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Philip’s 47 year wait to breathe “easy”

I hope you are doing well in spite of the hot summer sun.  The past couple of months have been more of a struggle for me than usual, at this time of year. When I need encouraging, I often go to one of my favorite books on living withBeingSickWell chronic illness, Being Sick Well by Jeffrey H. Boyd M.D., M.P.H.  This week in the book I read the true account of a severe asthmatic named Philip Holladay.

At age two, Philip developed severe asthma.  Sometimes his mother would look at him and run from the room sobbing.  No one would explain to Philip why she did this, or talk to him about his asthma. His family cared for his basic needs, but kept him at arm’s length, neglecting him emotionally.  Throughout each day he coughed up large amounts of mucus and gasped for air so loud,  you could hear him throughout the house.   He used his inhaler frequently just to breathe for a few more minutes.  (p186)  Everyday he woke up, this young boy  was amazed that he was still alive.

One day, he made a conscious decision not to associate with his two younger brothers for fear the world would reject them, as it had rejected him.   Students shunned him or made fun of him at school.  Some adults were disgusted by his symptoms, others could not look him in the eyes.  No one  reached out to him.  He slowly retreated into his own world, immersing himself in mathematics.

“When he was fourteen, in junior high and walking from one classroom to another, he suddenly stopped breathing.  He was simply unable to gasp any more air.  Alarmed, he rushed out onto the grass, took hold of the flagpole for support, grew weak and numb, and his vision dimmed.  Within minutes he would be dead.  A thousand kids walked past this dying boy.  Everyone looked, but they all turned away from his gaze.  As Phillip was suffocating, he gave up on the human race.  He wanted nothing to do with these peopleasthma21 who did not bother to call the school nurse whose office was just fifteen feet away. Philip had always gone to church but didn’t take it seriously.  He did not know if there was an afterlife.  He hoped there wasn’t.  If there were an afterlife, he wanted to be alone, with no humans to annoy him.  Then suddenly against all odds, air poured into his lungs, Philip survived.  Perhaps his bronchial muscles simply relaxed”.  p 187

After the above incident, he gave up on humans entirely, shunned everyone, and only spoke a word or two when necessary.

At 17, Philip had decided people invented God to comfort themselves. Being a mathematician, his logical mind could not make this decision without proof, so he set out to disprove God.  He read the bible from cover to cover only to find love within its borders.

Phillip lived in a loveless world, but had now found something he wanted to be a part of.  He wanted to be capable of loving people like Jesus Christ did.  He prayed a prayer to belong to Christ and then set out on a quest to change his life.  First, he had to learn how to communicate with people, so he joined a bible study.  He watched others relate and began to take baby steps himself.  Soon, Phillip emerged as a leader.  While majoring in mathematics at North Carolina State University, he served as a youth pastor.  He earned his Ph.D. and became more active socially.

At age 26 Vanceril became available as a research drug.  It was prescribed for Phillip.  For the firstFDA-phases-out-certain-inhalers-OCDIUEA-x-large time in his life, his asthma became less severe.   He began to feel as though he might have a future after all, and began to think about dating. He soon met Georgianna, a divorced mother of three , who was not put off by his coughing and wheezing.   She had experienced  an even more difficult life than Philip.   They fell in love and married.  To this day, Georgianna is his closest friend.

At age 47, some new medications were prescribed for Philip:Singular and Pulmicort.  They revolutionized his life.  He began to breathe as if he had no asthma.  The peak airflow of his lungs doubled, and became better than that of an average healthy person.  For the first time in his life, he could breathe through his nose.  (p189)

For Philip, because of the advances  in medicine, the latter part of  life is better than the beginning. What most people take for granted is a special gift to him each day of his life:unhindered breathing without gasping, coughing and pulling up mucus. He is no longer embarrassed or fearful of dying. He has peace of mind.   Philip does not even seem to have any residual bitterness or anger because of  the difficulties he experienced growing up.  As a professor of Mathematics at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, his students have many good things to say about him.  You can read some of them here at Rate My Professor.

While there are some people that do not agree with conventional medicine, Dr. Boyd has found during the research for his book Being Sick Well, that most sick people hold conventional medicine in high regard.  For me, having medication available has been a lifesaver.  I have been on hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) almost 12 years.  I am very grateful that my side effects are limited and I can live a pretty full life.  I am thankful  I do not have to take steroids or anything more powerful than Plaquenil at this point.  I have also been on cabergoline (Dostinex) or some variation of it for 20 years.  Without it, I would often suffer headaches several days a week, increased lupus symptoms and hyperprolactinaemia .

Every visit now, the doctor tells me the lupus may burn itself out someday.  Unless God intervenes, I doubt much will change with the Raynaud’s, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and osteoarthritis however.  But, every so often, with his approval,  I try to cut my hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) dosage in half.  I usually only make it 10 days to 2 weeks.  Recently, I pushed it to a month with my symptoms increasing with each passing week.  I was a little discouraged to have to go back to full dosage, until a friend reminded me how thankful I should be for medicine that helps me.

It can be easy to lose sight of the many medical blessings we  have and focus on the health challenges instead.  Not Philip.  He is living each day with a strong awareness of how blessed he is.  His quality of life would be very different today if it were not for the many people who worked  long and hard to develop effective asthma medications.

I  believe God also has a hand in the process.  He gives people wisdom, strength, and tenacity.

He [God] changes times and seasons; he [God] deposes kings and raises up others. He [God] gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.   Daniel 2:21 NIV

I am thankful to God for my medications and my doctors.  I am thankful for those that work tirelessly to bring forth new lupus drugs to help those in desperate need.   I know we are far from a perfect solution, but may the work continue, and may God help each scientist.

Hopefully, one day, each lupus patient will be able to “breathe easy” with their symptoms completely under control.  God bless the medical explorers.

Many blessings to you…Leslie Rose K

 

 

 

God’s message for Jesus while on the cross?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, hung on a cross between two criminals.  All 3 were to be put to death. Jesus’ torture prior to the cross was  especially brutal but His suffering went beyond the physical.  Among other things, He was mocked, humiliated, abandoned, and treated unjustly.  The degradation the Son of God took upon Himself was enormous, as He took the sin of humanity upon Himself.

As Jesus was nearing His last breath one of the criminals spoke.cross

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong. And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:39-43

 

I can not imagine a criminal having this revelation in the natural and telling the other criminal,  “Do you not fear God?  We are being justly condemned and getting what we deserve. ”  No, I think there is more to this.  I get a strong sense  that the Father was speaking to the Son through the mouth of this man hanging next to Him.

I could imagine the Father saying,

  • Son, you have done everything right.
  • My Son, rest assured, you will soon be with me in the kingdom once again.
  • My Son, remember the divine reason for which you are doing this, this man will be the first of many to enter the kingdom because of you.  The job is almost complete.  The way is almost made.

There have been many times when I have been in need of a strong word of encouragement and it came to me from an  unexpected source.  When this happens to me I believe it is the Divine reaching out to me, encouraging me, helping me, prodding me on to the finish line.  If God can do that for me, why not for His Son that was in dire need of  encouragement?cross-of-stone-small1

How about you, are you sensitive to God meeting you in unexpected ways?  Do you know that God can use you to speak His words of hope and blessing to those around you?  God is amazing.  I believe when we are sensitive to Him, and the way He moves in our lives, He does so even more.

God longs for relationship with us.  He longs to communicate with us and bless us.  This was the purpose of the cross.  To make a bridge between us and God so that we could be in relationship with Him through His Son Jesus.

If you are not familiar with Easter/Resurrection Sunday, it is a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which occurred three days after his crucifixion at Calvary.  For the whole account you can read Luke 22 to 24  HERE.

john 3 16Happy Easter.  May you have a very blessed day.  I hope you saw a different side of God and the Easter story as you read this post.

Leslie Rose K

 

30 Posts of enCOURAGEment Post 30

Here it is, post 30 of the series.   I bet in the beginning you did not know where I was heading as I wrote about Susan Boyle and Bob Hope.  Part way through I said to my husband, “why didn’t I do 20 posts of enCOURAGEment instead of 30?”  The goal was daunting at times but  I  learned  a lot.  So how do I wrap this up?  What words of encouragement do I have for you?

Encouragement can come in many forms, from all sorts of places and people.   Recently someone tactfully pointed out to me, that perhaps I was missing some of the encouragers God has put in my life.  I knew she was right.  It is so easy to get sidetracked and feel as though we are moving through life alone and unnoticed.  We have to constantly bring ourselves back to reality.

How do we remedy not noticing the encouragers God has given to us?

  • Contemplation: spending quiet time thinking about the different areas in life and the people that have been or are there to encourage us along.
  • Documentation: Get out your gratitude journal or start one and write out the thoughts of gratitude for each person on thegratitude-journal list.  Document how they have encouraged you, what that meant to you, and how it made you feel. This can be broken up over the course of days or week.  Gratitude journals are not to be rushed through.

What do we do from there?

  • I try to thank people for encouraging me, helping me or blessing me in some other way.  I try to be as specific as I can.
  • Sometimes I will send a note or email thanking them.
  • On occasion a gift may even be in order.Gratitude-Image-440

Why bother being grateful? Alex Korb , Ph.D. in his Psychology Today article discusses the impact of gratitude on the brain.

  • One study showed “young adults assigned to keep gratitude journals showed greater increases in determination, attention, enthusiasm and energy compared to the other groups.”
  • Another study showed “even a weekly gratitude journal was beneficial.  Subjects assigned to journal weekly on gratitude showed greater improvements in optimism.”
  • a third study found that “higher levels of gratitude were associated with better sleep, and with lower anxiety and depression.”
  • They found that “subjects who showed more gratitude overall had higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus. This is important because the hypothalamus controls a huge array of essential bodily functions, including eating, drinking and sleeping. It also has a huge influence on your metabolism and stress levels.”

Gratitude should definitely be in the arsenal of tools we use to help us reclaim our lives after a diagnosis of lupus or other autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Korb says, “Gratitude requires an appreciation of the positive aspects of your situation. It is not a comparison. Sometimes noticing what other people don’t have may help you see what you can be grateful for, but you have to take that next step. You actually have to show appreciation for what you have, for it to have an effect.”

I think it is time for me to get my Grace Journal out again.  This time I will be targeting the people God has placed in my life to encourage me in one way or another.  What perfect timing with Thanksgiving just around the corner.  Won’t you join me in the next few weeks and do the same?  The benefits are powerful and will give us strength for the busy holiday.

While I will continue to write this blog, I am going to add a second one titled Wisdom from God’s WordClick here for background information.  Wisdom from God’s Word will simply be daily verses from the bible that will hopefully encourage you and help you on your journey.

I am grateful for you my reader.  I am grateful for the strength and ability to have been able to write this blog for the last 3 years.  I 4507324am grateful for the people who have encouraged me along the way. Thank you. Leslie Rose K

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30 Posts of enCOURAGEment Post 29

As promised post 29 of this series is about encouraging others.  Your health issues with lupus or other autoimmune diseases may be such that you feel you do not have the ability to be an encourager. I pray you will feel differently as you read this post about an amazing encourager.

Imagine moving to a different land with your husband and two young sons because there is a famine where you live.  Family-Travel-How-To-Make-PlansYou do not know anyone, you do not know the area, but over time you adjust.   One day you become a widow, and there is more adjusting to do.  Your sons marry and you wait expectantly for grandchildren.  Years pass and tragedy strikes instead.  You now find yourself a childless widow with two daughter-in-laws.   It is time to adjust some more, but you are spent.

Let me introduce you to Naomi from the Old Testament of the Bible.

After hearing  there was food again in her homeland, Naomi decided to return home.  To her surprise,  both daughter-in-laws offered to leave their homeland and go with her.  She urged them to return to their people knowing that moving to a new land and culture would be challenging for them.   Reluctantly Orpah left, but Ruth clung to Naomi saying,

“Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you.  For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”  Ruth 1:16 & 17**

Most people have no idea that these amazing words were first spoken by a daughter-in-law to her mother-in-law.  We tend to relate them to lovers at a wedding ceremony.   But if anyone needed to hear words like this it was Naomi.

Imagine these two women traveling alone 100 miles over the mountains, across the valley, and up through the wilderness*, probably by foot, maybe by donkey.  It sounds overwhelming, scary, and long to me.  Then there is the arrival.  I would not like being the center ofCedar_Mtn_Wilderness attention, and the recipient of everyone’s  sympathy or pity.  It would, however, be comforting to be with familiar people in a familiar place.  It would be good to be home, though very bittersweet.

Whenever I read the book of Ruth I cringe as Naomi tells the people at home  “I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty.” (Ruth 1:21a)  In my opinion the Lord did not bring her back completely empty.  Yes, she was home without her husband and sons but God gave her a tremendous gift in the person of Ruth.

Ruth was not about to let her mother-in-law make the long difficult journey alone.   She had no intention of letting her be comfortless on the journey and was not about to let her face her people alone.  Ruth was a loyal encourager.   She was there to inspire hope, ruth naomicourage, and confidence in Naomi, during one of her most difficult hours in life.

Ruth had her own challenges.  She no longer had the companionship, love, and protection of her husband.  She had to fend for herself at a time when it was extremely difficult for widows.  She was going to a place where she would be an outsider.  Ruth did not let her own challenges and heartbreak stop her from reaching out to someone else in need.  In the end Ruth was greatly rewarded for her selfless actions.

If you read the Book of Ruth, you will see Naomi helped Ruth catch the attention of a kind and loving relative who took her as his wife. She later had a child bringing Naomi much joy.  The real reason however, that she was able to catch this man’s attention was her love and devotion to Naomi.  He saw her heart.

Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11 But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Ruth 2:10-12**

Even though you may feel like Naomi in the struggles you go through with your health, I urge you to be a Ruth, and reach out to someone in need of your encouragement.  Reaching out selflessly will have its own rewards.  I guarantee you will be blessed in one wayHe-who-refreshes-otherswill-himself-be-refreshed or another.

Many blessings to you.  Leslie Rose K

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*Reference: Who’s Who in the Bible By Joan Comay and Ronald Brownrigg

**English Standard Version Of the Bible

30 Posts of enCOURAGEment Post 28

As I begin to wrap up this series, I would like to pull together information scattered throughout my posts on encouraging yourself.  This is meant to get you thinking about what you like, what makes you happy and what could help you through a discouraging time.  Your lists will not look like mine.  You will find other resources.  I hope you will find some valuable suggestions here.

I bumped into a friend  that will have knee surgery soon.  I asked if she had help for after the surgery.  It is a wonderful thing when you need help, and friends and family gather around.  Some bring meals, others take turns driving you to appointments,  someone else helps keep the house clean, and others  cheer you up.  Then there times when you need to be encouraged and  there is no one there to encourage you.  Or, if they are there, they are unaware of the need, or unable to meetDiscouraged_thumb it.

What can we do to remedy that situation?  There are several choices we can make.

  • Give in to self-pity
  • Allow depression to take hold
  • Yield to destructive behavior such as self-medicating
  • Decide to be proactive on own behalf

It is this fourth option I want to write about today.  Whether we have lupus and/or other autoimmune diseases or not, we have all been in this situation.  I would like to share some of the things I have learned while coping with illness.

The information gathering

  • The internet has extensive information on encouragement.
  • If you are a reader, books can offer more details, examples, and Gathering-Information-How-to-Reach-Third-Parties-300x199strategies.  I highly recommend Being Sick Well by Jeffrey H Boyd M.D., M.P.H. It brings you  into the lives of others struggling with health issues and shows you how they cope.
  • Websites that pertain to your particular situation such as The Lupus Foundation of America may  help  in this area.
  • Certain TV programs offer valuable input on how we can help ourselves through different situations.   Oprah has her powerful Lifeclass weekly, which covers a variety of issues on personal growth, and freedom from emotional pain. 
  • People  have life experiences that can help us.  Small groups can be a big help.

Monitor Input

One of the biggest helps or hindrances to our frame of mind and state of emotions is input.  Everything we take in influences how weneg feel.  We need to faithfully guard ourselves against negative influences.  Just like the information in step 1 is helpful, the wrong information is harmful.  We do not want to feed on a steady diet of everything that can happen.  We want to limit exposure to people who make us feel more defeated than before we spoke to them.

Self Discovery

This is the time to figure out what encourages you, makes you happy, or gets your mind off your troubles.  To help you get some ideas here is what I have learned about myself  on this lupus journey.

  • quilting, wool applique, and doing handwork with friends has a way of shifting my attention.   It is really hard to be depressed when my hands are busy making pretty things.  See my Post A Body in Motion for more valuable information.
  • Prayer, the bible and church have lifted my spirits many times when nothing else could.  See Glazed Looks and God for more on this subject.
  • Being around uplifting family and friends does wonders to get my mind off of things.stick_figure_insert_key_black_hole_pc_800_1287
  • I have learned that proper sleep, exercise and eating right make it easier for me to stay upbeat.
  • I have learned about the crucial impact of gratitude on our frame of mind.  See A Grace Journal for more valuable information on this topic.

Action

After making our way through the first three steps, we are ready to carry out some of what we have discovered.  Unlike my friend, who has family and friends  to help her, we may have to be courageous and reach out to people.  We may have to fight guilt as we take quality time for ourselves, keeping in mind it is crucial for our well-being.   No one can do this for us.  Our emotional health impacts our physical well-being just like exercise, sleep and eating right do.  So, the next time you are feeling discouraged, decide what  you want to do to lift your spirits, and do it.  You will be happy you did.

Please read the links to the past blogs. They will give  more practical information and encouragement.  I hope you share  your thoughts with us. Thanks for stopping by.  I pray this blog is a blessing and encouragement to you.  Next time…encouraging others.

Until then,

Many blessings to you.  Leslie Rose K

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30 Posts of enCOURAGEment Post 27

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Lunenberg Nova Scotia

Greetings!  I hope the last few weeks have been good ones for you.  Since I last wrote, we went on a family vacation to Nova Scotia.  From there, we came home to finish redoing our daughters room and send her off for her senior year of college.

From the Gettysburg area of PA. it was a long ride to Nova Scotia. We developed car trouble, but were blessed to find someone when we arrived at our destination that could  get us back on the road in a couple of days.  I fell shortly after arriving, tearing a couple of tendons, and have been babying  my foot ever since. Nova Scotia is beautiful, but takes lots of driving to get from place to place.

thThis school year is already proving to be much less stressful since our daughter is back in the country, and only an hour away.  She is in her element, living in an international community house.  She is very happy and this makes me very happy.

I have given a lot of thought to these last 4 posts on the enCOURAGEment series.  This time I want to look at discouragement and how to combat it.  Merriam Webster says discouragement “is a feeling of having lost hope or confidence”.  If we are not vigilant we can easily become discouraged by our circumstances.  Many of the people I wrote about in this series are fine examples of people who rose above their circumstances, or the way they were feeling, to move forward with their goals.

Rick Warren, pastor, and author of the best selling book Purpose Driven Life has some tips for us on discouragement in his CBN article  Some Cures for Discouragement.

In his article he says some of the causes of despairdiscouragement are fatigue, frustration, failure, and fear.   Living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases offers many opportunities for each one of these things to occur in our lives.  For example, I think fatigue is a huge cause of discouragement among many of us, resulting in frustration over what we can’t do, or a fear of failing at tasks we attempt.

Thankfully we do not have to stay stuck in discouragement.    There are things we can do to help ourselves rise above.  Rick recommends, resting our bodies, reorganizing our lives, remembering God will help us if we ask, and  resisting the in-spite-of-everything-i-shall-rise-again-i-will-4discouragement.  All of these recommendations depend on one thing, us.  Unfortunately, no one can do these things for us.  We have to choose to be proactive on our own behalf.   Nick Vujicic from Life without Limbs and Bill from Unshakeable Hope are prime examples of this.courage

It would have been so easy for Nick and Bill to let discouragement overcome them.  As I follow Nick on Facebook, I read about all the people he is touching on his 2013 world tour, and the dignitaries he has met, and prayed with.  He has sacrificed time with his new family to bring a message of love, and hope to those in need.  Every time I get a blog post from Bill I am encouraged by his consistent courageous message of hope.

Each one of our situations is different.  One thing is for certain, we must rise above our circumstances.  We must be courageous, and encourage ourselves in order to move forward with our lives.  I have found that as I look to God, He is faithful to help me.  His help may not always seem immediate, but He works in my life to bring about what is needed for me to eventually rise above the situation.   If you are feeling discouraged, don’t lose hope friend.  God IS for you.

Until next time, when we will talk more about encouraging ourselves.                                            Many blessings to you.  Leslie Rose K

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30 Posts of enCOURAGEment Post 26

For the past 25 posts, you have read all different takes on courage and encouragement.  Do you see yourself as courageous?

When we think of courage today, we probably think of the Wikipedia definition:

Courage is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.

In some traditions, fortitude holds approximately the same meaning as courage.

Aquinas says,

. . . the term “fortitude” can be taken in two ways. First, as simply denoting a certain firmness of mind… Secondly, fortitude may be taken to denote firmness only in bearing and withstanding those things wherein it is most difficult to be firm, namely in certain grave dangers.Wikipedia

enduranceThomas Aquinas holds courage or fortitude as being primarily about endurance.   If you live with lupus or any other autoimmune disease, you most likely are building your “courage” up daily.
Life has adversity.  No one escapes.  Living with autoimmune disease presents even more challenges.  The good news here,  we have a greater opportunity to build up our courage, which will hopefully develop into a greater ability to understand and help others.  Clergyman and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher said “troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.”                                                                                                                                
Roget’s Thesaurus describes fortitude as follows,

The quality of mind enabling one to face danger or hardship resolutely: braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, gameness, heart, intrepidity, intrepidness, mettle, nerve, pluck, pluckiness, spirit, stoutheartedness, undauntedness, valiance, valiancy, valiantness, valor. Informal spunk, spunkiness. Slang gut (used in plural), gutsiness, moxie.

Do you have more pluck than you did before? More guts to speak up for yourself and others in weakened states?  Do you feel braver having facing traumatic health issues and procedures?  Do you have more courage?  Nick Vujicic from post 9 and post 10  could have committed suicide, but he made a decision to choose a road of fearlessness instead.

Back to Thomas Aquinas.  He thought courage or fortitude was about endurance.  Endurance suggests someone pacing themselves aslong-distance-runner they run a long, sometimes tedious race.   Nick would probably tell you it takes a daily choice, and not just stamina, to succeed.

I am guessing your endurance has grown as you have dealt with the challenges you face.  You are not the same person you were before.  You have more depth, more insight, knowledge and wisdom.

Are you thinking you would have been better off to be healthy and not develop or strengthen these  traits?   Every experience makes us the person we are becoming.  It is the illustration of  the front and back of a tapestry being estherholsenfrontbacklived out in our lives.  We cannot see the beauty now because we see a mess of threads as we see the back side, but one day we will see the front of the tapestry of our lives.  Hopefully, what author William Barclay said will be true for us.  Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.

I pray God will  help you as you grow in courage and endurance.  I am signing off until September.  I hope the next few weeks of summer are blessed for you.

I welcome your comments.  Until next time….Leslie Rose K

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