I have decided, after reading an article online yesterday about new therapies for depression, which as many of you know, I struggled with for many years, to select only good news to read from my news feed. Everyday there is an onslaught of sad and horrifying articles in my news feed and for my mental health, I've decided to break from that as much as possible. For example, here's a story about a chain of people who formed to rescue people caught in a rip tide that I picked to read about today. Now they are all heroes in my book!Somebody at church Sunday said we don't hear enough GOOD NEWS, so when we hear some, we ought to share!
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"A Cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and GOOD NEWS gives health to the bones." ~ Proverbs 15:30.
"Like cold water to a weary soul is GOOD NEWS from a distant land." ~ Proverbs 25:25.
"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring GOOD NEWS, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God Reigns!'" Isaiah 52:7
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me; to preach GOOD NEWS to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion -- to bestow on them a crown of beautyinstead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ Isaiah 61:1-3b.
"Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything; but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into PRACTICE. And the God of peace will be with you." ~ Philippians 4:5-9.
Update: Someone sent me this photo today through email and it fit here so well, that I felt I just had to add it to the bottom of this post! Thank God, for the helpers!
Yesterday, I got my stitches out! I had an extra hole in my knee 'cause Doc said he found an unexpected thing in there about the size of a marble which he had to fish out. (Yeah, I lost my marble! 🙄 ). After he left, a nurse said I was making my own pearl! ◯
Anyway, while I was at my follow-up, I had to get doc to sign for a renewal on my disabled placard. I wish our state had wallet-sized receipts for those as we have to have them on our person when we are using the placards, so I fiddled around with a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper until I figured out how to fold it so it would fit into my wallet along with my photo state ID card. Here's how I did it!
1. Fold paper in half. Place on the table with the fold at the top. Crease the folds with the side of a ballpoint pen to make the paper lie flatter.
2. Fold the bottom open ends of the long (8 1/2") sides together up towards the fold, leaving a 1" wide margin at the top fold of the paper. Crease.
3. Fold the long sides together in half (margin inside), crease, and then open back up to 2nd position (see example above).
4. Fold each end to the new center mark and crease sides.
5. Fold in half for the final time. Crease all the edges. I wrote what the receipt was for on the side, along with the dates it was good for, so I will remember to not it throw away during a purse tidy.
I'm thankful for this placard and the mercy of close parking. I don't need close parking so much when I go in as when I come back out as my ability to be on my legs is limited time-wise and when I exit, I am sooooo grateful to be able to sit down and ease the pain and stiffness in my hips, legs, and knees. Thank you, legislators, for kindly thinking of me!
Stephanie reminded me this morning with her Documented Faith devotional and scripture that we (all of us) need to practice thanksgiving. And it was my Godly nudge to get on the ball and write a gratitude post since it has been awhile! Thank you, Stephanie, for listening to God and giving us the kick in the right direction. 👉 Our verse this week is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: "Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
Which, of course, reminded me of something I had ordered from Stephanie's Etsy shop that I thought was lost. It was sorta, just not in the shipping, but in our house. A MALE (I've got two of them in this house) brought in the MAIL and absent-mindedly laid it down in a paper pile by a chair which didn't get found until a MALE HAD to find another "lost" piece of paper. Now if I had picked up that pile, it would have gone straight into the trash bin and I would never have had the delight of opening Stephanie's package. Look at my goodies -- a coloring book from Adorn-It, a postcard and two atc's (artist trading cards)! If you want a closer look, click on image to enlarge! Sweet!
I want to leave you with a look at my Documented Faith June 2017 scripture sheet. I had fun embellishing it with my scribbles, watercolor paint and a quote by Stephanie!
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Oh, almost forgot, I found a penny out in the hospital parking lot right before my knee surgery to go into my FISH fund! Thank you, Jesus!
P.P.S. God reminded me of all those lovely, cheery cards and the prayers I received for my healing. Thank you friends! 👍 And my blessed pastor came to pray for me before my surgery. I was the first in the queue for surgery at 6:15 am. He didn't have to do that, but he did and I'm sure his prayers sustained me during my surgery. God was gracious! Thank you!
And last but not least, I found a layout design idea for the front of my faith-book pocket pages using some of Stephanie's doodles that she occasionally sends us through our Documented Faith-book email by YouTuber Lynn Shokoples. I'll show you one of my inspired pages next time!