Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I knew He could.....

This is a pic of what I call my "miracle knee".
Oh, I know it's nothing to brag about......
and it's still a bit swollen.....
but if only you could have seen it this time last year.


You see, I'm pretty sure that knee was headed for surgery.  I can't even explain the pain I went through for several years and just wouldn't break down and go to an ortho doctor.  I did get a cortisone shot in it at one point, but I've decided no more of those for me.  It's not the pain of the shot, but the after effects.  That had to be the most horrendous headache I ever had.  Anyway,  the pain from this knee affected so much of my life.  I had a very difficult time getting up and down stairs/steps, which kept me from going to the play room at our daughter's house.  I would NEVER carry one of the kiddos down steps because I was terrified I would fall.  I remember one day going to Wal-Mart and when I got back to the car, I had to physically pick up my leg and lift it into the car.  I couldn't get out and walk for exercise for a very long time.  I tried, but oh, the pain.  I got to the end of our road one day and didn't think I'd make it back home.  I prayed MANY times and asked God to heal my knee.  I knew that He could.....
but, I'm going to be honest and just say that I didn't think He would.  Then, last September, I was invited to join an on-line weight loss challenge.  You can click here for more info, if you're interested.  I was hesitant to join because I figured it would just be another total waste of my time, all for naught, but I knew that if I could lose some weight, it would help my knee.  For some reason this time it's been different.   I think that "reason" is because I gave this struggle to God, and I truly give Him all the credit.  I've started trying to remember to even say "for Your Glory, Lord" before I weigh.  When I went to the doctor in March for my yearly physical, my MD was very pleased, especially with my blood work numbers.  And, I'm able to get out and walk again

I've said many times that I wish I could have lost this weight years ago and had back all the $$$$ I spent trying.  I don't think it happened for several reasons.....
one, because it wasn't in HIS timing.....
and secondly, I didn't give it to HIM!

I realize there are many who struggle with bad knees and they do require surgery.  PLEASE know that I'm in no way trying to say that God heals ALL injuries and health problems.  What I'm trying to say is that I knew that God could heal my knee.....
but I had to do something, too, I couldn't just continue overeating and abusing my body and expect Him to heal me right up. (although that's exactly what I did for over 2 years.....yep, I'm a slow learner) Even the strength to do that "something" came from Him.


(a sign that hangs on the wall behind the computer desk)



HOPE everybody has a wonderful Wednesday!

Breathing in Grace,

Monday, July 6, 2015

One Twenty-One.....

As I'm reading through the Psalms, Chapter 121 was in my daily reading this week. 
It was a reminder of my birth date.....
January 21st.  

I think I'm gonna claim it as my LIFE chapter!


Happy Monday, Everybody!!!

Breathing in Grace,




Sunday, July 5, 2015

SONday Morning Song - Sky Spills Over.....

I heard this song last week and sent myself a text (am I the only person who does that?) so I could remember to look it up to share with y'all today.  Michael W. Smith has been around for many years, but I still love to hear him sing!


HOPE everybody has a blessed SONday!

Breathing in Grace,

 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Foto.....



Let's all remember what the day stands for.....
FREEDOM.

Galatians 5:13
 For you have been called to live in freedom, 
my brothers and sisters. 
But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. 
Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

HOPE your 4th of July weekend is AWESOME!

Have fun.....
stay safe.....
enjoy life!!!

Breathing in Grace,




Thursday, July 2, 2015

Life is short.....

Edited to add:
And then this showed up in my Instagram feed this morning......
because God is really trying to get my attention about that thing called ATTITUDE!!!


image credit to Little Bit Funky


 I spent way too many years not truly enjoying my life, and I know it had to do with how I was "raised up".  
I think what's brought about the biggest change in my attitude is the blessing of our GRAND-kiddos.  
I want them to see Nannie as happy and fun.....
not an old fuddy-duddy!!!























HOPE everybody has a Terrific Thursday!!!

Breathing in Grace,





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday's Word - Meaningful.....

A meaningful life is not about:
Being rich,
Being popular,
Being highly educated 
or being perfect.....


A meaningful life is about:
Being real,
Being humble,
Being honest,
Being sincere,
Being able to share ourselves,
Being able to touch the lives of others.

Only then will you have a full, happy and contented life.
HOPE your Wednesday has meaning!


Breathing in Grace,

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Feelin' Crafty.....


Edited to add:
Ms. Rebecca asked me a question and I realized I didn't clarify that I printed the "Porch Rules" onto a piece of  "printable burlap" (found in 3 to a pack sheets at Wal-Mart), then hand stitched it to the pillow.  

I think after making the purse from the leather jacket, 
I kinda got in the "mood" to do a few more crafts.
Sewing is a craft, isn't it?  
I'm gonna call it that, anyway!

Remember these pillows that were made from the curtain I found at the thrift store (the flowered ones)?



Well, after making the one with the house numbers on it, I wished I had done something different.....
maybe with "Home Sweet Home", 
like the one I made for my best friend, Dawn.....


Then, I had a light bulb moment.
And, since those can be rare,
I figured I'd better run with it before the light burned out!

I've shared before how much I love sitting on our front porch.  So I paid a visit to Pinterest and searched for "Porch Rules" signs and kinda did a "pick and choose" of things that struck my fancy.  I opened up a Word document and typed in the phrases I liked best and changed around the fonts......
picked the colors that matched the pillow fabric.....
and printed it right out.  I had to hand stitch it over the house numbers and that's what took the longest.

Any-who.....
here's how she turned out.....


I wish I had added "PRAY"......
because I love to sit on the porch and do just that!

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, 
do it with all your might.

How about y'all?

What have your hands been finding to do lately?

HOPE Everybody has a great Tuesday!

Breathing in Grace,


p.s....Because I tend to be a bit wordy,
(I'm sure you haven't noticed that.....LOL).....
I'll share a few more "Wise Old Owl Designs" in a later post so this one won't be so long!!!











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