what everyone else might think of me.

 

What if I messed up?

 

What if I failed miserably?

 

God had given me a talent and passion for music,

 

but I was afraid to use it.

 

To this day, the darkness of doubt pushes me to avoid my calling.

 

Last year, as I was working on this album (Carry Me),

 

that darkness became tangible

 

as I began to struggle with anxiety and panic attacks.

 

At one point, I thought I might have to quit music altogether.

 

But God promises to never leave or forsake us,

 

and He kept that promise.

 

As he carried me through the rest of the record,

 

I realized that there will always be darkness pushing me to hide.

 

At some point, though, every Christ-follower

 

has to realize that we carry a sacred,

 

burning light that is infinitely more powerful than the lies of the enemy.

 

Your light might seem small,

 

but even the smallest act of love can illuminate the shadows.

 

To every single mother,

 

every missionary,

 

every doctor

 

and poet,

 

every seventh grader who is scared to sing in youth group,

 

every truck driver,

 

politician,

 

and school teacher,

 

anyone who is rich,

 

poor,

 

young

 

or old:

 

someone else desperately needs the light you carry.

 

I think it’s time that we each take that light

 

and start pushing back the dark.

Ultimately, this difficult season has caused me

to rely on God’s strength

to carry me through each day.

I’ve been praying more often and more earnestly,

and I’m thankful that coming to the end of myself

has brought me so close to a

Father and Savior

who loves me and will never leave me.”

Oh, yes, this is so true!!

There are a million reasons not to try!!

When you’re just one candle in the dark…

Where the shadows are scary…

Thinking you don’t have what it takes!!

Do you dare to try to make a change?

Never underestimate the God you follow!

Don’t look back…

Somebody needs the light you have!

Don’t lose heart…

Keep on pushing back the dark!!

Be a shining city on a hill…

Every sinner saved by grace…

Has a purpose and a place!

Sometimes we don’t understand the bigger plan!

Just keep walking on…

To see His Kingdom come!

 Let your lights all shine…

He’s the Light that burns inside your soul…

You’ve got keep shining for the whole world to know…

Even when you feel like you’re too small…

We all need to shine…

Like sunrise through the window…

A symphony crescendo…

Wake up…

Rise from the dead…

Shine like stars…

Pushing back the dark!!

With your lights!

Push back the darkness at every step…

Light pushes back darkness!!

Amen!!

1 John 1:5

“This is the message we have heard from Him

and declare to you:

God is light;

in Him there is no darkness at all.”

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Fibromyalgia

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Here’s the first part of a research paper I wrote…

for the Human Growth and Development course…

I took 2 years ago…

To renew my Florida Teaching Certificate…

I pray it helps someone…

Because prayer helped me!!

Fibromyalgia

“The primitive physical, functional pattern of the morning of life, the active years before forty or fifty, is outlived.  But there is still the afternoon opening up, which one can spend not in the feverish pace of the morning, but in having time at last for those intellectual, cultural, and spiritual activities that were pushed aside in the heat of the race.”

 -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea, 1955

     “Most middle-aged Americans are quite healthy, however, baby boomers may be less healthy than previous generations and the youngest cohorts reported more pain, chronic, health conditions, difficulty getting around, than those who had been the same age 12 years earlier.  Despite their generally good health, many people in midlife experience increasing health problems or are concerned about signs of potential decline.  They may experience less energy than in their youth and are likely to experience occasional or chronic pains and fatigue.” 

(Human Growth and Development/Papalia, Pg. 491)

     I have just been recently (by process of elimination!) been tentatively diagnosed with a mild case of fibromyalgia.  The information I found rings so true and answers so many questions I’ve had for quite a number of years.  This research paper is a gift I gave myself. 

What is Fibromyalgia?

     Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic pain and effects 2 to 4 % of the population, predominantly women.  It is a widely misunderstood clinical syndrome with multiple symptoms that commonly occur together, and defined by widespread muscle pain, decreased pain threshold, and tender points which tend to come and go, and move about the body.  This common and chromic condition can also be associated with, sleep disturbances along with cognitive and memory problems (often called “fibro fog”), and incapacitating fatigue. 

     Many people with fibromyalgia also experience additional symptoms such as headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, temporomandibular joint disorder (which is the joint between the head of the lower jawbone and the temple and frequently referred to as TMJ), pelvic pain, restless leg syndrome, sensitivity to noise and temperature, anxiety, and depression.  These symptoms can vary in intensity and come and go, in the same way as the pain of fibromyalgia often does. 

     Fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis (joint disease) and does not cause inflammation or damage to joints, muscles, or other tissues.  However, because fibromyalgia can cause chronic pain and fatigue similar to arthritis it may be thought of as rheumatic condition.  As a result, it is often the rheumatologist who makes the diagnosis (and rules out other rheumatic diseases), but your primary care physician can provide care and treatment for fibromyalgia. 

     If you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, try to learn all you can about the condition, so you can dispel myths and misconceptions about fibromyalgia.  Learning all you can about fibromyalgia is the first step toward gaining control of your symptoms.

What causes fibromyalgia?

      No one knows what causes fibromyalgia.  However, doctors do know that people with fibromyalgia can have abnormal levels of substance P in their spinal fluid, a chemical that helps transmit and amplify pain signals to and from the brain.  For a person with fibromyalgia, it’s as though the ‘volume control’ is turned up too high in the brain’s pain processing areas.  Current studies are underway to examine how the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) processes pain and the role Substance P and other nerve transmitters play. 

     According to Dr.Horst H. Mueller, RPsych, CRHSPP, FBCIA(EEG), “recent research increasingly points to the brain as key to understanding fibromyalgia. There is growing consensus among researchers that fibromyalgia is a pain amplification syndrome in which central nervous system plasticity plays a major role in symptom onset and maintenance. Neural plasticity refers to the way the neurological systems (sensory, motor and central) react and adapt over time to repeated stimulation of chronic pain.”

EEG Stimulation:  Neurotherapy and Fibromyalgia by Dr. Mary Lee Esty 

     Dr. Mary Lee Esty believes fibromyalgia (FMS) is misnamed because the dysfunction is in the brain, not in the muscle fibers.  Trauma-induced changes in the central nervous system (CNS) perpetuate FMS symptoms.  The CNS ability to filter and process signals is modified, leaving increased perception of pain.  Dr. Esty has found that most FMS patients seen in her clinic have a history of mild or moderate brain trauma. When brain cells are damaged by physical or biochemical trauma, imbalances appear, regardless of the cause of damage.  The first 2 grades of concussion do not involve loss of consciousness and many people remain unaware that they have sustained a concussion.  Brain trauma is cumulative.  Minor brain traumas through life can culminate in a variety of major dysfunctions.  The majority of FMS patients have had brain trauma that is sufficient to affect functioning. 

     Genetics, also, appear to play a role leading to a family tendency to develop fibromyalgia.  Also, everyday life exposure to physical, emotional, or environmental stressors may trigger the initiation of fibromyalgia symptoms.” Some possible triggers may include:  A physically traumatic or stressful event, an emotionally stressful event, an illness, or an immune disorder. 

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

      Unfortunately, there are no ‘objective markers,’ such as evidence on X-rays, blood tests, muscle biopsies, or other diagnostic tests, for fibromyalgia, so patients must be diagnosed based on the symptoms they’re experiencing, and on a physical examination by the doctor.  Medication, while important, is not the only treatment:  Patient education, exercise, self-management skills, and alternative therapies help treat fibromyalgia symptoms. 

     According to Dr. Clauw and Denise Taylor Moon, “because pain and tenderness are the defining characteristics of fibromyalgia, medical care providers focus on the features of the pain to distinguish it from other rheumatic disorders.  For instance hypothyroidism and polymyalgia rheumatic often mimic fibromyalgia.  However, blood tests for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) values can differentiate these diagnoses from fibromyalgia.  Occasionally, fibromyalgia can be confused with other rheumatic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, but again, there is difference as these conditions cause inflammation in the joints and tissues.” 

Who gets fibromyalgia?

     While men and adolescents can develop fibromyalgia, this condition is more common in women.  The disorder tends to develop during early and middle adulthood or during a woman’s childbearing years.  Those who have a rheumatic disease such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis are also at risk for developing fibromyalgia. 

     In an interview with Connie Luedtke, R.N., the nursing supervisor of the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., she answered questions about some of the most common misconceptions about fibromyalgia:

What is the most common misconception about fibromyalgia?

     “The top misconception is that people think fibromyalgia isn’t a real medical problem or that it is‘all in your head.’ It’s sometimes thought of as a ‘garbage-can diagnosis’ — if doctors can’t find anything else wrong with you, they say you have fibromyalgia. Being diagnosed with fibromyalgia does require that you meet specific criteria, including painful tender points above and below the waist on both sides of the body.

There’s a lot that’s unknown about fibromyalgia, but researchers have learned more about it in just the past few years. In people who have fibromyalgia, the brain and spinal cord process pain signals differently; they react more strongly to touch and pressure, with a heightened sensitivity to pain. It is a real physiological and neurochemical problem.” 

Why does this misconception persist?

     “In our society, people tend to think that there is a cure or a fix for every medical problem. You go to the doctor, expecting he or she will fix whatever’s wrong with you with medication or surgery. It’s frustrating to people with fibromyalgia because the traditional treatment approach isn’t effective. And it’s also frustrating to health care providers because they want to help people. But there’s no easy fix. It takes lifestyle changes and small steps toward achieving wellness. It’s a process.” 

How have misconceptions about fibromyalgia changed over the years?

     “More people understand that fibromyalgia is a real problem, often because they know someone who has it — perhaps a sister or daughter or mother. Health care providers are seeing that people who have fibromyalgia can manage their symptoms with lifestyle changes to improve their overall functioning and quality of life. And there’s hope for the future.” 

Amen!

The hope for the future is in His healing power!!

Psalm 103: 1-3

“Bless the LORD, O my soul:

and all that is within me,

bless His Holy Name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all His benefits:

Who forgives all your iniquities;

who heals all your diseases; …”

When Did Going On Vacation Become So Difficult???

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Apparently…

When I became an adult…

With responsibilities…

A family…

A job…

A house…

And a dog!!

When we were children…

We just hopped in the car…

And we left!

Okay, so we are packed…

But, it was a rough road to get to this point!! 

This vacation has been planned well in advance…

I’ve been looking forward to it all year…

You know how much I love the beach…

You know how much I love to be at the beach…

To read, to write, to do whatever I feel like doing, or nothing at all!!

But, working part-time this year…

As much of a ministry opportunity as it was…

Has put quite a crimp in my retired lifestyle…

Where all my ministries were challenging…

But, I was a volunteer…

And the beauty of that is that I still had control over my time…

 I’m feeling drained…

I’m really stressed…

I just don’t feel like going on vacation right now…

That’s crazy, I know!!

Plus, my poor, precious Crazy Siberian has not been feeling well lately…

We certainly all love her deeply…

But, we’ve all lost sleep…

Lots of sleep…

We’ve all cleaned up pee, poop, and throw-up…

More times than we care to…

We’ve made multiple runs to the vet with her…

And she definitely, ridiculously, horridly hates the car ride to see the vet!

It’s exhausting!!

We now have a calendar on our kitchen counter…

Just for her…

So we can keep track of all the medicines she’s on…

It’s just like living with a newborn, needy baby…

Which I remember so well…

Or, an ornery, elderly person…

Which I also remember!!

Teaching was so crazy at the end of the year…

That I lost my cool…

And it ceased to be fun…

I had to apologize for my grouchiness to everyone…

There, and at home, too!

 I really just want to stay home…

And vegetate on the couch!

But, no…

Not me!

I decided to tackle the humongous job of cleaning my house from top to bottom!

Starting with the ceiling fans the day after school got out…

My son, the one actually cleaning those fans…

Was not elated!

Well, that’s as far as we got…

When I had to stop cleaning to start packing for this vacation…

While dealing with a sick dog…

I hate packing…

Why can’t all my “stuff” just be there when I get there…

And I don’t do well with unfinished jobs…

So I’ll be planning my next cleaning job…

The blinds and windows…

For when we get back from vacation!

Rats!

Why do I do this to myself?

Please tell me to stop!

Take a deep breath…

Count to ten…

And enjoy my blessings of a wonderful beach vacation…

With my wonderful family…

And the whole summer off from work!

Just tell me, Lord…

I’ll listen to You!!

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“My son, if you receive My words and treasure up My commandments with you,

making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,

then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:1-5

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“Be anxious for nothing,

but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God,

which surpasses all comprehension,

will guard your hearts

and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

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Thank you, Lord!! 

Amen!

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“Blessings crown the head of the righteous…”

Proverbs 10:6

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I love the refrain of the old hymn:

“Count Your Many Blessings”

Count your blessings, name them one by one…
Count your blessings, see what God hath done…
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done!!