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  1. Latest update on my hubs... At his last primary visit, the doc told him that he could very well have neuropathy and that his foot problem could be a new normal. That is the reason he sent him to a neurologist (whom he saw today). He also approved an alternative medicine for Randy to use, not holding out much hope for it. It does seem to be helping, though. Fast forward to today. We just arrived home from the neurologist who gave us both good and bad news. The good news? There is no accident-caused neuropathy. His foot just needs to heal, which will still take some time. The bad news? Both of his feet indicate that he does, indeed have neuropathy. She said most likely from pre-diabetes/diabetes. It is not severe yet, and it can be staved off with a few things, one of them being exercise. He cannot walk at a speed which can cause him to work up a sweat and bring up his heart rate, so she recommended a stationery bike. 150 minutes/week (not all at once of course LOL). So we will be looking into that. He also is still limited in the amount of time he can be on his feet. We were already working on his carb intake due to his triglyceride levels, but have slipped somewhat of late. We will need to get back to that so that his glucose level does not elevate. Randy has felt that the foot seems to be improving some lately. We have been cautiously optimistic and waiting for the neuro visit before concluding anything. In my last update I asked folks to join me in praying for a miracle. While there is still a long way to go, we believe God is answering that prayer. With all my heart I thank those of you who have been praying - and I ask you to continue. And, by the way - Randy has been driving! Amen!
  2. Different folks get put in FB "jail" for things. But I've never had any problem posting about Jesus.
  3. Our church was very small to begin with, but over the last year it has shrunk (due to gossip and folks not liking what the Bible says about their sin...). We are an older church, meaning that most of us are close to 60 or older. And so the various health issues of aging affect us. Other issues do as well. One of our ladies just underwent back surgery. She will be in the hospital for 5-7 days, and then who knows how long to recover, with another surgery in 4-6 weeks. Her blood pressure is too low right now, so she is in ICU. Her name is Linda. Linda's husband, Jim, just found out that part of one of his lungs has collapsed, and there is a mass. Another lady, Pat, has congestive heart disease and is really struggling with water buildup. I would appreciate prayer for these 3 folks, but also for the entire church. With my husband's injury, he is not able to get out knocking on doors, so we are not making contacts. Would appreciate prayer that God will grow our church, both spiritually and physically.
  4. Yes...I'm from the other side of the country, Pacific seafood. However, there is a lot that I used to eat that I just don't care for any more. Crab, shrimp. I do still like a good piece of fish. If we go to Red Lobster again before another year, I will likely order salmon.
  5. Not only Cajun, but CHICKEN! LOL - that just makes our son shake his head every time. Going to a SEAFOOD place and ordering FOWL. heheheh It's like going to a steak place and ordering hamburger (which I do...). Today my mom and I went to lunch while we waited for her brakes to be fixed. I had fish and "chips" - house made potato chips, warm from the deep fryer. There was enough to bring home for my supper tonight. Randy wanted me to pick him up a rotisserie chicken while I was out, so that's what he'll be having. Probably the whole thing. Can you tell we like chicken? bahaha!
  6. Sunday morning after church, our son took us to Red Lobster for Father's Day. We don't go very often, so Randy and I both usually order the Cajun Chicken Linguine. Even though they are making the portions smaller now, there was so much! I brought most of mine home and we enjoyed it last night for dinner as well. I have no idea what we'll be having tonight.
  7. I hadn't posted an update on Facebook for a while until this morning. Some of it is a repeat of the previous post, but here it is: A few weeks ago, the doctor cleared Randy to go back to work. He had already been back to preaching, but now would need to go back to home health aid. We were not thrilled with this, because we know how much pain he's in (well, I know from observation, he from - obviously - experience). The first week there were some issues that seemed like would end up with his losing his workman's comp. We know that if that had happened, God would take care...briefly summed it was because he had been released for light/moderate duty, but even the light duty was too much. He had three days with 1 shift each day, 1 1/2 hour each. Sounds easy peasy, right? Well, he had just gotten to the point where he was sleeping at night for maybe 3 hours at a shot before pain woke him. The night after his first shift was not horrible, but it wasn't as well as the previous nights had been. The second night was worse, and he woke in the morning for his third shift with his foot so swollen (this was after propping it the rest of the previous day and night) he could hardly get his shoe on. Yet he still went to work. So...he had to see the doctor again. He wanted me to go in with him, to make sure that he remembered everything he wanted to discuss. Upshot of the visit was that the doc limited him to two 1 1/2 hour shifts per week. While that is still difficult for him, it is much better than the 3 shifts. So he's done two weeks like that, and heading into his third week. The doctor had also referred him to a neurologist for his foot. And the doc told Randy that it's very likely that he has neuropathy (which is not curable)...and that this is quite likely his "new normal." He has an appointment for June 26 He still isn't driving, so my mom and I take turns bringing him to work - and finding something to do in town so we don't have to drive home and go back. =D Just this morning, as he was walking to his chair, he was limping badly. I asked him if he was ok...he was having some intense surges of pain. He had to get to his chair and sit before he fell. The surges of pain are one big reason he isn't driving right now. And they are intensely painful. It bothers him that he can't get outside and putter with things - like mowing the lawn. Our son has come and done some mowing, and my wonderful sister and her boyfriend spent 4 hours (that's a total of 8 hours...) this past Saturday mowing and weed eating - and they weren't able to finish it all! Not because they weren't working like lunatics, but because there's just so much to do! Randy feels guilty about not being out there (I know, and he knows, there isn't anything he can do about it, but there it is...). So there's that. And he is a bit frustrated at not being able to be out knocking on doors for church. It's something that he has always loved doing, and now cannot do. At the same time, he knows that God is in control - and he is looking forward to God working in our lives and in our church. And he is enjoying the extra time to study. Me? I'm concerned greatly. He has several health issues that can be life-threatening. I'm praying for a miracle. A miracle that, even if he has neuropathy, our Great Physician will heal him. I can't really put into words all that is in my heart. But I would ask that you join me in praying for that miracle. Thank you for continuing to pray for my Randy.
  8. Alrighty then. This thread is going to be locked as soon as I'm done posting this. And I think you'll understand why... MJW has brought to this thread nonsense spewed on David Icke's forum. David Icke is a conspiracy theorist (please understand, I'm not against every "conspiracy theory" because the devil really is out to get us) who is anti-Israel, believes shape-shifting lizards control the earth, parallel universes, that he is a son of the godhead, had an illegitimate child from his wife-approved relationship with a psychic (his wife renamed herself Michaela, you know - from the archangel Michael). I could go on and on, but I don't need to. The fact remains that the nonsense listed in this thread appears on his official forum. I'm leaving the thread intact simply for educational purposes. However, to the reader of this forum: please be advised that what MJW has said and posted in this thread is not biblical. @John Young, if you'd like to comment, let me know. I'll be glad to unlock it for your comment, since you are the originator of the thread.
  9. Sorry, but Jesus didn't say, "And, as he slept, he dreamed that he was in Hell and this is what he went through..." Nope. He said, "And in Hell, he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence." Nowhere in that passage, neither before, during, nor after, does Christ mention anything about a dream. As you've quoted from several scriptures, when someone is dreaming, God makes it clear. What is clear in Luke is that the conscious rich man awoke in Hell. In torment. Not in a nightmare. In eternity.
  10. Molly's cancer is now in her lymph nodes. She is facing several tests and surgeries. Added to the burden of her health is the financial aspect. And, of course, her family. Both her son and her husband are pretty well (understandably!) upset. She asked me to thank those who are praying.
  11. This is interesting - @DaveW, have you heard about this? In September 2018, a 20-strong team of palaeontologists and volunteers gathered near Karoola homestead in Central West Queensland to rescue a slew of dinosaur footprints (figure 1).1,2,3Over 20 days, they excavated endangered tracks from a dry creek bed and moved them some 100 km to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum near Winton, founded by Executive Chairman, David Elliott. Australian vertebrate palaeontologist Dr Stephen Poropat of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is leading the research work. The tracks were first exposed 20 years before when floods altered the course of the creek. Although landowners often passed the impressions, they did not recognise their significance (figure 2). However, a couple of years ago, a visitor suggested the features were dinosaur footprints, an opinion later supported by palaeontologists. Some 25 per cent of the total footprint area, which was about the size of two basketball courts, was relocated, including all the fragile prints. Relocation will continue to the end of winter 2019... For the rest of the article: https://creation.com/dinosaur-footprints-karoola-australia
  12. I hear you on that long road. Ours hasn't been as long as yours, but we're still walking it as well.
  13. @Ukulelemike, please let your wife know I'm praying for her. I hope she gets back on her feet and feeling better soon. Today we had our monthly potluck, so tonight was leftovers. Three cheese ziti with sweet Italian sausage, meatballs in sweet chili sauce, salad. With German chocolate cake for dessert.
  14. I haven't posted in this thread for a while, because nothing was changed, really. Randy is still healing, still in pain, still walking...but... The last time he saw his doctor, the doctor marked that he was able to go back to light/moderate work. sigh...Sadly, it wasn't because he saw such great improvement. His reasoning was that "L & I need to see some progress." L & I is the workman's comp company (L & I stands for Labor and Industries - they are more than just workman's comp). They (L & I) had decided a few weeks back that Randy no longer needed his pain meds. And, although there is a form the doc could fill out to extend it, he stopped prescribing them. So now Randy is in much more pain, and expected to go back to work helping clients...all so a company can "see some progress." Well, he talked to someone at work who suggested starting with one client. He said okay. Checked his calendar, and he was scheduled for 3 mornings with the one, and an afternoon with a second one. He talked to the woman, as well as her helper, and let them know that he is physically unable to just sit for 4 hours (which is what he would be doing in the afternoon) with his leg down, and there is no way to sit with his leg up at that client. So they took him off. And then asked him to do 3 evenings with the morning client, same day. He had to tell them he couldn't do that right now, that he needed to see how things went first. So because of that, they "turned him in" to L & I for "refusing shifts." And L & I said they would no longer be sending him comp because of it. I am dealing with some anger over this. He went to his client the three mornings. My mom or I drove him and stayed in town for the 1 1/2 hours. He was in a great deal of pain Wed and Thurs by the time he got home. Both nights were bad for him again (his sleeping had only just begun to improve), with Thurs night being really bad. Friday morning his foot was so swollen it was hard to get his slip-on shoe on. So he told them he could not do Fri mornings, that he would only do Wed and Thurs mornings for now. That might seem like he's refusing shifts, but really - how sensible is it to send a lame caregiver to help clients? We do know that God is in control. But I'm feeling like a butterfly trying to get out of the cocoon. His doc wants him to see a neurologist about his foot. He couldn't get in until June 26, and something was said about L & I not covering anything after May. I guess those pencil pushers know when healing is complete. sigh He is really struggling with pain now. And now the bottom of his foot is tingling. His INR was too low yesterday. And it's sunny here...beautiful weather. But he can't get out and mow or putter around the yard. It's bugging him. But he's so thankful for the extra time to study. And to top it off, I've been dealing with a tooth infection since Randy got home from the hospital. The antibiotic made me very ill, so had to stop taking it. The infection was finally clearing up and I was hit again last weekend with massive pain and swelling. Got a stronger antibiotic that doesn't set well, but isn't making me ill. I have a referral request in to an oral surgeon - please pray that will work out and I can get this tooth pulled. This post feels like a downer, and I don't mean it to be. I'm just skimming over how things are going right now. And I'm thankful for the prayer.
  15. Thank you. We do still earnestly covet prayer.
  16. He is not doing well, Rosie. The family still needs loads of prayer.
  17. I have not heard from Molly for a while, even though I have tried contacting her. However, the other day this gofundme was shared to her FB wall. There is no new information, but I thought if anyone desired to be of financial help, it might be good to post it here. If I hear anything more, I will let you know. https://www.gofundme.com/ngw8pu-mollys-cancer-fund?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=p_email%2B3201-24hr-reminder-v5&fbclid=IwAR0IOF_QhSAOI1XO6H8YLLl4MyYc9uNq6nnRvSwXDScyLlXIE-4Eb10bLwE
  18. Homemade beef and vegetable soup tonight.
  19. I'm sorry that you have this baggage, Corinne. Battles of the mind are some of the hardest to fight. God tells us that our minds shape what we are - "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." This verse is speaking directly about an evil man, but the principle is still there - as we think, so we are. Sin of any kind becomes baggage, and the mind will always battle it. You are battling religious indoctrination, others battle past experiences of a different type. But the Holy Spirit is able - and willing - to help us. The only way to conquer this kind of thing is to completely immerse oneself in scripture and prayer. Maybe you could do a Bible study on the mind? Eph. 5:26 says "That he might sanctify and cleanse it by the washing of water by the word..." The verse is speaking of the church. Who is the church? We are...God can wash our minds by the word. The indoctrination you underwent will be hard to shake - I'm not in any way saying it will be easy. But God is able. Will be praying for you.
  20. That would be fine if you desire. If you do, I would probably explain why I think it's not flawed or incorrect. LOL Yes, we should focus on the core errors of their doctrine...but keep in mind: bad doctrine is where EVERY cult that has formed came from.
  21. I agree with what Dave said in both of his posts. I currently have a female doctor, for the first time in my life (other than one visit with my OB's co-doctor when I was expecting our son - and I didn't care for her at all). I'm not convinced she's the best around...but I don't believe it's a sin for a woman to have a male doctor. Interestingly, the only physician in the Bible whose gender we are given is Luke.
  22. Thanks for posting #3. I couldn't find it. LOL I know you don't agree with the cult narrative...but I do. I've seen far too many ministries with leaders like this man (from personal experience as well as peripheral). They do become cult-like in that their leader is never to be questioned, always to be believed regardless of what the Bible might actually say (and many are supposedly soulwinners as well - soulwinning does not expunge bad doctrine, bad behavior, or deceit). That he has launched a "movement" (the newIFB) that is not biblical (just his last statement [from that 9 minute vid, let alone his other nonsense] on Israel alone proves that) pushes if from cult-like to a cult. IMO. ~~~~~~~ That first guy quoted on the 3rd video actually describes Anderson and his followers. And Anderson described himself pretty well at the end of the video. Again, IMO.
  23. Apparently a number of you have received a pm from someone going by the name of Jessica. I'm sorry you've gotten this inappropriate pm. Please know that we appreciate the reports of this pm, and this person has been banned.
  24. Agreed - that isn't right in any way, shape, or form.

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