Saturday, May 31, 2008

Well.. I suppose this was not God's will for me.. it's raining.. and I don't think I'll try to run between the raindrops to go to any garage sales today. sigh..
However, there are things I can do at home.. and I have to go out to get my car gassed up for tomorrow.. and we are very low on coffee creamer, so I'll be going out anyway.
On a day like today, it's just nice to stay at home and watch a movie.. Netflix has delivered us a couple this week.. Twisters.. oh.. that sounds apropos.. The other choice is Short Circuit.. or we could watch Titanic.. there are choices.
I like to crochet while I watch movies. I usually get a lot done. Esther asked me if I could crochet in my sleep.. I told her 'probably'.. so she asked me to close my eyes and crochet. AMAZING! I did it!
I suppose I'd better shut off the computer and get going on my day.. have a great day..stay dry

Christ promises to return

The servant's reward

If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.
Matthew 24:46 NLT

There are as many ways to look at the return of Jesus as there are opinions about how it will happen.…

To the Romans, Paul calls is the "day of God's wrath" (Romans 2:5).…

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul refers to it as the "day of the Lord" (1 Cor. 5:5).

And in his second letter to the same church he calls it the "day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2).…

To the Ephesians he calls it a "day of redemption" (Eph. 4:30).

And he encourages the church of Philippi to stand strong until the "day of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:6).

Jude doesn't even try to describe it—he just calls it the "great Day" (Jude 1:6).

Each of these phrases suggests a unique and different view.…But there's one I like the best. For followers of Jesus, it will be a day of reward.

James tells us, "God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him: (James 1:12).…

In his second letter to Timothy [Paul says], "Now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return.

And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return" (4:8).

But it is Jesus himself who puts it best: "Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven" (Matt. 5:12).

As Christians, we have a lot to look forward to!

Adapted from Embracing Eternity by Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins and Frank M. Martin, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for January 5.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Last Saturday I went to the garage sales with Wendy and her mother in law, Vickie. We had such a wonderful time.. just the ladies.
This Saturday I wanted a repeat.. so I was going to go with JJ, but she has a car problem.. I think Wendell can do the driving and I'll do the shopping tomorrow. Should be fun.
Last week I got 4 china tea cups/saucers.. oh, the best! I found clothes for Annabelle, a Spiderman backpack for Isaac, and new crochet hooks and some yarn.. and a camo fleece jacket for David. Oh.. and 7 old magazines for homeschooling for Amy.. 1925-6 style.
I bought VCR movies- 4 of them.. one is a double set- Titanic.
I love to go to garage sales and one day I hope to have one here. I know there is/was a neighborhood one on our road this year. I think it was when we were away.

It was beautiful today. Wendell and I both went to see the podiatrist and had our toenails trimmed. Boy, is that a treat!
I've been resting today. My feet and back are really bad.. I was on my feet over 9hrs yesterday, but I'm doing some better today. Just so you know how effective prayer is, all 13 patients that I ended up with yesterday were one jag of the needle apiece. Now there were a couple that I would have sworn weren't in, but by the grace of God, there was a good blood return on both and they all ran smoothly. AMEN.

Next week the office moves to the new location. I am so excited I could squeak! I have at least 8 recliners coming on Tuesday for my patients and I heard there may be 10!!! I'll be spending some time at the office setting up on Monday and helping with phone calls that come in.
It's so wonderful.

Gotta get to bed.. I'm weary now and allergies are making my eyes red, sting.. and my nose run.
So.. it's time for bed.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thursday prayer time

It's 37 degrees here in Butler this morning.. Brrrrrrrrr.... gotta wear a jacket.
Today is infusion day.. Thursday. I like to ask for prayer on Thursdays.. for my patients all to do well with infusions and for my own accuracy. And so I ask you to pray for this today.

My prayer list keeps on growing. I guess that's a good thing. At least no one gets missed when it's on sheets of paper and a copy on the computer.

So.. here we go:
Remember Wendell .. he has some doctor appointments coming up and may require oxygen in the future.
Pray that the grandchildren .. Joyce,P3,Daniel,David,Annabelle, Isaac, Essie,Gayle, and Eli would be obedient children and grow up to be godly persons serving the Lord with all their hearts.
For our children.. Paul/Amy, JJ/Keith, Cory/Wendy, and Mandy/John.. for the holy spirit to touch their hearts and light their paths.
For Jane and Charlie..
Remember to pray for your pastor.. I ask that Vince will be encouraged and that the Holy Spirit will show him the words he is to teach us on Sabbath.
Sometimes I mention names.. God knows the needs.. we don't need the details..
Sandi, Rick, Kneesocks, Sheila, Christian, Elsie, Helen, and Sara.. I ask that God will bless them daily as they walk their Christian lives.
I'm so thankful for Sharon's healing and Jim McD's too. How great the Father is to be so merciful.
Remember Jim, Tammy,and Denise.. and Barb.. how thankful we are for the van God provided for her.
For my employer..the doctor.. I pray for his conversion to Christianity...
For Dave, and Nicki who need encouragement in their illnesses. I pray for deep and abiding peace in their hearts and complete healing if God wills this to be.
For Sharon M who just lost her sister.. I pray God will give her comfort.
For Uncle Bob and Aunt MaryJane .. healing and good strength .. hearts turned to the Lord for peace and comfort.
For Sandy's mom Marie in the nursing home.. for comfort for her ..
and Rick's dad recovering from a stroke.. healing
and all if it is within the will of God.
Remember to pray for national leaders and global leaders as well as your local officials..
Pray for revival as never has been known before in history.. that our nation would see the error of it's way and turn to the Lord .. repenting and asking forgiveness. God will bless the nation that acknowledges Him as Lord.
Remember to pray for General Petraeus and the troops at war.. for their safety and well being.

This is the short version of my prayer list.. you will likely have many other persons and things to pray over. I thank you for your kindness in keeping our family upheld before God.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Well.. that's my thought anyway.. I get so tired of the media and foolish men whining about global warming. They should live here. It's more like global cooling.. It's May 28th and sunny.. but 65 degrees and we have frost warnings for tonite. Mandy covered her tomato plants. I remember my dad saying.. "never plant tomatoes before May 31st..they will get frosted".. or something like that.
So the garden got started on Memorial Day.. May 31st every year.

It's been a lovely day no matter. I went out and bought 2 new badly needed pairs of shoes at my favorite shoe store.. Famous Footwear. I can always find what I want there. I was in and out in about 10 minutes because of a fabulous sales clerk who helped me find exactly what I wanted in my size so very quickly.

I went into the office today and got set up for tomorrow's infusions. There will be 9 patients to see. I had to cancel 2 because of lack of bloodwork and/or office visits. They are critical points, but some patients don't get it yet. Then one returning patient needs labs done first.. that left me with 11 before I noticed one person who wasn't actually scheduled that day, but later after the office moves. That's 10.. and one isn't for sure she's coming at all.. so perhaps 9.
Things change so fast there. The new schedules are harder to keep together, but I'm working on it.

I'll be putting up my prayer list tomorrow morning for anyone who would like to take a look. There are many to pray over..
I'm going to bed early tonite to get up early tomorrow and be on my toes for the day's infusions.
Have a great evening bloggers!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

We are home. It was too short for a trip.. but we did enjoy it immensely. Thanks to Cory and Wendy for their hospitality.. and to Vickie for taking us 'garage saling'.. I loved it!
Yesterday was a hot day and Wendy pulled the kiddie pool out for the kids to cool off.. looks like they need a bigger pool. Eli searched all over for a 'spot' where he could properly splash the water..

This boy makes waves !!!

I didn't get a lot of pictures.. I would like to have had a few more.. perhaps Wendy will share some of hers?

Isaac's 8th birthday

It was Isaac's birthday obviously.. we had a good time .. He got a Transformer cake which had a Transformer on top. It was actually a cupcake cake.. delicious!

Here he is in his Tony Hawk shirt.. the Z's got him a number of them and he was sooooooo thrilled.

Someone else likes cake too.. and had chicken and mac salad and hot dogs... etc.. Fabulous food and fun.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world's brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense.
1 Corinthians 1:20 NLT

We were deceived by the wisdom of the serpent, but we are freed by the foolishness of God.
St. Augustine
The wisdom of the world
The wisdom of the world would never have chosen a cross for its salvation.
The wisdom of the world always chooses the path of obvious victory.
It knows nothing of the deeper battles and subtleties of faith.
It acts on what it sees on the surface and grabs as much visible glory as it can.
It will not wait; it seizes the day.
We are not born of that spirit. We are born of the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God will lead us to the Cross.
He points us to eternal realities, not temporary glory.
While earthly wisdom tells us to get what we can while we can get it, God's wisdom shows us the reality of eternity that lies beyond the visible nature of this corrupt world.
It shows us the Resurrection beyond the Cross.
Those of us who seek true wisdom do not simply desire information from God.
We want to know what He is like.
We must come to see Him as the source of all truth, and we must take our cures from Him.
We shouldn't be satisfied with Him just telling us what to believe.
We need to see it in action.
God has given us the answer, of course.
We can examine the wisdom of Jesus, which led Him to death for a greater good.
What He did in surrendering to the Cross was absolute foolishness in the eyes of the world. And it still is.
But we can see beyond the Cross if we are wise, and based on what we see, we can walk toward it with confidence.

Adapted from The One Year® Walk with God Devotional by Chris Tiegreen, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for April 14.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It's another rainy and chilly day here in WPA. Tomorrow should be a repeat of the same.. and ? the rest of the week. Well.. everything is lush and green around here.. that's what spring is about.
Today I'll be getting Wendell's and my packing done for our trip to Valentines this weekend. There is much to do. Isaac will be 8 yrs old on Saturday.
Thanks to Mandy and John who made the most delicious stir fry last evening. Sorry you couldn't stay, JJ.. it was a GREAT meal.
I'm working on 2 more afghans at the moment. One is a baby afghan and one for Esther's birthday in July. David has asked for one too, and I've bought the yarn for it.
Gayle's is pink pink pink! Her birthday is also in July.
Lots to do today.. have a super day..

Sunday, May 18, 2008

With Isaac's birthday just a week away, I finally finished his afghan. It's what he requested- red, blue, and white. "Hey.. Gramma.. it looks a lot like the flag!".. Yes, it does.

It is the Sabbath.. today I plan to be in church one way or another. Determination can be one of my best attributes by times. I've already got a back-up plan in case I would have slept in today again.. Paul would call me if he doesn't see that I'm online this morning.

We've had a lot of rain the past few days.. joints complain.. but I try not to do too much verbal complaining as we need the rain so much.
I'm up.. and ready to hit the shower..
Have a great day..
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I thought when I retired I'd have all this time to do all the things I love to do.. visiting with shut-ins, grandkids, crocheting, etc.. but so far, I haven't had many days off, and they are all so full.. ugh. Gotta find retirement somewhere.. somehow. I'm busier than ever.. how did I ever work a hospital schedule into my agenda?

Today is infusion day. My assistant is going to go in early to get things started. HOORAY! So why am I up at 5am? UGH. My coffee is so good.
As the usual, I ask for prayer for each of my patients today. Pray for no unexpected 'events' and that Kathy's and my accuracy would be right on target each time. There are 12 patients to see, and I've split the day 6 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon. I'm taking the afternoon shift.

The end of next week Wendell and I will be traveling to Valentines again for Isaac's birthday. He's going to be 8 !! It'll be a quick trip up and we shall return Monday or Tuesday. The office moves June 4,5,and 6, so I need to be there to pack my 'stuff'. I need to set up my new office that week or the first of the next week. It'll be so much fun.

I think I may go back to bed for a while... have a super day bloggers !

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

It's been an absolutely gorgeous day.. but I feel like I've been burning the candle at both ends.
I'm so very tired. I intend to head for my comfy bed in a few minutes.
The grass looks fabulous.. John mowed today and I had no problem with the fresh cut grass.
I'm wondering if the Alavert is the reason. Seems like all the neighbors are out mowing.

Good day at the office today.. the file clerk.. hmmm... I have a new respect for that person. She always seems to get done at the end of a day.. I have leftovers .. piles of organized leftovers.
Of course, the regular file clerk doesn't do triage either..which I do. But I'm still amazed.

We had chicken on the grill tonite.. well... sort of on the grill. We ran out of propane and had to finish it on the stove.. but it had the flavor and it tasted soooooo good!

Good night all..

It's gonna be a beautiful day today.. 71 degrees.. just perfect! I'm glad the rain has passed.. It's caused my joints to scream at me for days. UGH.
Another day in the office today. I love working there, but it's taking it's toll on me. I have decided to limit time next week. The file clerk has an awesome job.. I don't know how she keeps up with it all. I'm slow and dyslexic by times, so take my time with alphabetical order. It challenges my brain.
Gotta get this ol' body movin'..

Sunday, May 11, 2008

It's been one of those days that just makes me feel so sad.. I had such good intentions this morning, but they came to nothing...I'd noted a new round of thrush last evening, and started back on the Nystatin to get it controlled again. I get this because of the Advair which is a steroid.
I figured it would be okay to go to church as long as it wasn't raging in the morning.
I woke up at 5am and decided to sleep till 7am and then get up for church.. good intention #1..
As the alarm started to ring, I dozed.. and hubby woke up at the first sound of alarm.. and told me to turn the clock off.. which obediently, I did.. without even waking up.. and when I did wake up, it was nearly 11am.. too late to get to church. I was bummed.

So later when I finally got a cup of coffee in me, I decided to look at a couple of catalogs online.. when the power went out.. Just like that!

I looked for the emergency candles but could only find one.. and it was bent.. ever try to light a bent candle and have the wax hit the table or your hand? ugh.

We hadn't even had breakfast.. and it was nearly 2pm.. no lunch either.. Not a problem.. I'd start the grill, warm up the leftover coffee and cook us a couple hot dogs or something... good intention #2..
As I opened the door to go out to light the grill, the rain began to pour down... well, now what?
So we headed up to the Country Kitchen and had breakfast at 2pm. You know, they close at 3pm and when we went there, there was only one other patron.. and our food arrived within 10 minutes! It was good. We made our way back to the car in a pouring rain.. and back home again.

I was chilly after we got home.. and took a nap for a while.. then got up and noted the rain had ceased.. so I fired up the hot plate on the grill, heated the little bit of water I could get from the tap, and made us a nice hot cup of tea. Ahhhhh.. that was so nice.
The power finally came back on a little after 5pm.. finally. I'll be making supper soon.

It really wasn't such a bad day when I look back now that the power is on.. It gave me some time to pray and think and plan a few things..
AND.. my cell phone rang several times with precious calls from my children and grandchildren.
That, of course, makes my day!
AND.. it was a great day for the robins.. out in the rain soaked yard pulling up worms for their little ones.
AND.. I noticed how the leaves seemed so much greener and the lawn so lush..

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tonite Wendell collected his early birthday gift by going to PNC Park with the Z's to see the Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 5 to 2. His birthday isn't till August.. but it's too hot in August to go to a ballgame. Besides, tonite was cap nite. {{{smile}}}
It rained again last night. Everything is turning green and the leaves seem to be out pretty much in full emerald glory. Yippee!!!
I haven't been around much to post a blognote, but today is Saturday, and my agenda is full of fun things to do... like making cookies for example. And then general house cleaning that has needed done since before I left for NY last week.
Thursday we infused 14 patients with much success. I'm always glad for that, and for our accuracy especially.. But as usual, I came home sore and very tired.. too tired to blog or anything else. John and Mandy grilled burgers and dogs, and we had a good time just catching up on what we'd done all week. They gave me a Mother's day gift early.. and I've been really having fun with it and enjoying it. It is a digital picture frame. Already there are an assorted 150 photos uploaded.
Friday I worked again in the office as a general office person.. mostly triage. I'll be going in next week every day once again and probably until we make the move to our new office June 4th.
Last night Paul and Amy took us out to dinner at OCB.. I ate way too much, but enjoyed the time together and listening to the children talk about swimming and what they had been doing this week. Daniel demonstrated a new trick he'd learned.. and was eager to share. He's just too funny. He put his hand in his armpit and then pumped that arm up and down making rather gross sounds.. Oh, that Daniel....
We all ate until we were full and then had dessert.. of course, mine was my favorite carrot cake, and I was NOT disappointed.
Time to get dressed and get my day started..

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


our baby robins hatched.. this is taken today
May 7,2008
They are all fuzzy and ugly right now with huge big eyes
and mouths

This is the mountain laurel bush where the nest is located in the large
cluster of blooms on the far left
I've never seen this bush bloom so full since we planted it many
years ago...

The lilacs bloomed.. and are really fragrant. For a while
I didn't think we'd get many, but there are enough and they are
beautiful as would be anticipated.

This is an innovative way to disk the garden..hmmmm

Special request here... some prayer.. for my cousin Nicki who is in the hospital. Please add her to your prayer lists and pass the word along.. thanks

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee.

You alone are my strength and shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee.

You're my friend and you are my brother
Even though you are a king
I love you more than any other
So much more than anything

You alone are my strength and shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Statistic Report..
Since a month ago Wendell is officially down 8#... however, I feel that is incorrect if you consider the fact that he still has a goodly amount of swelling in his feet.
Even so , he's down 8 # for sure.

He's sticking to the ADA diet.. and making some mistakes, but overall, good choices.
Me too... on both counts.

My stats? Peak flows are in upper caution range and into the controlled range most every check.
I was outdoors quite a bit today and did well.. no allergy problems. AMEN.
I'd say I'm holding my own.

My trip to Valentines was tooooooo short! But in the time I was there, we did enjoy each other's company. As I carried my overnight bag up the steps, there were dandelions carefully placed in the middle of each stair.. Wendy moved them for me.. but Gayle informed me that she decorated the stairs just for me ! WOW! I felt like a queen!

Inside, Gayle slipped into some of her 'dress up' things. "Guess what I am, Gramma?" "I'm a FLIP!"... hmmm I knew she was a trip.. but a flip? Till Wendy said "That's FLAPPER, Gayle, not FLIP".. OH.....

We had lunch at Friendlys one day... and all of us had sundaes.. Here's Esther with her's and Eli behind waiting for another bite of his..

Isaac chose something more like a drink.. a thickish shake.. not sure what that was.. but he didn't get but a couple bites.. and , well.. it's a long story..

Cory shared his sundae with Eli who was more than willing to help out. That boy loves ice cream about as much as his Papa !

Even though we didn't follow the yellow brick road, we did follow I-81 and I-80 to our home yesterday. It was an uneventful trip and for the most part an enjoyable one.. the best part is when we pulled in the driveway and we were home at last. Driving takes a toll on me by times. I was very tired and went to bed quite early.
Today I'm up early and the office says they will need me tomorrow.. I can have the day off today.. no strings attached! Yippee! I need to put things away and do some clean up here.
It is good to have Wendell back home again.
Weather was good, and we did well.. gas ?? We filled up in Hallstead and this morning I refilled again.. 43.3 mpg.. not too shabby. I think the trip out was 42.8..
Many thanks to Esther and Gayle who lent their bed to Papa while he stayed there.. and to Wendy for all her hard work.. there is weight loss and Wendell is moving better from one place to another. We have already started today with a healthy breakfast and a healthy snack near noon. Thank you all for your wonderful caring.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Today is a big travel day for me. I'm planning on leaving around 8am if I don't get going earlier. I have a couple stops to make- one for gas and one at the teller for a little cash for my lunch.

It's cloudy right now, but the day promises to be a wet one no matter where I am across the state. I'll be taking my time no matter.. no hurry. One good thing is that there probably will be no road work today with the forecast of rain .. yippee!!!
I ask that you pray for my safety today and when we come home Monday too. Thanks.

Friday, May 02, 2008

from THE LOFT:

I was planning to take the day off today and start my weekend a little bit early. However, I had the misfortune of reading the AP story on the May Day marches by thousands of illegal aliens who are demanding their "rights." Not only is the notion of lawbreakers taking to the streets to demand legal benefits completely outrageous, but the way the "news" story is worded is insane. When people break the law, there should be consequences. We should not close down streets in order for them to "show unity." What is going on here?!?! If you go by the AP's story, it's like there is no such thing as an "illegal" alien.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.
Proverbs 4:23 NLT

'Let us learn to cast our hearts into God.'
Bernard of Clairvaux

Guard the inside
If you're typical, you think of guarding your heart in terms of keeping things out.
Corruption, false ideas, temptations—all are to be held at arm's length, never to be allowed in the inner depths of your affections.
But there's another side to this vigilance.
We are to keep things in. In fact, if we can master that, the corruptions and temptations will often take care of themselves.

Think about it: The things that can assail a heart from the outside are innumerable, far too overwhelming to manage.
But the things we are told to keep within—the spirit of Jesus, the humility and gentleness, the servanthood and sacrifice, the worship and thankfulness—these are one Spirit.
Most religions tell us to avoid the bad; God tells us to embrace Him.
We are better equipped to focus on His character than on the enemy's devices.
Nowhere are we told to live against the sinful nature and hope that the Spirit will show up.
We're told to live by the Spirit and expect the sinful nature to have no power. We often get confused about that.
Too many Christians guard the way into their hearts to keep things out.
That may be appropriate at times, but try a different approach.
Guard the way out. Stand at the inside of the gate, and be careful about what may be leaving. Once in a while, we get a life-altering glimpse of true worship. By all means, keep it in!
From time to time, we'll see a picture of true servanthood. Don't let that picture go!
Hold on to these things! Treasuring the wellspring that God has birthed in your heart will leave little rom for those corruptions you once obsessed over.
And the wellspring is a much more pleasant preoccupation.

Adapted from The One Year® Walk with God Devotional by Chris Tiegreen,
Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for May 10.
Due to circumstances beyond my present control, and a splitting headache the size of Wyoming, I'm postponing my trip to Valentines until tomorrow morning.
Coffee in hand, I'm going to lay low until the H/A passes, and then get moving on things that have to be completed today.
Yesterday I made a quick tour of the new office.. dust was flying.. but I looked it over anyway..
BEAUTIFUL! I love my new corner of the world, and my big piece of the building.. My personal office will be about 9' or 10' square, but the infusion room is 20'x20'.. wow!
The official moving days are June 4 (packing), 5 (movers arrive), and 6 (unpacking and organizing). I plan to have patients in by June 10- a Tuesday. Short days and a bit of organization will bring me more time for my family.. grandchildren especially.

I didn't sleep well at all last night, though I tried. I kept feeling as though the CPAP kept turning the power down.. and I'd wake up and have to adjust the mask so I could breathe. That could be why the headache today... compounded by the elevated air quality index and the dust of yesterday.
I'm coughing a lot and my peak flows were 280/260/250 in that order. Glad I don't have to do any more than the 3 breaths.. It's in the lower caution range, but at least not in the danger area.

I keep hearing the talk show hosts warning of food shortages. My thought is that if you are going to buy extra food to get you through the rough times ahead, perhaps one should just choose certain items and not everything you would use on a weekly basis..
That makes me think.. if you had to choose 5 items that would be in short supply globally, what would you stockpile?
Soap? Bleach? Water? Matches? Canned meat? Peanut butter? hmmm how about TP?



Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Lord who created you says: "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you."

Isaiah 43:1-2 NLT

Two Margarets

Margaret MacLachlan and Margaret Wilson, Covenanters in Wigtown, Scotland, were tried for their faith on April 13, 1865, for refusing to take the Oath of Abjuration, which stated that the Church of God is a department of the State. Found guilty of rebellion, attending field meetings, and worshiping in places other than a church, they were ordered to receive their sentences on their knees. When they refused to bow before anyone but God, they were forced down to their knees and then were sentenced to death by drowning.

On May 11, 1685, the two faithful Margarets were tied to posts and staked in the sea as the tide was rising. The older Margaret (MacLachlan) was farther out. They were given many chances to recant their beliefs, but they stood firm and resolute.

Margaret MacLachlan remained silent, her eyes closed throughout the ordeal, communing with Christ until death. As the tide rose eighteen-year-old Margaret Wilson began to sing a Covenanter rendition of Psalm 25:7. Then, she recited from Romans 8: "We are more than conquerors through him that loves us.…"

After the waves washed over her head, the soldiers pulled her out, pleading with her one last time to "pray for the king!" She prayed, but her pray was, "Lord, give him repentance, forgiveness, and salvation, if it be Thy holy will." The angry soldiers threw her back into the water, and she joined Margaret MacLachlan before the throne.

We may never face the rising tide of the sea, but the deep waters of trouble and loss can be just as overwhelming. How do you react when you feel you are about to drown in the rising tide of your own troubles?

Adapted from The One Year® Book of Christian History by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten (Tyndale, 2003), entry for May 11.

Today is May 1st.. happy day! This month will include Mother's Day.. and.. at the end of the month we shouldn't have to worry about the danger of snow, ice, frost, etc.. for joy !!!

Take a look at this site before you fill your tank.. I've added it under GAS PRICES in the column to the right of this blog.. You can put in your zip code and find out where you can purchase your tank of gas for the least amount.

Today is also office infusion day. Pray for us.. for me, Kathy, and the patients too. Pray for our accuracy to be our best and that our dear patients would have no unexpected side effects. Your prayers support us and since I've started asking others for prayer each week, our side effects have dropped off substantially. God hears your prayers.. I thank you for keeping us in mind.

It's a beautiful day coming up.. right now its chilly at 42 degrees, but the high should hit around 68 degrees with a chance of a rain shower. We need the water for the upcoming garden, and it's not snow, so I'll not complain at all.

Have a super day bloggers!!!