Monday, November 19, 2012

Vacation Part 2

Hi, all, 

I've been away for a few days. Okay, maybe more than a few days. We're back at home now, and the kids are settling in again to routine. 

The ending highlights of our trip were spending Sabbath afternoon with friends at a park and spending time with my parents shopping, lazing around the house, and just in general, visiting together. 

After we got home,we did a bunch of unpacking and laundry. Mom helped the boys clean their room and Victor and I reconnected. 

Friday night, I did a big no-no and had a small bite of ice cream. Then Sabbath lunch I ate too much in general, specifically some nut loaf that had cottage cheese in it and topped it off, after I was already too full, with a greasy donut. That night mom took me in to Insta-care with a horrible attack of the gall bladder. (Doesn't that just sound like a monster?? :-) )

The doctor didn't even see me, the P.A. took my blood pressure results,etc. (very low, pale, looked sick) to her and she came back and said she recommended I go to the ER for further testing. By the time we got there, my blood pressure was back up almost to normal, and the pain was gone, so they said we really don't need to keep you here, just come back if you have more problems. So, came home and watched tv and went to bed.  Was just fine the next morning with no residual effects whatsoever.

When will I ever learn to listen to God when He tells me something! He reminded me before I even ate what I knew would cause me pain, and I swept it aside. 

So, Victor and I are going to work on being accountable to each other for various things, including having prayer together and not putting the things into our body's, minds and hearts that would be detrimental to our physical and spiritual health. 

This is something we talked about before I even got home. We are also praying about getting away from the city and out to the country, more rural. Time is so short now, and Jesus is coming so soon, tribulation will soon be upon us and the best places to be will be away from the evils of the cities where we don't have to depend on grocery stores and power grids to live. 

The time is now for spiritual preparation also for what lies ahead of us very shortly. We must be watchful and pray. 

On the drive home from my parents, we listened to the dramatized version of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. If you haven't read or heard this amazing allegory, you really should pick it up. 

It reminded me and inspired of the dangers of not walking with Christ, day by day, and having that armour on to fight against Satan with. We must be ever watchful, and in prayer, walking with Christ as did Enoch and Abraham. More then ever before, Satan roams the earth as a roaring lion, seeking those whom he may devour. I don't want to be one of those, do you?!

Eph 6:10-18
(10)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
(11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
(12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
(14)  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
(15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
(16)  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
(18)  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Rom 13:10-14
(10)  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
(11)  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
(12)  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
(13)  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
(14)  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

1Th 5:1-8
(1)  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
(2)  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
(3)  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
(4)  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
(5)  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
(6)  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
(7)  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
(8)  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

Let us watch and pray. Get to know our Saviour, Jesus, as a personal Friend.

Til next time.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Vacation Part 1

Wheat free has been fun and actually fairly easy. I forgot to take a picture, I think, of the other wheat free bread that I tried. It was very good, has a light, sweeter flavor, although it was somewhat doughy. I'll try a little less liquid next time since instead of eggs or egg re-placer I used flax meal and water.
Reading with Grandma and Grandpa

Aunt Tiffany (my little sister)

The kids and I are spending time at my parents this week with my brother, sister and spouses and my sister's baby girl. My sister-in-law and brother have been trying to eat more healthfully so we have all been having fun trying new recipes. One we set some aside for me because everybody else wanted vegeburger which has wheat in it. Other then that most everything that we ate was gluten free. Mom got me some gluten free buns and pancake mixes for the days we had bread items as main dishes. The gluten free items were very tasty and light. Being rice based, the pancakes and breads were slightly sweeter than the wheat.
Uncle Jon (my baby brother)

Today we, actually mostly Erin (sister-in-love), are making Eggplant 'Parmesan' and greek salad. Yum! Completely vegan and wheat free.
Aunt Erin (Jon's wife) and Uncle Jon

Big differences in how I feel too. My acid reflux is mostly gone. I have more energy in spite of having gone to bed late every night. I think my brain is clearer.

Sabbath was potluck and was hit and miss. More hitting the good things than missing them, I think. Everything I ate was wheat free and as far as I could tell was vegan. Only one thing was clearly not vegan and that was the California sushi rolls with egg in them. But I love sushi rolls so I had some anyway.

Sarah is teething, I think; fussing, drooling and chewing on her clothes and fingers and blanket. She rolled over last night and off the mattress on to the floor. 3 inches since I'm sleeping on the floor in the first place.

The kids played soccer with Uncle Dave (brother-in-love) and Uncle Jon (brother) and had lots of fun.
Uncle David (Tiffany's hubby)

We've really been enjoying our stay so far and relaxing, but will be glad to get back to our own beds at home, of course.