A Good Quality of Life


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Unshakable Hope

I’ve been thinking a lot about quality of life issues lately. More specifically, I’ve been trying to figure out why some people that (in the natural) possess virtually everything we think would make for a good quality of life, yet they’re miserable. Conversely, many others have almost none of the ingredients that we think must be in the mix for a good quality of life, but they seem perfectly content.

I think about this issue more and more as life with ALS becomes an even greater challenge. If ALS takes its natural course, the victim will die of respiratory failure. The muscles needed to breathe become weaker and weaker to the point where you just can’t breathe anymore. Oftentimes the flu or pneumonia are just too much for those with advanced ALS and can speed up this respiratory failure.

I had a severe case of the flu in February, and…

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Haiti Mission Trip Epilogue


May 21, 2015

Thank you for following this blog of my mission trip to Haiti. It was a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord.

As we rode on the tap-tap on the two hour trip to our destination, I marveled at the sights. Haiti is such a beautiful country; however, the people live with very little. I saw many vendors along the roadsides. People lived in humble dwellings often in the midst of rubble; yet, they took pride in themselves. Even though they had no running water or bathroom facilities, they were clean and well-dressed. I saw very little, if any, immodesty. Sometimes I’d see a woman sweeping the dirt away from her little section in front of her home while women  nearby did their laundry  in a basin with lots of clothes hanging over fences.

I had the opportunity to worship with Haitian Christians on Sunday. Although the believers have little or nothing in material goods, they worshiped and sang with all their heart. The joy of the Lord was present, a reminder that we all serve the same God and have the same Holy Spirit. One young lady came forward that morning during testimony time and became a believer. My heart rejoiced as I left the service that morning.

We had two-day clinics in two different areas. The first two days were set up in the church in Petit Guave. The last two days of clinic we spent in a mountain village.

Besides helping with my nursing skills, I also learned to help check vision. The second day in clinic the Lord allowed me to lead a young woman to salvation. What a glorious answer to prayer that was!

Our medical clinics and glasses probably served 750-800 people. On Friday two very ill children in the clinic were driven two hours away to a hospital for tests. We distribute 900 pairs of sunglasses, 208 pairs of reading glasses, and 47 pairs of distance glasses. We also gave away bags of rice and beans.

Unfortunately, I didn’t receive any reports of how many children were seen for fluoride or whether any prayed to receive Christ. But we did witness by handing out Gospel bracelets to many children while an interrupter explained what the colors on the bracelets meant.

In the afternoon of our last day, I enjoyed some free time by the Caribbean Sea. I have never seen such blue water. God allowed me to find several seashells to bring back home for the grandchildren and myself.

I praise God for the answered prayer of giving me stamina and health. I didn’t even have my usual headaches. Another answer to prayer!

I know God wants me to continue to serve Him in short-term missions. At this time, I don’t know for sure where He’s leading me to for my next trip. As one person stated at our first training meeting, God allows us to peek into many doors, but eventually He opens one wide for us to enter.  I’ve been presented with several opportunities, and at this point I’m praying and waiting for His leading.

May God Bless You,

4/14/15 Final Preparations for Haiti Trip


Sorrow to Victory

This past Sunday we had our mission team’s last meeting. We skyped with the team from Calvary Church in Los Gatos, CA.  This team consists of 10 members, one who is Dr KIM JEE HEE, an ophthalmologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic conditions, medical and surgical eye care, including LASIK, Premium multifocal lens Cataract Surgery, and Corneal Surgery. We are so fortunate to have someone with her knowledge on our team. As our team performs the regular eye examinations, she will be able to see the ones that need further or more extensive eye care. No surgeries will be able to be performed on this trip; however she will determine if she could do so in the future. We will have prescription eye drops/ medications available for her to prescribe. We are also taking a wide range of prescription lens and frames. These will be very…

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03/28/2014 Spiritual Preparation for Haiti Missions Trip


Sorrow to Victory

An important aspect of our trip to Haiti is spiritual preparation. We want to share the love of Christ. It may be through sharing our drinking water with them, meeting their medical needs, helping with construction, or actually sharing God’s plan of salvation. Our goal is to encourage their lives to be changed and for them to be self-supporting people.

The time has gone quickly, and I have not had the chance to write this blog as I had desired.  In my last blog, I touched briefly on a few things needed when packing for Haiti.

We’re now down to 13 days before we leave. I have been busy gathering many other things to take with me. Since we’ll be away from the Haitian compound all day, we’re taking many protein bars and various other snacks. We’ll take several of these snacks with us each day for ourselves and for…

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3/22/2015 Haiti Preparation Continues


As the time for the missions trip gets closer, it’s becoming more surreal. In just four weeks I will land at this airport.

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Today our team received more updates telling us how to prepare for our trip and suggestions for items to pack, including insect repellent with a high level of DEET. Chikungunya virus carried by daytime mosquitoes is now prevalent in Haiti. The windows have screens on, but some travelers still take their own netting for night time. As a first- time traveler, and most likely, an extra cautious one at that, I checked on Amazon to purchase my own netting.

My list of essentials to pack becomes more interesting as I add “one roll of toilet paper” and plenty of tissues “for my pocket along with our own Imodium!”

As I prepare to work in the clinic, I am reminded to take a headlamp and extra batteries since we will still be working after dark and will need to have our hands free. The Haitian people are, indeed, very needy, arriving early at the clinic and  coming throughout the day into the late hours.

I am requesting much prayer as our teams prepare. We want to all be in unison one with another and to be witnesses and a blessing to these Haitian people. We are also praying that our coordinator can locate a few of the nurses in the area, who could follow-up with our work after we leave.

Thank you for following me as I prepare to partake in this wonderful blessing.

Joy Comes In The Morning


 

As I looked at the sky and the stars one night this week, I thought of Psalm 8:3-4. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained, what is man, that thou art mindful of him?”  God does not forget any of us, especially His widows. While I was thinking about those verses, I thanked God for all of His goodness. My heart is filled with peace and joy. After losing my husband   I didn’t think I would ever feel such contentment again.  Our God is a great God and He never forgets us nor leaves us.  I want to reassure you that no matter what your trials are:

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Does Time Really Heal All Wounds?


According to Jim Berg, a pastor and author whom I heard preach, time does not heal all wounds.

Have you ever had a deep cut or wound that took forever to heal and when it did, the scar remained sensitive? I have a scar like that. It has been healed for 20 years or more yet; if I bump that area; yet, it still hurts.

When we lose a loved one, it leaves a deep wound. Years later there will still be some things that can bring the hurt back to the surface. That hurt is a reminder that things are not as they used to be.  Healing is when we are restored to normal function.

A deep cut or wound requires a lot of care. Sometimes either it requires stitches, salve, and maybe even a dressing.

It’s the same with our soul. We need a lot of care for our souls for a very long time. We nurture it by reading God’s Word, by prayer, and by reaching out to others. Wounded people can help others to heal. If we look around us, we can see many hurting people. This, in turn, works as a balm to our own souls. I know as I reach out to others, it helps me to feel useful and it helped me to realize that I’m not alone with my grief.

I’d like want to share with you the following that is also from Jim Berg:

The greatest loss in the entire universe was God’s loss of the fame, allegiance, worship, and obedience. He deserved when we in Adam joined Satan in defacing His image in us. We can’t adequately overcome the effects of our own personal losses unless we see them as a part of this bigger picture. We must allow ourselves to see Satan’s intent behind our losses, and we must turn to Christ for comfort, for instruction, and for the enabling to once again reflect God. Yes, even in the midst of our losses.

As I listened to this pastor speak, I realized what he was saying was true. We can’t fully move on in our grief until we realize this world is not the way God intended it to be. It is because we now live in a fallen world that we must suffer these losses and afflictions.

No, it’s not true that time heals all wounds, but with service to God, depending on Him, and reaching out to others, we can move on and continue to be a contented Christian… even in our grief.

May God richly bless you as you trust in Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Plan


As I sat reading in my recliner, I glanced out the window, and my gaze rested on my gazebo. Instantly, I thought of how full that gazebo would be during picnics if my son and husband were still with us. I pictured the four men: my two son-in-laws, my son, and my husband, deep in conversation. I pictured more children running around, possibly the same age as some of my grandchildren now. My son planned to propose to his girlfriend when he was through with college and could afford a ring. I also pictured her in my mind’s eye. How nice that would have been, I thought.

“Hey, wait a minute,” I suddenly said to myself. “Where did that come from?”

I know what a trap that kind of thinking brings with it, and I don’t want to fall into it. At all costs, I need to avoid the trap of discouragement, wishing things were different, pining over my losses, and the list goes on and on. It’s is a dangerous thing to look back or to think of how things would have been.

This life is not about my plans. It’s about God’s plans. He’s the master of my life and this world. Satan may be the prince of the power of the air, but God is the King! Nothing happens outside of His will. My master, Lord, and Savior already has said, “My plans are not to hurt you, but to prosper you.”  In Jeremiah 29:11(KJV), He said, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” I’m glad God didn’t leave the events of my life in my own hands. I would have made a mess of it. With God in charge, I can rest easy, knowing that everything is as it should be.

Thank you Lord, for ushering me through this life by your plans and never leaving me to flounder.

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The Meeting


I have been following a blog of which the author calls herself  “God’s Sparrow.”  The title of her blog is Sparrow’s Scrolls. Today with her permission I am sharing with one of my favorite  writings of hers.  Her blog has blessed me greatly and I am sure it will you also.

As I read “The Meeting,”  it helped me to be aware once again that when we lose a loved one, God does not forget to include us in His plan as well. He lovingly lays a pathway before us and guides us along that pathway.

The Meeting

Date: October 18, 2010

Time: 4:30 am

Where: Heaven

Present: God

Angels

Good Morning. I have called you all together at this early hour to tell you that my Sparrow’s beloved has just suffered a stroke.  This has come as no surprise to me. It has, however, shaken her immensely.  It is not in My plan to heal him, for his time to come home to me is drawing near.

The upcoming months will be most difficult for her and she will find her faith tested almost beyond measure. I, however, know she will remain faithful throughout the days ahead.

I set a plan in place several months ago to have her assigned to a position in the school directly across the street from the hospital. She will find herself working for a group of teachers who will be incredibly supportive, tolerating her ringing cell phone, last minute absences and her sometimes “foggy” days.

And, when it is time for him to leave the hospital after six weeks, I have arranged for there to be a room available at the best care center in the area. There, too, she will find a supportive and caring staff.

Although she will be greatly upset that he will need to be in a care center, it is My plan for him. There are many who will benefit from his presence there and his strong faith in Me. He will tell many about Me. In addition, I wish to have this time apart with him in order to prepare him to come home to Me.

Now for your assignments: Her safety while in her vehicle is crucial. There will be many late night and early morning trips. She will also be driving while in tears and in harsh winter weather to visit him each day. Her health is also very important. Stress will be her greatest enemy during this time.

Help will be needed to navigate through the mounds of government and insurance paperwork. Make the way easy for her when she shops for special clothing and shoes for him. I don’t want her going endlessly from store to store. Protect her house from winter’s storms and keep everything in proper working order. When a repair is necessary get it done quickly at minimal expense. There is a younger couple I have positioned in the house up the street who will be a great support to her, Keep an eye on them as well and let them know when it is time to check on her.  As the months go on and she is becoming increasingly weary I will lead her to online friends. At various times these friends will need a “nudge” to send her a message with a butterfly. These beautiful creatures of Mine have always been her favorite and I want her to receive many of them. I will also arrange for the butterflies to appear in her life in many different forms – on shirts of strangers and flying across the hood of her car one particularly hard day.

Shortly after the second anniversary of her beloved’s passing she will hit a very low point. She will find herself in a very dark place not understanding how she got there or why, This too is in My plan.  At the urging of her physician and with My permission she will start medication to alleviate this darkness. In time she will come to see the light again and I will return her “words” to her.

That day will be October 18, 2013. On that day, three years into the future, she will sit at her keyboard and once again feel the joy and honor of sharing My words.

She will still not know what her future holds. But I know – and it is only good, as I have promised. For, as she relays how I have worked in her past, she will be reassured of how I will work in her future.

Ok, meeting dismissed. Now you know your assignments – get to work My angel armies!

And this, my friends is what this verse means to me now: Psalm 91:11 For He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.

A New Year


To many of you reading this blog, the start of a new year brings sadness. It may be the first new year you have entered without your loved one. It is another dreaded first. It seems strange to realize that you are going to be living in a year that he or she never will.

To others it may represent a new year in which you can try to put the past year behind you. This new year may stand for a year without fresh sorrow or grief.

Some people comment that it is just a new date. It means nothing to them. One thing is certain, time will always continue on. There will always be a new second, hour, month and year. That is, until we reach Heaven where there is no sense of time.

We have no choice but to keep putting one foot forward. In Philippians 3:13-14 we read, “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus .” We all need to keep pressing forward. With God’s help and with Him walking beside us, I hope we can all keep moving forward and looking forward to what God has in store for us in 2014.

May God bless you, Kathy