Blogs by Connie Faust
Thinking about me, my health and the work I have to do
7/5/2012 10:17:23 AM
Personal glimpses into my complaints and assignments and hints on why I do what I do.
First, I'll get the complaints out of the way!
Mild carpal tunnel syndrome--it means that, even though my hands now get tingling sensations, the strength in them has not diminished. I never thought of them as having much strength at all, but I did okay at pushing back at the doc's hands. It also means no surgery at this point--great news! I really didn't think surgery was imminent, but was hoping for some good natural tips to help me keep my fingers fit for typing.
So I am supposed to get a splint from WalMart and wear it at night. Well, what do you know? Here's one on my desk! Okay, I guess I'll start using it as directed. I was only putting it on when the arthritis gave me more pain than usual.
Next, my ankles...hoping for some relief since the cortisone shot didn't help, but my good doctor said there's a lot of arthritis there plus a small bone spur in my heel. I knew I wasn't imagining those sudden jabs of heel pain. Did I mention I am only allowed to take Tylenol? Oh, well.
Now to the pain in my side. He insists it's from diverticulosis--or itis--whichever, I have. Don't take the fiber capsules; no, stir some of that nasty powder into a drink and gulp it down once a day, or twice if once doesn't help. Double ugh!
It's hot out, too!
How can I complain when I am walking, talking, breathing?
how can I complain when I'm not falling, babbling, gasping?
My blood pressure is fine today, my fake hip and my carbon mitral valve are doing their thing, and I'm as happy as anything!
I know that God is in control. Yes, I am in His hands, those hands that suffered piercing, bleeding, dying for me. Oh, yes, He loves me! And for some reason or reasons, He has allowed me a great and generous portion of good health. You see, He has work for me to do!
Only I can write the words He puts on MY heart, whether they be poetry or prose.
Only I can love my husband in my own way, that just happens to cater to his own ways. You see, nobody knows him as I do, and God knows that, too.
Only I can give Connie-hugs to family, friends and sometimes near-strangers, as needed and prescribed by my Father.
Only I can touch the lives of those I meet when doing the things I do--the girls at the drug-store where I get my prescriptions; the beautiful young girl who is cashier at the meat-market where I buy quality meats at good prices (for today). Just this morning, she was appreciative because I was still smiling after she had to leave me at the register to help a lady with questions about the hot dogs she saw.
Who else did I meet today? Oh, yes, the man with the broom inside the entrance to the Arts Center. We talked about the weather a bit, then about sleeping with doors open years ago and how you can't do that anymore. That led into a comment about it being predicted in the bible that "evil days will get worse and worse," and how God is still in charge, and more.
Farther in, I took the month's supply of poems into the Adult Day Care Center, where the women in charge always make their appreciation known. I was rather in a hurry, but one old man (probably younger than I) waved at me, and that led to shaking hands with another man as well, and the 3 ladies on the couch watching tv. They were all so dear! The first man took my tote bag, but I snatched it back, making him laugh. They get a poem once a week to take home. I love it, because I've sometimes felt that I wanted to be in Nursing Home ministry, but never was able to.
Then, it was on to put poems in the racks at the Auditorium and the Art Gallery. To my amazement, there were only 3 poems from last month left at the Art Gallery! There are hardly any taken most months!
I'm always glad to have more taken, because God's word is often quoted at the end, or they may be prayer-poems or in other ways uplift and encourage the readers.
I love this poetry ministry!
Oh, there are so many things that God wants ME to do! Only I can have the bond of a mother and grandmother with my 5 amazing children and 13 wonderful grandchildren! I know that even without my thinking about it, they are influenced by my attitudes and my unfailing love for them. How amazing it is!
I know I could go on and on, thinking of the ways God wants me to touch others with His love.
He wants you, my dear reader, to touch them with His love, too.
First you need to invite Him into your life. Through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, you can do it.
Acknowledge that you are a sinner. (Think about it. you and I sin every day of our lives.) Know that you are separated from God because of sin. He is pure and holy. But by Jesus death, which paid the penalty for our sin, you can be forgiven and made clean--reconciled to God through the shed blood of His Son.
Do you have questions about this? Arguments? I don't like to argue, but I may be able to help you by explaining it another way.
Bottom line--"As many as received Him, He gave the power to become the sons of God...." "He that has the Son has life; He that has not the Son does not have life, but is condemned already."
The verse every Sunday School child learns:
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
Thanks for staying with me to the end of this long blog. I hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed thinking about God and His life in mine.
And come to think about it, only I can write a blog in this unique and personal Blog Space on Authors' Den!
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Sandy Hook Comfort - Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Remembering Mom's /Clothesline - Sunday, September 02, 2012
Thinking about me, my health and the work I have to do - Thursday, July 05, 2012
Cellmates -- The Madman of the Gerasenes - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
My Little Sugar - Thursday, February 09, 2012
One Sick Little Doggie - Saturday, January 28, 2012
Aaron and me - Friday, January 27, 2012
Too precious--MUST SHARE! - Monday, July 18, 2011
Spring is on its way! - Sunday, March 13, 2011
Beautiful word--Stable - Wednesday, July 07, 2010
July update on Esa - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Esa Has A Problem - Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Esa's Eyes Are Stable - Monday, May 24, 2010
Esa's Update for May 18, 2010 - Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Peter Cottontail's always busy! - Saturday, April 10, 2010
It's all about family - Monday, March 08, 2010
Family Concerns - Wednesday, February 10, 2010
God's Training for His Special Forces - Tuesday, January 19, 2010
In the prison of your circumstances - Tuesday, January 19, 2010
An Update on Esa - Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Connie Hinnen Cook's halloween advice - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Welcome Home, Elizabeth - Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Day 315 for Elizabeth - Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Precious Toddler Elizabeth Struggles to Get Well - Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Improvement for Elizabeth - Saturday, July 18, 2009
Elizabeth really needs prayer - Friday, July 17, 2009
Finally a diagnosis for Elizabeth! - Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Elizabeth Dunford Update - Saturday, July 11, 2009
May's Anniversaries - Friday, June 26, 2009
"Which Side Are You On?" - Monday, May 25, 2009
Hallelujah and Thank You, Lord! -- Jason :-) - Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Introducing Elizabeth Dunford - Saturday, April 04, 2009
Where is our dear Bonnie? - Thursday, April 02, 2009
Esa, Jason and now TAYA - Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Portrait of a Christian - Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thank You, Jesus, for Esa's good report! - Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Esa and Jason January News - Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sharp-shooter Jason In The Treestand - Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Christmas time prayers for Esa & Jason & more - Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sharpshootin' Jason Zosh - Thursday, November 20, 2008
Great Rejoicing and Thanks-giving! - Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Yes! - Thursday, October 30, 2008
Good News, Please! - Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A BIG DAY FOR ESA - Tuesday, October 28, 2008
How's Jason? - Wednesday, September 24, 2008
WATCH FOR ESA ON TV! - Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Esa Update/Jason Update - Wednesday, September 10, 2008
ESA HAS SURGERY TODAY - Tuesday, September 09, 2008
The Brave Little Soul by John Alessi - Friday, August 22, 2008
News on The Babies - Thursday, August 21, 2008
Esa's Chemo Started this week - Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The Last Chemo--hopefully forever! - Thursday, August 14, 2008
Never thought I'd go gaga over zucchini! - Monday, August 04, 2008
The Computer Swallowed Grandma - Friday, July 11, 2008
ESA - Good Day - Sad Family News - Friday, July 11, 2008
Walking the tightrope - Thursday, June 12, 2008
Righteousness - Friday, June 06, 2008
Esa's toddler cousin--a tragedy - Thursday, June 05, 2008
from Mom to Grammy in 9 easy steps, er, months, that is. - Saturday, April 05, 2008
When you're tired, write about the weather and the grandchildren - Saturday, February 09, 2008
Speaking of angels........ - Monday, November 19, 2007
Women of Hope Eat In - Friday, August 24, 2007
I'll Keep On Shining! - Tuesday, June 12, 2007
What God is accomplishing with my poetry - Saturday, June 09, 2007
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Does Mother Miss Me? - Friday, April 20, 2007
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Bird in the attic--My Favorite Things Part 2 - Thursday, April 12, 2007
My Favorite Things--Part One - Sunday, April 08, 2007
Sugar Plum - Sunday, February 04, 2007
Cooking The New Year In - Monday, January 01, 2007
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