Thursday, February 04, 2016

More Pain Relieving Supplements for Joints

My post before last,  I talked about another secret I use for pain relief.  MSM and Goji Berry Extract.  Here are a couple of links for information on these two supplements:

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
Goji Berry Extract

I had read some testimonial information of a person who used a supplement that contained both of these supplements in one capsule and claimed to have had complete relief from shoulder pain.  This particular brand that she took is extremely expensive and I wasn't ready to spend that much money on something I wasn't sure would work. So I looked at the ingredients and bought them separately above.

I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised.  I've only been taking these for about 12 days and I have found that my range of motion has increased and I have been able to cut back by three capsules on my Curcumin.  I will try cutting back on the Curcumin little by little until I am back to my maintenance dose I had been on before the shoulder injury.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Less Than Encouraging Appointment about My Shoulder

So the MRI results came back.  The doctor doesn't want to do ozone injections because the MRI shows I have "sloping" in the shoulder.  I'm not exactly sure what that means but he did say  that because of the sloping he isn't sure the injections will actually do any good.

Therefore, he is refering me to a different orthopedic surgeon (at my request, because I want an opinion from someone different than the first surgeon I saw).  If that surgeon agrees and says that I need to have surgery, then I guess that is the route I have to take.

The doctor I saw today said it is possible that the new guy I see will recommend physical therapy.  I already had physical therapy and it didn't work, but the reason it didn't work was because the therapist threw the sheet of exercises, the doctor wanted him to work with me on, off to the side and was so focused on my forward head carriage and rib cage he ended up starting a cascade of migraine headaches. Basically, he and his partner did their own thing with me and it didn't help anything.

So, if this new doctor recommends physical therapy, I will choose a different therapist and hopefully have better results. Preferrably, I would like to find a therapist who does not have a partner and who will be in sole charge of my care.  Bouncing back and forth between therapists in the same office just doesn't work when each one of them seems to do their own thing. Not to mention it is confusing because each of them kept changing the exercises on me.

So the plan is this:  If the new doctor recommends therapy, then I go to therapy and while going to therapy, I go and get ozone injections, with the idea that I get better and improve and make surgery unnecessary. If the new doctor recommends surgery, then I have no other options.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Shoulder Pain and Curcumin

I have had shoulder pain since the end of July.  I finally got a doctor's appointment in November and was referred to physical therapy.  Alas, physical therapy did not help me at all.  It made me worse than ever.

Back to the doctor.  An MRI was to be ordered and a follow-up call to tell me when to come for it.  The doctor said the next step after the MRI would be surgery.  I was not interested in surgery.  The doctor's office dropped the ball and did not call me for the MRI, so I skipped it.

After doing a lot of research on shoulder injuries and pain, I learned that ozone injections are very good at helping it to heal.  I found a local doctor who does these injections (not too many around).  I saw him two weeks ago.

He wanted me to get an MRI before he did anything.  Understandable.  So I had the MRI last week and tomorrow I return to find out the results. I will report on what happens next in another post.

But in the mean time I just wanted to share with you what has helped me with the pain.  Many people who have a shoulder injury experience constant pain with it.  So much pain that they can not even sleep at night.

I take Curcumin on a regular basis to keep tendinitis at bay.  So with the shoulder injury, I increased the dose to 9 capsules a day.  My shoulder/arm only hurts when I move in ways that aggravate it.  I have not had the constant pain I have read so much about.

Curcumin fights inflammation.  I believe that is why I have not had the constant pain others talk about with should injuries.  With the inflammation knocked out, I can pretty much function normally through my day and only need to be careful about pain causing activities like over head movements, behind my back movements, taking my shirts on and off and pulling pants up.

I have some other pain relieving secrets that have allowed me to cut my Curcumin dose down to six capsules a day that I will post about next time,

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Seasons....and an Invitation to My Daughter's Blog

It's been some time since I have posted a devotional to my blog.  There seems to be seasons in life.  This just happens to be a season where I have not been writing as much.  

I recently bought a Journible to use in my daily devotions.  I am handwriting the Scriptue I am meditating on and writing my thoughts beside the verses I write each day.  Pen and paper instead of electronics.  There is just something satisfying about writing the Scripure out by hand with a favorite pen.

Since I am not updating my blog as much, I wanted to point my readers to my daughter's blog.  She is writing a weekly devotional along with tips on taking photographs.  I think you will really enjoy her work.

Captured Yet Fleeting

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Who is Jesus According to 1 Peter?

1. Jesus is to be obeyed. 1:2
2. God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:3
3. Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead 1:3
4. Jesus will be revealed in the future 1:7
5. Christ suffered 111
6. Grace will be brought with the revelation of Jesus Christ 1:12
7. Jesus' precious blood redeemed us 1:17-19
8. Jesus was foreknown before the foundation of the world 1:20
9. Jesus appeared for the sake of His people 1:20
10. Jesus is the way to God 1:21
11. The Lord is kind 2:3
12. Jesus was rejected by men 2:4
13. Jesus is choice and precious in the sight of God 2:4
14. Our spiritual sacrifices are only acceptable to God when they come through Christ 2:5
15. Jesus is the stone which the builders rejected 2:7
16. Jesus is the corner stone 2:6
17. Jesus is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense 2:8
18. Christ suffered for me 2:21
19. Jesus committed no sin or had deceit in his mouth 2:22
20. Jesus did not return evil for evil 2:23
21. Jesus entrusted himself to the one who judges righteously 2:23
22. Jesus bore our sins in his body on the cross 2:24
23. Christ died for sins once for all to bring us to God 3:18
24. Christ preached to those who were disobedieant in the days of Noah 3:19-20
25. Jesus is at the right hand of God 3:22
26. Angels and authorities and powers are subjected to Jesus 3:22
27. Christ suffered in the flesh 4:1
28. Christ is the chief Shepherd 5:4
29. Jesus will perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you 5:10

Who Am I According to 1 Peter?

Who Am I According to 1 Peter?

1. I am born again to a living hope 1:3
2. I am guarded by God through fiath for salvation 1:5
3. I am grieved by trials 1:6
4. I am tested to see if my faith is genuine  1:7
5. I am called to be holy 1:15
6. I am an exile in this world 1:17
7. I am ransomed with the precious blood of Jesus 1:18-19
8. I am a believer in God 1:21
9. I am purified through obeying the truth 1:22
10. I am born again through the living and abiding word of God 1:2
11. I am a living stone 2:5
12.I am a spiritual priest 2;5
13. I am of a chosen race 2:9
14. I am a royal priest 2:9
15. I am God's own chosen possession 2:9
16. I am God's person 2:10
17. I am a recipient of mercy 2:10
18. I am a sojourner 2:11
19. I am free 2:16
20. I am a servant of God 2:16
21. I am a follower of Christ 2:21
22. I am healed (spiritualy in the present...physically in the future in heaven) by His wounds 2:24
23. I am returned to the Shepherd 3:7
24. I am called to recieve a blessing 3:9
25. I am a Christian 4:16
26. I am a sheep in the flock of God 5:2

So after finding out who I am in Christ, I need to go through this list and think about how I should be behaving my self in light of who I am.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Hallmark Cards Removing Christian Themed Cards from Shelves??

A friend of mine was at a Hallmark store recently, looking for a religious themed birthday card for her daughter.  There were none to be found.  She asked about it.  They said they had a few in a box in the back room.  She asked why there were none on the shelf and they informed her that Hallmark was not going to stock Christian themed cards anymore.

There were quite a few comments on her post. Here is a sampling:

"...we should ALL go into these stores an ask for Christian greeting cards and maybe they will get the message!!!!!?!"

" Maybe if we all quit buying cards they will wonder what happened"

" We all need to contact walmart and hallmarks corporate office.!!! Lets flood the phones."

 " Oh that upsets me, that is so disgusting. It does seem that we are beginning to be the only ones with no rights and we can be offended everytime I turn around, and we need to just put up with it."

My question is this.  What should our response be to this?  My devotional time this morning in 1 Peter 3 has the answer, I believe.

[d]To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

  9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but [e]giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

 10 For,
The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Who is [f]there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?

 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you [g]are blessed. And do not fear their [h]intimidation, and do not be troubled, 

15 but [i]sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a [j]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and [k]reverence;

  16 [l]and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

 17 For it is better, if [m]God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 

 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the [n]spirit;

...Jesus Christ, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

It is right to be angry about the censorship of Christianity out of the Hallmark line of cards, but we must not let our anger become sinful anger.  Walking into a Hallmark shop and demanding Christian themed cards and walking out in anger will not reflect the grace of Jesus Christ to the employees.

This morning I sent an email to  Hallmark and told them of my friend's experience, the questions she asked and the response of the employees and I asked them if it was true they were not going to stock Christian themed cards anymore.  I was respectful, giving them a chance to tell me if it was true or false.  Who knows, maybe it's not Hallmark that is making this decision, maybe it is individual store managers and they are passing the buck to Hallmark to avoid dealing with customers being upset with them.  I have yet to receive an answer, but when I do I will copy and paste their response here for all to see.  

If their response is affirming the fact that they are indeed not going to stock Christian themed cards, then it is appropriate to  respectfully, respond and ask them to reconsider.  It would be appropriate to ask them if they are discontinuing all religious themed cards or just Christian themed cards.  If they are discontinuing all religious themed cards no matter what religion, then I don't think it's appropriate to get after them for discriminating because they would be treating all religions equally.

However, if they are only discontinuing Christian themed cards, we need to respectfully point out that this would be discrimination and that if they are doing it to one religion then they need to do it to all religions equally or decide to stock all of them.  

We can do this in accordance to 1 Peter 3 because we are commanded to be humble, pursuing peace, keeping our tongue (pen, emails, etc) from evil as we try to seek the truth of the matter and make an appeal for justice.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Windows 10

Okay, just upgraded to Windows 10. So far, with limited use, here is my opinion of it. I may add to this as I go.

The Good

I think I will like having a start menu.

The new MS Edge Browser has a funky new thing where you can write and draw on webpages and then save a copy to share.  Might be fun to draw mustaches on celebrities and friends on Facebook.  Ha.

 Playing around with Windows 10 I discovered I can have several different desk tops each with a different program running on it.  I can think of all sorts of good uses for this feature.

I can also just use one desk top with multiple programs opened and layered so I can see what is what and bounce back and forth between them.  I can also have two programs side by side in a split screen deal.

The Bad 

 At first I got no picture with videos, only sound.  But this morning it appears to be working okay.

MS Edge, microsoft's new browser is okay but missing vital pieces in my opinion. When I open a new tab, I want a homepage button where I can get Bing to automatically load. The Edge doesn't have a home page button.  I have to open the new tab and then search for Bing in the default search bar.  This is a waste of time.  But I want to do my searches in Bing because I earn points for Amazon cards that way.  It's possible that I haven't found the trick, but so far not.

I'm not fond of how the search function works.  Maybe I just don't know how to use it yet, but when I am searching for something in my computer I don't want internet results.

I kind of miss the screen where I could view all the apps.

The Ugly

 I keep getting this notification that either the AMD software has an invalid license or that the license information to use the software is not found.  I tried updating drivers for it but was told there are no drivers for my system.  So I hope whatever this is it won't be a big problem. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Marsha's Musings: What I Have Gleaned from a Study in 1 Peter 1

Here are my take home lessons from my study in 1 Peter 1.

1. Prepare your mind for action v. 13
2.) Keep sober minded v. 13
3.) Fix your hope completely on the grace of God v. 13
4.) Do not be conformed to your former lusts v. 14
5.) Be holy in all your behavoir v. 15
6.) Conduct yourself in the fear of God v. 17
7.) Purify your soul in obedience to the truth v. 22
8.) Fervently love one another from the heart v. 22

The first seven commands have to do with my own personal preparation and spiritual hygiene. The last command has to do with my interaction with other believers.

The first seven commands are all inter-related.  If I do not prepare my mind for action by digging into the Word of God, then I will not be sober minded spiritually, I will not have my hope fixed completely on the grace of God, I will tend to fall back into former sins and  my life will not be characterized with holy behavoir because I will not be conducting myself in the fear of God or purifying my soul in obedience to the truth.  

The end result of a failure to obey the first seven commands is that I will not love other Christians as I ought.  In fact I might feel like they are too spiritual for me to hang around with and feel uncomfortable being around them so that I do not make church attendance a priority in my life.  It can have devastating results in one's life as he/she pulls back and becomes more and more self absorbed. It can result in depression, and irritability toward loved ones and an attitude of apathy toward life in general. 

God help me to be diligent in these things!  

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Getting on a Cleaning Kick

Today I decided it's time I take control of this house.
I cleaned out the garage storage closet.  It is now much easier to find and get things in there.
I cleaned the top of the book shelves off and the mess around the bottom.
I got rid of a whole trunk load of stuff at the second hand store.
I got rid of old notebooks.
I made up the day bed.
I stored decorative pillows away so I don't have so much to work around.
I moved an old bedspread of Sarah's back to her room.
I feel so accomplished!

Monday, September 07, 2015

False Prophets at My Door

There are two ladies who keep showing up at my door.  Today they gave me a pamphlet with an article entitled "Are You Disappointed in God?"

I read through the article with curiosity.  What would they have to say that would give someone hope?  There were several headings in this article.

1. Did God intend for people to suffer?
Basically, the conclusion was that since Deut. 32:4 says that God is never unjust and that he is righteous and upright, then God would never intend that humans should suffer or that he would use calamities to punish or purify them.

So apparently, then, it is unjust and unrighteous for God to ever bring calamity upon people.  Let's see how that stands up to Scripture.

I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.

Hear, O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people— The fruit of their thoughts, Because they have not heeded My words Nor My law, but rejected it.

And they shall know that I am the Lord; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.”

If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?

2. Why is there suffering?
The article says there is suffering because Satan induced Adam and Eve to reject God's standards of right and wrong as represented by the command for them to refrain from eating of the "tree of the knowledge of good and bad." Satan implied that mankind would be better off without God's rulership. And so, I guess, this article is saying this was the cause of suffering.

While this is partially true, they are missing a vital piece.  The cause of human suffering is due to God's judgment on man for his sin because of man's rejection of God's command.  God's judgement is completely ignored in this article.

16 To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.

3. How God Resolves the Issues
The article tells me that God resolved the issues by deciding to allow humans to rule themselves for a time and let the results prove whose rulership is superior.  The miserable condition the world is in today is proof that human rulership has utterly failed.

The article goes on to say that one day God, through His kingdom will remove all causes of suffering.
Then the article quotes a bunch of Scripture promises that state suffering will be a thing of the past.

 Really?  Is that all there is?  

4. Overcoming  Disappointment
This section of the article tells the story of a person who had an accident.  He tells how he never blamed Jehovah God because he realized the accident was not a punishment from God.  Through prayer to Jehovah and reading Eccl.9:11; Psalm 145:18; and 2 Cor. 4:8-10 he kept his spirits up.

The wrap up goes like this:

"Keeping in mind the reasons why God has permitted suffering and how its effects will soon be undone helps us to overcome any feeling of disappointment in God that we may have.  We are assured that God is "the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him." No one who rests his faith on him and His Son will be disappointed. Hebrews 11:6; Romans10:11."

This all sounds good and lovely, but it misses the point sadly.  

As we saw above in Genesis, God judged the earth for man's sin. Yes suffering began in the Garden with Adam and Eve's sin.  The suffering is God's judgement against man for his sin.

How did God resolve the issues?  

Since our sin separates us from God, a perfect sacrifice had to be made to satisfy God's wrath against sinners.  
[ God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness ] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

God devised a plan of salvation.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
It was through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that we can be saved.  He paid the price to save us from God's wrath against sinners.  It was through no works of our own that He saved us. 

Titus 3:4-6New King James Version (NKJV)

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 

Now this gives me hope.  Yes, there is suffering in this world, but I know and can look forward to the day when God calls me home and I will leave all this suffering behind.  My sins have been paid for by the precious blood of Jesus when He died for me on the cross. Don't let anyone take that away from you.  When they come knocking at the door and hand you their literature, don't be fooled by their false gospel (which is no gospel at all). 

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Lessons from My Dog

Marsha's Musings: Lessons from My Dog

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. -1 Timothy 6:11

Over the last couple of weeks or so DJ has been sneaking downstairs.  We typically don't let him up or down stairs without supervision because he likes to dump the trash.  But he started out sneaking down there and we'd find him in his crate, so we let it go.  Then he started dragging his bed to the foam carpet by the bed. That was okay too. Next he would skip the blanket and just go lay on the carpet.  But today temptation got the best of him.  We called and he didn't come. We looked everywhere, even in the basement and did not see him.  Sarah went back to take a second look and there he was, curled up in a tiny ball on the bed in a pile of clean sheets.  He knew he was in trouble. He tried to make himself smaller and the tip of his tail wagged nervously.

Isn't that how we are?  We try to get as close to sin as possible without committing it.  Then one day, the temptation is just too great, we have gotten so close to it we can't control ourselves and we go for it, just like my dog did.  Oh we think we are getting away with it. After all, no one seems to notice and we have a good line to justify it.  But is it glorifing to God?  Are we fleeing sin as commanded by God?Are we following after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness? These are the real issues at stake. 
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Reprieve from the Smoke

You don't realize how much you have missed seeing the hills until they come back into view again!  I did not take the photos above, someone posted them on Facebook.  It's of the blue bridge that goes from Washington to Idaho.  We cross this bridge often.

We have been shrouded in smoke for a long time due to the enormouse wildfires burning in Idaho and Washington states. We are deeply grateful to the firefighters that have come to fight these fires to keep us safe from the flames.  The smoke has been in the hazardous range, but I would rather have smoke than flames!

So grateful to God for allowing us this reprieve from the smoke.  There is hope!  I know it's only a short reprieve, but I'm taking advantage of it while I can!

Marsha's Musings: Bible Study 1 Peter 1:10-12


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