Monday, March 12, 2012


This morning for my quiet time, I was talking to God about how I was confused about how the Bible was both written by "man" and God, at the same time. I do believe that it was certainly inspired... and yet it's just kinda confusing.

We've been going through the Psalms at church, and I've been preparing for the next week's message by reading ahead. So, I went ahead and read Psalm 21, which is beautiful. God, however, told me to keep reading on to the next one...

Can I say, CHILLS? Craziness. This was totally written by God. And God told me, "See?  There is no way David had a clue what he was writing was prophecy! He was just expressing how he felt at the time through song, which is a gift I gave him. He used his gifts, and I used him to contribute in how I would change the world. Cool, huh?"

Yeah, that's cool.

So, next time you're using the gifts God gave you, remember... you never know how the little thing you're doing might be used by God to change the world!

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; "He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for the delights in him!"

Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother's womb you have been my God. Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.

Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet - I can count all my bones - they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!  Deliver my soul from the word, my precious life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him all you offspring of Israel!  For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him. The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sick Of Being Sick

For the last week + I have been fighting a horrible cold/flu.  Yes, I know.  Why didn't I get the flu shot?  Aren't all pregnant ladies supposed to do that?  Well, I didn't want to get it during the first trimester because of the obvious risks, and once I got to the second, I couldn't find a vaccine here without the mercury in it.  Since I've only had 1 confirmed case of the flu (in college) and  that ended up being a different strand than the shot, I figured the likely hood of me getting it was pretty low.  Ahhh...  yeah.

So, Thursday I felt wonderful!  And Friday I woke up with a 100 degree fever and horrible sore throat, body achy, and just feeling miserable.  As I'm preggo, I really didn't want to take too many over the counter drugs, so I tried to just manage it with a neti pot, Tylenol (for the fever) and tea.  But, after a few days of that I started getting a baaaad head ache, and then pain in my cheeks and jaw.  Weird!!  Tuesday I broke down and went to the walk-in clinic.  Turns out I have a yucky sinus infection.  Oh joy.  Dr. said it was ok to take Sudafed and Benadryl, and that did help a bit.  But after taking those for several days, I just didn't feel very comfortable taking them non-stop with the potential risk to the baby.  I dunno... I know lots of people don't worry about it.  I think I've just heard of too many cases where a drug is deemed totally safe, only to find out years later that it was WAY BAD.  You know?

Thursday I filled a prescription for antibiotics from the Dr. to kick this sinus infection in the rear!  The otc drugs weren't really working all the way anyways, and I felt like it would be less of a risk to take penicillin rather than all the other otc drugs, and drag it out.  And, I think it's working!  Today (Friday) my headache is about 1/2 of what it was yesterday. YAY!!!  Also, it feels like the main cold/flu is going away... it's just the sinus infection that's lingering and causing me issues (which is what the antibiotics are for, anyways).  Hopefully tomorrow I'll wake up feeling great! 

Long story short: being sick while pregnant is way more complicated than normal.  You can't just pop a NyQuil and call it a night.  But, fortunately I think I'm on the up and up.  Can't wait to come out of my quarantine and see you all again!