Friday, May 28, 2010
I will miss Angela, Brian, Ivan, Dominique, and Emora so much. They have been a sweet family to us. Pray for their drive from Texas to Canada, that their U-Haul, Van, and Truck will arrive safely with their belongings and kids. Our town will feel so different without them.
This SAD SAD, EXTRA EXTRA SAD with an EXTRA SIDE of REALLY REALLY REALLY SAD Donkey is for Angela and her family. See, this is how SAD we're all gonna be that they are gone. Now that's some serious SADNESS.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I know in all reality, Gracey will most likely not live forever, even though I claim she will. But I want her here for a long time. I want her happy, taken care of, and shown how much she blesses us. She has been through so much with me and has been a constant love. Her nose aka "the Sniffer" is my absolutely favorite thing ever. I wanted to post a photo of her and saw this one and just had to, but then something deeper hit me, Gracey NOSE. She knows how to love someone even when they feel unlovable, she's sensitive, sweet, smart, stubborn, ADORABLE, she makes me feel not alone, she acts like a temperature gage for my actions and emotions, I have seen her "therapy" hundreds of people, she makes me laugh, keeps me going even when I feel sick, she helps me LOVE, and for this I am so thankful.
Friday, May 21, 2010
I'm nearly done with reading Your Word Lord in it's entirety by myself. It's like I have my last piece of chocolate cake and I'm eating it REALLY slow because I want to savor it. I knew I wanted to finish with John, 2 years ago when I began. I gotta tell You, Your confusing sometimes and I still don't know if reading "who begot who" has necessarily deepened my faith. But OH, my heart has widened with knowing Your Love throughout all time both from the beginning until now. I feel privileged to have lived at a time where Your Son, Jesus already came, and having access to His life and Words. If I lived back then, I wouldn't have heard all He said. I guess the privilege lies in the fact it is all together for me to explore and the Holy Spirit guides me into His Wisdom. This happened last night as I read this verse above. It is a weird one, but my spirit was pricked with curiosity and I had to dwell on what it meant.
"How do we "feed" on Jesus? We allow Him to nurture us. Grow us. Provide and satisfy us. Jesus knew the importance of being fed. He uses this analogy numerously throughout the scriptures. He says "I AM the bread of life." John 6:35. He talks about satisfying those who believe in Him that they will never hunger or thirst again. In the beginning of chapter 6, before He even began teaching the crowds, He fed them. He did a miracle with the fish and bread, and fed their bodies, so He could fed their spirits too. Jesus knows our physical hunger is tied to our emotions. He demonstrates His Love and Compassion by showing His Love in providing what our bodies need in food. In this world there is so much we can "feed" on. Trash TV, horrible worthless music, movies that shouldn't be legal, drama we cause and propel, and also anger and many other "junk food." ALL these things "feed" us whether we acknowledge it or not. Jesus asks us in this very short verse to draw what supports our life, eating and nurturing our bodies from Him, from Truth. He will help us grow. We ALL know what it feels like to be hungry. Wisely, He used this physical need to express how much He wants to feed us, and this "spiritual food" will cause Life, not darkness or death. Just today I met a very rude woman who blew me away by her rudeness so much so, that I couldn't even respond until she was gone. If I allowed that to fuel my spirit then I would be an incredibly angry person. I rather choose Jesus, even though it feels harder sometimes. I believe Him, I believe He will nurture me with His Truth and it will bring Life."
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This is my friend, Kathy, who also has Lupus. I met her at my reception and was incredibly touched by her warmth and heart as she is going through so much with this disease. I love her sign "Praying for a Cure" Kathy, your smile gives me joy and strength. Thank you.
Kathy, Kristi and sweet little Benjamin. They took these photos for me at church!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
World Lupus Awareness Day, May 10, 2010
Send in your photos to me of you wearing PURPLE by Thursday, May 14 for your chance to win a FREE IBG print.
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Sunday, May 09, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
This is her music video of "All Around Me." SO GOOD!
PS. If you haven't read Bryan's Blog today, you should. It has truly blessed me. He writes at the end: "The wounds of the believers are the windows to the splendor of God."
Monday, May 03, 2010
My featured piece at my recent Inspired by Grace Show was "Traitor." After I finished it, a sense of relief came over me. I finally was able to demonstrate what Lupus feels like. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to express how you feel with Lupus. Every book, words, or thoughts don't come close to actually SHOWING you. I want to help others understand on an emotional level the battle going on with there own body. Underneath the photo is the explanation/bio I wrote and hung with this piece. It was a 16x20 print, and the detail of "Lupus" pulling down was easier to see, but I think you will be able to see this here below. (Inspired by Grace is written on the top here solely for copyright reasons, it is not a part of "Traitor")
How can you learn to accept the fact your own body is a traitor against you? It never happens. After being diagnosed with Systemic Lupus (SLE) in 2004, I live in constant realization that my body attacks itself. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder where the body confusedly thinks it needs to protect itself from blood, tissue and in severe cases like mine, vital organs. After 2.5 years of chemotherapy treatments I am now in remission, yet feel the affects of Lupus everyday. “Traitor” represents mine, and millions of other’s war against illness. As I struggle to stand, my own self pulls me down with vengeance thinking it is doing what is right. This photo shows the truth of many who feel the heavy weight of disease and wish their own body would stop fighting them and allow them to stand and be free of chains. It was impossible to capture “Traitor” myself and I couldn’t think of a better person to represent me then my husband, Bryan, who has witnessed the symptoms of Lupus and has held and supported me with tears in his eyes.
DON'T FORGET TO SEND IN YOUR PURPLE PHOTOS BY MAY 14! To win a chance at a FREE IBG Print! Be creative!
Saturday, May 01, 2010
So what can you do?
*Wear Purple on Monday, May 10. SEND in a photo of you, the kids or your pets wearing purple to me! I am going to pick my favorite one and the winner gets a FREE IBG Print! Yes, you read that right people....A FREE IBG ORIGINAL PRINT...and I will sign it for you! I will post the ones I get on my blog with the winner on May 14. Send entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Pray for me and others who have this painful disease.
*If you would like to make a donation in honor of Lupus Awareness Month (we did the Walk for Lupus Now last year with donations, thank you!) please visit the Lupus Foundation of America site.
*Read some interesting facts below!
Some Quick Facts:
*It is estimated that 1.5/2 million people (out of 304 million) in the United States have some form of lupus.
*80% of lupus patients develop the disease between the ages of 15 & 45.
*Many lupus patients are very sun sensitive, & therefore need to cover up well when in the sun.
*Some lupus patients report of being affected by UV light, eg. from fluorescent lights.
*The treatment of lupus aims to suppress the overactive immune system & diminish any inflammation.
*90% of lupus sufferers are female
*Approximately 95% of lupus patients have a positive ANA test.
*Lupus is differentiated from other connective tissue diseases, based on eleven criteria offered by the American College of Rheumatology for classification purposes:
•Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
•Scaly disk-shaped rash on face, neck, ears, scalp, chest
•Mouth sores, tongue sores, inside nose sores
•Arthritis pain in joints
•Pain in chest and side when breathing or moving
•Blood problems such as anemia, low white cell count
•Immune system malfunction