This is a prayer request for myself friends! As some of you know I have a disease called psoriatic arthritis! It is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in that it is inflamatory and attacks your joints. I have been having a bad few days and my hands are swelling and painful to the point that they are splitting and bleeding. Please include me in your prayers! Thank you all and God bless you!
Todd was diagnosed with renal failure yesterday at the Doctors. The Doctor does not think that it is permanent, but related to dehydration from which he is also suffering. This they believe is the reason that he is having a breakout of seizures. He goes back to the Doctor is morning and if he is still dehydrated and/or his kidneys are not working, he will hospitalize him again. Please continue your prayers for him and I will let you know more when I do. Thank you all so much, it is so greatly appreciated. God bless!
For those of you who don’t know Annie, she is a great friend who also has a blog called Lupus Chronicles and has Lupus herself. She is a former RN who had to leave the job she loved because of the disabling condition of the disease. She is also someone who I was fortunate enough to have as a contributor to this blog. There was quite a while that she was unable to do very much blogging at all but as you can read from her letter below, she is finding that God has a plan for her and her husband and is leading her to a place where she can find some help for some of her physical problems. This is a great testimony both on how God works and how He leads people to those that can share a seed. While we still suffer adversity, it is often adversity that is a sign that He is working in our lives. Please include Annie in your prayers and if you would like to learn more about her, her blog Lupus Chronicles is an excellent place to learn her story. I don’t want to violate WordPress’ terms of service so I am not including a link to her online store here, but if you are interested in visiting you can leave a comment here or on her blog and we will send you the link via email. Thanks and God bless!
Letter from Annie:
“I think you may have gathered this from my recent blog posts, but I do believe that the Lord had a plan. About 1/2 year ago, a gal was visiting the Yahoo forum about osteonecrosis that I co-moderate. She found out that I had problems with my ankles, told me of her doctor at Yale in CT and suggested that I contact him (few MDs are innovative when it comes to treatment of ankle osteonecrosis.) I sent him my films, he said he’d be able to do something, but that Colorado and CT were MILES apart. He suggested instead that I see a colleague of his in Vail, CO. Rey and I went to see the guy in Vail who I thought was very great and I’d trust with my life. Intelligent, personable and EVERYTHING. He felt that he could help, but with my other medical problems, he wasn’t so comfortable with his ”small 35 bed orthopedic hospital.” So he referred me to a fellow who has quite a reputation as a foot/ankle surgeon in Chicago.
Long story (and this has already been long!) short, Rey and I just got back from Chicago and Dr. Haddad can replace my ankle. Unless he has a cancellation, I won”t have surgery until January but, I’ve waited this long. I’ve searched and searched. Dear Lord, guide Dr. Haddad’s hands. It’s a 4 hour surgery and then, there is NO WEIGHT BEARING FOR SIX WEEKS!! I’ll need to stay in rehab in Chicago for that time, so that means sooo long away from home, but the ability to move around WITHOUT pain is worth it.
I also thought of you as Rey and I took our first step into the study of religion. A good friend’s church had a series of really small Bible studies discussing the book of Mark and I’ve got to say i found it quite enjoyable, Rey much more so. I think you, Rachel, Marianne and others have been placed in my life to teach me that there is another way, a way other than MY WAY. I now feel signs, that I was certain that didn’t exist.
Anywhoo. The past 1 1/2 year, I’ve been taking an internet class which fostered a desire to learn about the web and how to build websites and I’ve learned a lot about WP and a lot me-things I didn’t think would EVER IN A MILLION YEARS interest me. I’ve opened up my own internet store, YourHomeGoods.com “Your Store for Home Decor”, I sort of need to make a go of my store; this is not just a luxury for the housewife who has nothing better to do. Rey hasn’t worked for nearly 3 years (in December) so we live of my Social Security Income (and you know how ‘generous’ that is, so we’ve pretty much depleted our savings and ‘bankruptcy’ has entered our talks. This is one thing for me to give to the Lord, Loopy, but I also want to ‘share’ it with you. This scares me, but I can’t let it petrify me into inaction. If you can, I’d love for you to say a prayer”
Thank you all for your prayers, Todd is doing better and they are moving him to a private room. He is an epileptic, his high fever triggered the severe seizures. The diagnosis is influenza. God bless you all and prayer does work!!!!!
Isn’t it amazing how the instructions given to us by God are proved by science, even though so many times those very scientists don’t want to believe in Him!!!!
Intermittent fasting may hold the key to longevity
(NaturalNews) In a culture that feasts 21 times a week, fasting is almost a heretical idea. Yet amidst escalating rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer, emerging research on animals and humans suggests that planned, regular fasting may decide whether your twilight years are long and healthy or cut short. The crux of the issue is surprisingly simple: insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1, levels of which largely determine the rate at which the body ages.
IGF-1 and age-related disease
Insulin-like growth factor is produced in the liver and released according to activity of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), produced in the pituitary gland. Levels of both naturally decline with age, which is desirable: high levels of IGF-1 encourage the body to focus on producing new cells rather than existing repairing ones. As cellular and DNA damage continues to go unchecked, aging and disease take hold. What’s more, cancerous cells usually mutate to take advantage of both insulin and IGF-1, using them as fuel. The reverse is also true: in mice genetically engineered to have low levels of IGF-1, lifespan increases to the human equivalent of 120 years, and among the few hundred people worldwide with low IGF-1, cancer and diabetes are virtually unknown.
My friend and fellow followers of Christ, for years we have had those that don’t share our values trying to tell our children that we are the ones that are wrong, they are going about it in an even more insidious way and we need to be aware of it so that we can stop it. Please read and pass this around so that we can prevent more children and parents from experiencing what Susan has. And so that we know what is being told to our children and done to them behind our backs. God bless!
Beware of your Pediatrician & School Counselors, Americans!
Sounds crazy, right? But it’s not. Many pediatricians have become Progressive activists. How many of you are being groomed by these political agents? Let me describe the grooming process: when your child is about 8 or nine, the pediatrician starts introducing the idea that at some time in the near future, they will want to spend time alone with your child- to get them ready for the time when they first go to a doctor on their own, without their parents. Sounds cozy, huh? A pediatrician that cares so much about your kid that they want to help ease them into their first, adult solo physical checkup.
Then, at around 11 years old, the pediatrician will actually ask the parent to step out of the room ‘for a few minutes’. Then at around 12, the pediatrician will tell you that you must leave the room when the kid is 13 years old. MY pediatrician just blatantly LIED to me and told me that Washington State Law demands that I leave the room.
Now, Parents, I can tell you that I always told my pediatricians, “No. That will not happen with my daughter. I will be here to ensure that she is ok. “ They always were annoyed, but left it be. I have a new pediatrician who just told me that I MUST leave the room when my daughter turns 13- which will happen in August. I was enraged. I told her that this would never happen. Further, I asked her why she & other pediatricians kept demanding this. Please read the rest of Short Little Rebels post and experience with this at her site: Short Little Rebel
buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
And you being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven all trespasses,
having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
So let no one judge you in food or drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
Le no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.
Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—
“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”
which all concern things which perish with the using—- according to the commandments and doctrines of men?
These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
I would like to add a comment to this video and point out that in each new area of research there is more and more proof of the difference between women and men. And I would like to point out for all the feminists out there, that your insistence on having women treated the same as men, puts their health at risk and your attitude encourages that risk. Grow up and accept that men and women are separate entities not equal, but different. God knew what He was doing and trying to change that into equality, simply obstructs every real part of research into the problems that we all face..
I would like to also point out that for those who think that Democrats care more about women, that this was started under a Republican administration and that Democrats are the ones that are currently adding taxes to medical devices and research. They are also doing away with or changing the ability for women to get the tests needed.
I am not a Doctor and so not an expert by any means, but there is one statement that is made in this video that I must correct. Post partum hemorrhage is not only caused by anemia, it also occurs sometimes when the placenta comes apart and stays with in the womb. I know this because it happened to me and I nearly died. Any type of post partum hemorrhage can kill within a matter of minutes, the blood loss is that fast.
This is also a great example of a need being solved by someone who sees it, and decides to do something about it. He did not wait for some government agency to tell him this might be needed. He was also able to work with his peers to pursue and develop this lifesaving product.