Monday, December 31, 2012

Sweeping in the New Year

With Lyme brain, you may have read the title as 'SLEEPING in the New Year'!  :)

I was thinking today of a custom that each of my parents grew up with-  that was at Midnight, to welcome the New Year, one of their parents would open the front door, while the other parent swept through the house with a broom...clear through to the back door, where the other parent now was, ready with it opened....all to sweep out the old year, and sweep in the new~ 

We did not continue the tradition- but I thought it sounded like a fun idea; especially when picturing my grandparents in livelier days doing this sweeping dance of sorts.

If you are a Lyme Fighter- I can imagine it's been quite the year for you.   Perhaps you are looking forward to moving on into the New Year...  Or, perhaps there is still so much uncertainty and challenges ahead that you are not so sure...

Today I was listening to a podcast by Ben Stuart, through Breakaway Ministries.  The podcast I listened to was from late November 2012.  Titled, Keep yourself from Idols.

Seems an unlikely subject to bring up on this blog site- and it may not seem overtly an uplifting message- but I think it is timely and poignant for us.

We have so many things we are dealing with when it comes to Lyme!  We want so much to be well!  Or at least better!  

Our days can revolve around our symptoms and our protocols/treatments...and our bed!

Our identity seems to be only that of "Lyme'.

It may sound odd, but by circumstance- being well, and being someone with Lyme can actually insidiously become idols in our lives. 

In the Bible- Paul warns us to guard against idols...he knew, and warns us, that we must constantly be on the alert for things in our lives that take over that place which belongs wholly to the LORD.  

(1 John 5:18-21)

You'll agree that being so ill with Lyme can allow us to be dulled and lulled in many ways- that includes spiritually.  There are so many ways we can begin to hunger for things in our lives, above our hunger for Him. 

This is an important principle for us- whether in sickness or in health.   Fighting Lyme doesn't make us immune to idolatry. 

Tim Keller gives this definition of idolatry- "Anything in your life that is so central that you can't have a meaningful life if you lose it."  

But, you say- HEY!  I'm sicker than a dog...I'm in bed most of the day....I feel like I'm dying... I have lost many things- including money, friends, even family through this-  and you are cautioning me about idol worship!


Friend, it is a warning I've needed, and continue to need in my battle of Lyme. 

In this battle it is all the more difficult to keep the LORD central- and yet, it is the most vital thing I must do for my  (optimal) well-being, and meaning (purpose). 

Keeping Him central- even in the midst of the assaults from Lyme, the debris and battle wounds, the loss, the uncertainty--- I must keep Him central; I must not put my hope, my trust, my identity, my searching in anything but Him-

or life would lose its purpose, its meaning, even the potential to have the sense of well-being, even in on those days spent in and out of consciousness. 

I would encourage you to consider Paul's loving urgency to us this New Year.  Doing so will bring new Breath, new Life to you this New Year.

Blessed New Year!

1 John 5:18-21

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 We know that no one who is [a]born of God sins; but He who was [b]born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Tonight, I just thought I'd share this section from a site ( .   Which looks to have a lot of good information on issues related to Lyme. 

The part I want to share is the 'funnies' section!  We all have plenty of our own stories that we, and our families, have to laugh about, or cry about-  hopefully there is more to laugh about!  

Here are some funnies from the site:

  • The way I clean my house is with a sweeping glance.
  • If I’m smiling all the time it’s because I can’t comprehend a word you’re saying.

  • People call at 7 pm. And ask, “Did I wake you?”
    1. You can’t remember how to turn the shower off.
    2. You get winded playing chess.
    3. You look forward to a dull evening.
    4. When all the pharmacists and lab workers in town know you on a first name basis.
    • As a Lymie was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on I-15. Please be careful.”"H---, ” said Herman, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”

    :)  I especially like the second one about smiling.   Lots of times the person is speaking and all I can make out is something similar to a Charlie Brown cartoon when an adult is speaking!  "Wauh-wauh-whauh-whauh-whauh!"  And even if I did hear it- remembering what was said is a whole nother matter! 

    Let me know what your best Lyme-funny moments have been~

    May the LORD's presence bring you joy!

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Grace and Peace

    Today I was reading in 2Peter 1, I to pause at verse 2!

    "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord." 

    A commentator noted that 'grace and peace are always mentioned in this order'. 

    When we first know the grace of God, that saving grace- saved not according to any merit on our part, but purely by His grace as we place our faith in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross...

    then we can know true peace. 

    These, grace and peace, are multiplied unto us---  how?  Lord knows when we are battling Lyme, we surely need grace and peace multiplied

    Grace and peace are 'multiplied through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord'.

    Do you know Him? 

    Are you getting to know Him?  The more you know Him, the more you will experience His grace and peace.

    As you lay there battling Lyme- these days are not 'wasted', and need not be lonely...  As a Believer, the LORD is always with you... the Wonderful Counselor, Teacher-- He is with you now; eager to illumine more of His presence, His being to you.

    Prayer is you first avenue in which to hear from Him, and for you to share with Him.  There is nothing hid from Him- and He delights in your coming to Him with your thoughts, concerns, dreams, needs....and even more delightful is to hear His still, quiet Word whispered to the depths of your soul...

    He speaks to us through His Word.  On days that reading is beyond us- try an audio version of Scripture to listen to.  (  has audio versions to click on - I think available in the NASB)

    If you are like me- you may be at that point of a lot of drifting in and out or wakefulness and sleep...with a lot of fogginess...  Nonetheless- keep it playing.  This is no ordinary book!  These are the inspired words of God-

    The LORD will direct them to your ears, mind, heart, soul- your being.  

    Get to know Him more and more deeply-

    and may His Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.


    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

    Prayer for my friends in the battle~

    Blessings to each of you- 

    This may be a difficult Christmas for you. 

    Things you wanted to do- had to be left undone.

    People you wanted to see- unseen.

    Things you'd wanted to do with special people in your life- not done, or so limited.

    What you could do- was different than what you wanted to do...

    But, Christmas came anyway.

    Jesus came into this broken world-  to redeem us from the brokenness.

    'LORD- thank You for the Perfect Gift of you Son Jesus.  Even though this Christmas is outwardly not what we'd expected- let not circumstances stain the essence of what there is to celebrate: Your willingness to come to us in humility, grace,

    How great is Your love toward us.

    This Christmas- I ask You to bless each of my Lyme-battle-buddies with a special touch from You...Tuck something of Your Mystery into this day that will gladden their hearts with knowing Your presence and love....something that they will have in their being long after the wrappings and gifts of this world have faded away... 

    Let it be the see of joy that only comes through You; You are Hope, and with that knowledge, joy grows.

    In Jesus' precious and holy name~  amen.'

    Merry Christmas!   For Unto Us~ 

    Monday, December 24, 2012

    God in a Manger- excerpt

    God in a manger-  Advent week four, day two-

    God Becomes Human~  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    God becomes human, really human.

     While we endeavor to grow out of our humanity, to leave our human nature behind us, God because human, and we must recognize that God wants us also to become human- really human. 

    Whereas we distinguish between the godly and the godless, the good and the evil, the noble and the common, God loves real human beings without distinction…God takes the side of real human beings and the real world against all their accusers…But it’s not enough to say that God takes care of human beings.

      This sentence rests on something infinitely deeper and more impenetrable, namely, that in the conception and birth of Jesus Christ, God took on humanity in bodily fashion.

      God raised his love for human beings above every reproach of falsehood and doubt and uncertainty by himself entering into the life of human beings a s as human being, by bodily taking upon himself and bearing the nature, essence, guilt, and suffering s of human beings. 

    Out of love for human being, God becomes a human being.  He does not seek out the most perfect human being in order to unite with that person.   Rather, he takes on human nature as it is. 


    This is about the birth of a child, not of the astonishing work of a strong man, not of the bold discovery of a wise man, not of the pious work of a saint.  It really is beyond all our understanding:  the birth of a child shall bring about the great change, shall bring to all mankind salvation and deliverance (“The Government upon the Shoulders of a Child” Christmas 1940)


    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”  John 1:1-5
    Merry Christmas~
    (We are weak, but He is strong!- Yes, Jesus loves us!)

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

    Songs for today-

    Heard these songs this morning -  thought I'd share:   Never Alone, Matt Redman  You Never Let Go, Matt Redman  Steady My Heart, Kari Jobe  You are for Me, Kari Jobe   Healer, Kari Jobe

    My heart is for you to be encouraged today.

    He is near. 
    You are not alone.
    You have value and purpose.

    May Our LORD give you a new song for your heart to sing today~ 


    Saturday, December 22, 2012

    Light of the World

    Isaiah 9:2

    2 [a]The people who walk in darkness
    Will see a great light;
    Those who live in a dark land,
    The light will shine on them.

    1 John 1:5

    5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

    John 12:45-46

    45 He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. 46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.
    We were able to put up a Christmas tree.  I enjoy the soft glow of the Christmas lights!  There's something so wonderful about them.
    When I was little, one of my favorite things to do was to curl up under the tree at night, and look up at the lights through the tree branches and decorations. 
    It is always amazing to me that in darkness, it really only takes a little light to brighten things. 
    Lyme brings many dark nights, and days seem to be in 'grey-scale'.... Bright lights can be torture to our eyes...
    But, the Light of Christ reaches in any time, anywhere- He can bring comfort, as well as conviction.  Just the right value of light to suit the needs of the soul.
    Jesus is Light.  He is Truth. 
    He brought His light to us once long ago..when born into a cave and laid in a lowly manger.  The shepherds saw a great light, with a host of His angels telling them of His birth... Wise men later followed the light of a great star, leading them to His presence... 
    Dear One, are you in a dark place this Christmas- in a dark cave of your own? 
    Invite the Light of the Universe, Jesus, to come.  He will meet you where you are- and just as with the Shepherds, he will meet with you as you are...
    Look into His Word, the Bible, to see His light even more clearly
    He is great in His mercy to those who are afflicted.  He will bring Light into your dark circumstances and in it reveal His presence- and His guidance.  
    May His light warm your soul this Christmas~

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Songs for the Season...

    The LORD has been teaching me about 'seasons'. 

    I used to operate with a 'straight ahead' mentality... and was disappointed often.  I falsely believed that if I just did the right things, in the right way, headed my way- things would go fine.

    Well, life happens- and the LORD reminds me that what matters is: His way.  And to live according to His way...not what my own mind has decided is 'right and good'...

    Lyme can throw you off life's track in so many ways.   Certainly heading you down a road you did not want to find yourself on. 

    Dependency is especially hard- as much of what we usually have done for ourselves, can be overwhelming.... days upon days can be filled with despairing as to whether or not we can ever get back to 'normal'...

    I have been finding it eas-ier to approach the life challenges by keeping 'season' in my mindset. 

    The area in which I live has four seasons.  I love the change of seasons- there is something to enjoy in each new season, and each new year of seasons.  And before I know it- one has passed into another. 

    Lyme is for a season ... and even when it hangs on through many calendar seasons, in and of itself there are new seasons....and in each, a new lesson to learn about the LORD, about life, about the people around us...                                                  

    This time of year reminds us to Wonder, as a child does, about this Great God of ours-  who in Mystery has come to know us, to be our Saviour, and High Priest who interceedes on our behalf. 

    May through the challenges, pain, discouragement... Lyme may be bringing you this season...the Light of the World shine through it all and touch you heart/soul with His presence...bringin a new song, a new joy, a new wonder to you~        


    Here are some seasonal song links you may enjoy- (some not so traditional, some traditional) :)



    Thursday, December 13, 2012


    Today I found myself reading in 1Peter chapter 4, verses 1-11.

    In verse 1-2, Peter emplores us 'Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, as to live....but for the will of God."  

    Our purpose today: to live for the will of God.   Circumstances aside. 

    We get a further look at this in verses 7-11:

    -be of sound judgement and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer

    -be hospitable to one another without complaint

    -employ the special gift God has given you; employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God

    - in service, speak in Truth and under His authority

    -serve by the strength God supplies

    -SO THAT: in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

    Big purpose: to live for the will of God.

    Big instructions: soundness, prayer, hospitable, service... 

    Big equipment: God has given each of us a special gift, according to His manifold grace

    Big God:  do these things according to the strength God supplies

    Big outcome:  that in all things  Jesus Christ may be glorified

    Big reason: because all glory and dominion belong to Jesus Christ, He is deserving


    Even when we are laid low with Lyme- we have a purpose for this time: to live out the will of God.

    Dr. Tony Evans put it this way once:
    "Faith is acting like God is telling the truth! ...
    Acting like it is so,
    even when it's not so,
     in order that it might be so,
    simply because God said so."

    Even if your day is a 'horizontal' day- 'live for the will of God'

    What does it look like for you today, to 'live for the will of God'?
    What just came into your heart and mind- flesh aside, in your spirit? 

    In whatever of these things, in all things- He will give you the strength to do them, with purpose- unto His glory, His will, your good. 


    Post script-  Yesterday was 12-12-2012...  about 2pm my son and I realized that the world had 'ended' a couple hours ago.  We'd been too engrossed in a Chemistry class (home education) to take notice.  I guess we'll probably remember the whole thing Periodically then....   :)

    One of my favorite Christmas songs- wonderful for the whole year-  'I Wonder as I Wander'
    I wonder as I wander out under the sky
    How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die
    For poor on'ry people like you and like I;
    I wonder as I wander out under the sky

    When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall
    With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all
    But high from God's heaven, a star's light did fall
    And the promise of ages it then did recall.

    If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing
    A star in the sky or a bird on the wing
    Or all of God's Angels in heaven to sing
    He surely could have it, 'cause he was the King

    I wonder as I wander out under the sky
    How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die
    For poor on'ry people like you and like I;
    I wonder as I wander out under the sky

    Some beautiful harp music- Christmas songs-

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

    The Gift of Lyme

    Yes, Gift.

    Not asked for.

    Not welcome.

    But a gift.

    I would not have considered it a gift had I not known The One who had allowed me to recieve it; this One is Turstworthy, and only gives Good Gifts. 

    The gifts may come wrapped in smelly packaging, dark surroundings, in hostile conditions, with hardly a notice beyond self or family...coming on the outside, much like the Most Precious Gift- Jesus.

    It is a surprise package- not expected by most; unusual. 

    Lyme was not a welcome gift in and of itself-  for it was only the wrapping; and once I began to tear away the wrapping and look more deeply- I have found a font of blessed gifts. 

    The most precious-  the reality of knowing the Living God's presence...

    and in that are the sacred aromas of- the One Who Never Leaves, the One Who Is Faithful, Peace, Hope, Refuge, Comfort...

    and therein lies a rock- Sure Footing, Foundation...

    glimmering nuggets of Truth, Wisdom, Discernment, Knowledge-

    and glistening gems of Grace, Mercy, Lovingkindess, Patience...

    even sustenance- the Bread of Life, the Word...

    And, these only begin to describe the gifts wrapped in the stench of Lyme. 

    It is nothing compared to Our Dear Saviour- Jesus; allowing Himself- God of All Creation, to step into Flesh- to be born in a dark, dank, smelly manger cave, long trod this earth, to experience humanity, to understand anything we might take upon Himself the be a sacrifice for us- and to rise as conqueror of sin... 

    If He was willing to do all this for me- and He chooses to present me with gifts in wrappings of pain, fever, chills, aches, confusion, delirium, loneliness, misunderstanding, shortness of breath, fatigue,  depression...

    then He will also embed precious gifts within the wrapping for our good, for our growth...for His glory. 

    He is the One Who Sees, He is Trustworthy, He is the Redeemer---He is the Giver of Good Gifts-- 

    May, today, you begin to unwrap the gifts He has for you hidden in the wrapping of Lyme.  Ask Him to reveal them to you...  Go ahead- take even a peek...and you will begin a marvelous new dimension to your healing. 

    Matthew 7:11
    If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
    Luke 11:13
    If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    A Strange Advent

    I was talking last week with a younger brother-in-the-Lord who was about to begin being treated for neuroLyme.  At the end of his email, he stated "What a strange Advent this will be."

    It reminded me of a 'strange Advent', for me it was last year.  I was in the throes of treatment, very much incapacitated-  trying to fill the dishwasher would send me into a flood, not of dishwater, but tears!  The task of loading the dishwasher was so beyond me physically and mentally- I would begin teenage son then as gently as he could would say, "Mom, just go to bed..."  

    The house was decorate, cookies my family.  It wasn't the same, it wasn't as much... But I will say that that Advent season produced in my an acuity like I'd never before experienced as to where I was placing my Expectant Hope at Christmas.   I was amazed.

    There was less and less in which I could participate- not the shopping, the baking, the cooking, decorating, the gift shopping, wrapping, visiting, caroling, services at best I might get to observe, usually from the couch, or a propped position...  

    It grieved me so not to be taking part in all the things that 'made it Christmas' to me- all the family traditions, personal traditions....Yes, all for Jesus-- so I'd thought.  

    But Lyme was giving me a greater gift that Christmas.  Lyme was stripping away pretense after pretense that I'd built around Christmas...  Over and over I'd catch myself mumbling- 'but I'd hoped for....but I'd hoped to...'- usually with a pitiful tear, a grieving heart.... 

    ...then the gift that Lyme brought began to shine through all the losses- and became my greatest gain-- Indeed, Christmas was about Jesus, His coming--- not only that, but the celebration that He Came!  It was in Him, and Him alone that I was to place my hope!  For the first time in my life as a Believer, the greatest reality of His presence during this time of year became clear... 

    Yes, I've watched many a Hallmark movie about the 'real meaning of Christmas'- which is usually 'love'-  but for me, this experience- was something deeper.  

    Yes, Love had Come Down--- In fact the reality of His presence was ever becoming more dear and real....but now I was beginning to grasp the reality of   Him BEING that in whom I could confidently place all my expectations, my hopes.... 

    In fact: He IS all Hope and the Only One In Whom We Can Place our Expectations.  He is Peace, He is Joy, He is Hope....

    Last year for me was indeed one of those 'Strange Advents'- but it turned out to be one of the richest and dearest, as the LORD met with me and showed me He is Everything, and worthy of expectation and hope!

    What are you waiting for this Advent season? 

    What are you hoping for this Christmastime?

    May you find Our King, Our Saviour, born into lowly estate- laid in a cave/barn manger...

    the One Came to Dwell Amoung us- to know our humanity- and yet still be fully God...

    This One who knew no sin- yet endured on our behalf- to understand what you are going through--

    and in obedience, with joy set before Him, one day died on that cross to bear our sin, and make a way for us unto salvation through our trust in what He did for us----

    What Child Is this?  What kind of King?

    May this Advent time find you with great expectations- rightly placed in Our Lord- Jesus.  No matter what life circumstance you may be will then experience a very merry Christmas-

    (For a short time you can get a free download of "God Is In The Manger", by Dietrich Bonhoeffer-  Advent Notes he wrote during his own Strange Advent .  )


    Monday, December 3, 2012


    Perhaps you already know what vicissitude means- but I  just learned in at Sunday School yesterday!  It means - 'to change or variation occurring in the course of something; interchange or alternation,  as of states or things.;  successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, ups and downs;  regular change or succession of one state of thing to another; change mutation, mutability'

    I don't know about you- but I think the word has many applications to Lyme and those dealing with Lyme! 

    With Lyme, the symptoms are vicissitudinal;
    the route in finding helpful health practicioners is vicissitudinal;
    our protocols have a certain amount of vicissitude;
    during treatment, there is a lot of vicissitude;
    we have to keep ahead of the buggers because they are by nature vicissitudinal;
    which causes us to have a very vicissitudinality life!

    THANKFULLY-  our LORD is NOT vicissitudinal!   He is Unchanging;
    He is the same yesterday, today and in the coming days;
    He was, and  is, and is to come;
    He never fails;
    He never leaves;
    He is the author (beginning) and the perfector (finisher) of our faith!

    Our lesson yesterday was taken from another sermon by Dr. Tony Evans (Comforting the Afflicted- Discovering the Strength of Faith)   The main verses were in Hebrews 12:1-3 and  Hebrew 10:23-25 (NASB

    Brothers and Sisters, when we are battling Lyme- we are weighed- down (can I get an 'amen'?) 

    Scripture reminds us that we have a Saviour- one who is acquainted with suffering and grief- who dwelt in the flesh amoung us- who endured hostility, pain, isolation, shame, the weight of the sin of the world, dying on a cross....  He endured this because He was fixed on the joy set before Him-

    knowing He was to then sit at the right hand of the throne of God-- having done this 'so that you will not grow weary and lose heart'! 

    In our suffering- we must fix our eyes on Jesus: study how, in His humanity- He lived on earth by faith, how He related to His Father, and how He was set/fixed on the joy set before Him. 

    We should not fix our eyes on: our self, wrong things, things that are wrong with ourselves...  these things will be ironed out of our souls the more we fix our eyes on Jesus. 

    We must be careful not to encumbrance ourselves with these things; extra baggage will slow us down, limit us.... (even things that are not necessarily 'sinful' can slow us down from our maximum spiritual growth potential). 

    What is slowing you down today?

    Is it pain, isolation, frustration/anger, dissapointment, being misunderstood, unbelief, weariness....

    Dear One- let us fix our eyes on, and see- this One Who Is the Author and Perfector of our Faith... He is UNCHANGING, there is NO vicissitude in Him.  

    Peter fixed his eyes on Jesus and boldly stepped out onto the stormy sea-water...even when he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink- Jesus stretched out His hand to Him and lifted him up...Jesus did not condemn him in his unbelief as much as to infer that there was so much more Peter missed out on because he overwhelmed himself with his circumstance instead of Jesus' presence. 

    Matthew 14:28-32

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.

    Today- in our own stormy, vicissitudinal, day-  may you reach out and find the gentle, but firm, grasp of Jesus.  The One who understands your affliction today...who loves you...who is Lord Over All--- He is Unchanging- His Lovingkindness endures forever--  

    Look to Him today-  fix your mind, heart, and soul on Him....the wind will stop, the waves will calm, the storm will fade...

    Keep holding onto His mighty right hand.  In Him is your strength today.

    That will not change!


    Hebrews 12:1-3
    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 [a]fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary [c]and lose heart.


    Isaiah 33:2

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    2 O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You.
    Be [a]their [b]strength every morning,
    Our salvation also in the time of distress

    Isaiah 33:6

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    6 And He will be the [a]stability of your times,
    A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge;
    The fear of the Lord is his treasure.

    Isaiah 26:3

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
    Because he trusts in You.

    Isaiah 40:26

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    26 Lift up your eyes on high
    And see who has created these stars,
    The One who leads forth their host by number,
    He calls them all by name;
    Because of the greatness of His might and the [a]strength of His power,
    Not one of them is missing.

    Isaiah 40:28-29

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
    The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
    Does not become weary or tired.
    His understanding is inscrutable.
    29 He gives strength to the weary,
    And to him who lacks might He increases power.

    Isaiah 40:31

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    31 Yet those who [a]wait for the Lord
    Will gain new strength;
    They will [b]mount up with [c]wings like eagles,
    They will run and not get tired,
    They will walk and not become weary.

    Isaiah 41:10

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
    Do not anxiously look
    I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
    Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

    Saturday, December 1, 2012


    Okay- IF I am going to fudge a little on my restrictive diet- it's gotta be satisfying, and still have some merit of goodness!

    Well, I came across this site for Slow Cooker Fudge; and being I'd never made fudge before, and I like easy-  I took a look at it....I was thinking, "Hey, even if I can't eat Christmas treats anymore- I can still make some for the family to enjoy!" 

    Here's the link:

    I was pleased to discover it was a half-way-healthy fudge recipe!

    I tweeked it some more, and it turned out great!   (and even less sugar content!)

    Here's my version:

    2c Dark Chocolate Chips (1TBSP=70cal, 6g sugar, 45 fat calories)
    1/2 c Coconut Milk , canned (I used one without preservatives- by Native Forest, Original Coconut Milke, unsweetened; 1/2c= 200cal, 2g sugar, 20g total fat)
    1/4c Stevia (could add a little more if want it sweeter)
    Dash of Sea Salt

    adding later- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    Cook according to the original recipe. 

    So- I limit myself to only have a tiny piece- but it is so rich and good!   It tastes a lot like a hot-fudge ice cream topping.  I think it is all the more rich tasting because I have so very little of anything sweet these days! 

    Of course, if you decide to indulge in this tastey treat- do so with great caution, and reserve- and be sure  that you eat it in combination with having had a good helping of a quality protein source  to help keep your blood sugar level more stable.  

    It is a TREAT after all!  

    Keep strong this Holyday season!   It is all the more difficult with so many sweet  and bread treats abounding!  But, be your creative self- or ask one of your creative friends , to come up with some nummy alternatives! 

    Let's look at it not as staring into more  "No-nos"- but instead look with wide-eyed excitement and curiousity as to discovering new recipes to enjoy....

    Afterall, this holyday season isn't about the cookies- it is about Christ!  :)   And He is the One Who Truly Satisfies anyway!