Physical comfort versus mental and emotional conditions

It started off to be a good sleeping night. I got sleepy around 10:30 and ended up going to bed around 11:30 and falling to sleep pretty quickly. When I woke up around 2:30 and went to the bathroom. I went back to bed and slept for another hour. I woke up and went to the bathroom again but when I tried to lay back down I was rather hot and started to feel clammy. Then I couldn’t breathe that well and decided I better change my oxygen hose because it was pretty tangled and kinking up in a lot of places. I then tried to lay back down again and felt like I had a stuffy nose. I thought it must be real humid and I began to sweat and feel real warm inside. I thought I should turn down the temperature so the air conditioning would go on. Then I decided to move a foam mattress that we just received in the mail and still laid in front of one of my vents in my room blocking the air flow. I also remembered my husband opens up his bedroom window at night sometimes and I felt it was probably letting a lot of humid air in the house so I got up and shut that window. He sleeps in the bedroom across from mine. I sleep in a hospital bed so I can adjust the head up and down. After all that I felt so uncomfortable and worked up and could not calm myself down enough to go back to sleep so I got up and sat out in the front room where I am sitting now. I could not understand why my nose was stuffed up. I take a 24 hour decongestant for this every morning and I didn’t want to take another one on top of that medicine. And my body temperature was still warm which was making me feel uncomfortable. So I decided to have a glass of milk to bring my body temperature down because that always makes me feel cooler anyways. I also took a couple of aspirin to fight the stress my body seemed to be experiencing. I could not loosen up my sinuses and now I was beginning to feel cold so I wrapped my cotton sweater up around me. I felt like maybe I needed to be laying comfortably snuggled under the covers instead of crunched up in my chair. Then for a brief moment I felt like if only someone could reach out and give me a loving hug which made me start to tear up at this point. And that loosened up my sinuses just enough so I could blow the stuffiness out of my nose. The side that was clogged released a large clump of mucous and cleared up the nasal passage for both nostrils. So all in all, I am in pretty good shape now but ready to have a cup of coffee to just relax for awhile and watch the sunrise if only I could.

You may think this is strange to write about but my thoughts are that I needed to write this down to remember this struggle and what happened to calm myself down. Sometimes I wish I was a little child again so I can have my mother watch over me and serve me when I need something being there for every whim. But I don’t really know if that is realistic or ever was a possibility even when I was a child. Maybe it is something I never knew. The only thing I remember is being taken care of when I was sick in a loving way. Other times when I was given a bath it was like being in a general assembly line. Get one baby washed, dried and dressed for bed and onto the next and the next after that. Sometimes when I was getting dressed for school my mom was pretty rough with me maybe because I was hard to get motivated in the morning.

So that’s my day so far. I think I will start the coffee brewing because it is 6:30 am now. Maybe I can catch a nap later on. I will retire early tonight though.

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Determined I will be!

Today I am determined to have love in my heart and show kindness in all things. And to have appreciation for everything I have and can do today. It may not be a whole lot but to wish everyone a joyful day and thinking good thoughts so it will be returned to you. Some people are ending their journeys and some people are just beginning. Wherever you’re at in life you can be sure that with patience and love you can accomplish anything you desire. By putting faith in God and seeking to please him you will find the very knowledge of God which will lead you to everlasting life. Notice what King Solomon said about it at Proverbs 2:1-6:
“My son, if you will receive my sayings and treasure up my own commandments with yourself, so as to pay attention to wisdom with your ear, that you may incline your heart to discernment; if, moreover, you call out for understanding itself and you give forth your voice for discernment itself, if you keep seeking for it as for silver, and as for hid treasures you keep searching for it, in that case you will understand the fear of Jehovah, and you will find the very knowledge of God. For Jehovah himself gives wisdom; out of his mouth there are knowledge and discernment.” Yes, rewarding study requires research, digging, as if searching for a hidden treasure.❤

Finding the way

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 THE WAY OF HAPPINESS

Finding the Way

DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A HAPPY PERSON? If so, what makes you happy? Your family, your work, your religious faith? Perhaps you are looking forward to something that may make you happy, such as finishing your schooling, getting a good job, or buying a new car.

Many people experience a measure of happiness when they reach a certain goal or obtain a desired item. But how long does that surge of happiness last? Often, it is only temporary, which can be disappointing.

Happiness has been described as a state of well-being that is characterized by relative permanence, by emotions ranging from mere contentment to deep and intense joy in living, and by a natural desire for it to continue.

Further, as an ongoing state of well-being, happiness has been described, not as a destination or goal, but as a journey. To say, “I’ll be happy when . . .” is, in effect, postponing happiness.

To illustrate, compare happiness with good health. How do we enjoy that state of physical well-being? We follow a wise path in regard to diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle. Likewise, happiness results from following a good path in life, living in harmony with sound principles.

What principles or qualities of life characterize the way of happiness? While some are more important than others, the following play a key role:

  • CONTENTMENT AND GENEROSITY

  • PHYSICAL HEALTH AND RESILIENCE

  • LOVE

  • FORGIVENESS

  • PURPOSE IN LIFE

  • HOPE

A highly respected book of wisdom states: “Happy are those who are blameless in their way.” (Psalm 119:1) Let us now consider that way.

Lost sheep

“No man can come to me unless the Father, who sent me, draws him.”​—JOHN 6:44.

WHAT GOD’S WORD TEACHES: When we feel lost, Jehovah does not give up on us. Jesus illustrated God’s care for us this way: “If a man has 100 sheep and one of them strays, will he not leave the 99 on the mountains and set out on a search for the one that is straying?” The lesson? “Likewise, it is not a desirable thing to my Father who is in heaven for even one of these little ones to perish.”​—Matthew 18:12-14.

Every “one of these little ones” is precious to God. How does God “search for the one that is straying”? According to the scripture quoted at the outset, Jehovah draws people to him.

Illustration shows Jehovah’s Witnesses in a metropolitan area share Bible information with a man.

Who today call on people in their homes and in public areas to share the Bible’s message about God?

Consider how God took the initiative to draw sincere individuals. In the first century C.E., God sent the Christian disciple Philip to intercept an Ethiopian official’s chariot and discuss the meaning of a Bible prophecy that the official was reading. (Acts 8:26-39) Later, God directed the apostle Peter to visit the home of a Roman officer named Cornelius, who had been praying and striving to worship God. (Acts 10:1-48) God also guided the apostle Paul and his companions to a river outside the city of Philippi. There, they met “a worshipper of God” named Lydia, and “Jehovah opened her heart wide to pay attention.”​—Acts 16:9-15.

In each case, Jehovah made sure that those who were seeking him had an opportunity to know him. Who today call on people in their homes and in public areas to share the Bible’s message about God? Many would answer, “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Ask yourself, ‘Could it be that God is using them to reach out to me?’ We urge you to pray to God to help you respond to his efforts to draw you to him.*1116.jpg

When someone close dies

When someone you know passes away, there is a sadness you feel and a feeling of helplessness for helping those that were close to them. Even when it is someone that was close to you that suffered the loss, it causes a deep loss and sense of despair because you know there is nothing you can do but be present for those you love. It is like seeing a loved one lose a part of their body or one of their senses that can never be recovered. Death is an enemy of life and of the one who created life. Soon through the resurrection hope, we’ll be reunited with our loved ones. Until then, we will greatly miss their presence.

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Ten things to look for when choosing a mate

Ten desirable things to consider when choosing a mate.
1.  Someone who has similar values and principles.
2.  Someone you are physically attracted to.
3.  Someone who has personality and character.
4.  Someone who lives in the same proximity.
5.  Someone who is similar in personality and mannerisms and likes the same things  you do.
6.  Someone who is dependable and reliable and who works hard and has a stable income.
7.  Someone that is intelligent and has common sense.
8.  Someone who has reasonable good health.
9.  Someone who has clean morals and likes orderliness in the home.
10. Someone who shares the same faith.

However important the above things are, it is most relevant how the person feels about you.  If they have strong feelings for you and they treat you with respect, and they are concerned about your well being, then this goes a long way.  Also if they are not lazy and show a working attitude, this covers over other flaws they may own.  Because after all, no one is perfect and we all contain flaws.  One of the more important concerns should be how much do they love God.  In order for any relationship to work, there must be a three way twine that includes yourself, your partner, and God.  In the final selection of desirable choices, however, the heart will have reasons that reason does not understand.  Also, being a female myself, a female’s preferences might differ from a male’s perspective.

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End of the year…beginning of a new one.

Well, well, well….here we are at the end of 2017. This year has gone by so fast.  It hasn’t been too bad really, in fact I feel very blessed.  I am still hanging in there with my COPD and even though I am quite limited on doing things, I am very appreciative of life and the things I can do.  I am looking forward to a time when I’ll be able to use the full capacity of my lungs and be able to enjoy perfect health and vitality.  I will be able to learn so much more and experience new things on a monumental level because I will have the full capacity of my mind and spirit to do it.  No longer will there be death and pain to deal with but happiness and joy as we welcome back all dear loved ones from their graves.  And we will all have eternity ahead of us to learn and be taught further by our loving creator, Jehovah God, and his son, Jesus Christ.  It is my heartfelt desire that all those who hear my plea will come into the wonderful spiritual paradise now and start getting to know your creator now and have the faith that will preserve you alive in the upcoming times we are about to see revealed.  Agape love to all!❤

Leave the past alone

Sometimes it’s not important to reveal the things that really happened a long time ago. If it would hurt someone near to your heart, then you would be hurting yourself. You know in your own heart what happened and right or wrong it has ended and those that have survived it will live with it until they pass on. They do not need to be reminded of it and it is better forgiven and forgotten. It is the most loving thing to do not to bring it up any more. If it is within your power to help someone who has been affected by it, then it is your decision to do so. It is not for anyone else to judge because they do not know the full facts of the story. It is not necessary to tell them because it would only be opening up an old wound and allowing what happened to continue on causing destruction or damage to others’ reputation. So it is good to keep things in the past and not allow them to overshadow future events.

Overturning strongly entrenched things

When handled properly, what can the truth of God’s Word accomplish? (Read 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5.) Scriptural truth can overturn “strongly entrenched things,” that is, expose false doctrines, harmful practices, and philosophies that reflect imperfect human wisdom. We can use the Bible to cut away any ideas that are “raised up against the knowledge of God.” The teachings of the Bible can be used to help others bring their thinking in line with the truth.

13 Take, for example, the case of a 93-year-old woman who lives in India. From infancy she was taught to believe in reincarnation. When she began to study the Bible through correspondence with her son living abroad, she readily accepted what she was learning about Jehovah and his promises. However, the teaching of reincarnation was so embedded in her mind that she protested when her son wrote her about the condition of the dead. She said: “I just cannot understand the truth of your Scriptures. All religions teach that something inside us is immortal. I have always believed that the body dies and that an invisible part is reincarnated in other bodies over and over again some 8,400,000 times. How can this not be true? Are most religions wrong?” Can “the sword of the spirit” overturn such a strongly entrenched belief? After further Scriptural discussions on the subject, she wrote some weeks later: “I am finally beginning to understand the real truth about death. It gives me great joy to know that when the resurrection occurs, we will be able to meet our dead loved ones. I hope that God’s Kingdom comes soon.”
2 Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly,+ but powerful by God+ for overturning strongly entrenched things. 5 For we are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God,+ and we are bringing every thought into captivity to make it obedient to the Christ;FB_IMG_1505012715259.jpg