Tuesday, August 2, 2022

A fun phenomenon to ease pain

     Although I'm still experiencing pain from the shingles outbreak last October (almost ten months ago), I discovered a fun phenomenon:

When I'm doing something I enjoy, like sharing God's Word, singing, exercising, or gardening, I'm not aware of the pain. 


       I'm sure there's a word for this in the medical field. To me it shows the power of the brain God created for us. 

        When we engage in an activity that makes us happy, we feel no pain. As we focus on what we love to do, that feeling of pleasure pushes out the feeling of pain. 


What makes you happy? 

What activity frees you from pain? 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

I'm Rich! How did this happen?

     When my 95-year-old Mom died in May, 2022, she left few possessions. Yet I can definitely say, "I'm rich!"

     As I sorted through the boxes and bags of clothes, kitchen utensils, and old photographs, I realized the treasures Mom gave me consisted not of things, but of everlasting qualities: 

A love of God and His Word

A commitment to hard work

A thoughtful spirit toward others

         At Mom's celebration of life I said, "If I love giving to foreign missions, if I'm a hard worker, if you tell me you like chickens and I give you chicken-themed gifts, all of those qualities came from Mom." 

          I only hope I can follow in her steps, and leave behind a heritage of goodness and love for my own  kids.  The qualities Jesus is proud of are the ones that last. 


Wednesday, February 9, 2022