MY BOOK LAUNCH!

My favorite blogger has published her book, Bloom. I’m excited by this, because, aside from publishing a book which is hard enough, she’s written it in an interactive format. She doesn’t just tell us her story of recovery from anorexia. She models it for us and provides room for us to write in our own progress from WHATEVER struggle we are in. It can be an eating disorder or any fight we feel we are losing! Are you trying to overcome? Are you in the battle alone right now? Well, hang on…the cavalry is coming; it’s Blooming!

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I cannot believe that I’m about to say this, but…

MY BOOK IS LIVE TODAY!!

Introducing…

Bloom: A Journal by BeautyBeyondBones

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Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that the scared, sick, hopeless little girl at inpatient would tell her story one day. But here were are folks. Ten years, one irresponsibly honest blog, and 30,000 followers later. I’m sharing my story.

But this book is not just your normal, cover to cover book. It’s interactive. We’re embarking on the blooming process together: you and me.

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And the best way for me to explain, is to just share the preview:

Bloom: A Journal by BeautyBeyondBones takes the reader on a motivating and inspiring journey inside the mind of a young woman trapped in the cycle of anorexia, and through the raw and often painful journey to new life.

Designed as an interactive, three-month daily journal with room to…

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Charlie Gard; His Parents Couldn’t Help Him

Thou shalt not kill.    Exodus 20:13

Please note that this commandment offers no “weasel words” or “wiggle room.” No points for good intentions.  No allowances for thinking that the life you’re about to take isn’t worth living.  Nothing about “death with dignity,” which I assure you is nonsense anyway.  There is no dignity in death, no matter how it comes.  “I never heard a corpse ask how it got so cold.”   Shakespeare.  We all go to ground, we all rot away.  In a previous post, Told You So!, an elderly woman decided that the reality was different and scarier than the theoretical. But when it became clear to family and care-givers that she was having second thoughts, the doctor slipped her a mickey on her morning coffee, and when that didn’t quite put her out, her own family held the poor woman down while the doctor finished killing her.

Charlie Gard’s parents were denied the right to  call the shots for their son.  The British Court system and their socialized health care system both decreed that Charlie’s parents do not indeed have a right to a say in their son’s treatment.  They even tried to get him treatment in the US, which they could afford thanks to generous donations of their countrymen.  All they asked from Britain is safe transport to the US.  Their health care system declined.

 

The pope has apparently weighed in on this in Charlie’s parent’s favor. With citizenship being an issue according the Brits, President Trump offered US citizenship to Charlie and his parents.

No dice.

I understand that treating Charlie was going to be a very expensive trial with an experimental procedure. The Brits said that they were very concerned that if Charlie’s life support somehow got interrupted in transit, he would die a very painful death.  They didn’t want to see him suffer.

That sounds pretty disingenuous when they made the same argument about letting his parents take him home so that he could die in his own room with his folks right there. No, Charlie’s parents just don’t know what’s good for their son, according to British health care and British courts.

The ultimate irony is that they moved him to hospice and eventually PULLED THE PLUG THEMSELVES!

Um… What about the suffering thing?

So Charlie died after his parents put up what was ultimately a failed fight.  “…doctors at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital said it was kinder to let him die with dignity as he was probably suffering.”  Not a problem now, apparently because they were in full control of Charlie’s fate by then, having screwed his parents out of their right to make decisions for their son.

I’ve already written a number of articles on the murder of citizens, under the guise of prettier-sounding words. For you perusal, titles and brief excerpts:

Death With Dignity…Not! – I recall what Shakespeare wrote centuries ago; “I never heard a corpse ask how it got so cold.” We live in God’s love to spread God’s love. Love doesn’t punch out early. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come;Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom.  William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

DNA Pirates CoverPirates of the Sacred Spiral, Part 8“During that war, the Rockefellers, their family-controlled Standard Oil Company and their European partners – most leading CSH patrons, heavily funded Hitler, his Nazi eugenicists…”  Emphasis added, page 80. As people began to realize that “serious genetic defects” might be a bit more arbitrary than at first blush, an uprising against eugenics began.  They needed to be more subtle.  Today we have abortions if the baby is defective, for example, with Downs Syndrome.  After all, they won’t have much of a life and will be a burden to the parents, right?  You look at the numbers and also see that blacks are disproportionately getting abortions.  There has been talk of being able to produce “designer babies” so you can get the sex, eye color, etc. you always wanted in your baby.  The original goal of a genetically superior human and eliminating “undesirables” is still achieved, but through eugenic consumerism.

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I’m from the gov’t & am here to help…

Euthanasia: Out of Our Hands? – France Debates Making Euthanasia Doctor’s Decision – …Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled on Friday that reignited a national debate on euthanasia.”

 

Euthanasia Roller CoasterMaking Euthanasia Fun! – “…we’ll at least consider suicide as a socially approved alternative to living longer.  I mean, why be a burden to our loved ones or society?”…And now, unbelievably, someone has invented what he calls the Euthanasia Roller Coaster.  Seriously.  It’s designed to pull excessive  forces for an extended period that will cause the riders/victims to die from oxygen starvation of the brain.

Father Knows Best – “Number of mentally ill patients killed by euthanasia in Holland trebles in a year as doctors warn assisted suicide is ‘out of control’”  Yup.  That’s the headline of an article in the London Daily Mail Online published 3 October, 2014…We’re making ourselves gods, deciding who lives and who dies.  At some point, the real God is going to holler, “ENOUGH!”… Father knows best.  Unfortunately, more and more people are mistaking themselves for Him.

When To Die – Brittany Maynard is 29.  She’s an attractive woman with a handsome husband.  I know.  I saw the pictures in The London Daily Mail Online.  She is the subject of an article about her committing suicide next month.  It’s all planned out.

I Love You Enough to Kill You! – I mentioned in my previous post that a lot of this end-of-life discussion – whether abortion or euthanasia – revolves around mis-naming what’s going on.  People find and insist on using words that allow them to feel comfortable with doing something that is not something you should feel good about. CONTRAST THIS ARTICLE WITH THE FOLLOWING, HOPE OR NO HOPE…

Keri and RoyceHope or No Hope? – An ultrasound checkup revealed that their daughter, Eva, has a terminal defect of the brain and skull. Apparently not all of either one is there.  If carried to term, her life expectancy ranges from a few minutes to possibly 36 hours.  The seemingly obvious choice is to abort.  There’s no hope… Hope is what they ended up finding after those first dark hours. Keri will carry Eva to term, and then have her delivered by caesarian.  After that, they’ll wait.  Eva will be allowed the chance for life, even though the odds are impossible… They believe everyone in life has a purpose; even the unborn.  They will not let Eva be denied her purpose, whether it is to be a miracle baby or a donor who saves several lives. NOT WORTH THE RISK OF HAVING?  SEE THE NEXT IN THIS LIST, THE TRICK BABY.

Ron ArcherThe Trick Baby – A repost from someone else’s site, the author was the child of a prostitute, a trick baby, exposed to all of the drugs in her body.  Find out what happened.

Nursing_Home_Old_Woman_In_BedTold You So! – “It is believed that after a decline in the patient’s condition, it was deemed by the doctor that it was time to deliver the lethal drugs.  However, according to Catholic News, the elderly woman woke even though the doctor put a sleep-inducing drug in her coffee so she could give the lethal injection without consulting the woman.  The patient then tried to fight off the procedure so the doctor asked her relatives to hold her down so she could administer the injection.  The doctor then completed giving the injection and the elderly woman died.”  I wonder who was in the will?

First, it’s our choice, then it’s the government’s choice.  First it’s suicide, then it’s “death with dignity.”  First it’s murder, then it’s a medical procedure.

Your ED Questions, Answered

My favorite blogger, Caralyn of BeautyBeyondBones, posted a fantastic entry last night; she had been prompted by the idea of answering people’s questions about Eating Disorders. Last night she answered those questions by category, and I found it to be a great perspective on dealing with ED’s. If you have an ED and are looking for some perspective from someone who has been there and back, here it is.

Even more frustrating is knowing someone with an Eating Disorder and not having the faintest idea of how to talk to them, HELP them. Caralyn gives a lot of great information from the perspective of someone who, at 78 pounds, almost died her first night at in-patient. She knows whereof she speaks!

She goes to lengths to point out that she is not a clinician, which is an important note, but her voice is authentic, and her perspective is a rare one from someone who sank so low and made it back to health.

She doesn’t like to brag, so I’ll have to do it for her: she was recently named one of the 25 top bloggers on the entire worldwide web dealing with anorexia.

So please read, or listen to her podcast at https://www.patreon.com/posts/your-ed-answered-13075410

God bless!

BeautyBeyondBones

I want to start out by saying something.

I nearly couldn’t go through with this post, because I felt, almost, phony answering these questions. Because the fact is, no recovery is perfect. There are things that I am still working on. There are things that I still can struggle with from time to time.

Recovery is a journey, and I don’t want to put on some false pretense that I’m some guru or some Oz-like short guy with a Napoleon complex, flashing smoke and mirrors behind a velvet curtain.

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Additionally, I’m not a doctor/therapist/dietician…I have no credentials other than a certified procrastinator, so please, my answers are just from the view point of a young woman, who battled a severe case of anorexia, and is now living abundantly in freedom.

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Pirates of the Sacred Spiral, Part 17

DNA Pirates Cover[The Tower of Babel ] Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.    Genesis 11 [Full Chapter]

Diversity. That’s what keeps new ideas coming and what keeps independent thought alive.  Fewer, smaller populations mean more and diverse leaders of those populations.  Inside that system –

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which God began at the Tower of Babel – it is nearly impossible to coordinate the actions let alone the thoughts of a large group of people.  There are too many competing leaders and too many different ideas.

 

If, however, you have fewer, yet much larger populations, you have fewer leaders who must work in harmony to feed their ideas and ideals to that populace. When the Carnegies and Rockefellers gathered the strands of DNA research into their controlling hands, they controlled what we know of DNA.

Lest you forget, we learned in Part 8 how they planned to control the entire educational system of America. The Carnegies would control education oriented to international topics with the Rockefellers taking control of domestic topics.  Their plot was uncovered by no less an institution than the US Congress in 1954.

Norman Dodd, who led the research that uncovered this information found one particularly damning statement in the Carnegie Foundation archives:

“The only way to maintain control of the population was to obtain control of the education in the US. They realized this was a prodigious task so they approached the Rockefeller Foundation with the suggestion that they go in tandem and that the portion of education which could be considered as domestically oriented be taken over by the Rockefeller Foundation and that portion which was oriented to International matters be taken over by the Carnegie Endowment.”  Page 75

Socialist State How-ToIf you look at the present state of education in America, you’ll quickly realize that their efforts simply continued more covertly. We are among the less educated societies in the world today so far as the general populace goes.  What do you know of DNA?  It governs cell reproduction, right?  That is the smaller part of its overall function.  This was known by the researchers but kept covered up.  Fortunately, there are intelligent people beyond their grasp who started figuring out things too.

Blank M1 and Goodman R. of 1Department of Physiology, Columbia University, New York wrote an abstract for the US National Library of Medicine entitled DNA is a Fractal Antenna in Electromagnetic Fields. From their abstract:

“RESULTS:

EMF interactions with DNA are similar over a range of non-ionising frequencies, i.e., extremely low frequency (ELF) and radio frequency (RF) ranges. There are similar effects in the ionising range, but the reactions are more complex.

CONCLUSIONS:

The wide frequency range of interaction with EMF is the functional characteristic of a fractal antenna, and DNA appears to possess the two structural characteristics of fractal antennas, electronic conduction and self symmetry. These properties contribute to greater reactivity of DNA with EMF in the environment, and the DNA damage could account for increases in cancer epidemiology, as well as variations in the rate of chemical evolution in early geologic history.”

Why would God create our DNA to be a transmitter/receiver? Remember that everything in the universe vibrates, us included.  Many of these vibrations have a positive, controlling effect on regulating our bodily and mental functions.  Two simplistic examples discussed much earlier in this series involve the different spectrums of light prevalent in the morning and evening.  The morning light hits our DNA antennae to tell it to wake us up.  The evening light does the opposite.

UniverseYou see, God didn’t just create the world, indeed the universe around us, as a holding tank to dump us into. This world isn’t just here for us to walk around on.  It’s specifically designed to “communicate” the rhythms to us and support our lives (I don’t intend to convey the earth is alive as a conscious entity).  As Dr. Horowitz stated so well in the introduction…

“In short, your DNA is both a crystal receiver and harmonic player developed to perform symphonies transmitted by a Divine orchestra.” Pg 8.

All of that to get us to this quotation at the start of Chapter Nine, page 242 in DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral.

“As our global culture progressed, so too did the oligarchs in the “ruling class.” They developed many new ways to manage subservient populations…

“Webster’s New World Dictionary (Third College Edition, 1988) describes an oligarchy as “a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons; a state governed this way; the person ruling such as state.”  The root prefix of oligo– comes from the Greek oligos: small, akin to loigos: destruction, death; and (o)leig-: wretched, illness; and from the Lithuanian lig’a: disease.

“…it has amazed us (the authors) that leading academicians, scientists, and healthcare providers, have remained generally ignorant of the widespread influence wielded by the Anglo-American banking, industrial, and academic/institutional elite… Through their foundations and allied institutions, the world’s wealthiest families have asserted direction over the fields of public health, medicine, pharmaceuticals, and genetics for almost a century.  Meanwhile, the virtual army of health professionals – people who, mostly for the love of humanity, endured years of dehumanizing indoctrination called ‘medical education’…remain politically unwitting.”  Pg. 242

And all of this time you and I thought we lived under a beneficent, democratically-elected republic!

Next: Examples of control and propaganda.

The Exploitation By “To The Bone”

This is an issue that screams for proper handling and care. Please take the time to 1) Read this entire article and 2) Re-blog it yourself, send people email links to it…whatever. These NetFlix productions cannot be rewarded in the marketplace. If you really want to know about anorexia and “starting a dialogue,” pay attention to someone who is officially one of the most highly regarded bloggers in the world when it comes to anorexia: BeautyBeyondBones

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Before tonight’s zinger..which…I’m fired up tonight, so get ready….

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But first, I have some incredibly exciting news to share.

I just found out that BeautyBeyondBones was ranked in the Top 25 Eating Disorder Recovery Websites on the World Wide Web!

So thank you with all my heart for taking the time out of your busy lives to read my words.

OK…now onto tonight’s main event.

As you know, I was utterly disgusted at Netflix for their irresponsible and harmful depiction of teenage suicide in “13 Reasons Why.

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You’d think they’d have learned their lesson after the backlash by the public, and several tragic copy-cat teenage suicides post-airing. But no.

In fact, they’ve done it again….

And this time…it’s about anorexia.

The movie is called To The Bone” and it is being released on July 14.

They just premiered the trailer.

I watched it.

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Kyrie Eleison!

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”    Exodus 33:19

Kyrie Eleison is Greek for “Lord, Have Mercy.” There are 19 places in the entire Bible where this phrase or a version of it is used.  We can approach our Father God with this prayer, confident He will hear us and have mercy.  He gave us His word on that in Moses’ Book of the Exodus.

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It’s also the title of a hit song from the 80’s by a group called “Mr. Mister.” I hadn’t thought of it in a long time.  I recently, and randomly, thought of it and started wondering just what all of the lyrics are.  YouTube is the best place to find just about anything in video, and sure enough, there was the official studio video, official live video at the Ritz in New York City, and several other postings by fans.

 

Reading the lyrics as I listened, I was struck by just how beautiful those lyrics are and just how accurate they are. For those of you who already know the song, please indulge me.  For those who have never heard it before, here’s my “primer” on it for you:

The wind blows hard against this mountain side / Across the sea into my soul / It reaches into where I cannot hide / Setting my feet upon the road

The wind? That’s the Holy Spirit, who brings us to faith in God.  He doesn’t always get through to us easily, but He doesn’t give up, even though He blows against the hardened side of our mountain barrier.

He will show each of us who we really are, what we need forgiveness from. There are no secret sins when the Holy Ghost comes to us.  But once those skeletons in our closet are dealt with, well, that is just the beginning of a new life on a new road.  The new road is one where we act better than we have before knowing God.  It’s a road with purpose in charity to others.

My heart is old it holds my memories / My body burns a gem-like flame / Somewhere between the soul and soft machine / Is where I find myself again

You can have an old heart regardless of your years. Maybe sin has weighed you down, wrinkled your soul with grief and guilt.  But, just as the Holy Spirit manifested to the original apostles as tongues of flame over each one’s head, so our souls catch flame in the purifying love of God, thanks to Jesus’ saving sacrifice.  There is more than one way to look at this line, neither of which excludes the other.

  • Fire is often used as a symbol of purification. The Bible uses this analogy several times.
  • Fire also produces light. Once we have accepted the faith, grace, and mercy of God, we become a light to all around us.

Having God’s forgiveness does not mean we will lead perfect and carefree lives. Jesus warns all followers of all times that He was persecuted by the world, so we should expect no less.  People will bully and abuse us, and Satan will continue to tempt us away from God, if possible.  Our souls yearn for God, but our bodies, those soft machines, are not firm against sin.  They are not solid against death.

We exist somewhere in between our soul and soft machine as the spiritual pulls us toward God and our desire to be perfect as He would have us be, and the body pulls us toward sin, where Satan wants to destroy us. That is where we live and struggle to resist falling away from God.

When I was young I thought of growing old / Of what my life would mean to me

We always wonder when young what the future will bring. We usually dream of success in marriage, family, and career/money

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Farther down their chosen road…

Would I have followed down my chosen road / Or only wished what I could be

 

Now that I’m old, now that my choices have been made, can I look back and say I’m glad of my life? Or am I grieved over a life wasted?  Am I on the right road or have I blown it?

*CHORUS* – Kyrie Eleison Down the road that I must travel Kyrie Eleison Through the darkness of the night Kyrie Eleison Where I’m going will you follow Kyrie Eleison On a highway in the night

Faint on tthe RoadWe all have regrets, either over the road we’ve chosen or over some of the – lane changes? – while on our road. Even the best of lives contain sin and the resulting regrets.  All we can do is to cry out, “Lord have mercy!”  And it’s never too late to change roads!!

But here’s the real trick. We don’t just cry out in regret, but also in hope!  Prayer and God’s strength are a preventative and not just a cure!  We cry out for His mercy and protection as we move along the road that we must certainly travel, whether due to our own bad choices or simply the trials of being on the right road toward God.  Even in the darkness of this world we can call out for His light and be guided.  And it is definitely dark; much darker than most of us suspect, I fear.Hughway to a Storm

Finally, Jesus asks us if we are willing to follow where He goes on the highway in this current night. Hopefully, prayerfully, I trust we will respond –

KYRIE ELEISON!!

Read more: Mr. Mister – Kyrie Eleison Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Watch the concert video on YouTube.

leisure-suitFor those who remember this song, I hope your enjoyed this walk down memory lane. For the youngsters, what can I say?  Enjoy the song!  And don’t hold leisure suits against the entire decade, ok?

60

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.    Psalm 90:10

Old ManToday is my birthday. In previous years I could keep telling myself that 30 is the new 20, 40 is the new 30, etc.  Now that I’m here, 60 is just 60.  My doc put the fear in me over my current state of health, which is tough, because even after my double bypass I got back into cardio and weights.  Then a layoff and more major surgery.  The wheels have sort of come off.  With my scars I could get body double work on the next Frankenstein movie!

I know; there’s someone out there older than I thinking I’m stupid; 60 isn’t THAT old.

Yeah? Well, it’s the oldest I’ve ever been, so bear with me.

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I remember having a motorcycle in my 20’s. I was visiting some church friends and there was this old guy there (62) who was admiring my ride.  I ended up talking him into going for a spin.  It was just a slow roll through the neighborhood, but when he got off you’d think he’d just done a jump with ol’ Knievel on the Vegas strip.

 

I know I can still hop on one and scream down the road. I don’t have one, because, well, have you seen how people drive these days?!?

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The VTX 1800 I had till 2008

Fortunately, my mind feels a lot younger than my body. I still have the occasional “What IS it with kids these days??” moments, but it’s true.  When people tell me they don’t think I’m that old, I sometimes think they’re making a maturity comment.  Hey, I’ll take what I can get.

 

God has seen fit to open my eyes to a lot of things that I never knew about the Bible, history, and prophecy. There haven’t been any mystical revelations other than me continuing to stumble into resources that have taught me a ton!

I’ve been putting together a Sunday morning series, Creation to Completion, Genesis through Revelation, to portray the arc of history and on through prophecy.

Then the youth leader took a trip to Haiti with some of the youth, and he asked me to teach his class the last two Sundays for those that didn’t go. It was very short notice; the Thursday before!  So I figured I’d give C to C a trial run.

The kids have really gotten into it, and I pitched Chris on letting me continue it indefinitely. I hope and pray he says yes!  I’ve gotten excited, they’re excited, and I’m teaching them stuff that I wish I had known somewhere well before 60!

The thing is, while the body is winding down, I feel like my spiritual life is gearing up. I don’t feel old when I’m with these kids.  I get excited to give them a better start in really knowing God’s Word past the familiar Bible stories.

So here’s to 60. I could be wrong – I often am! – but I feel like God’s going to keep the ol’ machine sputtering along for a bit longer.  It might take some supernatural duct tape and super glue, but it seems I still have work to do; work that I’m really juiced about!!

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Pay it forward!!

What Do You Know?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.    James 1:17

NikitaI ‘ve been watching an action/spy/thriller series. Twists and turns and surprising new information from one character to another keep the thing interesting and moving along.

“Didn’t she tell you she was the one who…KILLED YOUR FATHER?!?”

Dum, dum, duuuummmmmmm!

Was it the truth or a lie? Both the character and I are cast adrift on a foreign landscape and only because we didn’t know a truth.  Or we were lied to.

I’ve experienced this in life also. I thought I knew things, but then heard the rest of the story.  Certain ideals have been shattered, decisions regretted, and allegiances up in smoke.

I’ve been battling heat disease for decades. Originally, salt is bad.  Eggs are bad.  Fatty meat is bad.  Bacon is bad (oh, the horror!).baconloversday

Now? Salt is good; I’ll need it for the water weight my new diet is going to shrink a lot.  Eggs, meat, and other natural fats – including dairy – are all good.  They help with brain function.

Warm roles at the steakhouse with honey butter are still bad, but everything else has flipped, so why not that eventually?

Drug BottlesMy drugs. I donated a lot of blood through the years until the drugs started.  Now I’m a walking pharmacy.  If you have run out of your own heart and blood pressure meds for a few days, well, stretch that arm out, and let me give you a transfusion.

The statin I was taking for years almost killed me in 2012. The new one has been shown to have zero effect on preventing heart attacks in cardiac patients.  My Niacin pills?  Over-priced.  I can get the same niacin supplement at Amazon for a fraction of the cost.  Blood pressure?  Someone goofed there too.

So thank God my GP found those spots on my thyroid during my yearly physical recently. He referred me to an endocrinologist, who does a complete drug review and puts the fear of God in me regarding my current state of health.  But that’s a good thing, right?  Without the spotty thyroid, I wouldn’t have gotten these corrections from a specialist. “All things work together for good for them that love God.”

And the thyroid spots? No problem.  They’re very small right now, not even warranting a biopsy.  I go back in 6 months to see if they have changed at all.  There’s only a 10% chance they’ll ever develop cancer.  And if they do, the success rate is 95%.

Prescription-Medication-Side-Effects-T-ShirtStill, I was pretty well in the dumps after the appointment. So many drugs, so many nonsensical names, so many LISTS!  If you know anything about actors, of which I used to be one, you know we hate lists.  This guy had turned my knowledge package completely upside down. and he was using a lot of really long words to do it.  My brain literally started to lock up: “Can’t hear you!  Not listening!  You lost me at the first word with more than six syllables!”

Have I ever told you that I hate change? I do.  Change is a very bad thing!  Furniture?  I have it all in an optimum configuration.  It can’t get any better than that, so LEAVE IT ALONE!!

Welcome to my world.

Fortunately, God is very steady, very reliable, and He – this is critical – DOES. NOT.  CHANGE.  EVER!!  God tells me I’m forgiven for all of the stupid, sinful choices I make, and that’s that.  If I dream up a new one and do that too, I’m still covered.  By the blood of the Lamb, Jesus.  God’s Word is His bond, and He’s never gone back on it.  Never!Cross

Being There

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.    John 17:20-21

TV_Teacher_logo_final__2_People have been telling me for years that automation, remote/online classes, and the internet are better than classrooms and live instructors. And even though that’s the way of things now, I still call bullshit on it all.  It isn’t an education.  It’s hoop-jumping to get a certificate to get a job.  Sure; you learn stuff, but a real education is about process and learning how to think!  It’s more than facts and figures.

facebook_twitter_updates_Social media. It can be a useful tool for staying in touch when miles come between you, loved ones, and friends.  It isn’t something I spend a lot of time on, though.  It can be a barrier as much as a communication line; insecurity because someone appears to be cooler or having a better time than you.  We feel anger and frustration that someone seems to be showing off.  We get no body language or tone of voice to tell us the rest of the story.

Nothing replaces being there. I can prove it too.

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NOT on the selector list.  *sigh*

I’m factory rep.  Sales.  I have a company car, a company Amex card, and company cell phone.  I’m in the top tier of the rewards program at my chosen hotel chain.  It’s been years since I’ve had to pay for a hotel room on a vacation.  All that is just another way of saying that I don’t get to spend as much time at home as I do out of town.  Why?

 

No matter how much they bluster and promote online training for employees, companies know that when it really counts, being there is less expensive than losing the sale by remote. It costs a ton of money to keep a sales force on the road. Every time I get on a plane, I guarantee it’ll be $1000 minimum on my expense report that week; hotels, food, rental car, gas for it, and, of course, air fare.

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Angioplasty is for sissies

I had bypass surgery in 2003. During recovery I had the overwhelming need to see people in person.  Until I got to every one of my friends to hug them, smile with them, and talk to their faces I couldn’t rest.

 

That’s why Jesus came to earth as one of us. He’s not a remote God.  He came here to experience a life of perfection in a world of sin.  He wanted, needed to be here to identify with us first-hand.  He needed to be sin for us to redeem us from eternal damnation.  He wants us all to be there with Him for eternity.

He wants a perfect union with and between all of us and the Father; to all be one with Him. He wants to BE.  He wants us to BE.  Here and there.  He wants us all to fill the emptiness of life without Him in oneness with the Father.

Adam and Eve

Nothin’ but love…

I posted What Did They Do? In May.  I was wondering what they must have done in Eden.  No internet.  No music.  No games.  No sporting events.  No books.  No restaurants.  No amusement parks.  It was just them, the animals, and God.  In Eden.  No distractions.  Just a perfect garden, animals to play with, and the unfiltered presence of God to occupy their minds and time.  They filled their time with just…

 

Being There!