a heartwarming post to start your day and make you feel good


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I hope ¬†you find this as inspiring and heartwarming as I did. I know this person very well. ūüôā ¬†You’ll be getting my version of the same story in the future. It’s just taken a long time to write it. I am publishing this to “theworminmyapple.com” as well.

Faith, Hope, and Love

Two years ago yesterday Down syndrome became my reality.

Two years ago today I sat in this same hospital where I now sit. Scared.

Two years ago today I watched as doctors performed an echo-cardiogram on my son who was less than 24 hours old.

Two years ago today I ran into a young man with Down syndrome sweeping the floors of the maternity ward. Scared for my son’s future.

Two years ago today my then dreams and hopes turned to fears.

Two years ago today I knew one thing. I loved my son.

Today Down syndrome is just another part of my life.

Today I sit in the same hospital. Happy. Smiling.

Today I’m thankful for my son’s health.

Today I saw several young people with Down syndrome. Working. Enjoying lunch. Enjoying each others company. No longer scared for my son’s future.

Today my fears have turned to hope.

Today I know much more.

Today one thing remains from two years ago today: my love for my son.

‚ÄúAnd now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.‚ÄĚ -1 Corinthians 13:13

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update on my foot


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Hi everyone,.

Thought I would give you an update on my¬†here¬†and¬†here. (This was also posted on “theworminmyapple.com).

Had my three-week appointment today. My foot is getting better. There is a fifty-fifty chance I might get to avoid surgery. I still have to wear brace when I’m out and about for three more weeks. At home, I can wear regular shoes with my orthotics. ¬†That will be the way we “test the waters”. ¬†I’m still pretty nervous about how this will all end. So anyway, I was feeling pretty encouraged today until…….

Two friends mention to me, “Rebecca, is your leg swollen?” ¬†Now this is¬†after¬†I’ve come home from the doctor’s, of course. So I come home and say to my husband, “Do you think my leg is swollen”?

“It¬†is¬†swollen”. he says. “Off your feet, now. I’m getting you an ice pack.”

So now I’m trying to figure out what this is all about. ¬†Life certainly can send some curves our way. BUT, I just finished reading a prayer request from my church through our prayer chain. A young man, father of four, one of whom is a newborn, was in a car accident today. He might have to have one of his legs amputated at the hip. His other leg is crushed.

A foot in a cast is nothing is nothing, is it? ¬†Perspective is everything, isn’t it? ¬†God bless and I hope you all have a wonderful week-end.

 

my box at God’s feet


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I’m going to briefly share a concept I believe God gave me a long time ago about how to “keep our thoughts” captured as written in II Corinthians 10:5. Most Christians know this verse but very few know how to do it. Just try to talk yourself into not thinking certain thoughts almost guarantees that you will.

So years ago when I was fighting depression, in particular without medication, I learned this technique. I will be sharing this at depressionsgift.com as well. But seeing as how it works for me now on what I consider just some “bad days” ¬†I’m sharing it here as well.

I used this technique just this morning during my devotional time. Continue reading

why should I be immune?


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I’ve always said that I’ve enjoyed really good health. I feel I still do although lately that position has been tested.

Presently, I have an inflatable cast on my left foot in hopes of avoiding major, major ofoot surgery.Because of this cast, I am now experiencing pain in my other leg and foot because I’m not walking correctly.

I have another brace on my left arm-another tendonitis problem. I look like I’ve been in an accident. This has all come as a big of a shock. I went from mobile to immobile in a week. I’ve already watched enough TV to last me for a while. Now, it’s trying to figure out how to do what I need and want to do under the circumstances. This could be a very, very long time for both conditions to heal.

But then I got to thinking. Why not me? Everyone has their problems. Everyone has things they need to work around, to work through. Why should I be exempt?

This is a challenge. I like challenges. (Of course, I would prefer to pick and choose.) While I don’t believe there is a reason for everything, I do believe that we can learn and grow through challenges. Hey, maybe I’ll look back someday and see this was a good thing. Buy maybe not. But here’s the thing.

Do we always have to attach some great cosmic message from God in everything? Does every challenge in life have to result in some great revelation? I think when we let our minds go there, we miss the opportunity to simply¬†experience the experience. Isn’t it up to God whether or not there’s some great lesson to be learned? I’m sure if there is, God’s Holy Spirit will let me know.

For me right now, it’s the practical stuff I’m concerned with. How¬†not¬†to spill a cup of coffee because my grasp is weak. How to vacuum and dust with the other hand. How to type with a brace on, (I’m doing it by the way.) How to get down to pull a weed with this stupid foot cast on and not twist my foot. My hubby and I did figure out the shower thing. I won’t go in to details but let’s just say it’s very creative.

Anyway, this is my life for now. I don’t like it. I certainly wasn’t expecting it and I wish it were over. But this is what I’ve been dealt. I will walk again without this brace. I will eventually get rid of the arm brace. I’m keenly aware of those who face these kinds of challenges every day. I’ll be darned if I’m going to let a¬†temporary¬†challenge turn into a¬†permanent¬†mindset.

Besides as my favorite heroine said, “Tomorrow is another day.”

I’m an unhappy little “camper”


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(posting to depressionsgift as well)

Boy, am I an unhappy camper. Probably have never mentioned it but I have “problem” feet. Have had three surgeries with the last surgery including more than one procedure. I’ve been in a”boot” way too many times. ¬†So when my foot started hurting last week and the ankle swelling I made a doctor’s appointment for yesterday. I was so hoping I would be told it was a sprain or some injury. I had done the research and knew what the worse case scenario could be.

It’s a horror movie.

It’s called PTTD and it involves the largest and most important tendon in the foot. It’s ¬†inflamed. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? ¬†Wrong. If it doesn’t heal or worse yet, if it ruptures, I’m in big trouble. Then we’re talking major, major foot surgery that as my doctor said I want to avoid at all costs. The recovery is six to nine months! ¬†So he put me in a brace/boot with an inflatable arch that I pump up myself. That part is kind of cool.

I was very upset with the news but far more afraid of what could happen. It got me to thinking about all the “rock-your-boa”t news people hear. From “You have cancer,” to”I’m sorry, he didn’t make it” etc. ¬†As a Christian I feel I’m¬†expected to blurt out all kinds of Christian jargon which I’m not going to do. Do I believe God will see me through it? Yes, I do. I’m not going to say it’s God’s will. I have no idea if it is or not. Is there some sort of nebulous reason for this? Again, only God knows that and he/she (that’s for shoe 1000) doesn’t owe me an explanation. He certainly has “allowed” it but I’m not sure what means anyway and again it’s one of those statements often made out of the need to sound a certain way. I refuse to go that way.

If I say I’m going to trust God, I’m going to but I don’t have to make it a point to tell everyone I see. ¬† And I couldn’t even tell ¬†you what trusting God will look like for me. It’s just words until I put it into action. Today I’m trusting him to help me to stay on top of my emotions for right now. I have three weeks of wearing my beautiful, stylish boot. Hey, I can do that. This is nothing compared to what some people go through. I trust God to help me do that. After that I can’t tell you what the next thing will be I’ll have to trust God for or how.

I’m bored but there’s always blogging. I so need to learn more about the technical side of blogging. I need to upgrade and fine tune my blogs. I’m certainly going to have some time now.

If you’re out there “recupering”, ¬†let’s talk.

a bookworm is eating my apple


Hmm, the latest¬†book I’ve read. ¬†(I’m responding to Word Press’s daily prompt, bookworm. ) ¬†I’m always reading more than one so how do I pick?

One of M. Scott Peck’s books? I¬†usually have one of John Ortberg’s or Andy Stanley’s always open. Then there’s¬†“Simple Abundance”¬†by Sarah Ban ¬†Breathnach for¬†more¬†practical inspiration.

There are novels by John Grisham, Scott Turow, David Baldacci.

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So many books, so little time. Sigh. I didn’t even mention the magazines, the books on my Nook, etc. I’m an avid reader in case you¬†haven’t figured it out already.

In my previous battle against depression, they have proven to be my friends. The kind of friends I can count on to keep quiet and let me process. The kind of friends who when needed, get in my face.

Oh, I forgot myold  standby, Spiritual Depression by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I just ordered a second book because my first one is really marked up. I can always tell if depression is sneaking up on me if I have this book open. 

I read this book when I want¬†to determine¬†if my relationship with God is where it should be. I don’t want to confuse a¬†spiritual issue with depression.(Depression’s voice can often be misleading and it’s important to accurately know what’s causing our low mood.) ¬†This book always helps me in this regard. It was written in 1965 before all the books that tell us we needn’t feel guilty about anything, that nothing is really a mistake, that we’re all winners,……..

untitledHere’s a¬†sampling.

Regeneration, the work of God in the soul by which He implants a principle of divine and spiritual life within us, does not change a person’s temperament. Your temperament¬†still remains¬†the same.¬† The fact that you have become a Christian does not mean that you cease to have to live with yourself.¬† You will have to live with yourself as long as you are alive, and yourself is your self and not anyone else’s self.”

Then there’s Dallas Willard’s whose¬† “Hearing God”, ¬†I’ve read many times and still don’t feel I understand what he’s saying. It’s the only book I’ve ever read where I feel like a dunce. I highly recommend it, especially if you want your mind challenged.

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I hope you’re a reader. Reading opens a whole new world. For example,¬†I never knew so much about zoos till I read “The Life of Pi”. I didn’t even know I wanted to know about zoos and wild animal management till I read the book.

I love Julie Cameron’s book and Kathleen Norris’s. I am quite happy to have a stack of books everywhere. It’s the one exception to a neat house rule.

The next time you have a choice between television and a book, pick a book.