Cognitive Training that Outsmarts Our Desires

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My Lenten journey has intersected with my weekly First Place 4 Health Bible study and given me such a jolt. It’s like I got shoved in the shoulder by the one and shoved again by the other. “Say, Dawn, did you get this yet?” It all began with the Bible verse for this 5th day of Lent, Matthew 6:16:

‘When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

I was to read the verse three times and then pick the phrase that I believed could re-form me the most. The verse that called out to me was “…they have received their reward in full.” No matter what the circumstance, if one gets some kind of instantaneous reward from their behavior or choice, that may be enough for that behavior or choice to become a habit. For instance, if eating a sweet brings joy or comfort or distraction from boredom then, whenever one needs those rewards, one may go for a sweet. If being melodramatic during a spiritual discipline elicits sympathetic commiseration, the one who desires accolades for taking on a spiritual discipline may find themselves being melodramatic. In each case, the person has succeeded in meeting his/her needs, but at what cost? Jesus says, “…they have received their reward in full.”

What if the person would have fasted secretly? What if the person would have kept their “weight control” rule of not snacking between meals? Was Jesus insinuating that there would be something better for those with the discipline to wait? My First Place 4 Health Bible Study took me to Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

and Deuteronomy 8:3, the Old Testament record of what Jesus was quoting

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Hmmmm, they were hungry and were fed to teach them that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Jesus tells them the physical bread is not the issue. The issue is learning that they are to live beyond food; they are to live on every word that comes from the mouth of their Lord. He is the Bread of Life. They are to feed on Him. He further tells the crowds in John 6:27

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.’

And if we do seek after things eternal, He promises in Matthew 6:33

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well

How do we effectively turn our attention from our temporary physical needs and prioritize our eternal spiritual needs? I found some of my answers in reviewing the marshmallow experiment that I had written about almost 4 years ago. You can read about it here.

We have to come up with a plan that outsmarts our carnal humanness. It seems that the habit of delaying gratification quellswell-fedsoul the heat of desire, nullifies the longing for the forbidden. Jesus tells us to turn away from whatever is taking us from Him and deliberately/intentionally turn to Him. He will fill us, satisfy us and keep us forever.

In freedom,

Dawn

The see-saw of life

0404001115aIt occurred to me today that life is like a see-saw. In the beginning of life we are usually physically well, strong, energetic and so sure we know everything so our physical self is up in the air but the emotional and spiritual selves are just babies and are really low in the balance of life. As we age and reach young adulthood and career-building/childrearing stages our spiritual and emotional lives should have matured and our physical selves have reached a plateau so I would place the see-saw level on both sides. I think the see-saw inches up and down during the middle of life at varying stages of level until our bodies begin to lose their physical abilities and stamina wanes. As the physical side of life drops, the spiritual and emotional sides, honed through experience, hard knocks and practice begin to rise. As we near heaven our bodies may not be much at all, but our spirits may soar.

I talked with a wonderful woman after church today and she was a bit down because her mother’s cancer may be back. This week my sister took her husband to the hospital because he could not breathe (he has only one lung). My own husband has been itching and burning as a side effect of his chronic polycythemia vera. Aging brings many physical challenges, but we can still rejoice because we know He is faithful. Our spirits resonate with His Spirit: we are His children and He’s getting us ready to live with Him forever.

When I was young, I could only hope to see. Now that I am old, I can say that I saw. I am thankful for what I saw today:

#1114 geese flying north

#1115 robin songs

#1116 icicle decorations from trees and water falls

#1117 plants catching snowflakesIMG_0134#1118 Clyde got a new knee and he’s gone from walking with a walker to walking with a cane

#1119 little ones learning to take up the offering in church

#1120 two young people in the church passed all their tests and got police jobs in the same town

#1121 Crystal got a shocking diagnosis about her eyes, but found a surgeon who can replace her corneas and keep her sighted

#1122 son says learning a new computer code language, how to play the piano and how to knit rejuvenated his life

IMG_0140#1123 putting together jigsaw puzzles with my grandson

#1124 church women feeding the “hungries” with Josie in Belize through financial support of her ministry

#1125 all new tables and chairs for our church social hall to serve the community well

#1126 antifreeze in the toilet so we can flush it

#1127 both churches doubling in attendance

#1127 remembering Passover with my brothers and sisters in the Jewish faith, to me, a foreshadowing of Holy Week

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#1128 that God was with a beloved church woman who had blood clots in her lungs and is just now beginning to breathe easier after one month

#1129 that church people are discerning about their faith and we talk about concerns together

#1130 fine “snow” sparkling in the breeze as it is blown from tall pines

#1131 the sweetness of a 5-year-old grandson as he hands the seat belt to me and Pop Pop while riding in his family’s car because “seat belts are hard to find when you are in a different car”.

#1132 organic eggs from free-range hens

#1133 first daughter got all her taxes filed and paid while purchasing a new car

#1134 second daughter interested in furthering her education

#1135 medicare choices are beginning to make sense (it’s a miracle)

He is with us,

Dawn

Trust determines thrust

This week at Multitudes on Monday with Ann Voskamp I have had lessons in trust. Trust is just so basic to the Christian life that, I think, God takes us back to the trust primer from time to time just to keep us ‘on our toes’ so to speak. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 8:38

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Well, I have been called according to His purpose because I have received Christ as my personal Saviour. The Life Application Study Bible says that good does not mean comfort or happiness, but it means that [believers] trust in God, not life’s treasures; they look for their security in heaven, not on earth; they learn to accept, not resent, pain and persecution because God is with them.

This week I have been reminded of this and I thank Him for continuing to let me in on the special way He ministers to each one of us. I am thankful

#1061 God allowed me to introduce two beloved [non-related] sisters in the Lord. They have the same genetic eye disease and now they support one another in the journey.

#1063 I got a job for my sister’s friend at a local urgi-care center about 6 months ago. Now my old family doctor is there and we are all encouraging him and his partner to set up their own private practice. And…by the way, when I need good care now, I know where to go! Gina is now trying to get a nurse just fired from the hospital a job there as an RN. Go figure. It is just so FUN to watch all this unfold.

#1064 I got the names of two children from the Ravine [tented housing along a garbage dump in Port au Prince, Haiti] to support. Christian Light School of Haiti feeds them every day, getting them ready nutritionally and spiritually to attend the school when they are old enough. I couldn’t believe their names. They are twins: Emanuel and Emanuella! How appropriate that I should have them in this my year, Emmanuel.

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#1065 my six-month evaluation is coming up at my work and they say I have absolutely nothing to worry about.

#1066 my wonderful friend, Barb, enters her pictures in photo contests and all her winnings go to the Haitian school. She won first place this year!

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#1067 my family got a $6000.00 tax refund this year. Our income is the same as it was before I lost my job because my husband is retired and on disability now. His salary as a quarter-time pastor is still under the minimum needed to exempt him from taxes and I got unemployment for 9 months last year. Everything we paid in quarterly we get back. This is truly a gift. Now that I get insurance through my work, we no longer have to pay over a thousand dollars a month for insurance, either. We feel like we’ve won the lottery.

#1068 that I was able to hear a nurse I worked with at St Anthony’s Free Medical clinic on Wednesday tell a student nurse who was shadowing her the vision the hospital has for creating a new work ethic. “If we could just get rid of all the old nurses and start fresh, it would be so much easier.” I wish I had had that on tape, but I was able to reassure her that she’d have her wish soon enough because they were systematically taking care of that “old” problem.

#1069 I was asked to set up a Facebook page for the Lycoming-Clinton Breastfeeding Coalition. I had to decline, but I was able to give them a contact that is super good with such technical things and they are all set. Such energy, I remember it well.

#1070 I have met some of the most inspirational writers I have ever know through this community. I made 4 greeting cards today and used the work of both Cora Eelman and Susan VanDijk.

#1071 I saw this commercial and now I am dreaming. My next car? I love how they advertised this. “No thanks, Devil, I can do this on my own.” I’d only add “because of Jesus.”

Thrust is a reaction force. It is invisible, but you can feel it. It is the power you feel when you are the passenger in a car and the driver suddenly stops. You are forced forward. The thrust pulls you forward or pushes you horizontally if you round a corner fast. Trust determines a Christian’s thrust. Well-trained and with the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-18) in place like a plane has rudders and curved wings and a car has seat belts, we can stay balanced–react in a way that is pleasing to the Lord and in a way that keeps us on the right path.  Without trust, James says, we waver. James says that one who wavers “will not receive anything from the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” 1:7,8.

This past week has strengthened my trust and as I begin a new week, I know He is with me no matter where I am thrust,

Dawn

The least

She could be the clerk that just rung up your purchases at the local retail store or the one who helped your loved one eat their lunch in the nursing home or the woman who delivers your mail. She was tall, willowy and attractive. She had just turned 27 and she certainly didn’t want to be there. She apologized for being there. She explained, “If I buy my prescription medication, I can’t pay my rent. Can you help me?” We certainly can write a prescription, but the generic form of the drug she needed was $108.73 for a month at the cheapest place in town. I know because I am the nurse who called all around. A talk with a pharmacist enabled her to get a comparable drug for $15.00! The clinic doctor said that would be fine.

He was a short man and as round as he was tall, but was surprised when the scale said he weighed 258 pounds. “I usually weigh over 300, but I haven’t weighed myself in a long while.” When asked why he was there he said he lost sight in his left eye and now his right eye was blurry in the morning. “I am really scared and I don’t know what to do.” He was told 2 years ago he had diabetes. At that time he was given a 30-day supply of pills, a meter to measure his glucose levels and an appointment to see a diabetes educator. He had no job, no money, no doctor so when the medicine and test strips for the glucose meter ran out, he didn’t do any more. Now his sight in one eye is gone. He called the Community Health Center for those who have Access cards for medical care. He was put on a waiting list for March 2013. Must he lose his second eye before someone will pay attention? He found the church’s medical clinic phone number in some of his deceased mother’s papers. He called.

Folks, I do not have to wonder why I am no longer working as a nurse in the hospital. First, I had to feel what unemployment felt like. I had to soul-search to re-establish my sense of direction and then I had to be with the poor to see Christ and bask in His healing presence. In Ann Voskamp’s list of 10 things you can do to change the world. This is #4

Do whatever it takes to stay with the poor: around the corner, across town, around the world. Make it your lifestyle to live face to face with the needy on a regular basis, because this is a way to stay face to face with Christ.

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” Matthew 25:45

Still in rehab,

Dawn

“Raise your standard of giving, not your standard of living” John Wesley

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, identified the major threat to the vitality of the Spirit’s movement in the new church as “the growing prosperity of the Methodists.” Wesley’s experience was that an increase in wealth resulted in a decrease in the reliance on grace, a lack of discipline, and separation from the poor. He believed Christians had to look the poor in the eyes frequently, intentionally. In fact, Wesley believed Christians should not strive to love and help the poor from a superior position, but to actually live as simply as possible so that we could actually be with and learn from the poor. At the point we Christians truly understand the situation of the poor from their vantage point, we.see.Christ.

[Christ] who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave ~Philippians 2:6-7

Christ is the slave standing in front of us! Right there in the midst of the everydayedness of the poor, we will find Him. He is not usually prominent in places of prosperity. While on earth, He was born in a stable, He had no home, He ministered to outcasts, He was crucified between two thieves and was buried in a barrowed tomb. Jesus calls us to the poor because He wants us to be like Him, and that is where He spends His time.

Last week at the School of Christian Mission with my granddaughters, I was spurred on to work for social justice, reconciliation and system change. I am so thankful for my heritage in Methodism. John Wesley lived on 30 pounds per year and when he died he had only pocket change to his name. He believed he was to live in such a way that everyone’s needs could be met until Jesus came again to make all things new.

In a sermon entitled “The New Creation” Wesley preached that one day all creation would be transformed.

All the elements…will be new, indeed entirely changed as to their qualities, although not as to their nature….All the earth shall then be a more beautiful paradise than Adam ever saw….He that sitteth upon the throne will soon change the face of all things, and give demonstrative proof to all his creatures that his mercy is over all his works.

But until that day, Wesley believed the foundation of our faith rested in the poor.

Religion must not go from the greatest to the least, or the power would appear to be of men.

So this morning I awaken and think about what this Parish Nurse will do. I have a van load of supplies from my friend who is a Bayada Home Health Pediatric Nurse manager. She told all her clients that if they have left over supplies to give them to her because I had a place they could be used. Three times now I have loaded my van with supplies and it has only been a month since she sent out the call. There is a fortune in medical supplies here, I can assure you. The special formula in the cases that I have a picture of here are probably worth $1000.00 retail. These will be loaded into cargo containers for shipment anywhere in the US or world where people need them.

I took this van load of supplies over to the Sojourner Truth soup kitchen, a drop-off place for anyone wanting to give supplies to Mission Central, our United Methodist Mission distribution center. I drove up and they were having breakfast going on. Sister Valinda yelled to two young men to unload my van and told me they were making a trip to Mission Central that very afternoon! Yeah!

In 1731 as a young professor at Oxford, Wesley began to limit his expenses so that he would have more money to give to the poor. He records that one year his income was 30 pounds and his living was 28 pounds so that he had 2 pounds to give away. The next year his income doubled, but he still managed to live on 28 pounds and gave 32 pounds away. In the third year his income jumped to 90 pounds, but he kept his expenses to 28 pounds and gave 62 pounds away.

In 1744 Wesley wrote, “[When I die] if I leave behind me ten pounds…you and all mankind [may] bear witness against me, that I have lived and died a thief and a robber.” When he died in 1791, the only money mentioned in his will was the miscellaneous coins to be found in his pockets and dresser drawers.

I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses,

Dawn

Scripture and a Snapshot #49 – Proverbs 22:6

August 1 – 7 every year is World Breastfeeding Week. This is the twentieth year of organized celebration across the world. I belong to a local breastfeeding coalition whose purpose is to serve as a resource for breastfeeding families in our community. At our June meeting we were putting together ideas for kids’ crafts for the First Friday celebration in our city this August. The breastfeeding coalition has a stand that week because it is World Breastfeeding Week. My friend, Natalie, was at the meeting this past week and told this story. She is preparing to take the exam to be a Certified Lactation Consultant at the local hospital. She says she’s had her study books lying around the house for weeks and has been talking about breastfeeding a lot at home rehearsing the information she needs for the exam. One day she happened upon her 9-year-old daughter, Alana, playing with her dolls and found that her one doll was breastfeeding her baby. Natalie asked her about the wrapping and Alana told her mom that she had the baby wrapped skin to skin because you know, “That’s best for helping the baby breastfeed.”

I was so impressed by this that I asked Natalie to send me this picture from her iPhone so i could reproduce it and the story that goes with it to place on our tri-fold board during World Breastfeeding Week. This is such an excellent story to demonstrate how a parent’s example will impact the actions of a child. If we truly want the next generation to behave a certain way, we must teach the way. That’s quite a responsibility and it can be a bit frightening. The Good News is, He will be with us wherever we go.

In His amazing grace,

Dawn

Powerlessness Enables Full Power

At the end of one’s rope the tendency is to look up. There is nothing on earth that is helping so perhaps there is something outside of earth that can help?!

Today I read two separate Scriptures that seemed to speak to me in the same way. The first is from Isaiah 28: 26 – 29 (New Living Translation)

26 The farmer knows just what to do,
for God has given him understanding.
27 A heavy sledge is never used to thresh black cumin;
rather, it is beaten with a light stick.
A threshing wheel is never rolled on cumin;
instead, it is beaten lightly with a flail.
28 Grain for bread is easily crushed,
so he doesn’t keep on pounding it.
He threshes it under the wheels of a cart,
but he doesn’t pulverize it.
29 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is a wonderful teacher,
and he gives the farmer great wisdom.

The second Scripture was from Psalm 81:11 – 14 (New Living Translation)

11 “But no, Dawn wouldn’t listen.
Dawn did not want me around.
12 So I let Dawn follow her own stubborn desires,
living according to her own ideas.
13 Oh, that Dawn would listen to me!
Oh, that Dawn would follow me, walking in my paths!
14 How quickly I would then subdue her enemies!
How soon my hands would be upon her foes!

For over a year I tried to make my job at the hospital work because I knew I had to work full-time so I could have health insurance because my husband has cancer and I have periodic issues necessitating medical care. I was participating in poor care-giving, unethical delivery of  care and non-professional staffing standards, but I KNEW I had to do this. God wanted me to take care of things in my family, didn’t He? NO!

I had forgotten who the Source for my daily needs is. I did not listen to the Lord when He told me to get out. I did not listen when He said He would take care of me and my husband. I did not listen. I could hear Him, but I did not listen. For the better part of a year, He never stopped trying to nudge me out. One day He spoke through those He had placed in a position of power over me. When they told me to leave, it was permanent and it was not pretty. I pray I have learned. I pray that I am listening now. He had to break me, strip me of all I thought was needed, so that I could see that all I really need is Him.

When I came across the reading in Isaiah this morning I immediately identified with the cumin. God in His mercy pressed me with a light stick. I was not up for being rolled over with a heavy stone or pulverized under the wheel of a cart. The culinary instructions for cumin crushing state that one must press lightly with the pestle and then separate the chaff with a swirling motion. This is how God “crushed” me: lightly. I did not have to fight for unemployment benefits. I had my Human Resources file corrected and was given a copy of the rectification. I was terminated one day after I would not have been able to have my retirement funds matched for the past year. In the beginning months of unemployment when the shock was the hardest to bear,  I had the support of many colleagues across the spectrum of my career. Yes, He used a light stick. I know that. (I read Dark Night of the Soul by St John of the Cross during this time so I recognized it, thank you A and Cora for the suggestion.)

In addition, He provided someone of rich spiritual depth to partner with me in the healing process and in the rebuilding of my career. I am like a young tomato plant who needs a stick to lean against till I get strength. Cherie is my stick.

Walking with Ann and really beginning to see,

Dawn

What is the problem?

I’d really like to skip the section on attitude in my  First Place 4 Health Bible study, but I know I need it so I turn to 2 Kings 5:1-14 as I am told. I enter the story of Naaman the Leper from Syria. The story may have happened 3000 years ago, but it has my name on it. Here is a man who had everything: success, fame, power, respect, authority, riches, and family. What he did not have was health. His leprosy defined him and when his servant girl told him of a prophet in her country, Israel, who could cure him, he gathered gifts together to go see the prophet.

Naaman arrived at the prophet Elisha’s house and got instructions to be cured of his leprosy. When this happened Naaman became angry, not just mildly annoyed, but enraged to the point where he walked away from the whole situation. Why the rage? He sought the prophet for an answer and an answer was given. Why was he so angry? What WAS the problem? I see it as two-fold:

  1. the answer was not delivered as Naaman thought it should be delivered
  2. the answer was not acceptable to Naaman

Naaman was an important person in Syria. He drove his chariot right up to the door of the house of Elisha the prophet, but the prophet did not come out to speak to Naaman personally. Instead, he sent a messenger with this message

Go and wash in the Jordan seven times and thy flesh shall come again to thee and thou shalt be clean (verse 10)

Secondly, the message of the process for the cure was unacceptable to Naaman. We know this by what is recorded in verse 11

Behold I thought he will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place and cure the leprosy.

You see, Naaman, the great man of Syria; warrior, captain, leader, friend of the Syrian king; was so used to leading, so used to telling others what to do, so used to giving orders that he didn’t know how to follow instruction. Now he had to yield. He had to do what another said to do. He had to humble himself.

The real miracle is that HE HUMBLED HIMSELF! He humbled himself at the urging of his servants. Naaman had a teachable spirit, and once he accepted what he was asked to do, he obeyed what the prophet said and was healed. He was also thankful. Once healed, he returned to Elisha the prophet to thank him and to give him gifts. The best gift he gave to Elisha was his intent to follow the God of Israel the rest of his life (verses 17,18).

Please come back tomorrow as I link with Ann for Walk with Him Wednesday and share how all this pertains to me.

Bless you,

Dawn

Simple

11 “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. 12 It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ 13 It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ 14 No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.” ~ Deuteronomy 30

My Bible study guide alluded to the fact that the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 30:11-14 affirm that God’s instructions to us are simple. It asked me to look up the word “simple”. I didn’t know it would be so enlightening. (Right now, Cora, my word-loving blogger friend, is getting excited!) Here are the meanings I found for simple:

  • composed of one thing
  • not complicated
  • foolish
  • having little or no ornamentation
  • unassuming
  • not guileful or deceitful
  • humble or lowly in rank
  • ordinary or common
  • basic, with nothing added or subtracted
  • any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

I got the message that God’s instructions are concise, basic, common, truthful, understandable, straight-forward and could even be considered foolish (if read by those who do not know their Author). Now here is the cool part, at least for an old nurse like me. Moses says in Deuteronomy 32:47

47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

God’s instructions are a medicinal plant! If you obey them, you will live long. THEY ARE YOUR LIFE!

If I go through my day not obeying the Word of God, it is like going through my day breathless. Every move is a struggle. That’s not really living. And so…I wonder what I am not realizing. I wonder how many areas of my life are not yielded to Him. I wonder how much of my daily struggle is the result of simple disobedience. The memory verse for this week is

Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say? ~ Luke 6:46

I wrote this prayer in my journal today: Jesus, this verse concerns me. I do call You “Lord,” but I do not always do what You say. Lord, (see, I do call You that) You are talking to me about obedience. Give me heart ears to hear what You are pointing out to me through Your simple Word. Amen

Sometimes hard of hearing,

Dawn

Orchestration for dehydration

I spent a frantic 8 hours making a tri-fold board on “Dehydration”. It was finally finished. I called Cherie to come and get it. She needed to set it up next to the drinks and watermelon and snacks she was coordinating for the men of the church who would be installing playground equipment in the church yard under the hot sun on Monday. I was leaving for Philadelphia Sunday afternoon. Just Thursday Cherie and I met with the pastor about beginning a Parish Nurse/Health Minister program in the church. He told us to “go for it” and so we began with the first thing the Lord set in front of us: safety for the playground equipment installers while working in the heat of the sun.

I asked the Lord to bless the “Dehydration” tri-fold as Cherie breathlessly whisked it from my sunroom and threw it into her van. She was going to a bridal shower and was running behind schedule, but she needed the tri-fold for Monday so she had to get it before I left town. Little did I know that the Lord was already ahead of us. He was not rushing. He already had it all orchestrated.

Sunday morning in church a young boy passed out in the fellowship hall. The paramedics were called. They boy was dehydrated from two days of camping and then coming to church without breakfast. He fainted and hit his face so hard it was bleeding. As the paramedic tried many times to start a hydrating IV on this frightened 7-year-old, the pastor laid his hand on Cherie’s shoulder and said, “Do you think we need a Parish Nursing program, Cherie?”

Meanwhile, I am hobbling around the Philadelphia Zoo with a broken toe which my husband had splinted on Saturday based on advice from my partner Parish Nurse, Cherie. Here I am with my son, daughter-in-law and grandkids at the zoo. The reason I post this picture is so you can note the skort I am wearing and the diamond design in the material. Note also that granddaughter Kira (with sunglasses) is wearing pink and orange. Here is the picture she drew of us so I would have a keepsake of that day. Yes, Kira, “Love is best.”

This morning I talked to a group of pastors about parish nursing, got some fundraiser connections from the United Churches of Lycoming County, and will do a health spot on “omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids” at First Place 4 Health this evening. Things are moving right along. I hope Cherie is  managing the “Dehydration” playground scene. I will see her this evening at FIrst Place 4 Health.

Busy, busy, busy…but in the midst of the rushing, a little girl hands me a carefully-detailed drawing, a keepsake of our day together, but, unbeknown to her, it is a Word from the Lord to me. She hands me the pink and orange drawing and I hear, unmistakeably, from the Lord, “Don’t forget, love is best.”

Love is best,

Dawn