Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 11, 2017

The Near Journal – Review

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The Near Journal/ Draw Near Co.

Pre-Order Price: $24.99
Regular Price: $26.99

The Near Journal is flexible; and can be used with normal bible reading or it can also be used as a complement to a themed/topical bible study. The Near Journal helps people read the bible, journal their thoughts, experience personal growth in an area important to them, express daily gratitude, track and see how God answers their prayers, and helps them memorize scripture – all in an easy to use 90 day journal.

I am a devotional journal junkie!  I absolutely love devotional journals that point me back to the truth of God’s Word.  I do not like devotional journals that spoon-feed me God’s Word.  So if you are like me and love to have a guide along with you as you study God’s Word for yourself, I’ve found the perfect journal just for you!  The Near Journal .

My favorite feature of the The Near Journal is that it helps you stay on track and focused as you study the Bible.  It was so hard to choose just one feature that was my favorite as the The Near Journal has tons of features at your fingertips every time you open it up.  Let’s say you’ve chosen your word for 2018 or you decide you want to focus on a specific topic within Scripture.  Let’s choose – Grace – The Near Journal allows you to focus on a Word, Topic or verse for 90 days as it guides you through your study time.  What an organization tool.  It takes all the guess work out of how to study God’s Word.  But don’t let that fool you The Near Journal is for beginners as well as seasoned Bible study students. 

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The Near Journal also features:

  • Blank lined pages in the back for note taking.
  • 16 of the blank pages are perforated, so you can easily tear out a note if you are on the go.
  • Pocket inside back cover used to hold additional pieces of paper, church bulletins, or note cards.
  • Commit to reading the Bible for yourself.
  • Keep a record of what you’ve read and how it has changed your life.  God’s Word calls us to be hearers as well as doers.
  • Journal your thoughts, ideas and anything that stands out to you.
  • See personal growth in areas that are important to you.
  • Record your daily gratitude and reverence to the Lord.
  • Record, Journal and track your prayers.
  • Memorize Scripture.

As you can tell I absolutely love The Near Journal. Finally a place for all my Bible study information, a place to journal, a place to study, a place to track my prayers, gratitude, sermon notes whatever my heart desires this book can contain.  I love the fact that it will become a legacy that I can pass down to my children.  They can have all my old journals to see how their mother spent time in the Lord’s presence.

I give The Near Journal a five stars out of five.  I will definitely recommend this to all my friends and church family.

To learn more about The Near Journal and Draw Near Co., visit the website or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

You can order your copy of The Near Journal  HERE.

Until Next Time,

M

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received this book from CWA through The Draw Near Co., to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 1, 2017

Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill Book Review

Redeeming Ruth is the inspirational, true story of an abandoned baby, a devastating diagnosis, and the way God loves broken, hurting people through us–even though we may be broken and hurt, too.

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When Meadow met her, Ruth was a sixteen-month-old child that some church friends were hosting from an orphanage in Uganda. She had cerebral palsy and was so weak she couldn’t lift her head. Meadow had always felt a call to adopt, but was this what God meant? Part family drama, part travel adventure, and part memoir, Redeeming Ruth is a heartwarming, against-all-odds story about the most unlikely pairing of a typical American family and a physically challenged orphaned girl from Uganda. Much more than an adoption story, this book explores what happens when we sacrificially reach out and share God’s love with others.

Ruth’s story will inspire families considering adoption, people raising or teaching children with special needs, caregivers, and those grieving the loss of a loved one, ministering to people with disabilities, or striving to serve God despite their own wounded hearts and broken dreams.

Features:
• Includes a Reader’s Guide at the end of the book for each chapter for group discussion or personal reflection.
• An eight-page insert with personal photos will be included.
All personal proceeds from this book benefit orphans and people with disabilities in Uganda.

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About Meadow Rue Merrill:
Meadow Rue Merrill is an award-winning journalist who has spent the following eight years corresponding for The Boston Globe and writing for The New York Times, Harvard University, and The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine. She has regular columns with The Portland Press Herald and Down East magazine.

I was a little skeptical to review this book when I first came across it.  But I gave in to the nudge that I received and requested to review it.  I was skeptical, because ever since me and my husband found out after our third child that I could have no more children, I’ve wanted to adopt.  I love babies, children all shapes and sizes.  For years after we received this devastating news, I searched the face of every child I came into contact with.  I asked myself  “Is that the one?  Lord?”  I searched adoption websites until I found one that I thought would be a perfect match for our family.  But…I never took the final step, I don’t know if it was God stopping me each time, but my arms are still empty longing for a child to cuddle.

This book is a very fast read, but contains so many lessons that the Lord wants to reveal to us.  I definitely will be reading this book again as you can not possibly grasp all the Lord has for you in one reading.  Faith is interwoven throughout each page, how we have to have faith and use it to keep on the path that the Lord has laid before us.

One thing that I discovered as I was reading this book was just how selfish I am.  When I read the story of Ruth and her adoptive mom, it became evident that I was not the person that God wanted me to be.  I am selfish and for that I had to confess and ask the Lord to help me put other’s before myself.  I mean after all I have a roof over my head, food on my table and clothes on my back not to mention the closet full.  This heartfelt journey in Redeeming Ruth will cut right to your heart and it helps you see where the Word of God meets real life.  Don’t be surprised to discover more of yourself as you take this journey with Ruth from Uganda to the United States and back again.

Redeeming Ruth can be purchased here at the best price (I receive no commission or any compensation whatsoever for this link).

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received this book from CWA through Hendrikson Publishers to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 24, 2017

She Reads Truth Bible Review & Giveaway!

I have followed She Reads Truth for at least 4 years!  So I was so excited when I heard they were going to come out with a Bible.  If you are not familiar with She Reads Truth just do a search for their name and you’ll find out all about them.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Every year I read through the Bible in a year and I like to use a new Bible each year.  I usually wreck a Bible in a year, I mean that in a good way.  I use highlighters, I underline, color code and write notes all through out my yearly Bible.  I decided to begin a little early with using my She Reads Truth Bible as I wanted to do a study in James with an online Bible study group I belong too.  I recently discovered Bible journaling and even though I am not all that artistic I have come up with my own method to allow me to seep in the Word.

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The Bible that I received from B&H Publishing through Front Gate Media to review is a hardcover which will hold up very well through a whole year of hard use.  I usually take my yearly Bible with me everywhere.  I throw it in my tote and it goes all over with me, so I need a durable Bible that can withstand a year of Melissa.  I think this Bible will last more than a year, I have been tossing it around in my tote bag and in my car for about a month and it doesn’t even have a mark on it.   The color of the Bible I was sent is called Poppy Linen.  I have to say it is a unique color, probably not a color I would of picked for myself as I am more a purple fan, but it a vibrant color.

This Bible has two ribbon bookmarks.  Which is a feature that I love.  When I am studying I am always looking for something to mark my place so I can turn some where else in the Bible and I usually end up using what is close at hand which can leave stains in your Bible.  So with two ribbon bookmarks, you can do all your studying without losing your place. The She Reads Truth Bible comes in the Christian Standard Bible version.  This was the first time I have ever used this version and I find it very readable.  It is easy to read and understand what you are reading.

Another feature that stands out to me about the She Reads Truth Bible is that it is unlined.  Since I am new to Bible journaling and not very artistic I like to have wide open spaces to journal in or to trace into.  This Bible makes it so tempting to take notes in.  I am a big note taker and this Bible just begs to be wrote in with all it is wide open space.

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Another feature that makes this Bible unique is that it contains the She Reads Truth Bible reading plan in the back of the Bible and each book of the Bible has a reading plan listed after the introduction to that book.   I love the book introductions for each book of the Bible much like a study Bible.  Timelines, reading plans and maps are a few more features that I have come to love as I use this Bible.  So basically you won’t need a million books with you when you study your Bible for yourself.  This Bible is pretty all inclusive.

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Now for the best part, you can win one of these She Reads Truth Bibles.   This is an amazing.   They are giving away 7 copies.  So delay enter today and you might be one of the seven.  Please visit: Win a She Reads Truth Bible by clicking on the link highlighted here.

Product description:  https://youtu.be/jrvnRyBR3Tc The She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of “Women in the Word of God every day.” The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.

Features include: almost 200 devotionals, 66 artist-designed key verses, 35 full-color timelines, 20 full-color maps, 11 full-color charts, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, carefully curated topical index, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking.   Here is a purchase link: http://shereadstruthbible.com

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received this Bible from B&H Publishing through Front Gate Media to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Diving deeper into God's Word can be easy and rewarding if you break it down book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic with the new KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God's Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and
grow in your relationship with Christ.

This fall, become a regular student of the Bible and enter to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of the KJV Know The Word Study Bible
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A Kindle Fire case (winner’s choice)

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on
October 31.
 The winner will be announced November 1 on the Litfuse blog.

 I was given the opportunity to review this Bible by Litfuse Publicity.  All opinions stated herein are my own and I was not paid nor required to write a favorable review.

Ask anyone and they will tell you that I love Bibles.  I love to collect them, use them, smell them ( yes, you read that right),  color in them, write in them and share them with others.  So I was overjoyed when I was given the opportunity to review the  KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson.

I have been using the KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson in my morning quiet time with the Lord.  Each morning I spend time reading the Bible and writing down the things that standout to me, a new thing, an old thing and something I can use to apply to my life.  This Bible makes it so easy for me to study out the parts I do not understand, to find answers to my questions and to go deeper if need be.  One thing I like to do during my quiet time is to compare different translations of the Bible for the Scripture passage that I am reading.  This helps me to better understand the passages.

I absolutely love that each book is broken down into topics and notes that help with understanding what you’re studying.  What an eye opener for me.  I no longer have to have my smartphone by my side to look up things on other apps, no longer have to deal with the distractions from the phone.

I would definitely recommend this Bible for anyone looking to learn, read and grow from God’s Word.

Until Next Time,

M


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | May 5, 2017

Armed With Truth Tattoos Review

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About these tattoos!  I want to share with you about Armed for Truth a company that makes and sells temporary Scripture tattoos.  These temporary tattoos with Scripture on them are press-on decal/water transfer tattoos.  These tattoos do not contain any henna.  The tattoo is an image printed on water-permeable paper. The paper is placed ink-side down and when moisture is applied the image transfers to the skin. The FDA requires that decal-type tattoos use only pigments that have been approved for use in cosmetics; this means they are non-toxic and non-allergenic. They are easily removed with rubbing alcohol or baby oil. If decal temporary tattoos are legally sold in the United States, then their color additives have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as cosmetics. This means the FDA has determined they are safe for “direct dermal contact.”  Everyone one of our tattoos is made in the United States and complies with all safety requirements and regularly undergoes testing.

I love the fact that Armed With Truth makes Scripture into tattoos.  I can carry the Word of God on my arm, leg or where ever my imagination takes me with these Scripture tattoos!  You should of seen my three girls faces when I opened the review package.  I am firmly against tattoos of the permanent kind.  Why?  Because it is my personal conviction that God created me just exactly as He wanted me and nothing I can do will improve that.  I believe that God does not make mistakes or create junk.  Now this is my personal conviction and if you don’t feel the same I respect your opinion.  Side note:  I don’t wear makeup either, just saying.

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Awesome features:

On the Armed for Truth site which you can access by clicking on their name anywhere within this post they have many different options to choose from.  Which is an added benefit.  I was given the Transformed Mind which includes 10 Scripture tattoos in the NIV for your mind and thoughts to be redeemed from God’s very own Word.

The lasting effect of the tattoo once it has been properly applied (see website or verse packs for instructions) is truly amazing.  I live in the South, specifically the Sunshine state and it is hot, humid and you are always sweating.  My tattoo lasted through the first hot summer day and what truly amazed me it lasted through 2 showers too.  So if you are looking for a product that gives you God’s Word and has sticking power and does not need to be reapplied each day these are your tattoo’s.

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Melissa’s Musings:

If you have kids like I do then you know that kids and tattoos go together like America and apple pie.  My kids are always applying tattoos and now I can supply them with God’s Word to apply to their little bodies.  What a great memorization reminder.  My girls used their pack of Transformed Mind tattoos to aid in their Scripture memorization.  I used the Designer tattoos to remind me that I have access to God’s Word anytime and to not take that for granted.

Overall, the Armed For Truth tattoos were a hit in our household and I am definitely getting more to help us with remembering to think on God’s Word throughout our day.

I have a special discount code that you can use as a reader/subscriber to my blog so hop on over to Armed For Truth and check them out for yourself and be sure to tell them Melissa’s Musings sent you.  Save 20% off your order today by using coup on code : hugapoo

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received these tattoos from Front Gate Media to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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Posted by: hugapoohlouise | May 3, 2017

Grief….

I have been struggling with grief since December for the reason behind this grief check out my previous post it is just too hard to write again.

I have been spending a season saturating myself in the Word of God and seeking His rest.  My life is not the same, nor will it ever be and I don’t want it to be, I want it to be soaked in Jesus.

I have been playing around with my counselor with words because after all I love to write, journal so she has me putting words together to try to describe what I am feeling within my soul, so please be gentle when you read these words, I am not a poet, I am just a child of God who is walking through a valley.

Grief is like an ocean wave

Relentless.

Powerful…

Rolling over my soul when I least expect it,

Eroding pieces of me with every crashing wave.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 27, 2017

‘The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible’ Grow in the Word Giveaway

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ABOUT THIS BIBLE:
The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, March 2017)

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.

Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

—Beautiful full-color design throughout
—Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
—Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
—Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
—Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
—Book introductions and outlines
—Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
—Quotes from godly women throughout history
—Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
—Topical index
—Concordance

Learn more and purchase a copy.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER:

In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God’s Word.

MELISSA’S MUSINGS:

I have to say this first, this is a beautiful Bible.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a Bible that is so bright, vibrant and beautiful.  I love it.  When I first opened the Bible I was nervous, it was so pretty, I did not think I would be able to carry it with me.  How could I get it dirty?  How could I write on the pages?  But it only took opening the Bible for the first time and then I knew that I did not want to be without this Bible.  I just love all the full color features and not to mention this Bible makes me feel like a queen.

This Bible is perfect for any woman.  It is tailored more toward women with the beautiful full color designs, biological portraits of over 100 women and too many to count study notes.  Also included are essays by other women for women in a full range of topics.  But don’t worry you don’t have to sacrifice Bible study tools just to have a beautiful Bible.  This Bible includes as you’ve seen above all the bells, whistles and buzzers you need to study the Bible yourself.

Be sure to keep reading to find out how you can get your very own copy!

Until Next time,

M

You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart’s spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received this Bible from Litfuse Group to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I received this book to review.  I received no compensation for writing this review nor was I required to write a favorable review.  All opinions are my own based on reading the book.  Enjoy!

This is only the second Craig Groeschel book I’ve read.  I have to say I find it very hard to read his books.  I find it hard to comprehend what he is trying to say.  He jumps around  from place to place and never fully answers the questions or thought he is presenting.  If you can get through this problem with his books you can glean helpful items, but only if you are willing to commit to searching them out and forming them into complete thoughts.  When I read his first book, I thought it could of been the subject matter that made it so hard to understand, but after reading the second book, I can honestly say it is his writing style.

I do not like to read a book that does not fully inform.   I do not like reading subject matter that tickles the ears rather than fills the heart with a desire to go deeper.  These are just my honest opinions.  If you read the book and are able to glean more than I did, then the authors mission was accomplished.

Divine Direction is not a book that will physically rescue you, if you are willing to do your research it will serve as a guide to help you through situations you are facing.  The main objective of the book is the seven steps that will take you through to the end of your life, so you can look back with a fondness that you’ve done all you could.  No regrets.

I was able to glean from the book that it basically boils down to your decisions lead you and you want to make sure that you make wise decisions.  I agree with the premise, but I think as I’ve stated above the author could of done of a better job of presenting the material in an understandable manner.

If you are a new Christian, I would not recommend this book to you.  Due to the way the message is presenting I feel it would confuse you.  But, if you’ve been a Christian for awhile and have a well rounded grasp of the Word of God than I would recommend the book.

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received one book series Horses and Friends from Litfuse Publicity Group and David C Cook to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 13, 2017

Hello, stranger….

It seems the reoccurring theme of each blog post in the last year and a half has been me apologizing for my absence. No more. I operate on God’s time and if He gives me something to post, I post. After all, obedience brings blessings.

It has been a long time and so much has happened. I don’the even know where to start. My life dramatically changed last July. A phone call from my dad who was on vacation changed my life in the blink of an eye. My dad was 1,400 miles away and was very ill. He refused to seek medical attention away from home, so my brother was bringing him home. Needless to say my mind went into overdrive. When you only get part of the story because your dad hates doctor’s and anything medical, add in the fact that he is your dad and refuses to make you worry. It is a recipe for disaster and the enemy uses it to his advantage. For 20 hours my heart, soul and mind were in agony worrying about my dad. Prayers were said and requested.

Until finally, they pulled into the driveway and you got the full story, which really didn’t put your mind at ease.  So the next day we went to the emergency room to try to get answers.  Since I am only his daughter they usually don’t let me go to triage with him.  Until, they start asking questions and he doesn’t give the answers they need to hear.  Then they find me.  It only took me counting to 10 this time.  Once we had them informed of his history and symptoms and they hooked him up to monitors we had a fast trip to the back, no waiting in the waiting room for us.  Apparently, his heart rate was very, very high.

To make a long story short we ended up spending a long time in the hospital in the cardiac ward, my father was a very sick man who refused to admit it.  Once we got to the bottom of the diagnoses and started treatment it was a very scary.  We heard words like living will, advanced directives, life support, etc.  As I sat by each day unable to do anything for him and he steadily got worse, my prayers became more urgent.  When we were discharged it was mainly because he did not want to be there anymore.  He was not allowed to drive or do any strenuous activity.  Well, even though my dad was in his late 80’s he was an active person, he drove himself and cared for his mini farm.  He just could not comprehend why he wasn’t bouncing back as he called it.

After three more hospital stays that ended up being weeks at a time, we were told the dreaded words that no daughter wants to hear.  They basically gave him six months to live.  So in September I went out on medical leave from work to be his caretaker.  My uncle his brother came not long after and my dad’s step son was also a great help in caring for my dad.  We took one day at a time and prayed for more.

In December 2016, right before Christmas my father passed away.  He  passed into glory to be with His Savior that he just met in November.  Praise God he was able to meet Jesus while there was still breath in his lungs.

I don’t care what people, experts say that time heals all wounds.  That is not true.  Each day is a struggle.  After caring for someone so long that your whole entire life changes you just don’t know what to do next.  Do you pick up where you left off?  Do you start all over again?  Without your biggest fan on the sidelines cheering you on?  So I did the only thing I knew to do.  I sought the Lord.  I needed to know what His plan was for me.

The Lord was with me through it all, and I would not of made it without Him.  He showed me what to do and how to do it with the love of Jesus overflowing in my life.  I am still seeking the Lord and His will for my life.

I am committed to resume blogging as I know the Lord wants me to share Jesus on each and every page.  I am not committed to a certain number of blog posts per week, month or year.  I will post as God leads and I faithful follow.

I am so glad that each of my readers is along with me for the journey.

Until Next Time,

M

 

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | June 1, 2016

Hello June!

I can hardly believe that we are in June already, where has this year gone?  I feel like I’ve missed a few months, how about you?

My kids are out for summer vacation, they get out of school in early May and life takes a hectic turn or should I say more hectic.  I am so glad that homework, research papers, exams and early bedtimes are over, can I get an amen? I love summer as it stays light longer and we can log more outside hours.  This summer we are getting fit together as a family.  In my previous blog posts I share how I have been on journey to get healthy.  I started in June 2014 and currently I am less 40 pounds and counting.  So I guess there is less of me and more of my Heavenly Father. But the benefits are awesome.  I have more energy, stamina and for the first time in a long time life is more enjoyable. I know what your thinking how did I do it?

Well, I didn’t join a fancy gym.  I didn’t buy into the latest weight loss fad, I didn’t drink the shake or take the pill.  I did it the old fashioned way with what I had on hand at the time.  I got up off the sofa one day and started walking.  Walking and walking.  With each step that I took I had a vision of Forrest Gump in my head as he ran back and forth across America.  In the beginning this old body of mine could only last 10 minutes but I kept on pushing.  Then I worked up to 15 minutes a day and soon I was seeing 30 minutes a day and then I stopped looking at the minutes and paid attention to the ground I was covering.  The steps turned into miles and once I hit the four mile marker I started jogging.  I know right?  Who would of though since I have such a strong aversion to sweating.  Sweat I did in the good old Florida sunshine.  So I started over since I was now jogging, I did five, ten and then twenty and thirty minutes until I stopped counting the minutes and started counting the miles.  They add up fast.

I’ve had a few setbacks along the way with sickness and life in general got in the way.  But one thing I can tell you is that when I am not exercising I am not happy.  My stress level overcomes my attitude.  I don’t sleep as well and I am irritable.  When I exercise each day I sleep better and it improves my attitude and outlook on all things.  One thing that my exercise has really helped is my prayer life.  While I am walking or jogging or riding my bike I am praying.  Having a constant conversation with My Savior.  I can’t do it without Him and I give Him all the praise and glory for it.  He started me on this journey and He will see me through it.  I pray for everything and anything.  For His Will, my life, my family, friends and my church.  Anything that comes to mind I pray about and it has really helped draw me closer to Him.  You would be totally surprised how much you can say and seek for in a mile or even ten minutes.  Problems that were before me that appeared as tall as mountains are reduced to mole hills when you pray and seek Him.  What an awesome opportunity He has given me to reach out to Him in mind, body and spirit.

So this summer my blog maybe sparse, but you can find me walking, jogging or biking around the sunshine state mostly confined to 20 acres but I’ve come to know every inch of those 20 acres like I’ve come to know my Heavenly Father better.  I challenge you, get up off that sofa and out from that book, television or whatever is distracting you this summer and take that first step.  Believe me, it is not easy most days as your muscles ache and the cramps set in or as the sweat stings your eyes.  But one thing I know it is worth it.  I also challenge you to cry out to God,  lift your voice as you lift yourself to Him.  If you don’t know Him, I challenge you to meet Him and find out the truth that is just waiting for you to discover about Him.  Surrender to Him and make Him Lord.

I’d love to hear from you if you are taking your first step toward a healthy life or if you are taking that first step into God’s waiting arms.  Drop me a line and we can virtually walk together.

I am not a licensed fitness coach or physician I recommend you check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program first.  As your doctor know you and can give you medical advice I can not, nor do I claim too.

Until Next Time,

M

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