Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:13

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I am still not feeling as good as I had been.  I am having more pain, nausea, hot flashes and trouble sleeping.  I suspect a lot of this is because as the vicodin no longer makes me sleepy I instead am doing things like wandering around picking up things, walking further, and identifying the need to stop less accurately and am not listening to my mom about stopping when I should.  I talked to the dr.'s office yesterday and am kind of between needing to call back today and not.  So for now I'm not going to because I am going to see what happens for a couple days of doing nothing much.  Today I've thrown laundry to the basement and washed clothes but my mom carries it back up, and I played with my niece but I didn't ride down to meet my sister because of the resting thing.  Today was the first day my niece has been all about Aunt Jen rather than Grandma.  I love her so much.  It looks like Tuesday afternoons at least for now I'll be babysitting her at my mom's.  It's perfect as it won't exhaust me (once I'm healed of course; for now I can't really be alone with her since I can't lift her) but gives me much desired time.
Please pray for my cousin.  She's been married a few years and apparently have been fighting infertility for a long time.  She had invitro done recently and found out today that she is not pregnant.  Her sister is due to deliver a baby any second.  There are other things that make this sadder, but just please pray that she can cope with her new niece at a time it's going to be so hard.  I can't imagine.  I remember how painful it was for me to have this new baby coming when I desperately wanted what I couldn't have.  (I also wonder what on earth is up with fertility in our family.  My mom and aunt both had difficulties and a number of miscarriages before having 5 girls in 3.5 years.  My mom did have my brother without difficulty (a teenage oops) but I was a baby that shouldn't have been possible and my sister was not likely. My aunt lost numerous babies before having her girls.  I'm the oldest cousin; I never tried to get pregnant but it looks unlikely that I would have been able to, and certainly my fertility ended early as the last 2 years a baby would have been nearly impossible, and now of course it is.  The next 2/5 had no difficulty that I know of (my sister may have taken some time to get pregnant but that's a guess from a single statement), and the youngest is the one with the horrible news today.

Last night was an adventure.  My room at my mom's is also where my niece's crib is.  It's a medium sized room but with a crib, double bed,  small bookshelf, cedar chest, rocker, most of the floor taken up by what Anne callls "the kitty potty" and a feeding area for my cats plus my stuff there's not a lot of space to change things. My bed is under a very weird skylight and if it rains exactly right it drips onto my bed.  I woke last night to a big puddle in my bed, so I shoved a towel under the sheets, a towel over the wet part and a big Tupperware (the real stuff) bowl on top.  My cat enjoyed watching drips.  I just moved to the other side of the bed and went back to sleep.  I hope it doesn't rain again until I am home (as it rains).

Michal, my goal is to respond to your email tonight or tomorrow but I am so glad that things aren't as awful and scary as they seemed and I am anxious to hear the red surprise!  I don't trust my responses since I'm drugged, tired but not sleeping and may have another period of feeling bad tonight.  Hope not, but when they say this is a real recovery process they do mean that.  Not intending to ignore anyone, I'm just not myself yet.


Michal Ann said...

Malibu is calling me to volunteer work so I'll be out of touch for awhile. Check out the Google map, web cameras, videos, slides and think of me under the full moon after a full day of gardening, staining or whatever. One year I got to climb up some scaffolding and pressure wash a totem pole over the pool, a fun job. I felt like I was part of the history...and in a way, I am. I've been going to Malibu Canada since I was on work crew after high school graduation in 1969. My work crew is featured in the Malibu coffee table book created for the 50th anniversary of the Young Life camp.

Check the link out so you'll know what I love about Malibu.


This devotional is from 365 Promises by Barry Adams, Thursday, 9-27-2012 It's so encouraging!

Jude 1:24 WEB

Now to Him who is able to keep them from stumbling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory in great joy,

"Promise #270: I will keep you from falling until you joyfully stand blameless in My presence.

One day, each one of us who has called on the name of the Lord will stand before His presence. Today's promise encourages us that we have nothing to fear on that glorious day. Jesus Christ, our Savior, our Lord, and our Elder Brother, will present us before His Father completely faultless (blameless) on that holy day. The NLT Bible says that Jesus 'will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.'

I love the thought that when Jesus presents us to God, He will do so with exceeding joy! The Amplified Bible describes it as... triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]. It will absolutely thrill the heart of Jesus to present us blameless before His Father on the day that we will see Him face to face!

We have nothing to fear about our future. Jesus has promised to be faithful to keep us from falling and will one day present us completely blameless before His Father (and our Father) in triumphant joy with unspeakable, ecstatic delight! Hallelujah!!!!!!"

Michal Ann said...

Enjoy the harvest moon tonight; it's the closest one to the autumnal equinox. Maybe you'll see rainbow colors around the moon! I've seen it before.

Leaving later this morning, hugs, Michal

This devotional is from 365 Promises by Barry Adams

Promise #272

- Saturday September 29, 2012

1 Peter 1:3-4 WEB

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became our father again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you,

Promise #272: You have an everlasting inheritance reserved in heaven for you.

There are many uncertain things in this world but our everlasting inheritance is NOT one of them. Our God and our Father has secured an inheritance for every one who has received the free of gift of His Son's life that is incorruptible, undefiled and will never fade away.

No matter how unstable things become around you, you can bank on this promise to be unshakeable! Because of the abundant mercy of the Triune God, we can hope in a special place in heaven that is reserved just for us! It is more certain than the ground that you are standing on right now.

Father, we thank you for your abundant mercy expressed through the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus! When times get tough and the near future looks bleak, may we lift up our eyes to see the amazing future that is in store for us and may we be filled with hope knowing that you really are a faithful Father. Thank you for our incorruptible, undefiled inheritance that will never fade away!