Be Kind to One Another


O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil,
speak good things?
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart
bringeth forth good things:
and an evil man out of the evil treasure
bringeth forth evil things.

But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak,
they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified,
and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
—Matthew 12:34-37


Do You Feel All Alone?



Have you wondered where I’ve been and what’s been going on with me? I know it seems that I’ve dropped out of sight … again … but the reason is beyond anything I could have thought of.

After my last post, I was still feeling rather funky but had no real idea why except that perhaps I was still working my way through a FMS/CFS flare. I finally saw the doctor last week and was told I have a sinus infection and strep throat so I dutifully filled my antibiotic Rx and went home to heal.

But something weird was happening to me even as I sat in the doctor’s office waiting to be seen. I kept feeling as if a feather or a hair was on my lips although nothing was really there. A few days earlier, my chin itched something awful but since these kinds of skin issues are one of my FMS symptoms, I paid no further attention. I didn’t know these two things could be connected, but when I got up the next morning, I had the beginnings of what I thought was a cold sore but turned out to be a shingles breakout. What had started on the left side of my lips moved down my chin and then up my left cheek to my left ear and up onto my scalp.

I’m sure some of you reading this have experienced such an ordeal already but oh. my. word. This is pain and itching like I have never experienced before. And to add to that, my migraines have gotten worse since the area affected by the virus involves my trigeminal nerve system.

So that’s where I stand right now. The anti-viral med I’m taking to keep the shingles outbreak from spreading is leaving me with lots of tummy cramps and hardly any appetite, but I am persisting in taking them until the last one is gone. The migraines have not left me at all, so sleep is a blessed relief and I’ve been doing lots of that.

The 2 Corinthians passage illustrated above is especially dear to me right now. This morning I received two different emails with this same verse and I am convinced that God orchestrated that to encourage me. In God’s economy, there are no coincidences.

Beloved, are you walking through something right this very minute that has you beginning to lose heart? Does it seem as if this particular trial is never going to end?

Never Will I Leave You-hebrews-13-5Oh, do I ever hear you and am right there with you! However, I believe one of the biggest reasons God left us with His Word was not only to guide us but also to comfort us. He wants us to know that He is always with us to go through whatever it is we’re facing, and will never leave us or forsake us.

I don’t know how long I’ll be going through this particular situation but I’ll post when I feel up to it. I’m sorry if it seems I’ll never get back to my blog on a more faithful basis, but it is what it is.

Please know that I include all of you in my prayers!

To God’s holy people … the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

[I] always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.

—Colossians 1:2-3, paraphrased



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