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In Meet My Best Friend by Sheila Walsh and illustrator Sarah Horne, Walsh takes her story with twins, Liam and Emma, and the pets Charlie and Wilson, all the way to Scotland!  Their mom explains that they have new neighbors with a daughter their age, named Abby.

Abby comes to visit the twins!  The twins have a wonderful treehouse in their back yard.

When they get to the treehouse, Abby recalls that she had a treehouse, and she used to play there with her best friend, and that she missed her so much.  So the twins ask Abby if she would like to meet their best friend. Then they lead Abby on a treasure hunt, going through several places like the treehouse, their bedrooms, running down the hallway, the bathroom.  All the time, Liam and Emma, keep telling her whether she is hot or cold with finding their best friend!   Abby never can figure out where the best friend is.  So she gives up.

Liam and Emma finally take her to their best friend!  

While I have problems with the outcome of this book, kids from 4-10, the ages that the book is written for are just finding out new and important things about the Bible. So for the book to call the Bible their Best Friend, for their ages, is a good thing, but for me, I believe Jesus is my all in all. He is everywhere and he should be considered as our best friend. That’s just me and I’m over thinking it I’m sure. The Bible as a best friend, while I understand what they are intending, to tell a 4-year-old that, that believes everything that their parents say usually, leads me to a bigger question of should we be telling this to kids. It isn’t something that I would say, however, opens up a very huge, dynamic path, to why Jesus is your best friend. Anything that starts and keeps the lines of communication open about Jesus, the Bible, and that Jesus is Lord of Lords, everywhere, and Savior of all, is a really good thing

Go check out this great book by Sheila Walsh and find out who Liam and Emma’s best friend is.  You can purchase it and many other children’s books at Family Christian® Stores.  Meet My Best Friend is part of The Bible Is my Best Friend Series.

 

At the back of the book is a part called Parent Connect. In this part of the book, there are questions for kids, questions for adults as well as verses from the Bible and points just to get you talking as a family

The books are written for ages 4-10 and I LOVE the illustrations.

The series has the hardback book, kindle book a flipboard book and a devotional book, all of them can be found at Family Christian® Stores.  There are many other kids books that you can also find at Family Christian like these

If you have kids this age, (and even if you don’t) this book is adorable and leads children back to why The Bible is your best friend! Go check it out here.

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Author – Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh is an author, speaker and Bible teacher who has sold over 4 million books. Her heart isSheila Walsh to show what happens when your real life meets the Word of God. She is the author of the #1 best-selling line of Christian books for little girls, “Gigi, God’s Little Princess.” Sheila is the creator of Children of Faith and the Gnoo Zoo, a ministry to children that communicates God’s love for them. She is the author of several books for women including “Honestly,” “Gifts for Your Soul,” “Living Fearlessly,” and “The Best Devotions of Sheila Walsh”, “The Shelter of God’s Promises” and her latest book, “God Loves Broken People and those who pretend they’re not.” As an accomplished musician, Sheila has recently released the CD “Beauty From Ashes.” Sheila, her husband, Barry and their son, Christian live in Dallas, Texas.
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Tears of Dark Water #FCBlogger

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I received this book from Family Christian to review. I really wanted to like the book, but I actually didn’t like it at all.  I didn’t believe it was a true Christian Fiction book.

As well as, the storyline bounced around from one place to another, another every part of the story was mixed up in the explanations not the storyline to me.

This is one of the first books I didn’t finish and did not eventually go back too.  It just wasn’t that book for me.

I really wish that the book had been better for me.

When Washington, D.C., power broker Daniel Parker and his family embark on a round-the-world sailing trip, they’re sure they’ll survive the dangers of the open ocean–until they’re captured by Somali pirate Ismail Adan Ibrahim. FBI negotiator Paul Derrick is dispatched to handle the crisis. As their paths converge, will the seeds of justice and reconciliation grow? – copied

If you like fiction that has several storylines going on at the same time, this book is for you. If you are looking for a straight up Christian Fiction book.  This is not the book for you.  You can find so many more books at Family Christian Stores and I know they will have just the book for you!  As you can see, Family Christian has a vast array of books for all different types of readers, 

I’m only giving it two stars because I did not like the way the book was put together. 

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Corban Addison is the author of three international bestselling novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water, which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An

attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.

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Doug Wilson. in 9 Writers to Read Nine Names That Belong On Your Bookshelf, tries to convey two very distinct things.

1) he loves C S Lewis
2) for you to put his book down when you are finished and start reading the writers he recommends and each book he recommends.

      These 9 Writers are:
            1). G E Chesterton
            2).  H L Mencken
            3).  P G Woderhouse
            4).  T S Eliot,
            5).  J R R Tolkien
            6).  C S Lewis
            7).  R F Capone
            8).  M S Robinson
            9).  N D Wilson

These are clearly 9 very fantastic authors.   I agree these are a very select group of authors.
Ones that I also believe everyone should read.
This author’s explanations for why they should be read are very thorough and extremely intense.
I had to sit with a dictionary at the ready.   His descriptions, while very thorough were also, way above my pay grade 😯😯
There were MANY words I Had to look up, just to make sure I was on the same page as him literally!
So for me, loved the content
I didn’t like the delivery

The book still had great content and was just fantastically written,  There are 100’s of other authors that I would include in this list of people you just NEED to read, however the limits of this book were 9 writers

So I urge you to read this book, if you are not familiar with any of these authors.  The way I feel, just read and you can buy all of your books at Family Christian!  Here is a link that will show you just what types of books you can get at Family Christian!

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I am not a fan of Motown music.  I love just about all music you could ever listen to.  However, Rap, Motown, Headbanging, and Heavy Metal.  I just do not have a feel for.

I have never been able to put my finger on why, but I just knew I didn’t like it.  When I got Richard Smallwood’s The Millennium Collection from Family Christian to review.  I really had to pray long and hard before I listened to it.  For God to send me the words out of the music that He wanted me to hear, to not listen to the musicality  while listening to the CD but hear the words, and boy did I hear some words!!

With songs like

1 We Magnify Your Name (Live)  2  What He’s Done For Me  3 In The Shelter  4 Center Of My Joy (Live)  5 Great Is Thy Faithfulness  6 He’s Able (Live)  7 Great Is The Lord (Psalm 48)  8 Wonderful Counselor  9 His Mercy Endureth Forever (Psalm 118)  10 The Lord’s Prayer (Live)

I am going to look at # 9 His Mercy Endureth Forever.  Which happens to be one of my all time favorite songs

This song, taken from Psalm 118  and oh what a lesson it teaches you.

(everything in italics is from me.)

Oh give thanks unto the Lord
For He is Good,  For He is Good   Have you ever just sat and thought about just HOW good God is?  HE IS GOOD.  I mean seriously GOOD.  There is no way to describe the Good that comes from the Lord,, there aren’t enough words
For His mercy endureth for ever and ever  His MERCY endures forever, infinite, eternal, everlasting,   can you even begin to think that long

Thy art my God and I will Praise you  Yes Lord, just because you are my God, I will praise you!!

The Lord is my strength and my song  What strength we find in the Lord  When we are weak and down to our nothing ness, my STRENGTH is in you Lord!
He has become my salvation, my salvation
I will praise you oh Lord, PRAISING THE LORD for the salvation he has given me that last eternal and forever, and infinite, everlasting,,,  What a gynormous promise the Lord has given us here in these three lines!!
You have become my salvation, my salvation

For this is the day that the Lord hath made
I will rejoice and be glad in it   You choose to rejoice in each day, no matter what comes your way, REJOICE IN HIM!!!

Oh Give thanks unto the Lord  – how can you NOT give thanks to the Lord  – When I think of the things that the Lord has done for me, I mean HE GAVE HIS SON.  to die on the cross, so that I might live forever, infinite, everlasting… 

He gives me everything I need, right when I need it  What JOY we see when we look upon His face

Now wrap all of this up into the soulful voice of Richard Smallwood and his choir and just listen to these words.

Does the meaning change?  No.  But the song I know, is sang so fast that there are words that run together and while it’s a great song, you are singing a beat that is tremendous.  Mr. Smallwood slows it down and you hang on every world he says.  “HIS LOVE FOREVER”

Smallwood’s career spans many, many years, with many awards, many albums!  He says on Instagram, this is all he has ever wanted to do!

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Now does it even GET any better than that?  I can’t possibly think of a better way to sing these words from the gospel!  Each song is a song from the heart and soul of each person that is singing with Mr Smallwood.  This album compiles his greatest hits into this Millennium Collection. and you can buy it at Family Christian Stores online now for 5.00 as well as the digital download for 5.99.  what a great Christmas or birthday present this would make for someone!

here is the video of Mr. Smallwood Singing His Mercy Endureth Forever from The Millennium Collection

You can read Psalm 118 here 

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CHT2HFPWUAMqPOj A Friend In Me – 
How To Be A Safe Haven For Other Women –Bridging The Gap with Younger Ones
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This book starts off with the forward by Nancy Ortberg. Nancy asks the question “where are the mentors?  The ladies that would tell you (Biblically) whether or not your ways were sound principle or you were stepping outside of God’s word.

Those women, that even if you were sick they brought the meals to help your family, or if you were in need, they did what they could, within their power to help you.  They showed love, not sat around and talked about it.  These women were any age, and any stage of Biblical maturity.  However, they gave grace, they gave mercy and they gave love

Those days are gone or so I find in our area my church and in my area.  By most.  There are still a few that no matter what will offer their help and I know I am guilty of saying “well someone else will help them” That’s all mentality that our way to busy lives have led us too.

Pamela Havery Lau, talks about just that, in her book about friendship and mentoring.

Younger women long for relational connection with older, wiser, “been there, done that“women. As do older women want to seek out that relationship.  In some cases.

Although in most instances there is disconnect between that generation gap. My thoughts are one because the older women are from a completely different generation and therefore that wonderful asset of knowledge goes untapped.

As well as the knowledge that younger generations have with new and better ways of doing things.

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That welcoming committee to a new church or a new neighbor. Just saying hello to a new person at their church? You never know when that stranger that just shows up that Sunday, all they need is someone to say hello to them. Because of a life broken, their walking in the door, was a struggle just in and of itself. Yet how many times does a stranger go unwelcomed at a church. We like to think that every person that comes through the doors of a church are greeted and met with the loving hearts we think we have, but do we? Or do we say, oh the ushers or pastor will talk to them, I need to rush out to get my kids the nursery so I will just let someone else handle it?? Or my dinner is going to be late if I stay very much longer, and I have a house full of family headed to my house right now.

Things like that. Yet, it would only take a few minutes of your time to show someone love that may never get anywhere else. Then when we don’t even take the time to say hello in the church. Where is Christ in this? Did we show them Christ? Did you just walk by someone new in church today?  Or worse yet, someone that has been there as long as you?  Without saying hello or without even an out-reached hand to welcome that person there today?!?

Now that being said, there is no way you can be everything to everyone. You must allow yourself some downtime. In doing so, you refresh your heart, you renew your spirit. Without your own emotional and spiritual refreshing you cannot be a good mentor to someone else. This means diving into God’s Word for your own healing and rejuvenation.  Also you can be a mentor at any age.  

This statement from Pam on her website pretty much wraps up the entire premise of this book.

“Every kind of Christian woman—conservative, moderate, liberal, suburbanite, city dweller, lover of liturgy, lover of charismatic worship, egalitarian, complementarian, single, or married—models and teaches something about God to the next generation. I have seen firsthand how difficult it has become for women across the generations to share deeply from their hearts, but I’ve got good news: I’ve also witnessed powerful transformations in women’s hearts when we finally do. For more than fifteen years I’ve spoken with all kinds of women who love God and want to make a difference by bringing God glory through their ministries, jobs, and families. In my conversations and prayers with them, we always come back to the condition of their hearts—something that is holding them back from deeply loving the younger women in their lives. These seemingly negative ideas of themselves or the ways they are being perceived can hold them back from sharing their faith out loud.”

  1. Silence – shut yourself down to the outside world and then invite the Holy Spirit to guide you into your own heart for healing of anything you need.

  2. Thanksgiving – exclaiming Thanksgiving to the Master.

  3. Self-examination – A time to look into your own heart and soul and ask God for forgiveness in what you may need

  4. Request – this is different from the asking in forgiveness. This may be something like asking God for the courage to go to that person that is new and you haven’t spoken to. Or the strength to go forward with something that you know in your heart is going to be scary to you.

  5. Write – always write! One of the ways Lau suggests, is this, to write a letter to someone you may be in conflict with either asking for forgiveness or offering forgiveness. Sometimes this just may not be possible, but writing the letter anyway is a good way of getting the anger out, whether you have been hurt by someone or you have hurt them. If you can’t get it to them, or there could be more harm done in doing so, writing and not sending is a great way to let the forgiveness come in your heart. You have done the act of forgiveness, and you do not have to do it in person if it could be harmful to you in anyway

In giving yourself totally to God, there are several things you can do to get you into that place, instead of

As you study this book, you may find that as you are doing things like mentoring and just helping with anyone who you can following that Acts1:8 mentality; once you start doing something, you must follow through.  However do not get that “burnt out” syndrome, where you start something and don’t finish it.  If you over schedule in doing so, you WILL end up losing the purpose of why you are there.  Jesus Christ… 

I really love the idea of what Lau writes in A Friend In Me. I can’t think of anyone I know who hasn’t been hurt by someone and the resources she offers are just good sound advice. This book is based on Biblical principle and references a lot of verses. However it is a stand-alone book, on mentoring, healing, forgiveness and loving our neighbors (which includes anyone you come in contact with, at any point of your life.

There is also a group of videos with discussion questions that you can find here!  I am so amazed at all of the resources that are available to work with when you dive into this book

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Pam Lau is the author of Soul Strength and numerous articles for such publications as Christian Scholar’s Review and Christianity Today. She has taught writing at George Fox University and speaks around the country at conferences and retreats. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University, Lau lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three daughters.
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Devotions Off The Map – 52 Week Devotional Journey #FCBloggers

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I had the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of Devotions Off The Map – 52 Week Devotional Journey with Family Christian Stores.  Written by Katherine Blackmore, B&h Kids Editorial and Dandi Mackall.  This book is published by B&H Publishing, and let me just say, they know what will catch a kid’s attention and keep them reading. Or at least it did for this old kid!!!

Upon opening the book, you cannot help but notice all the super bright colors and the just complete “neatness” of the book. It isn’t busy, nor is it slow.

unnamedAs you get into the book there are 52 devotions that give you life situations, and I am going to use this one as an example: Making Camp: Learning to Love Along The Way.

Devotions Off The Map is available for Preorder at this link.  It should be in the stores by August 1, 2015 . The book has special graphics that explain each part of the devotional, like

ThTreee Overlook – it explains what your child will learn in the devotional – our example is “You can learn to show love to everyone”

 

CompassThis Is The Way – provides one key Bible verse and some scripture references to memorize, study, word by word, and/or life applications. All pointing you back to the devotional. Our example is O John 4:20 – If anyone says. “I love God” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. And a few more verses that go with the devotional.

treehouse formatedLessons From The Tangled Treehouse – this section is where the devotions come in. Easy to read, challenging for your child and something that your child might find that He or she already knows – Our example is about a person that goes somewhere for a few weeks, and upon their roommate walking in the room, immediately judges them. In their own mind, they are sure they don’t like the roommate, and are not going to be open to getting to know them. However, upon getting to know them, they realize that they and the roommate really do have a lot in common and the further they go into the time together, they really do like each other a lot and become very close friends. Something kids go through at school, camps etc. all the time. God tells us we are liars if we say we love Him, but do not like our brothers. That’s harsh! However, the devotional puts it in words that are so easy for any child to understand.

Bushes FormatedShady Grove Prayers – this is the part of the devotional where simple prayers, already written out for you that you can either pray with your child, or have your child read and then say their own based on the examples given.    for non-readers can pray out loud and read to them, the words are easy enough and always again they make these so easy to adjust for non-readers and to be able to put into words they can understand.  Our example uses this prayer.

“Dear God, Thank you for your love, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for me. Your love is amazing. Help me to show that love to others whether I know them well or not.
want to be more like you. Amen”  

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I don’t know a child of God (of any age) that would not benefit from God’s help in this devotional. That’s the beauty of this book. So much applies to adults, kids, and even non-readers, (now this is my opinion, so don’t go trying to say, oh I know one, I know one!!!) I am sure there is someone somewhere, who wouldn’t like this book!

questions FormatedField Study – is a question and answer section that begin with why, how when or where. These questions, will push a child to think, use their Bible to look up answers or open a dialogue between a parent/teacher/guardian to open the child’s mind to different opinions based on sound Biblical principles – One of our examples is the following “How can you love someone who doesn’t seem to love you?” That’s just one of 4 in this particular devotional.

Boots formatedWalking to Boulder Bridge– this section is where you child puts what they have learned into everyday life. With activities, community projects, crafts or even family discussion time. I love this part of it. Being a very hands on thinker, learner. This appeals to my inner child so much! I know for me, “doing” teaches me so much more and not just reading from a book. So our example, Show love to one another, gives examples, like cut out a heart, put the initials of people you love. On the other side, write people’s initials that may need some love shown to them, and then keep the heart in your pillowcase so that you can remember it, pull it out and pray for each person that you wrote down, also it helps you remember that God loves everyone equally! – This section, again, also opens up ideas from parents/teachers/guardians, and there are so many other ways to use this, like if you know someone hurting, you could write them a short note, or just “God loves you” with the verse reference and even mail it to them or many other applications that are age proper, and based on your child’s skills, and learning abilities. Whatever works best for your family?

I think my last statement “whatever works best for your family” is one of the reasons I love this book so much. Nothing is just as it is. There are so many variations to how each section can be used and applied to your family and your lifestyle.
The Lessons Part – if the child is a non-reader, the book is written in such a way that most younger kids could understand the life application because of wordings that the writers have used in my opinion, younger children, may not understand, because of concepts of time and distance, however, they can easily be used in their words and their understanding and changed up to have a jumping off point and then the book is not just useful for readers alone.

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This devotional is  as a follow-up to a VBS, however, there is no way that you need to go to the VBS to understand the book.  I pray that anyone that purchases this little book will love it as much as I have!  I go on vacation soon with my grandchildren, and this will be our daily devotional book.  I am sure around day three of “all the cousins” they will need a great reminder of showing their love to someone and this is just the book for it!   We range from 1-year-old to 18 years old, so they all will be able to put it to use in some way and fashion!  I really cannot say enough good about Devotions Off The Map a 52 Week Devotional Journey;

 

 So much simplicity rolled up into 52 devotions, which will touch your child’s heart for a lifetime!

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When things go wrong, oh and they will go wrong…  You have to do a couple of things

1.  Either let it all go to God and trust that He will handle it,

2   Or deal with Satan’s outcome…

Dead-serious here.  

Let me give you some back story first. Since 2001, I am type-2 Non-Insulin-Dependent- Diabetes or NIDDM

Recently it has become insulin dependant  IDDM (in the last two years).  So not only have I been dealing with many doctors appts but at some place on either foot for the last two years, I have had a diabetic ulcer.  This happens because of a break down of the skin, inconsistent blood sugars daily, infections, and just a myriad of reasons how it can happen.  I have also had osteomyelitis twice in my right foot.

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Because of this, my right foot has been very susceptible to diabetic ulcers, and starting this past spring, I got a very small I mean we are talking extremely small blister between my pinky toe and the next one on my right foot.  In doing so, I learned a lot about what can and can’t happen.  In a matter of days, this very small sore, turned into a sore that was 1 cm x 8 cm and it tracked all the way to the bone (the deepness of it)

This was in February.  I changed dr’s during that time, from an Internist PA to a full-blown Podiatrist and Endocrinologist, so that I could get more aggressive about my care and prayerfully come back off of insulin and as many other complications that went along with the ulcer, and the high sugars and the bad A1C .  

Because of this, I have been to the Podiatrist, every other day for the last 4 mths and have also had a minor surgery where he took some bone out, so it wouldn’t be rubbing up against my other foot, which was part of the problem to begin with.

After the surgery the surgical site, being so stinking small, healed so quickly, we were all so surprised.  However the ulcer didn’t heal.  Dr.’s, Wound Care nurses and I were just bumfuzzled about what to do.  We kept treating it with Silver Alginate, we used a WoundVac and many other things.  This kept going on, from Feb until the first part of June, and I have finally had enough.  I had been in a DH Walker boot or a surgical shoe for almost 2 years for one reason or another from diabetes ulcers. Also off and on for almost 4 years on one foot or the other for some reason.

The ulcer I had kept getting bigger, and bigger, never losing any tracking and never getting any smaller, only bigger, no matter what treatment we did.  I even stayed up 3 days in a row because they put a woundvac on it and the woundvac wouldn’t stay plugged in.  So I had to hold the plug into the machine just so it would stay running.  We didn’t realize this until we went to plug the machine in on my foot.  So anyway, it has been an ordeal over the past few years.

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I was on many prayer lists all over the country and I KNOW people prayed for me, close and far away.   They prayed on Facebook, in Text, in email and called me and prayed with me, and then prayed in person.   I can’t tell you the number of people who prayed and I knew God had this under control!!!

So all this being said  My son was getting married in Seattle on June 13th.  Of course that meant a plane ride (actually 4) and going and going.  I just wanted to make it till then.  The dr and I came up with a plan of action before I left, and he had one more trick up his sleeve and then I made a very conscientious decision that, included amputation.  I was ready, made peace with losing a body part and knew after I got home from a 8 day vacation, I was going to lose a toe (while it’s just a toe) I’m pretty attached to my toes!!!  

It was a spur of the moment week while we were up there, and if they called to do something until the wedding day, it was one of those, be here in 30 min or so. I did NOT want to deal with wrapping, unwrapping, explaining and all the other stuff that goes with having a sore on your foot.  I did use my scooter while I was up there.  And I went from pushing myself in a manual wheelchair using my feet (which made everything worse) to using the scooter, so that friction of pushing with my feet was gone and that was a major plus!!

DISCLAIMER:  i DO NOT RECOMMEND WHAT I AM FIXING TO JOURNAL.  IT IS NOT WISE, IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE STUPIDESET THINGS I HAVE DONE IN MY LIFE MEDICALLY SPEAKING.  DO NOT FOLLOW MY WAYS, AND PLEASE SEEK YOUR DRS ADVICE FOR EVERYTHING.  THIS ISN’T ABOUT MEDICAL CARE IT’S ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER

Well during that vacation, I took a very minimalist approach to the care of my wound, for one thing.  I was just flat-out exhausted to doing anything with it.   i kept it clean, I kept it covered in silver and a band-aid.  and I prayed, I prayed hard.  I prayed to God for several things,

1.  Please let me have the strength to dance with my son at his wedding (had prayed for that one for months)

 2.  Please God if it’s your will, do not let the amputation go through, but heal my foot.

3.  Please just give me good blood sugars and to stay under control during this time.

okay.  now the wedding.  We left TX on June 10th, for 8 days.  When we get to Seattle, it is okay temperature wise, but quickly rises up into the high 80’s low 90’s.  i had just hit TX weather in Seattle.  So not only did I have to worry about my foot, but my breathing also.  When it is very warm, I can’t breathe at all.bandaid

My shoes that I brought to wear up there are leather tennis shoes.  They don’t breathe at all.  So right then and there, I decided to let my foot stay unwrapped and put the silver alginate on it with a band-aid. 

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I wore flip-flops to the wedding and really did nothing to protect my toe other than just keeping it clean and taking my antibiotic.  LITERALLY “Less is more” way of thinking.  The result was the same.  It was getting amputated.  Or it was getting well.

Because I believe so much in the power of prayer.  I once again prayed to God for His will to be done, for Him to heal me, completely or to make it abundantly clear that amputation was the way to get a healthy foot.

Well, you heard that old story, tell God your plans if you wanna make Him laugh..  He did a big ole belly laugh and said “watch this”  

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When I went to the doctor this friday afternoon.  My foot had almost healed itself!  from a hole in my foot that tracked bone deep, and at least 1 cm wide to practically healed, I was so blown away.  I was honest with my DR and told him EVERYTHING.

The only thing I didn’t do is go in the Ocean while I was there.  I figured that would even be pushing God’s limits a bit!!  But I did go in a hot tub for a few minutes, and wore my foot open most of the time, unless I was going to be in public, then I covered it with a band-aid mostly so it couldn’t be seen.  1b84d57b0877e655165c1978dcb453d8

By the time we got home, my feet were swollen with fluid because of the long flights, I didn’t take fluid pills and my toe was very red indeed.

I knew I needed to rest my foot, keep it propped up and get the swelling down.  I did just that for two solid days, took my fluid pills and proceeded to rest in my way.

I get to the dr on Friday afternoon and as they are cleaning the wound, the nurses are just talking about how good it looked etc, and then Dr. A came in.  He was so surprised! Especially after I told him, I did the less is more option.

Here are just a few of the amazing things God has done.  

1.  The sore no longer tracks to the bone.

2.  It has shrunk.

3.  AMPUTATION IS OFF THE TABLE

4   God, in His almighty, infinite ways, has answered all the prayers for this one ;little toe.

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I had a great vacation, and even though I didn’t walk much thanks to the convenience of a scooter, I did pretty much what I wanted.

and I DANCED WITH MY SON AT HIS WEDDING!!!

(sorry for the crappy picture, but this is the best we have)

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What an amazing gift God gave me in doing so.  I used to pray, God keep me alive till my kids are older, God keep me alive till they graduated High School, etc, etc, and always a new goal.

Now I pray God, I don’t know what you want me to do, but let’s go, I am game!!!  I know God has some amazing plans for me in the future and I am not sure what they are.  I am SO ready to see what He does have in store for me.

and I tell you this, 

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1Thessalonians 5:16-18 16  “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

Thanks for reading this far and remember If he can heal one sore foot, think of what he can do for your heart!!  If you want that same healing in your heart.  

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read this.  God will help you also!

Question: “What is the sinner’s prayer?”

Answer: The sinner’s prayer is a prayer a person prays to God when they understand that they are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Saying a sinner’s prayer will not accomplish anything on its own. A true sinner’s prayer only represents what a person knows, understands, and believes about their sinfulness and need for salvation.

The first aspect of a sinner’s prayer is understanding that we are all sinners. Romans 3:10 proclaims, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned. We are all sinners in need of mercy and forgiveness from God (Titus 3:5-7). Because of our sin, we deserve eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). The sinner’s prayer is a plea for grace instead of judgment. It is a request for mercy instead of wrath.

The second aspect of a sinner’s prayer is knowing what God has done to remedy our lost and sinful condition. God took on flesh and became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14). Jesus taught us the truth about God and lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus then died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (Romans 5:8). Jesus rose from the dead to prove His victory over sin, death, and hell (Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). Because of all of this, we can have our sins forgiven and be promised an eternal home in Heaven – if we will just place our faith in Jesus Christ. All we have to do is believe that He died in our place and rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). We can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8 declares, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Saying the sinner’s prayer is simply a way of declaring to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ as your Savior. There are no “magical” words that result in salvation. It is only faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection that can save us. If you understand that you are a sinner and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ, here is a sinner’s prayer you can pray to God: “God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”

Did you pray the sinner’s prayer and truly understand and believe what it teaches?  Please comment below so I can pray for you also!  Start reading your Bible!  If you don’t know where to start, either start at the beginning and read it like a book, or the the Book of James or the Book of Luke.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and rejoicing with me!

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