Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Back to Bible Study!

Today I went to my first Bible study in over a year! It was such a blessing to be there and I, of course, got all choked up when it was my time to introduce myself and share how God has been working in my life.  I wish I wouldn't do that, but it's how God made me, so that's how it is.  Going back to Bible study has been one of my goals for this year and it was so great to actually meet that goal today and be doubly blessed by being there with my Sisters in Christ.  I'm in an amazing group of sweet ladies and I know that the Lord put me in this precious group.  I'm looking forward to learning what God has to show me as we study 1 and 2 Peter and John.

We also had a special speaker today and his story was jaw dropping, scary and inspiring all at once! To hear how Jesus stepped in on their situation as Kenya missionaries was just amazing.  This couple has been serving the Lord in Africa and were brutally attacked by men with clubs and machetes and lived to tell about it! His whole message was about forgiveness and how it will set us free.  It was such a blessing to have this man share his story and I'm so glad I was there to hear it.

It was so wonderful to see some of my friends that I haven't seen for a long time and I was especially blessed to run into one of my dear friends that I've painted with and just shared my heart with so many times.  We have plans to get together soon and I'm so looking forward to it!

I had a back injection on Monday and, based on the amount of sedation I was given and the fact that I still felt the shot, I'm going to assume that this shot was pretty deep and intrusive.  I was sick to my stomach after the injection, which has never happened before.  I was also very sore that night and ended up sleeping on my new blue and white checked recliner/loveseat as I just couldn't get comfortable anywhere else.  I am even more thankful for this new, wonderful piece of furniture!!

I also found this

Let me tell you, this thing is wonderful!! The great thing about this heating pad is that it's soft and doesn't have that plastic insert that ends up sticking to itself.  I also love that I can set it to go off in 2 hours or if I'm having a lot of pain, it will stay on until I turn it off.  This is a great feature for night when I'm trying to sleep and need the heat for the pain relief.  I am so happy to have found this great heating pad! It has helped me so much already!

I'm really tired tonight as I only had 4 hours sleep last night.  I think I was so anxious about going back to the Bible study, my mind was just racing.  I was so tired as I was getting ready to go, but got so energized being there and my sleep deprivation didn't hit me until I got home.  I did get 2 loads of laundry done, though, and am pleased to tell you that I do not bend, twist or lift.  I use these

to sort, lift, and put the clothes into the washer from my baskets.  I also folded these into my rolling bag that my hubby bought me almost 2 years ago and took them with me to the Bible study today.  If I drop something, I don't have to ask someone to pick it up for me or hurt myself by bending over to retrieve it myself.  I did drop my back pillow and was so happy to have my handy-dandy tool and pick it up all by myself.  I'm learning to not worry about what others think but just do what I have to do!  I use this wonderful tool around the house for many things.  When the clothes are dry, my hubby carries the basket in by the couch where I fold and hang up the clothes.  I love that I can help out with the laundry!  Did I say that I used to despise doing the laundry?  Now I love it because I can do it! Amazing when you can't do something how much you appreciate doing it when you can again. 

I'm heading off to bed as I have my prayer meeting in the morning, which I'm looking forward to.  I wasn't able to go last week as I had a touch of that flu that's been going around.  It will be so great to be back again praying with my Sisters for the needs of the church family. 

God bless you - Julie


  1. Way to go to have these wonderful blessings to help you be able to continue making your a house a home. Praise God for these inventions that help when your living with chronic pain like that...As for your tears...your right, God made you that way. It is such a gift to be able to shed tears..tears of joy and tears of sadness.Love ya girl. Sweet dreams.

  2. That's great, Julie! There's just something about getting to fellowship again that lifts the spirits I'll bet!


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