Monday – Another week begun~~~~

~~~~I had a wonderful Sunday at SGCC.  I had not played in 5 weeks.  it seemed like old hat and was so wonderful to be back with my church family.

One of the couples are simply the dearest and most loving and concerned and helpful.  (Let me see.  What else can I add to that?  Don’t know but I DO know that the above sentence is very, very true.) I never thought I would have such friends ever again in my life.  They are not a dime a dozen. They come few and far between.

Od has been a sick little boy.  Scary for me because at 16 years of age he is not a spring chicken. I know there is a decision that I may have to make soon and it will break my heart. Sunday night he had to spend the night in his bed in the kitchen fenced off from the rest of the house.  I didn’t like to do that to him but my apartment had to stay intact.  We see tomorrow what is going on, why, where, how and what do we do about it.

I am in rehab now three times a week for 4 weeks, hour and a half each time.  You know with all that I have going on in my life – – I have to take more time to sit and relax and let heal.  And being 84 causes things to heal much slower than when I was 74.

I have popped over to First John to be for a while.  I love the way John wrote these three short Books.  He has packed them solid. He speaks quite clearly to us when he says:  “Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – – is not of the Father but is of the world.  And the world is passing away and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

Out here where I live, people mostly have completed their lives out in the world.  Many still remain “in the world” in their minds and hearts.  Others have remained true to their convictions taught them and experienced so many, many years ago.  The Christian on this campus has a shine about them in a way.  They don’t stand out like a sore thumb. They stand out as one who knows the Lord as Savior and has experienced Him working in their lives some where along the journey they have arrived from.

I am enjoying and being blest with reading and studying 1 John.  I invite you to join me.  It is a very short Book.  Only five chapters but John packs every sentence full.

In 1 John 5:9 and onward.  “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.  He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.  And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

Pretty powerful “stuff” I would say.  I read it over and over again and it soothes my heart.  You notice – – God only gives testimony of his Son.  God does not, never has, never will suggest any one to any of us except His Son.  YOU AIN’T GONNA FIND IT ANY WHERE IN THE WORD.  And what is NOT in the Word IS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, my!!!!  Dear ones……God’s mercy, grace and peace.  They are ours – free for the taking – free for the living – free for eternal Life – – – straight ahead.  Be sure you have your boarding pass – the Lord Jesus Christ living within.  He is the ONLY BOARDING PASS you need or CAN HAVE in order to step off that plane onto the Land of the Living and be at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb.

In His Eternal Hand.  Marge

Time is arriving………..

…I got the notice today that my Domain, margehumphrey.net, will expire in 59 days – and in other words that computes to 8/26/19.

If you have something you want a hard copy of now is the time. I believe there are 74 published posts.  I do not keep any copies. As well, my answering emails that pertain to the blog will also expire. No more phone calls and no more emails.

It is now time for you to take “flight” and see how you do.  It might just be “your time” to branch out with a blog of your own and reach and help people beyond any thing you could ever have imagined.  Think about it.  Better than that…pray about it.  It can look huge.  It can stretch you in ways you didn’t know you could be stretched.

You do have to lay open a lot of your own weaknesses in order for others along the way to know some one else is right there with them doing as they are doing or have done and you have had the opportunity to see how some one has survived or failed. And both do happen to all of us.

Thanks for reading  Thanks for calling….writing….wondering how you are going to make it. If you have the Lord in your life, you will make it just find not because of who you are but because of who HE is.  When you are falling and failing, He will be there reaching and caring for you so that when you do fail or you do fall,  it is not final.

Mega blessings to each of you.  Marge Humphrey

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.  Lean not unto your own understanding  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

TRUST…..LEAN NOT…..ACKNOWLEDGE  

After you have successfully done that………..      

HE SHALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got this call – how would you have answered it!!!!

…”Marge, nothing is like it used to be….NOTHING!!!  Please help! You have been there!!”

End of sobbing quote.

OF COURSE IT ISN’T. No one said it ever would be.  You keep on keeping on.  You step through the miry clay and the dirt and the tsunami that storms your soul and you do not look back.  You will do many things wrong.  Do them.  Get through them.

At the end of every storm the clouds do part and the sun does shine once again and in that moment of the sun shining, grab a hold of it and don’t let go. And all the while, say over and over to yourself, “Be still, and know that I am God”.  (Isa. 46:10)  Don’t ask any thing of Him, just hold on and repeat His Word over and over and over again and before you know it, you will be feeling better.  You won’t know how it is happening because the tears will still be streaming down your face and it will you and Him and the two of you together will be outstanding in every way, particularly in the down times.

I have had a down time lately.  Here is how I solved it.  I remembered years ago that Loren and I ate quiche for breakfast a couple of times a month.  He loved fresh oranges so that was a part of that particular breakfast and coffee and  a small cinnamon roll.

I decided I was going to go to the freezer department and see if they were still being sold. Yip.  They are!  I purchased 3 of them.  Had one this morning, just like old times and yet far from it.  Loren was not there and that removed the sweetest from it all.  I put it all down the disposal.  Went to the frig. and got out my home made potato salad and baked beans and had a wonderful breakfast.

Potato Salad.

1 can whole potatoes (sold by the cans of corn)

1 small pkg. of pre cut onions and one of celery as well.

Mix all together and chill.  WONDERFUL!!!!

Baked Beans

1 can of Pork and Beans

Molasses and brown sugar

Small pkg. of diced onions

Bake these until the juice is almost all baked away.

Now then.  You don’t like canned potatoes.  Because you have never tasted them you have an impression that is totally wrong.  You know nothing about it.

Next.  You don’t like molasses and brown sugar.  Fine.  You are missing the best of the best in baked beans.

Until you have tried something don’t give an adamant decisive answer because you do not know one thing about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now then.  My morning decision.  Don’t try to bring something up from the grave.  What I prepared – what Loren liked – what we enjoyed together – – it is all gone. It is now me, my and mine.  What do I enjoy? What can give me a smile, or a laugh. Maybe it will be a touch of flavoring from another time.  Maybe it will be the look of my husband as we sat together and enjoyed something that no one else liked.  That is what it was all about.  That is what life is all about now for us left behind.

Do some thing not the norm….out of the ordinary.  Go outside the box – you will be glad you did.  You will see the kind of a person that you really can be.  It will be good.  It will be worth it all.

If this person’s call represents you at times – that is just fine = you are searching – trying – floundering at times – but may I tell you gain keep on keeping on and don’t ever give in or give up. Be the woman God made you to be – not a whimp.

During this time of rehab, etc., there are lonely times – there are quiet times – and so much more.  Last week I went outside and yelled at the top of my voice, “Loren, I love you.  Do you remember me?  I still love you. I always will.”
A friend came up to me as I was enveloped in tears and held me for a moment in time.  Then it was all over and the pressure cooker inside of me had released itself.  Friend. Don’t be afraid.  God knows you and me.  He made us both. If we belong to Him He is constantly dripping the oils of love, compassion, faithfulness over our beings.  If you don’t belong to Him, it is very simple to belong.  Any one reading my posts has read how. Don’t wait.  Remember.  You will never be too good or too bad but you CAN BE too LATE!!!!

In His Strength

Marge

 

oooooooooooooooooops…..shouldn’t have~~

I was so sick and tired of staying at home so I WENT to the store today and told my driver to pick me up in an hour.  That he did.  But it should have been less than 30 minutes.  lol

Okay.  So I am not super woman.  But it was surely fun for a few minutes.  Seriously on Wednesday I begin my therapy for 4 to 5 weeks.   And tonight………….I am back on track again.  Did any one ever tell you that you can’t do at 84 what you did 7 years earlier????? It is true though.  Back to the grind stone.

Marge

Made the “turn” last night about 8:30pm

Monday, June 24th, I will be starting my fourth week since total knee replacement.  it has been a hard three weeks.  The 80’s is not a time to decide to have major surgery unless it is absolutely necessary. We do not function as well.  We do not have the strength any longer to throw off “bugs”, etc that are around us and we simply ain’t got what it takes to take all things as we used to.

These past week have been times of going for breakfast, home to bed, back for lunch, home to bed and continuing on with that, knowing, or at least hoping it would stop soon.

I did not expect it to do that last night but about 8:30 I got up and realized I was not feeling so dreary, so heavy loaded. What a comfort.  For the first time, I took my music notebook and looked through it realizing that during this “off” period from SGCC I had planned to clean out my music folder and give it a current look.  And I was able to begin that process last night.  Not wanting to overdo it too much, I thanked the Lord for his watch care over me and ask him for time to use the ability He has given to me a bit longer, nevertheless, not my will but His. THAT is what is always in fashion with me!

Today (Sunday) will be a day of further resting and letting the healing continue to take place. Stitches were out last week and all looks well. The nerve ends are still wild but that too, in time, will dull.

Thank You Lord for keep me.  Marge

Thank you so very much….

….Your cards and calls – – they have meant so much.  This morning after breakfast, I came home to lay down for a bit and the phone rang. Texas calling!!  A dear friend from another era in time called and we chatted and I was so uplifted when I hung up the phone.

Being 84, I sense a slowing down in more ways than one.   Don’t have the energy that I once had.  In fact, 7 years ago the knee replacement was different – I had more energy stored up to use when the energy source at hand seemed scarce.

Thank you all for your cards and notes and your calls.  I really do appreciate that so much.  When the times get rough, I know who I can count on.  You mean a lot.

Always in His care.  Marge

Writing……is becoming different~~

With the Domain so near closing date, I will write for a bit more but, not any thing particularly outstanding in nature.

I find myself sitting down more now.  Nothing as it used to be. Thought I would go over  to the Lutheran Thrift Store this morning but transportation doesn’t have any time so I will stay home and it is just as well.

I remember when I used to say, “my 73 year old mind does not communicate well with my 83 year old body.  If they don’t begin to communicate soon, we will be in trouble, big time!!”  Well.  The mind is fast catching up with the 83 year old body that has now turned 84 and it does help to be more on the same wave link, sort’ve, maybe.

I am catching up more with the status of those around me here. One gal, had a stroke, and now is in a wheelchair and “drives” herself backwards down the street and sidewalk.  Others mosey along with their rollators and time seems to have etched in each a slower pace that be-fits each of us here on the campus.  I find myself now with my rollator all the time with the cane now a shade of the past…….ah, yes.  a shade of the past……once it was the car…then the cane…then the rollator…then…then…then. Making purchases are not what they once were.  And some of you can say GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to that I am sure. And to that I would reply, “you ain’t walked in my shoes…………YET!!”  There are thousands of things I never thought I would do either.  Granted.  Not all were worthy of the time or the money, but one thing for sure each step strong or faltering, led me to where I am right now and I am where I am supposed to be.  So perhaps you, some day will be there too.

The knee replacement has taken its toll too.  Not any thing that is horrible, just much different than the last one when I was 7 years younger. People ask me how I am. My mind goes immediately to others to whom the same question was just asked and their aches and pains fall out of their mouth.  It seems it is all they know.  And those who have asked really don’t want to hear what they have to say, and suggest that they are complaining as always,  So those “listening” toss the person’s difficulties off as complaining and compassion is not a part of the day because that kind of compassion requires maturity in order to understand and realize that when one drives off to work on a busy agenda the one left behind had been there once but now they are left standing in the fog of the exhaust and another day brings to memory another time when we were younger and did the same thing.

Time!  Oh, Time!!  Be Slow!!!

It was a day ago I was a child dreaming of being grown….

A noon ago, I was with children of my own….

An afternoon ago, they all grew up and now they are gone….

It is night now….11:59pm.  We are left alone with few that understand any thing of where we are.  Oh Time….W…..A….I…..T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Til next time.  Marge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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