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Archive for July, 2013

BURNED NERVES!

Posted by Cindy H French on 07/25/2013

 

Well, I had so hoped that my life in the fast health lane and quit for a while and I do still have high hopes for it, but today, I suffered through the burning of the nerves in the facets (joints) in the vertebrae in my lower back. I had 4 nerve blocks previously, but nothing lasted very long. Having had to endure all kinds of pain in my life, I still say that nerve pain is the worst. So when I finally saw Spinal Pain Specialists associated with my hospital and introduced to me by my daughter when she was getting her own block for a herniated disc issue-totally different from mine, I was amazed by the exam  and their conclusions. And really so far the treatment has been borne out by where the last 2 blocks that they did were placed.  I just would like to change positions –in bed, in and out of a chair,  and regain  my ability to stand or walk for a while. The doctor says I will get all of this back! and Without Surgery! Today I just had some Twilight sleep, they call it. What I hadn’t expected was hurting when I woke up! I didn’t with the others,  but to burn nerves, bigger needles are used and go through muscle and  so the “side effects”. But if it works…WOW!

Prayer requests oh so many and I don’t exactly know how to write them so that they are anonymous-prayer for a dear one that all that needs to be remembered and done-in other words keep all the balls in the air at all times, so that absolutely nothing falls. for another dear friend, continued healing, someone’s dad diagnosed with cancer, for all the planned Bible Studies that will start up when school starts back, including my beloved BSF. For us to find a church home where God wants us, for my daughters-one a new job and the other a solution to her “back” problem. And for our nation, I am with Billy Graham, America can come back to God! All we need is for God’s people to pray!

G’night and God Bless!

Cindy

 

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POOL PARTY

Posted by Cindy H French on 07/14/2013

Yesterday the complex where we live had a pool party. The management cooked hot dogs and hamburgers and they had all the trimmings for them. Overall it was also sponsored by AT&T U-Verse. All the people from AT&T were there trying to sign you up if you weren’t already with AT&T. They are so serious about this that they have a representative assigned to the complex. I am not going to go into detail about the service on the TV or the internet, but as far as the PHONE is concerned, the service has been outstanding. I was having a little problem with “hangers onto my line” like what we’ve heard about in Washington for Verizon users. So if it was happening for Verizon, it was happening to AT&T too. I was so shocked when I called after a month of pickups and click-offs, hoping I was paranoid, but when my line was checked, I was told I had some “interference” on it. The rep couldn’t tell exactly what it was, but he didn’t particularly like all of the stuff going on in Washington either, and this was soon after the Verizon fiasco surfaced, so he told me he was sending a rep out. You can’t believe my amazement when the tech guy said that yes, my line was tapped! He asked me what I talk about and who I speak with. I have had one Skype conversation with a candidate in London and one phone conversation with an attorney in London. But otherwise, I keep my LinkedIn contacts to professionals in what I would consider “safe” countries. Now as to my conversations, to any and all, there was a lot of discussion of all the stuff going on. That was when you could hear the “pick-up”  and when conversation went back to business, you could hear the “hang-up”. What  was important was that people I was speaking with could hear it too. Of course my family thought I was crazy. you, I am always talking about how the world is going toward that time that the Bible has predicted. The Rapture has to be close by in time, just based on what is happening in the Middle East and with Israel in particular. To me, this is very exciting. I have read and studied prophecy scriptures since my 20’s-yep 40 years! But back to my phone-the tech guy put a whole system filter on it since I write freely as well as use the phone. Yesterday my techie brother put out a notice to everyone that anything we write is subject to being read by Big Brother. So my phone was working fine for about 3 weeks, then it started up again. Thank goodness my original service guy had given me his direct number. I called and this time a little higher lever tech came out and put something different-I won’t say what- on our system and so far so good.  Well at least in terms of what I can hear. I know Big Brother has gadgets that they can use and they don’t need to tap a line to hear a conversation.  What is amazing to me is why me? Just because I am vocal about all the scandals in Washington and I was very vocal with the Gestapo state government that has a new state law about registering your car if you are a new resident–I did call the state senator, my local state legislator, the governor, the tax collector, the TV stations, the radio stations (talk) and posted to their Facebook pages, I still don’t see why anyone would do that. This is America! We are supposed to be able to speak our minds.  Certainly the far left does with impunity, so why shouldn’t I?   So that was the Oprah version of why At&T has my phone and internet service. We won’t talk about the TV service.

What I really wanted to talk about was the party and getting to know a few of my neighbors. I met a lovely woman, a teacher of reading and math to third graders. She had read the “Left Behind” series.  (By the way if you haven’t read the books, you should, it takes the prophecy scripture, puts it into novel form and allows the reader to see exactly what is going to happen to those who are left behind after the rapture of the church) I have read all 14 books twice. They are fantastic. Every time I would be reading one in public-when I was traveling or in a waiting room for instance-people would just come up to me and start talking about the book or the series. At any rate, we had a very wide ranging conversation over the course of the party about the books and what has happened since they were written-even more proof that they were “God-inspired. We talked about MR O in the White House. She had very different views than I on him and what’s happening there. I brought up another author, Robert Ludlam. He had written a book called the “Illuminati”. She had read that too. We did agree that it is very possible that such a group exists in our world and chooses who is in any government, who lives and who is assassinated.

I did talk about this blog, what God has done for me and what He has taught me through the path I have had to walk. I also told her about the book I am reading that I mentioned earlier God’s Astounding Opinion of You.  She said she thought that might make for some really good reading. I hope so. I hope I  have made a new friend.

In conclusion, I just want to salute the women who were serving on the jury in Florida. It was obvious that they took their jobs very seriously by the questions that they asked back of the judge. They took the time needed to go over what they had seen and heard in that courtroom for the last 3 weeks. And to a one they all agreed on a not guilty verdict.  That took some real gumption because everyone knew before this trial started just how much political power was being exerted to even have a trial and then to convict. SO I SAY THESE SIX WOMEN ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED FOR DOING WHAT WAS SO OBVIOUSLY RIGHT TO MOST OF THE WORLD WHO ACTUALLY WATCHED THE TRIAL VS THOSE WHO TAKE THEIR BELIEF AND BEHAVIOR CUES FROM PEOPLE WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT THEIR OWN AGENDAS-NOT WHAT MIGHT BE BEST FOR THEIR OWN PEOPLE.

 Now I rest my case as my words about this particularly poor example of our political system but hope that the world sees that when a true and honest court is held-even with a prejudicial judge-that our system works!! Hallelujah!

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AWARDS, UPDATES, & OPINIONS

Posted by Cindy H French on 07/13/2013

Inner Peace AwardI must say thank you to all of you who read me faithfully or “unfaithfully” whatever that means. I know that up until now things have been perhaps a little strange and different from what you have come to expect from me. I am speaking of this year 2013. You who have stuck with me through a change to a hosted site and back again, and then my move from one state to another; and finally my locking myself out of my own blog.  I thought everything was fixed, but I didn’t hear from everybody and even though the email was changed, I wasn’t getting your posts either. that spinal meningitis and then that stroke truly did a number on my thinking through things sometimes. So my dear friend Diane and I talked about the issues and she checked up after me and found what was wrong with my dashboard. Somehow and I assure you all that this is the truth, all of the blogs I follow and I follow a lot of people were switched to off instead of on! So no wonder I haven’t heard from you and YOU haven’t heard from me! I promise I didn’t desert my friends. I hope you haven’t gone off from me. We did fix it.

I also have been going back and saying hi to new followers. One such person, has even been in my archives! It was she that gifted me with my Newest award. One I have not seen before. It’s beautiful isn’t it? I didn’t have to do anything either. I liked that part even better. But I am sure that I will be gifting it around as well. The fact that it came the beginning of this week is so interesting, because I would tell you that I haven’t felt like I was exhibiting Inner Peace. I have had a very emotional week of highs and lows like a roller coaster. I can just hear my Lord saying , “Cindy, Cindy when will you learn to quit operating on your emotions?”  Some weeks I seem to have it so together and others, not so  much.

Tonight I was on Facebook because I had lots of alerts on my phone and because I knew that there would be a lot of comments about the BIG Trial. The only thing I am going to say here is that unfortunately for Mr. Zimmerman, MR. O  made it political and racial. I don’t think it was either. I think it was plainly a man on the ground with another larger man on top of him banging his head into the concrete after he had already broken his nose. As far as I am concerned it could have been two white men, two black men, two pink and and purple men-it only mattered that one was larger than the other and he was on top and he had already broken the smaller man’s nose. Why is that so hard to understand? What if it were two women? I would say the same thing. One cannot be beating up on another especially banging one’s head into the concrete!

Ok, that is all I am going to say on the subject, tonight, anyway.  I know this was short, but just wanted you to know what had been happening technically.

g’night

Cindy 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! I HOPE YOU REALIZE JUST WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE YOU HAVE!

Posted by Cindy H French on 07/05/2013

Ok, so some people call me Pollyanna, just because I would wish for a world where people would believe in God, had an opportunity to know Him if they wished to, but at the very least everyone knew right and wrong and practiced it.

I was sent two different emails this week. One that I am going to give you at the end of my writing tonight. I am going to cut and paste it in. For those of you who were born before 1980, you might appreciate it as much as I did, as much as my kids might (they were born in the 70’s).  The other email I got was that the Jihadists had beheaded a priest. They beheaded him of course, because he would not deny his Savior and become a Muslim. I cannot imagine his courage, but I cannot imagine denying my Savior either. For what is life but a wisp of smoke against eternity??

Today the world knows that it is America’s birthday. Our great MR O in the WHITE HOUSE  didn’t think our troops or our military bases needed any kind of emotional or national support in the form of fireworks  so he made sure they were all cancelled because they couldn’t be afforded today-anywhere. Wonder how they felt if they were able to catch a PBS station somewhere? A Capital Fourth is put on every year with the cooperation and the help of the US government and US Armed Forces. They actually participate in the program!! So please, if you have a family member or a friend in the armed forces, tell them for me, thank you!!!  Thank you for all you do to keep us safe; to allow us to live the lives we live right now.

Today was a nice, lazy, catch-up day for me. I did a little office work and then I went in and watched an old movie with my husband that had Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in it. I hadn’t seen it before. But it was sweet and the good guys won the right girls and it was explained at the end of the movie that Gene Kelly had gone to war at the end of the picture filming. It was released a year later and then he was nominated for an Oscar for his role and by then he was back from the war. So he was really fortunate as the kind of actor/dancer/singer to not be forgotten and to still have a career when he got back. The next show was Yankee Doodle Dandy. I hadn’t seen  it either, believe or not and I love old movies! Of course all of these movies prompted my husband to give me a series of history lessons-hhhuh-he views things a little differently than I do. I now look at history strictly in view of what I know to be true of God’s Word and His long-term Plan for all of us. He believes it, he just thinks I “feel” it deeper. but that isn’t it at all!!

As I watched people dancing and singing along with the different performing stars on A Capital Fourth, all happy to be “free”, I wondered if we will still be this free this time next year. I pray so. I am concerned though, that with all of the “issues and scandals” that we have seen that things won’t be just that much worse. Right now, we are fighting for our very Bill of Rights. For those who want to stick their heads in the sand and pretend it is not happening, I am sorry for you. You don’t live in that other time before now. You live now. You are, some day, going to be faced with making a choice. My mama always said, ” Cindy, if you haven’t already decided what the choice is going to be before you get there, you won’t be able to make it when you get there.” She was absolutely right. You know, I think that every man of God in the Old Testament, from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Moses and Joshua, and women, Rebekah (could I ever be so brave as she), Tamar, and Rahab, then Deborah, much less the prophets and of course David,  just gave their hearts to the Lord. They followed Him when there wasn’t anything necessarily formal such as we have now with Bibles and documentation and such that so and so lived and died. Everything they did was on faith.  That’s why in Hebrew’s 11, the whole chapter is concerning the faith of those of the old Testament who believed. It was so important to note that without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Now I am going to give you the email that I got earlier this week. I finally figured out to cut and paste it to this blog. ( you have to use Chrome, not Explorer). I apologize to those of you who are not Jay Leno fans as this came from him. I am not a fan one way or the other , but I thought this particular email has great merit. Unfortunately for Mr. Leno, he was playing this for laughs. I think it is very serious.

Those of You Born 

1930 –  1979

At the end of this Email is a  quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don’t read anything else,  PleaseRead what he Said. Very well stated, Mr. Leno.

TO ALL THE  KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and  70’s! First, we survived being born  to mothers  Who smoked and/or drank while they were  Pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue  cheese dressing,  Tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for  diabetes. Then after that trauma, we  were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright  colored lead-base paints.  We had no childproof lids on  medicine bottles,  Locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode  Our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our  heads. As infants & children, We would ride in cars with no car seats,

 No booster seats, no  seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no  brakes.  

                                                                                         Riding in the back of a  pick-up truck on a warm day                                                                                                                     Was always a special treat.                                                                                                                           We drank water                                                                                                From the garden hose and  not from a bottle.                                                                                                 We shared one soft drink with  four friends,                                                                                         From one bottle and no one actually died from  this.                                                                                         We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter  and bacon..                                                                                                 We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.                                                                                                                 And,  we weren’t overweight.                                                                                                                                       WHY?                                                                                                                           Because we were                                                                                                               Always outside playing…that’s why!                                                                                          We would  leave home in the morning and play all day,                                                                                                                As long as we were back  when the                                                                                                                          Streetlights came on.                                                                                                                             No one was  able                                                                                                                To reach us all day. And, we were OK.                                                                                           We would spend hours building our go-carts out of  scraps                                                                                                  And then ride them down the hill, only to find out                                                                                                We  forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes                                                                                                  a few times, we  learned to solve the problem.                                                                                           We did not have  Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes.                                                                                            There were no video games, no  150 channels on cable,                                                                                            No video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound  or CD’s,                                                                                   No cell phones, No personal computers, no Internet and no  chat rooms.                                                                                                                      WE  HAD FRIENDS!                                                                                                  And we went outside and found  them!                                                                                        We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones  and teeth                                                                                         And there were no lawsuits from these accidents.                                                                                          We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt,                                                                                                  And  the worms did not live in us                                                                                                                        Forever.                                                                                       We were  given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,                                                                                        Made up games with sticks and  tennis balls and,                                                                                               Although we were told it would happen,                                                                                                We did  not put out very many eyes out.                                                                                        We rode bikes or  walked to a friend’s house and                                                                                        Knocked on the door or rang the bell,  or just                                                                                         Walked in and talked to them.                                                                                        Little  League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.                                                                                                    Those who didn’t  had to learn to deal                                                                                                                 With disappointment.                                                                                                                        Imagine that!!                                                                                         The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke  the law                                                                                                                       Was unheard of.                                                                                                        They actually sided with the law!                                                                                          These generations have produced some of the best                                                                                            Risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.                                                                                                                      The past 50 years                                                                                           Have been an explosion of  innovation and new ideas.                                                                                           We had freedom, failure, success and  responsibility,                                                                                                      and we learned how to deal with it all.                                                                                                            If YOU are one of them?                                                                                                            CONGRATULATIONS!                                                                                               You might want to share this with others                                                                                         who have had the luck  to grow up as kids, before the                                                                                lawyers and the government regulated  so much of our lives                                                                                                              for our own good                                                                               While you are at it, forward it to your kids so  they will know                                                                                                   how brave and lucky their parents were.                                                                                   Kind of makes you want to run through the  house                                                                                                                  with scissors, doesn’t it ?                                                                                                                    

The  quote of the month is by Jay Leno:                                                                                          

 “With hurricanes, tornadoes,  fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another,                                                                                                           and with the  threat of swine flu and terrorist attacks.  Are we sure this is a  good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’ 

For those that prefer to think that God is not  watching over us.. ..go ahead and delete this.  For the rest of us…pass this on. A  Small Prayer! God determines who walks into your  life…..it’s up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let  stay, and who you refuse to let go.      When there is nothing left  but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need.      Now this is my own idea to put this out here in the blog  world. but what better place and what better time than the 4th of July? Maybe we’ll start a little power for the people of God again with this!! Then send  it on to five other people,  Within hours you will have caused a  multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch  the power of God work in your life and our lives.

G’night. God bless.

Cindy 

P. S…. Five  is good, but more is better.                                           IN GOD WE  TRUST 

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I’ve Been Reading A New Book-You Know What That Means!!

Posted by Cindy H French on 07/03/2013

This book is going to completely change up some of your thought processes!! It came highly recommended to me by my dear “baby” sister who had had it given to her by my next to me younger sister! Of course as I have been reading it and loving it and completely blown away by the thoughts here but understanding some scriptures now for the first time-they actually really make good sense, I am wondering why she didn’t recommend the book to me too. I will have to ask. However, at least God got it to me. Thank her for reading it 3 times I understand and my baby sister for reading it and then giving it to me with the understanding that I have to give it back-some day!I  may have to read this one 3 times too, to get it all down!! So with that buildup!! Ta Da!! the name of the book is  God’s Astounding Opinion Of You. It was written by Ralph Harris.  Oh, and it turns out that brother number one apparently has read it too and knows of the author.

Before I go into the book I will just throw there that I love book recommendations-especially from my family-but also from my readers, so if you’ve read something wonderful that touched you to the bottom of your toes, you write me back and tell me so. It may take me awhile get through the books, but I will.

I am not going to do a “cliff’s notes for you. But I do want to go through some things that hit me right off the top that were different from what most books are about. This book is not going to tell you “how to get better”. Surprised? Don’t be.. The premise is,, we are already better because on the day we accepted Jesus as our Savior and the Holy Spirit of God came to live inside of us, we became a new creation ourselves. And our Father always sees us as that creation and no other.  That’s a big one, isn’t it? But really if you will just believe it and live it, understanding that accurate self-estimation is based entirely upon what God thinks of you, then you are truly free to go and live well because you are well. That sounds like such a conundrum, doesn’t it? I hope it makes you read the first chapter!

So you want a little more of what I am talking about? Ok take how we look at ourselves. I am now 62. I don’t look like I did at 25 or 35 or even 55. My kids think I am vain because I put make up on everyday, whether I am going out or not. I have done this since I started wearing makeup, so it really doesn’t have anything to do with age, I guess. You know when it starts? it starts when somebody tells you that you aren’t pretty enough when you are a little girl or you are special enough for this or that. I heard that I wasn’t pretty, I was cute. I didn’t know it bothered until one day in my 40’s I happened to repeat to my husband-whoops! that was a mistake! he’s my biggest fan! But that’s what I mean. I’m sure the remark wasn’t said to be hurtful-and in so many ways now as I look back I can see as an adult how easily Satan tricks us into believing lies about ourselves.  I know something else that this showed me and this is for all the moms or grandmothers who might be reading this we have no idea how harmful our words can be to a child and what  havoc it can play in their lives.

Has it ever struck you that God who lives inside YOU is reading what YOU are reading right now? oooooh! boy did that change some of my reading selections! I thought I had done a good job of weeding out the chaff, but when you look at it this way, it changes your perspective just a little wouldn’t you say?  and next lets talk about how we see our struggles and our failures and our shortcomings-well all of you know that I am a mess and in a great need of fixing, right??  WRONG!! YES! AMAZINGLY YES!! and this is the part you have to get when we become fixated on ourselves and how we need fixing, we are not fascinated and fixated on GOD. Did you get that? DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT? No? Ok, then get the book, it is wonderful!!

Oh and I have to tell you one more thing, in the 2nd chapter, the author backed right into talking to God and God talking back to him just like HE did me!! I was so excited about that! remember when I wrote ya’ll about that?  And God talks about Perfect People. Remember me talking about that? ok I’ve got to stop or I would go on all night.

A very big thank you to those who wrote and welcomed me back. I appreciate it. For those that didn’t write, I could use your prayers at the least just that I can keep my eyes fixated on the Lord and not on me. That if you have prayer requests you will write and share them with me. I have a journal now so that I don’t forget anything. Know that I am very thankful for you all and anxious to re-visit your sites over the weekend and catch up.

Goodnight and God Bless,

Cindy

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