March 31, 2013 § 1 Comment
Are you ready for the return of our Lord and Savior? Are you SURE you are? Pastor John Mulinde of Uganda thought he was ready until he had a visitation from the Lord. After hearing his testimony, you may change your mind.
I pray that you will at least take the time to watch the video. Time is running out. Are you POSITIVE you are ready?
March 31, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Here it is the end of March and I’m finally posting again. But I don’t really even know where to begin.
I skimmed back through a few of my most recent posts and I feel like I sound…not necessarily self-righteous, but like I have it all figured out. These last few months have proven to me that I don’t. In fact, I have so much to learn.
I mentioned in my post of November 4, 2012 that my best friend’s husband had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a brain tumor. His prognosis, given by the doctors, was two months without treatment. With treatment he could possibly last a year or two longer. He chose not to be treated. Everyone was praying for a miracle, for healing. It was a very emotional two and a half months for my best friend and her family…and for me. Fortunately, he was able to walk his daughter down the aisle at the end of December, but after that he went downhill fast from there. My friend called me Sunday around 2:30 a.m. on the 20th of January. I showed up around 3:00 and called an ambulance. I was with her at the hospital when he passed away around 10:00 a.m. that same morning.
I’ve lost family members. Close family. My sister died following a failed liver transplant when she was just 21 and then a nephew died in a car accident also at the age of 21. This was the first time I was physically present when someone actually died. It was emotional, but oddly, also a relief. The months leading up to his passing had been a strain mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. It was very difficult seeing someone who had been a healthy, thriving person shrink away to a mere skeleton of a man.
What was even harder is that I work as receptionist in an oncology clinic. We see the same patients over and over, so we have a tendency to get attached to them. But we’re never there in the family’s home seeing what they go through taking care of a loved one and watching them in incredible pain and wasting away to nothing. But the deaths of some of them are harder than others, because as I said, you get attached.
Yet, here I was not only working in the clinic, but spending my free time helping my friend and her husband in any way that I could. I saw what they went through. I was there when he died. And I went back to work the next day. Then I went with her to the funeral home to deal with all that morbid mess. Then back to work and then to the funeral that Friday. Then back to work where I have to see and deal with more people dying of cancer.
I feel terrible because I tried to be with my friend after her husband died. I spent time with her not knowing how to comfort her, because truly you really can’t comfort someone who has lost the love of their life.
But I was also on an emotional overload myself. I felt that if I didn’t distance myself that I would have a breakdown. I don’t do well with emotional stuff. I had been through nearly three months of it and I was getting to the end of my rope. I was making stupid mistakes at work. I couldn’t stand the smell of the hospital when I went to the cafeteria for lunch. I was irritable and cranky. We had patients who died and it upset me more than it normally would have or should have. Working in such an environment, you have a tendency to develop a thick skin. If you don’t, you can’t do the job. Well, my skin was no longer thick. I was mentally and emotionally beat down, and if it hadn’t been for the two week vacation in Arizona that we had planned for the end of February, first of March, I probably would have lost it.
It was a very good vacation. Spent a lot of quality time with my husband and I came back feeling refreshed and ready to get back into work. I’m not making the mistakes I was prior to my vacation and my skin seems to have thickened a bit.
I see death come through our doors at work every day. It is a vicious, ghoulish evil that never should have entered the world. But it did because of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Every time it steals a life it tears a family apart. It leaves unseen wounds that never quite seem to heal. It changes people.
Have I been changed? Yes, every time someone I loved or respected died, whether they be family members, friends, acquaintances, or even the patients who pass through our office. I really can’t say in what way it has changed me. I would like to say it has made me tougher, made my hide a little thicker. But anymore, I can’t say that. I feel the anguish that I know the families are going through, I feel their loss and I feel their sorrow. So perhaps, it has made me softer, more compassionate. At least, I hope it has.
Even though death is a constant, vivid, insidious reality in this world, we have an over-comer whose name is Jesus, the son of God. He is the pure unblemished lamb who took on death and conquered it by His own death and resurrection from the grave. We no longer have to fear death for our reward is life when we believe in Jesus and what he did for us. Although, we may die before the Lord comes, at least those of us who believe in the God, his son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, have the promise of life everlasting. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” 1Corinthians 15:55. You have been defeated by Jesus Christ once and for all on the cross.
And in the coming millennium when Jesus returns, we have this promise that “…God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Rev. 21:4.
November 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Joseph Herrin of Parablesblog always has interesting articles to read. This one in particular, I think you will very enlightening. It’s about the coming year, 2013, and what it holds for America. It’s titled simply, Thirteen.
Here’s an excerpt:
Looking back over the course of U.S. history I found a foreboding sign of that which is to come. In March of the year 1813 the 13th Congress was seated and continued until March 1815. This is the only other time that America has had a Congress marked by the number 13. That it coincided with a year that ends in the number 13 is equally significant.
What occurred in Washington, D.C. during the time of the 13th Congress foreshadows that which will occur under the rule of the 113th Congress. It was during the 13th Congress, in August 1814, that Washington, D.C. was razed by the British. Both the White House and the Capitol Building were set aflame in an act of wanton destruction.
November 9, 2012 § 2 Comments
This was filmed several years ago before Dumitru died. His testimony is powerful, and he covers a wide range of subjects. His grandson, Michael Boldea, interprets for him.
November 4, 2012 § Leave a Comment
A big thank you goes out to http://dreamsofdunamis.wordpress.com/ for nominating my blog for the Reader Appreciation Award! Had this award been given to me by someone else, YOUR web link would have been one of the first that I would have added to my own list to share!
Now the rules for accepting this award are as follows:
Add a picture of the award to your blog.
Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
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These are some of my favorite new blogs in the blogosphere, and I would like to nominate them for this award, and share them with you. Each of these blogs (including the one that nominated me for this award,) have served to warn me, teach me, and encourage me, and have been an added source of fellowship for me within the body of Christ. May you enjoy them even more than I have!
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