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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday's Word

Wednesday's Five Things has been moved, and will become Friday's Five Things, in order to make room for Wednesday's Word.

On to Completion....

Philippians 1:3-8

Key Verse:
...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Have you ever had to push a car up a driveway? Most driveways are on a slight incline, which makes pushing the car from street to garage...umm...”interesting.” You push and push, straining every muscle fiber to move it a few inches, then someone needs a rest, or a chance to reposition their hands on the fender or the trunk lid. And as soon as there’s a pause in the momentum, what’s the natural development? The car begins attempting to roll back down! How much easier would it be if you could just drive it up the slope?

In the same way, we sometimes find ourselves involved in the process of taking something to the “next level.” It may be spiritual maturation, physical healing, ministry growth. Whatever it is, we’re certain it’s of God—it’s His idea! But somewhere along the way, we forget whose plan we’re working on and start feeling like we have to “push” God’s agenda for Him. That’s when we start feeling stress, frustration, and burnout. We snap at people, lose sleep over the project, and generally make ourselves miserable—not to mention irritating everyone around us!

What we too easily forget is that we don’t have to push what God has already set in motion. Like a car with the engine running, God’s plans have an internal power—His power! All He asks is that we do our little part and leave the progress to Him.

Trust in the LORD and do good;

 dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the LORD

 and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD;

 trust in Him and He will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

 the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:3-6

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bragging about what?!

OK, I took the blogging addiction test on Keetha's blog.... I'm not adding the widget, so if you want to take it, you'll hafta go here:

Keetha's Blog

I will tell you my results, though. I'm 81% addicted! A close second! And she tells me I don't blog enough! Apparently what I lack in
quantity, I make up in commitment. So there! Ha!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Not Me

About 11:30am today, our power went out. Like a dutiful little consumer, I called the utility company and reported it. Before too long, a truck from the power company arrived at the intersection. It sat there for about an hour while the workers...worked. Then it left.

Not too long after, a truck from the phone company arrived at the corner. What follows is a synopsis of the goings-on down at the corner:

  • phone company truck and power company truck
phone company leaves
2 power company trucks
2 power company trucks and a “supervisor” truck
3 power company trucks and a “supervisor” truck

  • 3 power company trucks and 2 “supervisor” trucks

  • 1 “supervisor” truck leaves
the other “supervisor” truck leaves
4 power company trucks
3 power company trucks
2 power company trucks

  • it appears they are going to replace a utility pole
  • (I am called away to the phone--when I return....)
  • 4 power company trucks

  • they are replacing the pole

  • 5 power company trucks
4 power company trucks
the pole is going up
power company trucks begin to leave
  • (I leave for an appointment)
  • (power is restored while I’m gone)

As I’ve worked in my office today, I’ve kept an eye on the progress being made at the intersection. With all the excitement at the intersection, all the training and manpower involved, all the hours invested, and effort put forth, watching it happen has made me feel like a kid again, and I just want to say....


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday's Five Things

Five Signs of Spring Seen From My Office Window

1. Robins (and other little birds) hopping around the yard.
(We won't talk about the turkey vulture!)
2. Daffodils blooming.
3. Farmers in the fields.
4. Trees sprouting tiny leaves.
5. A convertible with the top down.

What have you seen that says "spring!" to you?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy IVGLDSW Day!

Today is International Very Good Looking, Darn Smart Woman's Day, so please inform the people who you think fit the description.

And remember these words to live by:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body. Rather, the plan should be to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, glass of wine/cup of coffee/whatever in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO HOO! What a ride!"

Have a wonderful day....

P.S. I checked.... IVGLDSW Day can be any day you choose!

Friday, April 18, 2008

I'm a Mover and a Shaker!

Sometimes in the morning, if I've kicked off the covers (or had them stolen!) and gotten cold, I've been known to get really bad tremors. This morning, even though I didn't feel cold, I woke up shaking really hard. I was shaking so hard, the bed was shaking! In fact, I must have reached a new stage, because I was shaking the whole house!

Wait a minute!!! I'm only 5'3", 105 lbs.! Shake the whole house? There's no way!

"It must be an earthquake," I mumbled to Lloyd. I breathed a sigh of relief, turned over, hit the snooze, and went back to sleep for a few more minutes.

I was relieved that it was an earthquake?! I'm not sure what that says about me, but it definitely makes me go, "Hmmm...."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wednesday's Five Things

Five Awesome Romantic Rock Songs

1. I Will - The Beatles
2. From the Beginning - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
3. Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
4. Color My World - Chicago
5. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face -Roberta Flack

Got a great one I haven't mentioned? Tell me!

Monday, April 14, 2008

That's What Friends Are For....

So now that I'm a lab rat, the researchers have asked me to recruit my own control subjects. You know...the rats that don't get any experimental drugs and don't contract the disease?

In the past, researchers have been able to identify culprit genes in the DNA of hereditary PD patients. What this study is about is comparing non-familial (non-inherited) PD DNA to non-PD DNA, to see if there's a common denominator among the non-fam PDs that is not shared by the non-PDs

What I'm supposed to do is try to find up to 4 people within 5-10 years of my age, female, who live nearby and don't have neurological problems. Then they will do the same things I do--family medical history, interview, neurological eval, and blood draw. Well, right out of the box, I've got my four! Enthusiastic, adventurous ladies, with as much curiousity as a boxful of kittens. And now they/we have decided to all go together for our research appointments. ROAD TRIP!! Woo hoo!!

Who are these modern Amelia Earharts, you ask? These intrepid explorers, expanding the frontiers of medical science, with only occasional stops at the fashion mall to resupply? Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the "Rat Pack" - M.G., T.B., G.O., and N.C.! Think you know? Ask them!

Now, don't you wish your friends were a bunch of rats?!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wednesday's Five Things

Five Things That Make Me Smile
(in no particular order)

1. Family get-togethers
2. Climbing trees
3. Snuggling in the moonlight
4. An excuse to dress up
5. Lively, wide-ranging conversations

Thursday, April 03, 2008

I'm a Lab Rat!

I've been asked to be part of a gene study. They're wanting to map the genes of PD patients who don't have it in their family history. They want to look for a common denominator. It includes physiological testing (balance, etc.), an interview, and a blood draw. The researcher is a colleague of my neuro. And I'm enough of an information junkie that the whole idea's got me psyched! Just wanted to let you know....

“Pray, and let God worry....” (link)

In this instance, I'm talking about a very sick little girl, Chrissy. She and her family need all the prayer they can get. You can learn more by visiting her website:
Even if she won't know you, leave an encouraging comment, to show her and her family how widespread the caring reaches!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Wednesday's Five Things

I saw this idea on another blog, and it looked like fun. (Plus you know I'll be posting every Wednesday.) Here's this weeks list:

Five Foods I've Been Craving

1. Sun Chips - Original
2. trail mix
3. smoked salmon
4. beef jerky
5. chocolate pudding

Tune in again next Wednesday, for the next "Five Things"!