Cherish & Devoted

Devoted

So I asked our small group for a word that meant something to them and I would write about it. The two words that I got were Cherish and Devoted. Both of these words describe a special relationship – one that is above others, one where people treat each other with respect and they nurture the relationship. This is what I want with my relationship with God – he already cherishes and is devoted to me – how can I improve and nurture my relationship to him?

CHERISH
Deuteronomy 7:6
Do this because you are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure.

Proverbs 19:8
The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

Psalm 119:41-48
Let your love, God, shape my life with salvation, exactly as you promised; Then I’ll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted your Word. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever— your commandments are what I depend on. Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me, guard it now, guard it ever; And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom; Then I’ll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them! — relishing every fragment of your counsel.

Jude 1:3-4
[Fight with All You Have in You] Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.

cher•ish ˈCHeriSH/ verb: cherish;
1. protect and care for (someone) lovingly.
“he cared for me beyond measure and cherished me in his heart”
synonyms: adore, hold dear, love, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire; More
think the world of, set great store by, hold in high esteem;
care for, tend to, look after, protect, preserve, keep safe
“a woman he could cherish”
o hold (something) dear. “I cherish the letters she wrote”
synonyms: treasure, prize, value highly, hold dear
“I cherish her letters”
o keep (a hope or ambition) in one’s mind.
“he had long cherished a secret fantasy about his future”
synonyms: harbor, entertain, possess, hold (on to), cling to, keep in one’s mind, foster, nurture “they cherished dreams of glory”
God cherishes us so much! Do we cherish him? Think about your favorite possession or family and how truly special it is to you. I have a cross that I got on my Emmaus walk and I carry it with me always. It is special because I know that every one of our leaders were praying for me during our sessions and they took turns passing it around to ensure that I was being prayed for the entire time of our walk. Just knowing that people cared and they prayed for me will be something that I will cherish forever. I want to commit my life to cherish God more than I have. I take him for granted so often. I want to treat him with that special love and honor him and nurture our relationship!
Devoted – very loving or loyal. “he was a devoted husband”
synonyms: loyal, faithful, true, staunch, steadfast, constant, committed, dedicated, devout; More fond, loving, affectionate, caring, admiring
“a devoted follower of the writer”
• given over to the display, study, or discussion of. “there is a museum devoted to her work”
Romans 12:10
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Job 1:8
God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”

2 Chronicles 15:7
But you, who are devoted to being with God and searching for God, be strong and do not lose courage because your actions will reap rewards.
I had never really realized how closely related cherish and devoted are. I know they are two words that I want to have for God and I am going to continue finding ways that I can really show God my love. I want to focus on him more –how about you?

Blessings…Leigh

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Palm Sunday – Jesus is treated like a King…

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Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week for Christ’s followers. On Palm Sunday Christians mark Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. I am preparing for Palm Sunday lesson for Kids Church tomorrow and did a little research. It was neat that this event would be prophesied in the Old Testament. I also find it very interesting that Jesus chose a donkey – a humble, hard working animal representing peace instead of a great horse of war like most Kings would ride on. The Israelites wanted him to rescue them from the Romans but he was there to rescue all of mankind that trusted in him. I know this had to be such a special day for Jesus and his disciples – they were finally receiving the glory and recognition they so deserved. What a special day for him….but only a week later – they yelled to crucify him and even his own disciples betrayed and denied him. We really need to study this special event and learn some lessons…

Definition of HOSANNA—used as a cry of acclamation and adoration

Hosanna is often thought of as a declaration of praise, similar to hallelujah, but it is actually a plea for salvation. The Hebrew root words are found in Psalm 118:25, which says, “Save us, we pray, O LORD!” (ESV). The Hebrew words yasha (“deliver, save”) and anna (“beg, beseech”) combine to form the word that, in English, is “hosanna.” Literally, hosanna means “I beg you to save!” or “please deliver us!”

Palm branches are a part of Christian worship on Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, as it is sometimes called. This event commemorates Jesus Christ‘s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as foretold by the prophet Zechariah. The Bible tells us people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus’ path and waved them in the air. They greeted Jesus not as the spiritual Messiah who would take away the sins of the world, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans. Their shout “Hosanna” meant “save now.” In ancient times, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory. They were often depicted on coins and important buildings. Solomon had palm branches carved into the walls and doors of the temple (1 Kings 6:29). Again at the end of the Bible, people from every nation raise palm branches to honor Jesus (Revelation 7:9). Today, many Christian churches distribute palm branches to worshipers on Palm Sunday. The people remember Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, praise him for the gift of salvation, and look expectantly to his second coming.   (Sources: gotquestions.org and scienceofcorrespondences.com.)

In the Old Testament in Zechariah 9:9 The Message – A Humble King Riding a Donkey

9-0 “Shout and cheer, Daughter Zion!
Raise the roof, Daughter Jerusalem!
Your king is coming!
a good king who makes all things right,
a humble king riding a donkey,
a mere colt of a donkey.
I’ve had it with war—no more chariots in Ephraim,
no more war horses in Jerusalem,
no more swords and spears, bows and arrows.
He will offer peace to the nations,
a peaceful rule worldwide,
from the four winds to the seven seas.

One of the few stories told in all four gospels. Here is each version. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) This was truly a significant event.

Matthew 21 The Message (MSG) – The Royal Welcome

21 1-3 When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.” -5 This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet: Tell Zion’s daughter, “Look, your king’s on his way, poised and ready, mounted On a donkey, on a colt, foal of a pack animal.” 6-9 The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!” 10 As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, “What’s going on here? Who is this?” 11 The parade crowd answered, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Mark 11 The Message (MSG) – Entering Jerusalem on a Colt

11 1-3 When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’”4-7 They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.8-10 The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in highest heaven! 11 He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve.

Luke 19 The Message – God’s Personal Visit

28-31 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘His Master needs him.’”

32-33 The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, “What are you doing untying the colt?” 34 They said, “His Master needs him.” 35-36 They brought the colt to Jesus. Then, throwing their coats on its back, they helped Jesus get on. As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street. 37-38 Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed:

Blessed is he who comes, the king in God’s name! All’s well in heaven!    Glory in the high places!

39 Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!”

40 But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

41-44 When the city came into view, he wept over it. “If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it’s too late. In the days ahead your enemies are going to bring up their heavy artillery and surround you, pressing in from every side. They’ll smash you and your babies on the pavement. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you didn’t recognize and welcome God’s personal visit.”

45-46 Going into the Temple he began to throw out everyone who had set up shop, selling everything and anything. He said, “It’s written in Scripture, My house is a house of prayer; You have turned it into a religious bazaar.” 47-48 From then on he taught each day in the Temple. The high priests, religion scholars, and the leaders of the people were trying their best to find a way to get rid of him. But with the people hanging on every word he spoke, they couldn’t come up with anything.

John 12 See How Your King Comes

12-15 The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered:

Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!

Yes! The King of Israel! Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it:

No fear, Daughter Zion:    See how your king comes,    riding a donkey’s colt.

16 The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.

17-19 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after him.”

Funny thing about Palm Sunday is that everyone praised Jesus and honored him and showed their love, but only one week later – they yelled crucify him! Many denied even knowing him – including his most beloved followers. Do we praise Jesus on Sundays and then deny him during the week? What are some things that we can do each day to show Jesus that we adore him and he is our king? So this next week is HOLY WEEK and we need to remember what Jesus did for us…Friday he stretched his Palms and had large nails pierce them with our names on them so that he could save our life. Not just mine but all that trust and believe.

Here are a few videos that I enjoy about Jesus and Palm Sunday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ23ryYK8ac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMKNbLd0dfg

Blessings…

Leigh Christian

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God Games – Simon Says? God Says!!!

Activity010aSIMON SAYS….GOD SAYS

Simon Says….I use to LOVE to play that game! You would listen really close and then do the action if “Simon” said to do it. You were not supposed to do the action if “Simon” didn’t say to do it! This game is fun and also is a great way to improve listening skills and following directions. It is a fun way for smaller kids to learn these skills. Maybe we grown-ups could learn to follow directions and listen to what God says!
You will find in Deuteronomy 13:18 “Yes. Obediently listen to God, your God. Keep all his commands that I am giving you today. Do the right thing in the eyes of God, your God.” Just like the game of Simon Says reminds us to listen and follow directions then do what was said…that is what God tells us in the Bible. Listen, follow directions then do.
DO not do things if Simon didn’t say..reminds us – don’t do things that GOD doesn’t say. We find perfect words in Romans 6:22-23 “But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.” Do not listed to sin…it lies, cheats, steals, stresses you, and just gives you wrong ideas and information. You will find regret if you listen to sin…just like if you don’t follow what “Simon Says”…Remember if you moved and Simon didn’t say to and you felt so bad and you got kicked out of the game? While Simon doesn’t give you another chance…our wonderful forgiving God does. He lets us keep playing the game – if we ask for forgiveness. You see he had his only precious perfect son take all the blame and shame for us so that we could stay in the game.
Ephesians 6:12-13 MSG tells us, “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” These words are such good advice – help each other in this game of life, pray for each other, encourage each other, be prepared, listen to God because he gives us the right advice and the right tools for life.
“Simon says” listen to God…..- now follow the directions….
Many blessings,

Leigh  th

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Games with God

God placed this on my heart in several ways this weekend. Do you remember those fun games when we were kids – you know…Hide & Seek or Freeze Tag or Mother May I? hideandseek

Seems like it was yesterday but then again seems a lifetime ago. My next few blogs will be my sharing about games that we play with God. Sometimes we don’t even know there is a game, or that we are playing; but if we step back and look…we are playing games with God.
I saw on Facebook the cutest little girl sharing the story of Jonah. She was animated and just told it with such passion.

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I really listened…I realize that I am like Jonah sometimes. God tells me to do things and I don’t always step up and say yes to God. I run away and hide, or at least I think I hide but God is good at this game!

Jonah chose a boat crossing the sea to hide from God and that didn’t work out for him. Storms were brewing and Jonah knew it was God coming for him. Jonah asked to be thrown overboard because he knew he couldn’t hide. Still Jonah feared that he didn’t want to do what God wanted….once again…almighty God showed Jonah who was in charge. Jonah ended up swirling around in the belly of a whale. Oooh Gross!

I find myself playing games with God and try to shy away from doing what God wants me to do. Sometimes I tell him I am too tired, or don’t feel good; other times I tell him that I am too busy taking care of family work, people that need me and there is no more time left; and then there is times that I just pretend that I didn’t hear him or feel him guiding me.  God alwasy knows what is best for me…why do I hide?  In Matthew 6:33 you will read…“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

I forget that sometimes God just wants to love me. He isn’t always expecting me to do things for him. In this world, we forget that God has no ulterior motive or that he just loves us no matter how we act or what games we play. I think I want to change and stop hiding from God but I will start seeking him. In Deuteronomy 4:29-31 But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. When troubles come and all these awful things happen to you, in future days you will come back to God, your God, and listen obediently to what he says. God, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end he will not abandon you, he won’t bring you to ruin, he won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which he swore to them.
God listens, and understands and is truly forgiving and gracious and has complete love for each of us. We find in Luke 11:9 – 13 “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”

Why don’t we remember this when we are trying to hide from God…the best thing is to seek God! The best way to do this is just talk to God and fall on your knees and pray. There are no losers in this game with God – we are all winners. We get advice from James in James 4:10 MSG “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”
Next time – play hide and seek with God – except – just go straight to the seek part and seek God! He will always be found and ready for you to find him.

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Many blessings!

Leigh

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Stressed But Blessed

Stressed but Blessed

John Lennon’s “So This Is Christmas” states…So this is Christmas, and what have you done, another year over, and a new one just begun…

Can you even begin to comprehend that this year is close to the end? Christmas time is here again and I still haven’t recovered from last Christmas…luckily some of my decorations were still out…so I didn’t have to put them out again! So much to do and so little time…Rush! Rush! Rush! Run from this store to that store, this party to that party, order presents, food, attend church, wrap presents – oh wait and all your work, family, church and community obligations that are always there! Exercise…ha! I get my exercise doing all this running around! Dieting…ha! I am not eating lunch most days…well I do snack on treats, cookies, casseroles and such because you can’t hurt anyone’s feelings so you have to partake! Why are the holidays so maddening? I think we create this world and we believe we have to attend all events, eat all the snacks, have the perfectly decorated house and cook, clean and have it all! We need to be the mom that makes the cute things from Pinterest, that has every room…laundry room and bathroom included, decorated; and we attend all the musicals, plays, visit all the decorations and lights in the area; and attend church of course! We must be the perfect mom and create the perfect Christmas experience! Do you feel the stress?

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OK STOP right now! DROP to your knees and just start thanking God for all you have…a great family, church, job, friends, community, and life. Yes – we all have certain issues but we all are blessed. Stop worrying and focusing on how stressed you are, but relax and pray and thank God for how blessed you are! Take a big deep breath, start seeing the positives instead of focusing on the negatives; start having fun and just let go and let God! Instead of planning all these great things to do – just jump in and have fun too! I am really writing this for myself today – you see I feel stressed and it is easy to think about sick family, messy house, overweight, unhealthy self, all the things I need to be doing but am too tired; and I need to see the Lord and focus on him and the things I am so very blessed with! ROLL up your sleeves and do something for others. Don’t stress or overthink it – just be kind, smile, listen…sometimes that is all people need.

I pray that you will focus on all that is good in your life and that you will thank God for it all! I pray that you will remember when you are so stressed….you are also so blessed!

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Blessings,

Leigh

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Chronic Illness…Unspeakable Pain

POTSI have had to learn some new words recently…Dysautonomia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS for short). You may say that you have never heard of this – it is because it is a chronic illness that is not diagnosed very often. My daughter, Katy has had severe illnesses since second grade – she had stomach pains, cramps, migraines, sleeplessness, body aches, severe anxiety, shortness of breath, chronic fatigue, blurred vision, large pupils, fast heart rate, weakness, dizziness, brain fog & lack of concentration or memory loss etc. She often complained that it was too hot or it was too cold, or the sun was too bright or the overcast days made her eyes hurt. We went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong. I sometimes thought she might be faking it because it seemed like it was always something wrong – how can one person have that many issues and they weren’t even related (Or at least I thought that). She seemed worse in the mornings and on school days so it was easy to think that she didn’t like school. She loved having people over to our house but didn’t go over to others as much. I feel so bad that we couldn’t have figured this out sooner – before she has gotten even worse. It is hard for her to sit up right now. She was a competitive cheerleader – she was active and very social. She loves kids so much and has wanted to be a teacher since she was a baby! She has quit cheer because she just didn’t have the energy to continue and she felt dizzy most of the time and didn’t want to tumble because of this. I just thought she had a mental block. She is able to intern two days a week in a Kindergarten class and also works in a day care a few days a week – she is unable to do that right now. While all her friends are out having fun – she is lying in bed…not because she wants to but because she can’t do anything else.

We found out about POTS because her cousin was also diagnosed with it. I really didn’t understand what it was and it frankly sounded so weird. I didn’t understand what she was going through or her family, especially her mom. When I saw her – she looked fine. It makes you think maybe they are faking it; because on good days – they do look good! I’ve learned it is not when they are sick that they are faking – it is on the days that they are “well” that they really are faking it. Katy’s cousin went to many doctors and finally found a specialist for POTS and that is when she started treatments. She was also active and on the dance team at school, but now she is bedridden most days and receives homebound school. I never connected Katy’s issues to the same illness; until Katy’s aunt posted on Facebook about Dysautonomia. I started reading the symptoms and I knew then; before the doctor’s diagnosis that Dysautonomia is what Katy had. We did make an appointment and that was her diagnosis.
So what in the world is Dysautonomia? “Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe several different medical conditions that cause a malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Autonomic Nervous System controls the “automatic” functions of the body that we do not consciously think about, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of the pupils of the eye, kidney function, and temperature control. People living with various forms of dysautonomia have trouble regulating these systems, which can result in lightheadedness, fainting, unstable blood pressure, abnormal heart rates, malnutrition, and in severe cases, death.” Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) – estimated to impact 1 out of 100 teenagers and a total of 500,000 to 3,000,000 Americans. POTS can cause lightheadness, fainting, tachycardia, chest pains, and shortness of breath, GI upset, shaking, exercise intolerance, temperature sensitivity and more. While POTS predominantly impacts young women who look healthy on the outside, researchers compare the disability seen in POTS to the disability seen in conditions like COPD and congestive heart failure. For more information – please go to http://www.dysautonomiainternational.org
We have just started this journey and the trip may be tough and we will need lots of support! Katy has started taking beta blockers to slow her heart rate, and minerals to help her sleep better. She already takes a variety of other medicines. One of her other treatments is to drink lots of water, and take salt! Yes – she eats straight table salt! It is often recommended to increase both fluid and salt intake in order to increase blood volume, which is typically low in POTS patients. This has proven to be particularly helpful in patients with blood pooling, hypovolemia, or hypotension. Also Katy has to do leg exercises before getting out of bed. These exercises help get the blood flowing in her body and not just pooled up in her legs. Normally, that is why she was getting so dizzy and nauseous in the morning when she would get up. There are so many other things that she has had to make adjustments with and we are still struggling through them. Now she feels complete exhaustion and she hasn’t even had any good days lately. Hopefully the medicine will get regulated and we will see improvements!
Please keep her and all those with chronic illness in your prayers. Also say a special prayer for caregivers – it is so hard seeing your loved ones have such a hard time. I pray for others to have understanding about these kind of issues and I pray for awareness. I am sure there are so many that may not even know that this could be what all those crazy symptoms are and that you can connect to a doctor and to treatment. I am sure I will be writing more – I have researched, googled, started Pinterest Board sharing as much as I can. Learn more about this illness and please share with me and others!

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Many Blessings,

Leigh

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Thankful Thanksgiving

So why is it in mid November we start feeling more thankful? We should all be thankful…we have an amazing God who loves us always! He is a kind, patient, forgiving God and we take him for granted! In Colossians 3:17 Paul suggested…And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Throughout his letters, Paul has a simple message…pray and give thanks! I think this advice is perfect for today also! With all of the turmoil in our world, in our country and even our personal lives…we still have so much to be thankful for! Let’s look on the positive side of things instead of dwelling on the negative! I love Thanksgiving because it reminds us to be thankful (well the food too). I encourage you to be thankful and Happy Thanksgiving!
Blessings…
Leigh

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