A Snow Day-Just What This Spoonie Needed

I have shared about being what is called a spoonie before. A spoonie refers to someone living with chronic illness. A young woman Christine Miserandino shared with a friend trying to understand what having chronic illness felt like. She used the example of spoons and that people with chronic illness have limited spoons while other people do not have limited spoons. The spoons represent energy for the day. I am sharing a video of her explaining her spoon theory in this post.

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As someone living with chronic illness, I have to think about my energy level. If I have a long day of teaching, the next day I am exhausted. Fatigue is my constant companion that I don’t want to hang out with.

So when classes were canceled yesterday due to a snow and ice storm, I welcomed the day of rest I had not planned on. I saw the notification that school was canceled after waking up to my alarm, I went back to sleep. I slept until 10:45.

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After I got up, I spent time listening to worship music. Then I played some word games online and caught up on my blog. I had taught morning, afternoon, and evening the day before and had thought Friday would be a nap day. God blessed me with a whole day of rest. I even took a one hour nap.

My hope is to spend today writing more for the book I feel led to write.

I am thankful for little blessings like snow days. It also gives me so much hope to know that this life is temporary. One day I will wake up in heaven because of Jesus and will not have chronic illness anymore.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Hassle That Led to A Blessing

It seemed like a hassle to me at first. I tried to use my Pro Air Asthma Inhaler, but it did not work. For some reason lately, Pro Air Abuterol inhalers are not dependable when they get down to the last 20 doses. I was supposed to have 12 left, but when I tried to use it yesterday- NOTHING.

So I called the pharmacy for a refill. It meant driving there between classes I teach in the late afternoon as in driving across town from where I teach.

When I got to the pharmacy, I noticed that she was the pharmacist. She is one of the young people from Vietnam that I helped when I had a group of young Vietnamese people that I helped. She graduated from the university in my city and went on to pharmacy school in a nearby city. She graduated and passed her tests and is now a registered pharmacist.

I felt SO PROUD of her. I know how hard she worked and to see her working as the pharmacist filled me with the pride of a dad watching his daughter succeed and achieve her dreams.

She even bought me some ice cream- Chocolate Ice Cream 🙂

Do you know who is thrilled when we achieve more than we thought we could? God. God loves us. He is heavenly father. When we depend on God and reach higher than we thought possible, he is cheering us on. God delights in his children. He empowers us through his Holy Spirit.

I am so thankful that Jesus called me to the work and ministry of helping refugees and immigrants because it gives me a whole new appreciation of what Jesus said in John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

Jesus has blessed me with sharing his love and the love of God the Father with people from many cultures.

For me caring about someone means caring about the whole person, so when they achieve their dreams and I could help in some small way, it is a huge blessing for me.

I am proud of all of the young Vietnamese people from that time. Yesterday was a wonderful reminder for me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Sharing A Meal

The first time I was a guest for a meal in the home of someone from another culture was in April 2000. My student was a kind elderly man from Afghanistan. He had a long white beard because in his culture men did not shave after their first son was born. He was 71 years old when we began lessons to help him understand English better for day to day life.

He had a heart attack and a quintuple bypass, so I did not meet with him for five weeks. I called his son and offered to have lessons in their home. They all quickly agreed.

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The first time I went to their home, while we were studying, I heard the noises and smelled the smells of food being prepared. His son came out to talk with me saying, “My mother wants to know if you would like lunch.” Never being one to pass up a home cooked meal, I said yes.

The son left. The daughter left. The wife brought out the food, a big plate of rice that had raisins, almond slices, and carrots in it, chicken, beef, and a plate of veggies. Then she left. It was only my student and me.

I began to eat realizing that my student could not eat any of it because he was on a restrictive diet. After I finished my first plate, yes first plate, he laughed and filled it again for me without asking. I finished that plate and he filled it again for me. I finally put my hands on my stomach and said I could not eat anymore food. He laughed.

When I got back to my office, I told the receptionist I would be busy and to hold calls. I went into my small office, locked the door, turned my chair so the back was facing the door, and opened my pants because I was so stuffed. I worked on the computer for several hours.

Hospitality in other cultures is wonderful to experience. Whenever I visit people from other countries, the meal is an experience to cherish. I also think about how Jesus spent a lot of time in the homes of people. Often he was criticized for doing so.

Sharing a meal is a wonderful way to build friendship and connect with people. Jesus understood that when he was on earth and understands it now. In Revelation 3 Jesus says”

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

For now that eating would pertain to the spiritual food of the Word of God, the bible. But in the future there will be a huge feast for all who believe in Jesus. We will sit down with Jesus for the feast.

Jesus longs to come into our homes and share life with us. The question is if we will let him in.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Thank You for Helping Me Go Over 900 Followers

I want to thank all of you who follow my blog especially those who I interact with a lot via comments. I never dreamed I would have over 900 followers when I first really dedicated myself to my blog.

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I want to celebrate this in a different way than I have before when reaching previous milestones. I would like to share some blogging tips because I have many new followers who are new to blogging.

I also want to invite other bloggers to share blogging tips. Please read my tips first to see what you would like to add or comment on. If you share a tip, please also share a link to your blog.

One ground rule for this is- Meaningful Comments/Tips.

My tips

1- Give yourself permission to explore and experiment to find your voice.

2- Learn from other bloggers and their styles.

3- Interact with other bloggers with meaningful comments not just comments like great post etc.

4- Don’t like and not view. That is one of my pet peeves.

5- Be patient. For most bloggers it takes time to grow their followers.

6-Be Consistent. If you post once a week, post on the same day. If you post twice a week, post on the same days. Then your followers will know when to watch for your posts.

7- Blogging awards are fun, BUT don’t let them be your be all end all. Yes network and have fun, but remember that what will sustain your blog is ORIGINAL CONTENT.

Those are my tips.

I want to thank some bloggers who have been consistent in commenting and interacting with me and invite them to share a tip.

Dawn

Beverly

Brenda

Deborah

Rene

Deandra

Herry

Temi

Lydia

I went with the top 9 because as a Lord of the Rings fan, it makes me think of the Fellowship of the Ring- 9 People.

Again THANK YOU to all who have followed my blog and interacted with me. Please share blogging tips for new bloggers.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Goals I Like

A friend of mine who lives in France shared this post on Facebook. It was from a church. I loved it and wanted to share it with you with a few thoughts for each point.

Hang out with sinners- Jesus did and said he came to seek and save the lost. Jesus sought out “sinners”. My hope is to reflect the love of Jesus to those who are far from Jesus.

Upset religious people- At times in church I remind people that we too are saved by grace especially when they judge others.

Tell stories that make people think- Jesus spoke in parables. I hope my blog posts are understandable, but I do enjoy writing story time posts. 🙂

Choose unpopular friends- Refugees are not so popular, but I love being with them. At church I am not necessarily part of the in crowd, but I don’t care. I just want to follow Jesus.

Be kind, loving and merciful- My prayer each morning is for Jesus to help me show his love. I fail, but I want to keep praying and trying to show his love.

Take Naps on Boats- Well not on a boat, but I do LOVE naps. 🙂

Thanks to my friend Jim in France for sharing the post on Facebook.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Broken Vessels by Hillsong

All these pieces
Broken and scattered
In mercy gathered
Mended and whole
Empty-handed
But not forsaken

Many things in life can leave us feeling broken inside and feeling we are scattered. Family problems, financial problems. loss of a loved one, illness, the list could go on.

The good news is that Jesus loves us and loves to take our broken pieces and put us back together. He can do what seems impossible. He can make us whole again.

There have been many times in my life that Jesus has made me whole again. The one that sticks out in my mind at this time is when I was sick and dying 25 years ago. He helped me to recover, but my life was shattered and in pieces. Step by step he led me to a ministry, work and purpose I had not even imagined before I was sick. Now my life is full as I share his love with refugees and immigrants in my city.

If you are feeling broken, shattered, and in pieces, the good news is that Jesus is in the mending business. He loves to mend what has been shattered because he loves us.

I hope this song blessed you as it has me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Entering God's Presence

“The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something, and enter God’s realm where everything is possible. He specializes in the impossible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love” Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom spent time in a Nazi Concentration Camp with her sister who died in the camp. She experienced the horrors of living in lice infested conditions, terrible food, rampant sickness, and abuse by the guards.

Her life experience makes this quote of hers all the more powerful.

Think about this part of her quote- “enter God’s realm where everything is possible.” She experienced God’s realm while suffering in this life and yet in her suffering she experienced the presence of God.

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There have been times that I felt I was in God’s presence so deeply that time seemed to stop. One time many years ago when I was very sick, I spent some time in prayer listening to Michael Card’s song Immanuel. It felt like I was in God’s presence for hours, but it was only 4 minutes of the song.

With God, all things are possible. When we pray, we are talking with the one who created all of the universe.

Entering his presence is because of Jesus. Hebrews 10 says:

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,”

Let’s remember that we do not enter because of our own merit. We enter because of Jesus.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

January 11th- National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the U.S. Tragically, it is estimated over 40 Million people are victims of human trafficking and many of them children.

Sex trafficking is a big part of human trafficking. It is SO tragic and EVIL that anyone would traffic children and young women for the sex trade.

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One organization I support is Love Justice. They intercept and rescue trafficking victims in several countries. They also have groups homes and a school for the children who cannot return home or don’t have a home to return to.

This is a link for the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day website.

The book I am writing is about a young woman freed from sex trafficking and what happens after she is rescued. This is an issue that is important to me. When my book is published, proceeds from the sales will go to fighting human trafficking.

Please join me today in praying for God to bring about justice in the perpetrators, healing for the victims, and raise up people to do the work of showing God’s love to the victims.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Thankful on Difficult Days

Body slammed is how I explain what a no energy and painful morning feels like. Kind of like chronic illness picked me up and slammed me down with no mercy.

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That was my experience yesterday morning and has been several times in the past few years. The kind of fatigue that just sitting up can be exhausting. Living with chronic illness can wear on a person and get a person down, so if I have a bad day, I try to stop to say what I am thankful for. So here are some things I am thankful for.

I am thankful that I can pray and ask for strength. Once I got going, it eased up, but getting going can be the hard part.

I am thankful I have this afternoon and evening free to rest and hopefully do some more writing.

I am thankful that I can blog and have freedom to write about my faith.

I am thankful for the wonderful bloggers I interact with.

I am thankful I will see the moms in my class this morning.

By being thankful, it helps me to not go down the path of despair as it says in Isaiah 61:

” and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair”

Thank you for reading. God Bless