Restless Legs Syndrome

RLS...It's what some people suffer with, especially at night. Once in awhile I do, too, but it used to be more often, not a pleasant thing to experience. Simply put, it's bad circulation in your legs that makes you feel the need to move them. In fact, moving them is the only relief you can usually get. Lest you think that I consider this to be a blessing, let me assure you that I haven't arrived yet at that point. But today I was thinking about this and comparing it to how we can feel restless in emotional, mental or even spiritual ways. 

I know that there have been times when I have felt so restless that I knew I HAD to move myself out of the house and go find someone to witness to or at least give a Gospel tract to. Sometimes the need is just for a change of scenery to clear my heart and mind, to breathe fresh air, to get a new perspective on things. To get some circulation going, if you will.

I believe that God puts spiritual restlessness in us when He wants us to get moving, when He has something He wants us to do. There's only one cure for such restlessness and that's OBEDIENCE. When we obey Him we will start moving. The relief is wonderful, I can assure you. In this sense, restless legs (or hands or mind or heart...) can be a blessing!
I wonder if this bird has RLS? :)

But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. (Jeremiah 7:23)


Field of Flowers

Iris flowers, that is. Down the road a few miles from us is a field of irises. I'd seen it on previous furloughs but had never stopped to visit it in the Spring when it is in full bloom. This year I made it a point to do that and, of course, took several photos. I tried to take some of each color that they had but probably missed a few. It was all so lovely-the kind of scene that would inspire poets, artists and lovers.
I do think my favorite is the frilly pink one! What about you? And I added in the light purple one at the middle bottom of the photo. This is in the yard of a daughter who lives next door.

        I will praise Thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvellous works.
                                                                            (Psalm 9:1)


Seen On A Sunny Sunday Morning

The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. (Psalm 74:16)


The Perfect Storm

Those who know me know that I love to observe the weather. Some also know that I have tried capturing photos of lightning. Yesterday, with our electrical storms in the area, I tried again.

Here, the storm is approaching...

An hour or so later, I made the attempt with my camera...

After several attempts like that, I finally got one! You can't see the streak of lightning,
 but I sure got the full flash effect! I was thrilled that I "happened" to click the shutter
at the right second...

(no photo editing done here)

It looks like it is daytime but this was taken only a few seconds after the previous photo,
 one hour after sunset. I researched a bit and discovered that a flash of lightning 
averages one billion volts but can have as much as six billion! I don't know how many volts
this one had but, this I do know, the Creator of this lightning is my all-powerful God and I am blessed
beyond measure to know that He is in control of my life and can do ANYTHING!

The voice of Thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world:
the earth trembled and shook. (Job 36:32)

He covereth His hands with the lightning, and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark. (Psalm 77:18)


To All The Mothers

(I found the following the other day and would like to share it with you who are mothers. I do not know who wrote it.)

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you.
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you.
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you.
To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you.
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you.
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you.
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you.
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you.
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience.
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst.
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you.
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you.
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

May the Lord bless each of us with the strength, love, wisdom and patience that we need to fulfill our role of being a mother!

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 113:9)


Jesus Loves Me

Sitting in the clinic the other day, I couldn't resist taking this pic of a little girl who was there in the waiting room.