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Yesterday as Nathan and I were talking I asked, “How are you doing, babe”, and he knew what I was referring to. His father passed away a couple months ago on Memorial Day, May 30th. Having lost my brother (2000), Mother (2001), Father (2004), I know that when the funeral is over the grieving has really only just begun. And so I ask him how he’s doing and try my best to be here for him in the grieving process. He looked at me and said  how much he misses his dad, his pastor, the strong man his dad was, etc. And then he said, “I feel numb. Is that normal?”  And I said oh yes it’s perfectly normal. We then discussed the stages of grief people go through. I remember when I was numb and I said the same thing to a nurse in our church and she said, “Oh honey! It’s totally normal to be numb. God made us that way because we couldn’t handle all the grief at one time”.  Today at church I asked my mother-in-law how she was doing and I got the same answer. “You know, Ronda, I’m just numb. I feel so terrible that I’m not feeling more. I loved Billy Joe so much and I miss him but I’m numb”. Once again I said it’s totally normal.

In the books, Healing Grief & You Can Heal Your Heart, David Kessler speaks of this. The first stage of grief (there’s 5) is this excerpt:

“Denial is the first of the five stages of grief. It helps us to survive the loss. In this stage, the world becomes meaningless and overwhelming. Life makes no sense. We are in a state of shock and denial. We go numb. We wonder how we can go on, if we can go on, why we should go on. We try to find a way to simply get through each day. Denial and shock help us to cope and make survival possible. Denial helps us to pace our feelings of grief. There is a grace in denial. It is nature’s way of letting in only as much as we can handle. As you accept the reality of the loss and start to ask yourself questions, you are unknowingly beginning the healing process. You are becoming stronger, and the denial is beginning to fade.”

If you have lost a loved one and are feeling numb, don’t worry, God has you in His hand and as you begin to feel again (more stages of grief) He will continue to carry you.

Psalm 23: Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Keep walking! No you’re not running or skipping right now, but keep walking! Fear no evil! (Will I die from the same illness that took my dad, mom, loved one) God is with you! Fear no evil! The word of God is my comfort! It upholds me! His word sustains me. Just keep walking! You will come through the shadow of death! I’m a living witness that you will feel again and when you do it is precious!

Walk through the valley of the shadow of death! You will come through it!

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Swine Flu Symptom Check

If you wake up and look like this…DO NOT go to work or school.  Please stay home until symptoms are gone.  Thank you!
Swine Flu Symptom Check

 

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Lost Blogroll

Does anyone know why I have lost my blogroll?

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NO BLOGGING for Awhile

I really don’t like reading notices like this.  However, it is something I feel I need to do for awhile so here goes…I will not be blogging for a little while.  It may be a few days or a few weeks.  Not quite sure.  I will return when I feel it is right.  I will continue to read your blogs as much as possible.  Love you all.

Many blessings!

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In my last post “Catch Up Post”  I just realized that when the slide show came up that there was also this AWFUL song that began to play.  I have NO idea how that happened.  If you heard it and you are my friend and didn’t call me to let me know, I am seriously thinking about disowning you as my friend.  JK  However, my apologies to those of you who had your ear drums ruptured by that song.  Please forgive me.  It has been removed, of course.  I will make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Just Wondering?

Don’t think me not spiritual…but I am just wondering why all the generations are listed in the Bible.  I can’t pronounce half the names.  Also, when did names begin to change from Bible times?  I mean, names  like Aholibamah.  And that is a girls name.  Yes, she was the daughter of Anah who was the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite.  Bashemath, Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth. ???  Anyway, I guess as you can tell this was part of my reading through the Bible passages today and it just really caught my attention for some reason.  I’m glad my sisters names are Linda and Karla.  I just know I would have tripped all over my tongue if I would have had to yell at them Aholibamah or Nebajoth when I was mad and/or happy about something. 🙂

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Merry Christmas 2008

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I want to wish all of you a VERY Merry Christmas.  Since the next couple of days will be extremely busy for all of us, I wanted to take the time to sit down and say Merry Christmas to all my friends.  You guys are the best!  Have a super time with your friends and family.  Make more memories.  Carry on those family traditions.  And…HAVE FUN!!!  Laugh a lot.  Don’t eat so much you’re miserable. 🙂  Stop for a few minutes to remember why we are all celebrating.

Love  and blessings to you ALL!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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