When Pain Brings a New Perspective

Oh, the joys of adrenal insufficiency! My back had been “out” since Saturday. I went today to have it adjusted. The chiro wasn’t pleased with the adjustment & said I needed to come back tomorrow to try to “finish” it. My muscles were so tight, they wouldn’t let the spine move enough.

When I got home, the muscles around one side of my rib cage went into spasm. I could only pant to breathe because a deep breath made the cramp tighter. We did everything we know to do – repositioning and stretching, apple cider vinegar, magnesium oil, dill pickle juice, and finally, medication. The cramps eventually let go & hopefully the meds will keep other cramps at bay for the rest of the evening.
Someone else’s symptoms will probably be different from mine. But that’s what I deal with. Today’s cramps were not the worst. Those are the ones in my inner thighs. They make me cry.
And what brought on this mini “crisis”? Well… all of last week’s hurricane prep & waiting & praying. Then last night, I listened to a college buddy (fellow alumni from Landmark Baptist College) tell of his family’s & church’s loss of everything on the island of Grand Bahama. The pictures were heart-rending. I wept with him as *he* tried to console *us* with the promises of God’s Word.
So, yeah, today’s been kinda yucky. But I have so SO much to be thankful for! And I’m grateful that eventually the spasms stopped. I was able to rest a bit in my big, cushy chair, in my dry, air-conditioned house that has running water & electricity.

Yes. So many things to thank my Jesus for tonight! What has He done for you today?

In Him,

Alesha Kay

When Hope is our Anchor

A repost of an earlier blog and a few thoughts to follow:  https://obtainingmercy.com/2012/05/03/hope-because-he-is-in-control/

Psalm 103:19 “The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens;

and his kingdom ruleth over all.”

Oh, my friend, why do we murmur?

He has everything under His control.

We have no need to worry or complain, when He has promised He does all for our good.

II Corinthians 2:14a “Now thanks be unto God, which

always causeth us to triumph in Christ…”

“Faith is not a sense, nor sight, nor reason, but a taking God at His Word.” ~Evans, Streams in the Desert

We can trust the One Who shed His blood to be a forgiving atonement for our sins, to lead our lives rightly and well, as we submit them to Him.

No doubts.  No complaining.  No second-guessing.

Just trust it all to Him.

He has given us these truths to give us a strong consolation, to give us something we can run to for refuge, to give us an anchor for our souls:

Hebrews6:[17] Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
[18] That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
[19] Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Trust Him. He is worthy.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

When the Burden Gets too Heavy


The heart, mind & body can only bear so much sorrow before the body begins to break down in some way.

Those who are grieving a loss, those who are caregivers for aging family members, those who are interceding for children or grandchildren who have gone astray, those who bear the load when sickness comes…They all need to understand the importance of self care.
Our bodies weren’t meant to continue to live with a constant burden of sorrow. When what is meant to be temporary becomes long-term, a breakdown of some kind is to be expected.
Please love one another well. Watch out for each other. Bear one another’s burden.
Offer to take someone to a doctor’s appointment when they are neglecting their own health to care for someone else’s, sit with a loved one so the caregiver can take a walk, offer the Hope of Heaven to those who are facing a terminal diagnosis for a family member.
Bring joy & laughter back the life of someone who is carrying a load that is breaking them down.
Galatians 6:2, 10 (KJV) Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ..
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Starting Well, Ending Well

Charles Spurgeon admonishes us to

“Begin as you mean to go on…”

It’s excellent advice. Particularly in the realm of dating. We just never know at what point our heartstrings will be irreparably tied to another’s.
Even if we have no intention of falling in love, it happens anyway.  That’s why Proverbs warns us
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~Proverbs 4:23
KEEP, v.t. pret. and pp. kept. [L. habeo, and capio.] 1. To hold; to retain in one’s power or possession; not to lose or part with. To preserve from falling or from danger; to protect; to guard or sustain. The only way to “keep” our hearts properly is to follow the principles of Scripture. Don’t date someone that you wouldn’t want to marry.  You may fall in love with them before you even realize it. Guard your heart. Guard your life. Spend time with people who love your God the way that you do. The rest of Charles Spurgeon’s quote says:

“…and go on as you began, and let the Lord be all in all to you.”

Wise words. As are those of Solomon:
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~Proverbs 119:9-11
When we obey the Word and seek God with our whole heart, we keep our hearts safely in Him. When our hearts are fixed on Christ, we avoid sin. I don’t know about you, but I like that formula. If you are single, I trust that you are dating wisely. And that you are keeping your heart with all diligence. In Him, Alesha Kay

How I Deal with Sinus Congestion

Do you deal with vertigo? Chronic sinus issues? Congestion? Allergies?

Yeah…me too. And we all 3 have summer colds right now. Ugh.

I wanted to share what I do that actually HELPS. Along with oils, I do these 2 massages.

It keeps me from feeling like I’m headed down Alice’s rabbit hole!

2. https://youtu.be/vAs9uFYvcrk

I do them in order, #1 then #2.  I also take OTC cough/congestion meds EVERY day. Yep, every day. Sometimes multiple doses, some days only at bedtime.

It’s something I have to constantly monitor.

But these massages help.

Just wanted you to know, in case you need them too.

In Him,
Alesha Kay

Be Like Jesus

A new wallpaper for you, my friends. Sorry if this one doesn’t appeal to most of my male readers. LoL. But those blossoms were just too pretty to pass up.

In a world that tells us non-stop all the things that Christians *should* be, I can tell you, with no reserves, our only responsibility is to be like Jesus.

It is a full-time job. Stop listening to all the other voices. Get into your Bible and learn to be like Him.

 

[1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
[2] And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
[3] But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
[4] Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
[5] For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
[6] Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
[7] Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
[8] For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
[9] (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
[10] Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
[11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
[12] For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
[13] But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
[14] Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
[15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
[16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
[17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
[18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
[19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
[20] Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

In Him,

Alesha Kay