Sugar High

pleasing god

A few months ago I was out with friends to dinner. We ate and talked and had a nice time. It was a typical mommy night out, finishing up with a trip to Wal-Mart. As we were meandering around Wal-Mart with no children to distract us, I word popped into my head. You know that God nudging thing. lol. The word was ketoacidosis. I knew I had heard the word before, but couldn’t recall what it meant. I tried to blow it off, but it kept coming back to me over and over again. We headed back to the car and I said to my friend can you look that up. She did and proceeded to read me the definition.

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening condition that develops when cells in the body are unable to get the sugar (glucose) they need for energy because there is not enough insulin.

When the sugar cannot get into the cells, it stays in the blood. The kidneys filter some of the sugar from the blood and remove it from the body through urine.   http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/tc/diabetic-ketoacidosis-dka-topic-overview

I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what this could mean. I came home and wrote it in my journal.

I kind of forgot about it. But, this morning it dawned on me that within the past few weeks 3 people that I know died of Diabetes related complications. They had all been sick and all suffered so much.

I thought to myself well there is no such thing as coincidence. So I started to speak to God. I asked Him what does this mean? I don’t understand? I then made a phone call to a friend that was with me that day out to dinner and shopping. I related to her that I had put these two instances together, and did she have any insight to what it could mean. She felt it was a warning to me. We got off the phone and I again went to prayer.I have written before about the weakness everyone in my family has with food. I started to ask God is this about me? I had a full fledged conversation with Him.

I felt this was directly related to how much sugar I eat. That I am showing my girls how to live rightly through my actions in all other aspects, except when it comes to eating habits.

I immediately said to Him; Are you telling me I have to give up sugar? I don’t think I can do that. He reminded me of other great hurdles that I had said the same thing about, and showed me I how I had overcome them. I immediately went to the kitchen and made 2 frozen waffles covered in bananas and syrup. It was an act of defiance, I knew it but couldn’t stop myself. Or I didn’t want to stop myself.

He again convicted me and said this is not something you can avoid, I am asking you to do this for me. He then reminded me of something I had just written on Facebook the day before.

Are you interruptable? God often gives us unexpected blessings, on roads we never planned on traveling. ‪#‎trustgod‬ ‪#‎rejoicealways‬ ‪#‎Iaminterruptableareyou

 I thought I absolutely never planned on traveling a road of strict eating habits. Then I followed it up with but I love food sooo much . How could you take it away? My pure enjoyment? Then I relented, you will bless me on this road I didn’t plan on traveling. The ripple effect of my obedience will bless others? Hmmm that would be good I guess………..

In the midst of all this I knew I had to tell some one who could hold me accountable, but I so  did not want to tell anyone, then they will hold me accountable.

My friend called and I knew I had to tell her. She reminded me of how God asked Abraham to sacrifice his sons life on the altar in obedience. What a tough sacrifice that was, but God knew that Abraham would do it, even though he didn’t want to and great things developed from the obedience, the great inheritance.

I don’t want to do this, but my desire to please God is greater than my fleshly desires.

Prayer Fail?

Power

It is time that I write a praise report.

 

I wrote  to you and told about the new chapter in our lives. I also talked about my daughter Gabby’s diagnosis of Perthes disease and the dreaded waiting game.

We were back for an appointment after waiting 2 months, and also after reading up thoroughly on the disease itself and what we would be up against. Unfortunately, Gabby had all the risk factors that make her diagnosis worse case scenario. ( Risk factors- 1-Age(best if diagnosed by 6, she’s 8) Weight- (Gabby is short and stocky) Early detection ( 1 year of symptoms before diagnosis for Gab)

These were all scary facts. Even though I was praying and praying for healing and restoration I still had my doubts, like any parent would.

 

The appointment went well at first. The Dr. said according to the new set of x-rays what was left of the femoral head hadn’t deteriorated any further. I was thanking Jesus, thinking it was a good thing. But, the Dr. went on to say that this was A typical for Perthes disease, and that he was now unsure of his origin al diagnosis. He even went as far to say it could be  tumor and that he would like to see her back in 3 month for  a biopsy and contrast MRI. I was stunned to say the least. It actually took me hours to comprehend what he had said.

 

After discussing it with my husband, and conferring with the online support group, we decided to get a second opinion. I called a noted facility in a neighboring town and was able to get a appointment fairly quickly.

 

We went with disc’s of the x-rays in hand and waited with anxiety to see what this Dr. would say about what he saw on the x-rays.

 

He came in and quite confidently said, he did not think it was a tumor, and even better, he did not think she needed surgery either. He said she was in the regrowth process and as long as she did not do

any weight bearing activities ( soccer, basketball) that we just have to allow the body to do it’s thing.

We couldn’t have been happier, and more importantly relieved.

excited

The next answered prayer is something I wrote about last year. https://msinop1.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/a-call-to-prayer/

Months went by and I continued to pray fervently everyday for the owner of the tracker with the bumper sticker that so saddened my heart ” Nothing fails like prayer”. Then the roadwork came into play. The tracker was forced to park in another spot due to the roadwork, and so out of the eye shot of every passerby. I was happy about that, but still broke my heart that someone was so broken and angry to believe that statement.

The roadwork went on for a few months. Out of sight out of mind. Then Bam, I am driving along this street where now the mid 90’s tracker is BACK.

tracker

But, with something noticeably missing. The Bumper Sticker. It’s GONE, the remnants are left of the glue that held it fast to the soft top. The glue is black from the dirt that collected under it. I screamed! Woohoo! My girls looked at me as if I was crazy. My mind was fluttering with ideas. My prayer had been answered. But, why? Lord, did you change the person’s heart, like I had prayed for? Are they just going to sell it, and needed to remove the stickers? But, it’s such an old model, would they really be selling it? I may never know what the answer is. I pray that my prayers prompted God to reveal himself to this person and their life has been changed forever. Maybe that moment I enter the pearly gates, I will be greeted by someone I have never actually met in this life.

All I can say is ” Nothing prevails like prayer”

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-awesome-bible-verses-about-the-power-of-prayer/#ixzz37AQNqRHH

Sin that besets men, besets all men

Sin that besets men, besets all men

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“Fear Not”

“Fear Not”

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The Tebow’s

I had the honor of being invited to an event for a Pregnancy center Expectations in Lewisburg last night, where the key note speaker was Pam Tebow. I am not much of a football fan, but obviously had heard of Tim Tebow and his devotion to the Lord. I had no idea of their family back story.

As Bob Tebow was giving a sermon as a missionary in the Philippines he felt overwhelming grief for the unborn children that are lost to abortion. As he wept, he cried out to God and said give me another child God and I will raise him up to be a minister and I will call him Timothy. He won’t home that night and prayed to the Lord with his wife and 4 small children that the Lord give them a son , they even specifically prayed to bring forth “Timmy”. Pam indeed became pregnant. They were elated, but soon the pregnancy would prove to be a hard one. Pam was bleeding quiet a bit, and visited a Dr. there in the Phillipenes. The Doctor told her that this was not a viable pregnancy but a tumor that consisted of fetal tissue and that she should abort right away, or bleed to death.

Pam and Bob had all their faith in the Lord, who they had promised there life to years before, when they got married. Both coming from non Christian homes. Pam had given her heart at 12 years old, and Bob at 16. When they married they vowed to serve their master in all they did.

They left the Dr. and Pam went on carrying this child, while bleeding for the next several months. She received no medical care for the rest of her pregnancy and was completely relying on God, who had heard their prayers and given them this baby. Finally, the bleeding stopped, and they flew to Manila where she gave birth to Timothy Tebow. He was malnourished they prayed and asked God to keep him strong. God’s plan for “Timmy” as they lovingly call him, was for him to indeed be strong and to be a minister just like Bob had told God he would raise him to be.

You see though God works in His ways and not ours : (Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5) Pam and Bob assumed that Timmy would be strong in heart and a minister in a church, but God had greater plans, and they did not question the Lord, even when things were not panning out the way they had envisioned them to. Tim, did become very strong as you can tell by his large build, and he did become a minister to the world, but not in a church, on a football field, where God used Tim to capture the world’s attention and to glorify Christ all along.

God does not call us to ministry in any form for the glorification of ourselves, he calls us to ministry and positions us for success so that when the world looks at each and everyone of us working for God, they get a glimpse of his son Jesus Christ.

Imagine, if Pam and Bob would have let fear creep in and questioned God’s intentions and aborted for safety reasons, to protect Pam’s life. Tim who glorifies the Lord in all he does, be it from scripture verses written with sharpie marker under his eyes for each game, or to “tebowing” during his games, which he says is to humble himself in front of the world and to give all glory to Christ who strengthens him. Even to lose a game, and not get angry, but acknowledge that God even had a plan for that. All of this attention to the Lord because of him would have been missing from the pages of God’s playbook. How many souls who have reached out to the Lord and accepted Him as savior of their lives because of Tim’s example, would have never been saved?

God had a specific plan; a BIG PLAN, for Tim’s life. His parents were obedient, and the blessings are so obviously overflowing from their lives:
( Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future)

2 Corinthians 9:13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

Listening to Pam tell her story was a true inspiration to me. She is a mother of great passion and perseverance, faith exudes from her every word and actions from her life.

A living example of how great our God is, and all that he can and will do for us when we give him our heart!

Be Blessed

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Dreaming~ The Spirit of God Poured out on all People

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