Here We Go Again

I was feeling good after finishing a 15 day treatment of Prednisone for bronchitis. I thought okay the coast is clear for a while. I started to feel a little of something starting up and went to the doctor in hopes of changing my asthma medicine to prevent problems. I got there and, well, something was noticed.

This is how I normally look. I tend to keep my tan on my face all year. I get that from my father who always had a tanned face. The problem with that is sometimes what would be obvious for other people is not so easily noticed on me. But Monday when I went to the doctor I looked like this.

I had a pink rash on my nose and cheeks. The PA didn’t notice until she looked more closely because it doesn’t show as much on me. When she looked closer she said, :”That is a sign of inflammation.” So instead of walking out with a prescription for a different inhaler, I walked out with a prescription for 15 more days of Prednisone. Yippee.

So here we go again. By the time I finish this 15 days, it will total to 35 days out of 40.

But Jesus is giving me strength. I have not missed teaching a class the whole time. I have been able to also be there for my weekend groups,. visit people in their homes, so in other words- Jesus has given me the strength to keep going with teaching and ministry.

Fortunately, Thursday and Friday will be fall break for my morning class, so I can sleep in, get more rest, and be ready to go. I hope. Anyone living with chronic illness can tell you that one never knows how one will be day to day.

The one thing I know for sure is that Jesus is with me to give me strength. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Mountains

I was at the coffee shop yesterday and saw a young woman studying. I asked her what she was studying. She told me for her EMT license test. I told her if she ever comes to pick me up to go to the hospital to stop for ice cream for me on the way. I like to have my bases covered. ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t like going to doctors but living with chronic illness means I have to sometimes. I met an old man in Brazil who doesn’t like doctors either.

This picture is of me with a 92 year old man I met on a mountain in Brazil. I taught English in Brazil for five weeks in the summer of 2015. One of my students took me to see a small waterfall. As we were walking to it, we ran into the older gentleman. The first thing he said to us was, “I don’t want to go to any doctor.”

We talked with him a little and after reassuring him we wouldn’t take him to a doctor and that we only wanted to see the waterfall, he smiled. He told us last year his daughter picked him up and took him to the doctor. He didn’t like it.

At 92 years old and having lived on the mountain as a caretaker most of his life. I thought-“He doesn’t need a doctor. Just enjoy the rest of his life.”

What is it about mountains that make us feel close to God? Mountains represent various things in the bible. I love what Psalm 125 says:

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.”

Feeling overwhelmed? The Lord surrounds you ๐Ÿ™‚

Feeling hopeless? The Lord surrounds you ๐Ÿ™‚

Feeling anxious? The Lord surrounds you ๐Ÿ™‚

Feeling alone? The Lord surrounds you ๐Ÿ™‚

Sharing an oldie but goodie worship song- As the mountains surround Jerusalem.

Thank you for reading. God bless.

Visits by Jesus after His Resurrection- Thomas’s Doubts

Some nicknames are fun ones for people such as Magic Johnson, Air Jordan etc. Some celebrities are known by their first or last name such as Bono of U-2. Some people are called by nicknames they really don’t like but the nicknames seem to stick. One of Jesus’ followers has been known by a one time flaw for centuries. Thomas was a follower of Jesus who had some doubts regarding the resurrection of Jesus. Because of Thomas having doubts we have the phrase Doubting Thomas which no one wants to be called.

Thomas had heard from the other disciples that they had seen Jesus after His resurrection, but Thomas did not believe them. He told the other disciples, โ€œUnless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.โ€ It is easy for us who are living 2,000 years later and have the benefit of reading the story to perhaps be critical of Thomas and his doubts, but lets put ourselves in his place. Thomas saw Jesus get arrested and knew Jesus had died. Thomas knew Jesus had been buried in a tomb with a huge stone rolled in front of it to close it. It had been an immensely emotional ordeal for all of the followers of Jesus and Thomas experienced it all first hand and now the other followers are claiming to have seen Jesus. How many of us would have had doubts too?

Jesus appeared to the disciples in dramatic fashion to perhaps get Thomas’s attention. We see in John 20ย  “And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, โ€œPeace to you!โ€ 27ย Then He said to Thomas, โ€œReach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.โ€ Thomas had the proof he needed to respond in faith by proclaiming “My Lord my God!” Jesus replied, “because you have seen you believe. Blessed are those who believe and have not seen.”

How often do we face difficult times and faith seems far from us? How often do we doubt the goodness of God when we go through a hardship? We can stop and reflect on the fact that Jesus took on our biggest problem by defeating death and take encouragement from His resurrection.