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Carletta's Calling

  • carwoerner7

My morning started off at 330 and I struggled to return to sleep. I dozed off and on for a while and then finally dragged myself out of bed and went for a walk around 7am.

My mom has been having a problem with itching over her entire body for about 4 months.

The doctors at the clinic think it is from her dementia and have no solution or way of stopping it. Poor thing is totally miserable, frustrated and moans in anguish.

My heart breaks for her, and there is nothing that I can do to ease her.

I struggled to get her dressed in between her numerous attempts to scratch herself.

Then the day care bus driver was supposed to pick her up, but there was some confusion as to which driver was coming and he ended up being late. I was irritated and concerned about her appointment being canceled and if the aid assigned to meet mom at the ENT appointment would be able to remain with her for the entire visit. Everything seemed to work out well and mom was on her way to the doctor.

I decided to go for a swim since I had an afternoon to myself and no plans. I just wanted to relax. (By the way that isn't me in the picture above, lol.) I had the pool all to myself. I did some exercises and then just floated on my back with my eyes closed for about 10 minutes. All I could hear was the trickling of the water. I was suspended in the pool and I felt free, care free. I put all the morning's situations behind me and felt restful and peaceful.

I started thinking about how God wants us to "Be still and know that He is God." The stillness, I felt in the water, is how I desire to be in the midst of my daily struggles. I want to chillax in God's loving care as I float weigthlessly while He supplies all my needs and as He manages my every day. I can place all of my hurts and cares in His hands and know that He is well able. God wants us to have pool side peace in our minds, hearts, spirits and souls any time and in all situations.

My God will supply all my needs according to His riches in glory.

Phil. 4:19

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

I pray that out of His glorius riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being. Eph. 3:16

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my ways secure. Prov.18:32

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  • carwoerner7

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

Lena Horne.

The turmoil we encoutner in our daily journey is not what will last, or even, what really matters. What's really important is how we respond to each situation and how we allow each experience to influence our life and our attitude. One of my daughter's favorite quotes from our pastor was "We all go through problems in our lifetime, but it's the way we deal with them that makes us different from everyone else."

Some people handle their problems and stress in a calm calculating manner with a positive approach as they seek help and support from others and the Lord. Others totally lose it, isolate themselves, fall into devastating depression, abandon their faith and retreat from God.

I have several friends right now who are in the process of dealing with health issues and others who are going through financial and family crises. My heart breaks for them and my earnest prayers go up to heaven for them. Our Father is aware of everything that happens in our lives and He is there to carry our burdens with us. We are told to cast our cares upon the Lord for He cares for us. Psalm 55:22

He is a very present help in our times of need. Psalm 46:1

God has a purpose and a plan for everything that happens to each of us and even though it may not seem like it at the time, His purposes are for our good. Jeremiah 29:11 I have learned from my own hardships that my spiritual maturity grew as I walked through struggles with God by my side. He was with me every step of the way and I grew closer to Him during those times. Isaiah 43:2

However, we are not meant to haul our troubles alone with God but to also seek others who will help lighten our load and pray with us through to victory. God didn't create us to "hang in there" and "get through" life alone. As we go through our own difficulties we can become equipped with tools of compassion, understanding, wisdom, love and heartfelt prayers to lift others up as they travel through their own personal adversities. 2Corinthians 1:4-6

Don't be ashamed or too prideful to ask for help when you are lugging around a heavy load. Many hands make for light work.

Count on me by Bruno Mars

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  • carwoerner7

Life is filled with situations that are frustrating and irritating. Some are mild annoyances and others are not. When I googled the topic, the list went on and on with numerous frustrations that people endure, and some of them are pretty ridiculous.There are vexing people, circumstances, sounds, habits and sayings that could cause a person to scream. .

I am trying to work on cultivating my ability to be more tolerant, so I don't allow minor incidents to throw me off my peaceful path for the day. Now when I experience these trivial inconveniences, I shrug my shoulders, smile, and say, "Oh well!'. Some things that frustrate me are so minor and could be avoided, if only others would think about what they are doing or not doing. If people could be kind and more conciderate and aware of others and their needs, there would be less aggravations to deal with each day.

Philipians 2;3b...4 in humility value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others.

Luke 6:31 do to others as you would have them do to you.

I've listed some things that I deem irritatinng, they are trivial but bothersome to me just the same.

*One of those that happens often is pictured to the right, minus the "don't panic" note. To find an empty toilet paper roll is bad enough but when there is a full roll on the shelf, "come on people be curtious." How much time does it take to put a new roll on the holder?

Remember, when we had video tapes; the saying was "be kind rewind." My quote for a person that leaves an empty toilet paper roll is "Don't be a troll add a new roll."

*Another pet peeve is when someone leaves just a swig of milk in the milk jug, or an empty mayo jar in the frig.

*I've reached into the pantry to satisfy my sweet tooth with a handful of chocolate covered blueberries from costco, only to find three pebbles left. It was quite disappointing

to say the least.

*Loud, crunching and slurping eaters is another annoyance

*Having someone steal my parking spot after I've waited 10 minutes with my blinker on is needless to say, frustrating.

None of these really amount to a hill of beans, but sometimes, when I share these issues it helps me not take them so seriously. What things push your frustraion buttons?

I wonder at times, if God ever gets irritated or frustrated with me, when I repeatedly promise to do better in a certain area of my life and I fail miserably; or when I stubbornly ignore His still small voice, or refuse to trust and obey Him; or when I don't love Him or others as I should.

God doesn't allow me or any of us to aggravate Him. He always keeps His cool and His peace.

I'm thankful that God has no frustration buttons. Instead He is loving,` patient, kind, gentle, and forgiving. I want to be more like Him.

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