Monthly Archives: November 2017

November 29 Pearl

November 29

Today my husband and I have been married for nine years! As every relationship does we have had our ups and downs and are stronger for the bumps in the road.

I saw this phrase today: Life gives lemons to good people, bad people, old people, all people. Life comes with lemons. But we don’t have to suck on them.

Tonight we went out to a nice restaurant to eat. I felt a bit like a fish out of water as I’m trying to dress up and be fancy. I’m assuming growing up Amish makes me more comfortable with down to earth simple things.

I had my fingernails and toenails painted for tonight’s occasion. It so odd for me to have them painted. Its out of character for me to dress up. It feels strange.

I like to look good, but I want to do it without make up, heels and souping up my hair and nails. If I had my choice I probably would not dress up very often.

I’m probably uncomfortable because I’m insecure about how I look. I don’t really measure up to other women who get all dressed up. Its hard to be someone I’m not.

My Pearl is that The Lord made me just the way I am and I’m ok in His eyes.

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November 28 Pearl

November 28

For you are a slave to whatever controls you! Yikes! 2 Peter 2:19. I am controlled by my hormones and my husbands delicious brownies.

Obviously I have a choice I can be controlled by the Lord and be enslaved to Him instead of my hormones. But geez some days when my skin is crawling and I want to yell at everyone its hard not to be enslaved.

Today I had blood drawn checking my adrenal glands, my thyroid, my hormones, and also to check for any autoimmune disorders.

I’m a bit concerned about my lower back and the shooting pain down my leg. It feels very similar to what my neck felt like when I had herniated discs.

Either way I’m going to check to see if I have RA and then I can lay it to rest instead of always wondering in the back of my mind if I have RA. I should know within the next couple of weeks. Peace of mind will be nice. I guess I’m hoping for a negative result.

Today I noticed that a happy button had been set up by the time clock. It allowed you to push whichever button that equated to the kind of day you had. So there was a sad face and a mediocre face and then of course the real happy face.

The buttons were big, almost like a family feud button. They were different colors too. I pushed the mediocre and then it made me happy to push the button and so I turned around and hit the big smiley face button and I felt better.

I don’t know what experiment they are doing, but it worked for me today. I felt better after pushing the button!

My pearl is the joy found in the small things. In spite of my raging hormones and crawling skin, I found joy in pushing the button to express myself.

November 27 Pearl

November 27

I saw a young man at the grocery store. To me he looked young, maybe 30? He was taking a wheelchair apart and putting it in the back of his van. He then proceeded to load the van with at least 20 bags of groceries.

I thought to myself as I watched him, wow, can you imagine the time he has to allow to take this wheelchair apart for both loading at home, at the store and then back at home.

I don’t know if the person in the wheelchair was his wife? She was already in the vehicle. I would imagine if I was in a wheelchair my husband would probably say I’ll just go get the groceries.

You could tell it is was more work than putting two kids in car seats. He didn’t have a wheelchair van which was the reason he had to take the electric wheelchair apart.

As I watched this gentleman I thought to myself, “I really have no clue what it would be like to be so limited!” I run around quickly, jump in the car and do this or that..imagine if I wasn’t able to walk?

I have been having pain shooting down my left leg off and on for a month now. I’m getting a bit nervous. With my others spine issues, I know what it could be. I keep doing stretches, rolling on a tennis ball and icing. It feels better after I do these things every day.

However, just sitting here typing I have shooting pain in my right calf. Ugh. I must learn to be content with whatever the Lord allows with my body.

My Pearl is that I can work today and I don’t have to worry about tomorrow.

November 26 Pearl

November 26

Have you ever felt like you needed to say something negative to a perfect stranger and you waver back and forth and then you just keep your mouth shut?

This happened to me on the flight home from Florida yesterday. I was sitting in the middle seat and this child behind me was flipping the tray table up and then down, up and then down. He was kicking the seat with his feet in between.

The child was sitting on the parents lap and so the parent was allowing this child to flip the tray up and down and kick my seat.

The heat started rising inside of me. I go back and forth in my mind, ok Lord can I live with this? I know the parent is just trying to keep the child entertained. Maybe I can lean forward the whole two hour flight?

Each time the child hits the seat and flips the tray table I’m getting hotter and hotter and I’m starting to feel like I may do something I will regret like make a scene. I seriously wanted to stand up and scowl down at the parent and say SERIOUSLY ???!!!!

Since I’m a bit hormonal I knew that I had a limit and I did NOT want to wait until I reached it. I thought it would be better to say hey that is really annoying versus waiting until I got ugly.

So I did exactly that. I turned around, I made eye contact with the parent and I tried to smile and I said, “That is really annoying.” I didn’t get angry, I just stated it and the parent said. “Ok.”

The child cried a lot after that, but that is normal and did not bother me. But the kicking and the tray table, I just could NOT tolerate.

I’m glad I said something before I was so upset that I would say something mean. I don’t think there was anything wrong with telling a perfect stranger that what they were doing was really annoying. Sometimes we just have to say it how it is, without being rude.

My Pearl is that we can be kind and still voice our negative feelings, we don’t need to wait until we explode and become inappropriate.

November 25 Pearl

November 25

We are hanging in the airport waiting to board the airplane. Another Thanksgiving holiday behind us and now we are on to the Christmas season.

As I look around the airport people appear grumpy. Too much family, sodium or sugar results in people getting out of sorts.

I always enjoy seeing family, but then I look forward to going home and getting back to my normal routine. I’m tired from being up late and out of routine.

I’m reminded of the verses: Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding…Isaiah 40:28

I’m so glad the Lord doesn’t get tired or cranky or hormonal. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. We can rely on Him no matter where we are geographically or emotionally.

We are heading back to Indiana where its cold and we will enjoy comfort food again. I realized while I was here in Florida that its typically hot enough that people don’t want comfort food. I ate plenty of food just because it was the holiday not necessarily for comfort.

My Pearl is that the Lord is new every morning and can give us a fresh start each day with our desire to eat right.

November 24 Pearl

November 24

Today we took a sight seeing boat cruise around the Sarasota Bay. We learned that a gentleman had decided to fight to preserve the trees. He would pace back and forth along the beach to make sure it was taken care of.

A rich company came to town and tried to buy the mangrove trees and this man fought it and won. I found that fascinating that someone would be so motivated to preserve nature.

Now the mangrove trees have little tunnels where you can go kayaking and as you enter the grove of trees they cover the top of the tunnel and creates a world of its own in nature.

Along the Bay were many million dollar mansions. Most of the homeowners do not live there. The only people you see are the ones caring for the house like gardeners etc.

I’m trying to wrap my mind around even owning one of these houses; but only being there a couple weeks or a month out of the year?! I can’t quite fathom it.

The world is full of so many different walks of life. Here you have people who have so much money they can own million dollar homes and not live there. Then in third world countries you have people living in mud huts with no running water.

We feel a need to update our homes when things get out of date “so to speak.” We change things in our homes not because they are needed, but because we want to update.

Can you imagine explaining this concept to a person who lived in a mud hut? Do you think they would update their mud hut? I know I’m silly, but this is how I was thinking as I was on the cruise today.

I can be content with much or little. I can be a good steward with what God has given me and keep this same principle no matter how much I have. Help me Lord to keep the right view of money/possessions.

My pearl is that I am rich with an inheritance in heaven, that can not be destroyed. I may never have a mansion on earth, but I have one waiting for me in heaven.

November 23 Pearl

November 23

Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful loves endures forever. Psalms 136:4.

There are many verses in the Bible that include giving thanks. Its harder to be depressed or worried if we are giving thanks. A grateful heart is an anecdote for stress and anxiety.

I want to be grateful for what I do have and not on what I don’t have. No matter how much we have there is always more that can be had. If we have one house and we pay that one off we then want another house. The list goes on…Its never enough.

Today we had the joy of sharing Thanksgiving with family in Florida. The food was great, but most importantly we made memories.

We played Balderdash which is a bluffing game. Making up funny definitions is always entertaining. We had so many great laughs.

My pearl is family fun and fellowship. I’m grateful for family to share life with.