Monday, May 31, 2010
To all the men and women, past and present, who have given up so much to serve
our country and keep us safe I salute you today and say Thank You.
We enjoy freedom here that would not be possible without those who defend us.
Happy Memorial Day! May God bless our country.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Have a song filled day my friends.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
He knows our eating habits will change now, with the changes I have to make to heal my liver, but he is on board and honestly there isn't much that will change for him.
For me, as I've said, I'm eliminating all dairy, egg, soy and gluten from my diet. Eliminating gluten is not a big issue because there is a huge amount of gluten free products out there-apparently one in four people suffer from gluten intolerance. The major issue though is finding a brand of gluten free foods, especially deserts, that don't contain dairy, soy or egg. I've been able to find so much in the way of breads, pastas, cereals, snacks etc that I can have but there are a few items I haven't found yet such as Mayo-have you ever tried to eat an artichoke without May? Add to the fact, that for the next three months, I am also on a Candida's diet so sugar is also eliminated....thus no cookies and no dried fruit. I have gone from rice milk to Almond milk and love this. I will often have Gluten free oatmeal, cream of rice or cream of buckwheat for breakfast; a salad, fresh veges etc on a corn tortilla or gluten free bread for lunch and for dinner a protein, grilled or steamed veges and some sort of raw vege plus maybe a serving of fruit. Much of what I'm following is very similar to Weight Watchers and I do allow myself a piece of dark cacao chocolate at night for my heart. I haven't been walking the last week as much but still dropping a couple of pounds. I know that in order to help my liver regenerate itself I need to be vigilant in avoiding all the food intolerances I have.
It will be interesting to see how I feel in a few months time after changing my eating habits; especially if I am able to keep the extra "fluff" off.
Have a beautiful day!!!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Many a dear friend has recently inquired about my health and asked what I am doing concerning a condition I've had for eight years but just found about in February. Apparently I have a condition, like many other unsuspecting Americans, called "Fatty Liver" and as I said, until this year, I did not even know I had it. If this condition goes unchecked it can cause elevated enzyme levels in your liver and other problems if left untreated. As I've mentioned in prior posts, I've gone to my granddaughters holistic doctor and found out that I have many of the same conditions my little Peanut has~I am intolerant of dairy, egg, soy and gluten products and probably have what is referred to as a "leaky gut". There were a few other imbalances that came to light through the blood work as well. So for now I am on a diet free of all sugars and yeast products as well as starting a life long diet free of the 4 main items that cause my body problems. Due to the fact that our youngest daughter has had to deal with these problems with Peanut and has all the shopping/brands down, this should be an easy transition. The doctor is confident that once I am off all of the foods that irritate my stomach that my liver enzymes should drop to normal. For now besides adjusting to eating a tad differently, I am also taking some supplements to help my body heal. I can already tell you that I have more energy than I've had in a few years and I'm losing weight-yippee!!!! The nutritionist I also saw said that diet drinks-either sodas or other artificial sweeteners can also cause "fatty livers". Although I gave up diet drinks several years ago, I have used diet teas and other artificial sweeteners but not any more. Now I know my Peanut's condition was caused from her food intolerances and not the diet drinks but it is possible mine was made worse from the diet drinks.
One unexpected blessing for me is that two of my very closest blogging buddies have exactly the same problem, so I am able to glean wisdom from them and also share what I'm learning. I imagine there are many folks out there with the same problem that are totally unaware of it and won't know until something develops with their livers.
So I am on a quest to get healthier and live a better life for the Lord and for my loved ones.
Have a healthy Monday dear friends.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I am thankful for so many blessings but this morning I wanted to share our littlest blessing with you-my little buttercup is a month and a half already. I am thankful she is growing strong and she is so alert-taking in all that is going on around her. Isn't she just adorable; but of course all our grands are!
I am also thankful that the tornado watches and warning has ceased for now. I am thankful that I know He who makes the wind and He who orders my days.
I am so thankful for the insight my holistic doctor had in regards to my health issues as of late; I am thankful that although I now have to go dairy, soy, egg and gluten free there are so many products on the market that it will make cooking much easier. I am thankful that the change in diet will more than likely reverse the issues that have affected my health. I am also thankful that I can now join my Peanut(granddaughter) and share my food with her-as she is plagued by the exact same food problems. Praise God for doctors that desire to look for the root causes of health problems and ways to solve them naturally. I am thankful that I will be able to encourage others who have these same food intolerances and freely give resources that I have been given.
I am thankful for the grace of God, His redeeming love in my life and that He has ordered my days.
I am thankful for my hubby and for my family and for the family of Christ-sisters that I have grown to love and cherish as close as family.
I am thankful for birds that sing and ears to hear.
All that I am I owe to You, my Lord. The voices of a million angles could not express my gratitude. To God Be The Glory, for the things He hath done.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
By mid evening we were elevated to a Tornado Watch with rain, thunder and lightning. Although we did go through a tornado two years ago exactly, I am not fearful of of the warnings and watches. Now if the ground is shaking and rolling that will cause my heart to race. Seeing the light shows again reminded me of Who controls this planet that we live on. I am thankful that there were no tornados that touched down and I pray all those in Texas were safe as well.
Today has dawned clear and bright and I'm hoping the temperatures will go up a bit so everything can dry out here.
Have a wonderful day today and remember to count your blessings.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Are you surprised to see our little Peanut with a bright purple cast on her left arm? Last week she had a slight run in with the stairs and complained about her arm hurting but there was no outward indication that anything was wrong. She is so much like her mama; hubby and I went through the exact same situation with her mom when she was about 1.5 yrs old. Needless to say, Peanut has a "buckle fracture"-very slight and common in children. She was quite the trooper when she got the x-rays and had the cast put on. She picked a similar color as her cousin Faith, who broke her arm several months ago.
It was such a beautiful day out yesterday that I was able to get some photos of the girls; big sister on the swing, don't you just love her smile! Peanut has an adorable little grin as well. Our resident stunt person, aka Delaney, is on the slide getting into her climbing form. She is a bit of a wild child and I watch her constantly.
I've been reading "The Prayer That Changes Everything" by Stormie Omartian and wanted to leave you with some thoughts this morning.
"Every day in every situation, we always have two attitudes available to us. We can complain and make things worse, or we can praise God and watch Him turn things around. While it's always easy to find something to complain about, we can always find something to be thankful to God for too. God Himself is worthy of praise no matter what is happening to us or around us. "
In the midst of the business of life, those moments when things don't go as we planned or hoped, those moments when frustrations mount, we still have a choice what our attitude will be.
Today, I'm praising Him that our Peanut didn't break her bone completely through and that after three weeks, her arm should be as good as new. I'm thankful for angels He puts around us every minute of every day. I'm thankful for the love of God and the love of family. I'm praising Him, not because I'm wanting to obtain blessings but because of who He is. Praising Him opens up the door to knowing Him more and seeing His work in our lives.
Won't you praise Him today too?
Friday, May 14, 2010
Have a joyous and blessed weekend!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I am thankful that behind every storm there is a promise of beauty. I'm off this morning to help our youngest but know I've been around, visiting you all and even when I don't leave comments-which I didn't do very much this week-I'm always blessed by you.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me
I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By Your side
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When Your face
Is before me
I can only imagine
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Forever worship You
I can only imagine,
Barbara wore purple today as she entered the presence of the Lord. I will be forever grateful for her friendship and that with Christ there are no mistakes-He moved us right next door to her for a reason.
Today thoughts are floating around in this head of mine about God's grace. When you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death and a believer, you know the Word and words said by well meaning friends often come out very hollow sounding. I know as I walked through this with my sister almost five years ago. But again this morning, I'm reminded that we aren't promised a cake-walk when we are believers but we are promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. We aren't promised a life free of trials and tribulations be we are promised that His grace is sufficient for us. We are promised that He will meet all of our needs through Christ Jesus and that the Spirit intercedes for us. We are promised that our Jesus has gone before us to prepare our home. We are promised that there is no sting in death, for He conquered death once and for all for us. We are promised that we will be united again and that we will see Him face to face. Oh what a glorious day that shall be! Does it take the pain away now, no, but it comforts us to know we have one who has made our way.
Cherishing His promises today.
Friday, May 7, 2010
This post is for her, although she won't be reading it, I'm hoping maybe her husband and daughters may. Barbara was diagnosed,15 mos ago, with liver cancer; it was a shock because she was one of the healthiest ladies I've ever known-a marathon runner, semi-vegetarian and so very active. When I first met her I noticed how shy she was but I also noticed how incredibly intelligent she is. I was a bit intimidated at first but found within a short time she had a warmth about her and we grew to be good friends. Barbara did not let the cancer slow her down very much and as a scientist by profession she researched all she could about her disease.
Barbara has a wonderful devoted husband and two wonderful daughters who she cherishes so very much. Her grandchildren are her delight and have given her so much joy. What can you say when someone you love is hanging on by a thread and only a very short time to live? I have said, again and again, that I love her. I wish she wasn't leaving this earth and I think we would have had many fun adventures together. I don't want her to suffer though and so it has been my prayer that the Lord would be merciful and take her quickly. The last two weeks have been tough on Barbara and today she was hospitalized, not to return home. She will be sorely missed, not only by her family, but by me. She gave me the gift of friendship in this new community and state and for that I will be always be grateful.
Each day of life is a gift, one to be cherished and lived to the fullest so dear readers go out and live as though there is no tomorrow because we really never know....
I may be taking a few days off, if I am needed, but know I'll be back and visiting soon.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD." - Psalm 33:12 On our National Day of Prayer, then, we join together…to petition God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing.
-President Ronald Reagan (who signed a bill in 1988 making the first Thursday of May a National Day of Prayer)
How about you, what are you thankful for today?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
"Whenever we have a dream in our life that seems to go unfulfilled year after year, and there is no way possible to make it happen, we need to worship God in the face of it. When hope that this thing can ever be brought to life completely dies, we need to praise God for His resurrection power. The Bible tells us that not only can God bring to life things that are dead, but we are to prepare for that possibility because of who He is and what He does. Even when all hope for our situation seems to be dead, praising God releases His resurrection life to flow in us. This is the hidden power if praise." page 215
All of us deal with disappointment,heartache,hope deferred which makes the heart sick ~this is a part of living in a fallen world but if we would but turn those tears and heartache into praise our focus will change. Won't you join me in praising Him during those times of anguish. I believe the Lord desires to change His children, to give us joy instead of ashes and in the midst of the darkness a new revelation of His love for us.
Be blessed today, Noreen
Monday, May 3, 2010
This weekend, hubby and I, worked throughout our backyard pulling up all the old tanbark and then taking it to the refuse center. Let me tell you, what a lot of work it was, we took over 40 large black garbage bags and filled the Explorer completely with them. Yesterday, we evened out an area that was covered in rocks & dirt so we can put some new river rock over it and clean it up. It felt wonderful to get so much done, even though we were quite sore by Saturday night.
Reflecting on how difficult it was in places to get the old pulled up and removed made me think about those things in our lives that the Lord regularly wants to purge us of-you know the bad attitudes, old habits and patterns that are not His way for His children. The taking away can be just like the pruning but once it is done it yields beauty and newness to our lives. All I know is that I want a fresh anointing of His Spirit on me, not walking in the past-distant or otherwise.
I want a new planting as well, just like I'm going to be doing in our yard, I want the Lord to do in me. Digging up the soil of my heart, taking what is not needed for something better~something more like Him.
So get rid of the old stuff that is no longer useful and come and join me for some new plantings and growth.
Hugs today, Noreen