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ONE YEAR LATER

Posted by cindyhfrench on 08/04/2013

I was speaking to a dear friend of mine from Tampa a few nights ago and she reminded me of exactly where I was a year ago. Since I do have a short-term memory issue, about the only thing I can remember is that I was recovering from a pulmonary embolism, a very large deep vein thrombosis-where the clot had come from, and not getting my blood count right from one week to the next (I was taking Coumadin). Regardless of all this, I was working and I know that during this time, God gave me some of the most incredible insights into Himself/The Trinity, that I have ever had, ever thought of, could have imagined.

I know that this very special care of me continued even as it seemed to many probably that God wasn’t with me or might even be punishing me. Au contraire!  If you think that for one minute, please go read what exactly silver goes through to be refined! The silversmith never takes his eyes off of the silver that is in the fire-if he does, even for a few seconds, the silver could be destroyed. He knows that, so he never, ever takes his eyes off of the silver when it is the fire. And so  into the fall, struggles with asthma still, then it was December and spinal meningitis. I lost more than money over that illness. If we had any reservations about moving to Atlanta,  I think for sure, they were gone for good at that point.  Christmas came and went, we thought we had found a place with a 3 year lease (God had a better plan of course) and on the day we came home, we found out we didn’t get it.  We’ve been here in an apartment for the first time in our married lives because that was where God wanted us to be for now. Never would I have expected to have had another stroke, been healed, and then moved onto the job of my dreams all in 2 1/2 months time. But that is exactly what happened! Now 90 days into the job, I know that I serve a God of Miracles, an Amazing God, because only He could have put me exactly where I am today versus a year ago.

Of course I can not share what I am doing or even long term expectations, other than to say, again, that God is in this too! I always pray before starting my “hunting”. He knows the hearts of individuals that I need for my clients. He knows where those people are and I believe He leads me there. We both want the absolute best for that person and their life/families life, and the impact it will have on the firm, on clients, on so many people. It is very far reaching, what I do. I try to take care with great responsibility for my role. I hear over and over how ” different ” my approach is. Well, yeah, I approach it from what’s in it for you? not from what’s in it for me? or even for the client. Because in the long run, that’s what I believe God wants me to do. He is interested in my getting the best for whomever I am talking with. Period, end of statement.

 

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It’s ME! I’m Back! I Have So Much to Share!

Posted by cindyhfrench on 06/26/2013

First, let me say thank you to one and all who have hung out there and waited for me to come back to you! And to those of you who have joined the following I salute you!! Especially when you joined not knowing when I could come back, but here I am, no worse for the wear. Well, sort of! I mean, you wouldn’t believe what I had to do to prove to WP who I was, the owner of this blog, because stupid me had thought that the 2 step authenticator was something we had to do, not something we could choose to do. I must have read about it during my spinal meningitis cognitive issues is all I can trace back timing wise.  I did go with the authenticator, but somehow neglected to get back up codes or anything to help me get in. For a little while it  worked by hit or miss with getting a code, but obviously after May 2, it stopped. And then it was a matter of getting WP’s attention and finding out what I needed to do to fix the problem. This technologically challenged gal tried everything. I went to Google and did what they said to do. Didn’t work, obviously. And finally Diane, wonderful, Diane researched enough and got WP to tell us what was needed. Only about 3 hours more of phone time with PayPal, but it was so worth it today when I was told -here is the code to unlock your blog!!! Of course, I immediately disabled the 2 step authenticator! Would you believe that the very next page it sends you to, is to set up the 2 step authenticator? If you aren’t paying attention, you almost have it again!

So let me see if I can hit the highlights of this 8 weeks! I don’t think I have EVER been out of touch with everybody so long before. And God willing, never will again!

Everyone knows I started a NEW JOB on MAY 1. I still am THRILLED. Work-wise, it has been a whirlwind. I spent a week the first of June in Omaha. I got to know the people in the office there and worked training my young partner who is on his honeymoon this week! He got married last Friday! It looks like I may have landed a couple of major opportunities for us, but God is truly going to have to be in all of the details and keep me patient, because the client is slower than I would like. So what else is new, right? And on the other front, it is a matter of finding the people that God wants me to find. That is what I can NEVER lose sight of. NO DEAL is right if it isn’t right for candidate and the client.

On Saturday May 11th, I was to go to a Christian ladies lunch with my sister. We were to leave by 10:30 at the latest.  On Saturday morning, she called me at 10:30 and said “where are you?”  I answered “I’m at my computer, doing my weekly data entry that I have to do now, why?” She said,  “You’re supposed to be over here, remember?” “For…?” I said. I had completely forgotten the date. We had not spoken of it in several days and my husband didn’t know the date I was going so he didn’t remind me and there I was in my PJ’s, absolutely mortified! This is what happens to you when you have had 3 strokes and spinal meningitis and they mess with your short-term memory. So this is a prayer request for ya’ll from me. Please pray for my memory to improve.

Another milestone in May was our 33 wedding anniversary. We went out to dinner at Bonefish which is my favorite restaurant. We had a lovely, special time. One of the Owner/managers came out and sat down with us since it was our special night and we were able to really reach out to her and invite her into our family as all of hers is in Alabama. In the restaurant trade, you don’t get to go home for holidays and she doesn’t know anybody in Atlanta-or didn’t until we introduced ourselves and I gave her our contact information. It’ll be just like having another sister, I told her.

Another fun thing I got to do was to go on a short little cruise at the end of May to the Bahamas. It was my sister’s B’day-a different one-and one of my daughter’s went, and a couple of my sisters’ friends and me. What a treat it was to get to go. I never expected to be treated like that, but that’s what happens when you have a sister like ‘Lou. She’s the best. I came back and the next cleaned my clothes, packed and the next day left for Omaha. Then came home at 1am on Sat. and at 4pm, my sister Holly threw a B’day party for me and her 2 sons (3 & 4) It was a wonderful excuse to get everyone together though. ‘Lou drove up w/her son Josh. One of my brother’s and his wife who live in Atlanta were there and my oldest daughter and her family  and my youngest daughter and her boyfriend and then a close friend of Holly’s and mine-Jennifer and her boyfriend. What a full house!! but what a great time we all had! I am so thankful that we could all have that time together!! And the next day, those that could, went to Six Flags! that would NOT be me! I was dead to the world until 11:00 I think!

This last week was pretty hairy for us. Our little yorkie was sick. I kept asking my husband to take him to the vet, but you know how men are, they just won’t go to the doctor! Finally on Thursday, he took him, because I had been on the web the night before about his symptoms and it was obvious he needed care.  Still at 11:30 that night, it was evident that he was worse, so off we went to the VET ER. I know that the Vet saved his life that night with all that she did for him.  We were there for about 4 hours and she gave us meds to come home with and written out instructions to go by which was so helpful the next day. You think you will remember something as simple and yet as important as this, but you are so tired, that you don’t, hence, the written directions. I am thankful to say that after a very long week Sunday to Sunday, our Max is back to normal.  So many times my husband said “I wish I could understand dog speak” It reminded me of a Christmas story I heard on a Tampa Christian Radio Station one year.  There was family that had a prosperous farm. Father, Mother, Girl, Two Boys. All went to church except for the Father. He couldn’t accept what he couldn’t understand. His wife would smile an silently pray for him and take the children to church where they would learn about a Savior who loved them. One Christmas, the Father was asked by all the children to come to the church’s Christmas program as they were participating. He gave his usual reasons and heads bowed low, they left early for the pageant.  The father noticed that his barn door was open as he was walking back up to the door of his house. “um, it shouldn’t be open,” he mused.  As he walked inside he saw that a dove was trapped inside and trying to find it’s way outside.  So he immediately began trying to “herd” the dove out the door! But he found out that doves don’t “herd” In fact the more he shouted and gestured, the more upset and flighty the dove became-flying higher in the barn and back into the recesses where it was dark and maybe it was safe. “What in the world is that stupid dove thinking? Doesn’t it know that I am trying to help it get free and out of my barn?” he asked himself. And then He asked himself an even more telling question, “if I could just speak dove talk for a minute, then the dove would know exactly where to go to be safe”. And of course as he said that to himself, all of a sudden, he understood the story of Jesus Christ. Why He Had to Come, Why He Had to Die, And WHY HE ROSE AGAIN! I know that every time I look at my little dog and wish I knew exactly what he is saying to me. I believe that some day I’ll know but more importantly the story of Jesus is brought home to us every day as we look at each other and smile, grateful he is alive and can “talk” to us, grateful he reminded us of an important lesson.

 so I think that is enough for tonight. I know I was chatty Cathy, but like I said, so much has been happening, if I went down every day’s calendar, we’d be here till next week and  then what would I write about?  so for those of you who know of others who used to follow me and think I have died and gone to Jesus, please email them and let them no, I am still here! I need your support-your prayer support that is.

thanks and goodnight

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A New Award That I Don’t Deserve!

Posted by cindyhfrench on 04/07/2013

Very Inspiring Award

Very Inspiring Award

This award was given to me in January!!! I was thrilled and wrote what you see below. The only problem was doing the the rules that go along side of the award. So I thought I would just save it for a day or so till I felt better and as you all know, things got only crazier. Until I was going through the dashboard last night and cleaning up a bit, did I find this sweet award from my dear Cheryl (please forgive me) so here it is Cheryl. Thank you so much. You also inspire me!

“Cindy, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award because you know what trials and tribulations are about, and still you glorify the Lord. You have no idea, but as I have been suffering with chronic (constant) back and leg pain, your testimonies have been an encouragement and an inspiration for me. I think to myself, “If God can do that for her, He can surely do it for me too.” Thank you Cindy!”

Let me tell you why I don’t deserve this award or even an award for when I was in the hospital with meningitis. I have so tired of hurting! and so tired of hospitals! and blood tests, xrays, MRIs, any and all thing that test a person in some way!!I know I have to do my blood test in the morning. I have put it off the last 2 days. No reason, just didn’t think about it till I’d had coffee with a lot cream, etc. Pretty much since I came home from Atlanta, I have been sidelined with this sciatica-and oh yes! have I complained! Loudly and long to the Lord and my husband had heard it! I still have leftover issues from the meningitis. I didn’t know that it could mess with you cognitive abilities-certainly not for so long, but now that I have spoken to other survivors, I’ve found that this is pretty common. One of my nurse friends today urged me to see my doctor. So I will this Friday-when I had been considering canceling it since I have a new deductible to cover! This is one of those ‘keep you posted kind of things’

So you can see for yourself  how undeserving I am  and yet, exactly why our Lord allows the suffering-so that I will understand completely and utterly the suffering of the other person. I need to learn to keep my mouth shut and just bear it-but sometimes like this time it was too hard. Cheryl, I should have shared it and then you would have shared also and maybe there are others who suffer in the same way? I intend to find a solution. I hurt too much to live like this for long..much less 102!! what are you thinking? Besides our Lord Jesus is coming back before then. I am sure of that.  So here it is April instead of January and again so much has happened. The Lord is still teaching me, I am still learning. He is still bringing people to me to share with and that is exciting. The more people who come into the Kingdom of God the faster we bring Jesus to get us! And with the headlines as they are, it can not be too soon.

OK  enough, here’s for fun!

Acknowledge person who has given you the Award.  Miss Cheryl “Burningfireshutupinmybones”

The Award logo should be placed in the post.  it is

I have to include 7 things about myself  what don’t you know?                                                                                                                                                   1 I spent a couple of summers on a real farm-my grandma’s she raised cotton and tobacco
I’m not ready for grey hair/can you tell?                                                                                                                                                                                       3  I have to watch my mobile minutes super close every month and just barely make it!                                                                                                    4  I am the oldest of 6, being 17 when the youngest was born, a unique perspective                                                                                                                    5  I don’t like chocolate by itself-Great with p’nut butter though!                                                                                                                                                     6  My husband has spoiled me rotten-he takes such great care of me                                                                                                                                               7  Unless you’ve gone back into the archives, you don’t know that I used to be a ‘wild woman” loved fast roller coasters, fast dancing, would  have loved bungy jumping if they had invented it before my neck had to be fused. I was always the kid you didn’t dare.                                                                                                              

Nominate (although 15 is suggested I will nominate 8 as I have nominated several previously, but it’s been awhile since I did this, so these are people that lately have inspired me…in no particular order

http://TotheAssemblywithLove.wordpress.com, http://VesselofGod.wordpress.com,http://mychristiancoffeehouse.wordpress.com, http://possesshispromises.wordpress.com,http://aviesplace.wordpress.com,http://tellGodthankyou.wordpress.com,http://lilliessparrows&grass.wordpress.com, http://forhisgloryandpraise.wordpress.com

   The nominees should be advised on their site.

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SO MANY THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR!!!

Posted by cindyhfrench on 12/30/2012

I can’t begin to thank all of those of you who have been praying for my sister Holly. She came through the operation perfectly and there was no spreading of the C disease as we call it.  What was truly wonderful was my time with her.  Holly likes scripture being read out loud to her as much as I like reading it-what a combination! and as we went from one scripture to the next-my favorite or hers-God really spoke to both of  us.  We even did some of this in the middle of the night when she couldn’t sleep. Just a few verses or a chapter and then we were right back to sleep.  Since she was in a kind of sleep/over ICU unit,  they were in and out checking on her regularly.  I can tell you she isn’t interested in another visit! Still it was a lovely time to be together and one I will cherish always.

And then there was Christmas! All I can say is thank goodness for the customer service ladies at the websites. If not for them, no one in my family except for the guys would have had anything under the tree! I have to admit that even today I am still finding out things that I didn’t do quite right when I was ordering-the one package that I couldn’t catch-came to me here -after we left. It went back today. I had to order a duplicate when I realized what I had done! But to my surprise when I opened the package -what I ordered was also wrong! So it was a good thing it went to the wrong place. Lingering MENINGITIS ! I wish I could fix all the other things I have said or done in the last month that were just a little off. I know some have thought me wacky-I’d agree-now-hopefully it is getting better. I am not having to type a word four times to get it right.  Even yesterday, I was having a lot of trouble that I know I am not having today so maybe the worst is over. I pray so! Back to the wonderful Christmas that was absolutely wonderful. I got to be with all of my family that lives in Atlanta-still missed the 3 sibs/families that don’t-yet anyway! Looks like I scored pretty well with everyone this year for a change in spite of myself. My youngest granddaughter who is 3 1/2  opened her present a HELLO KITTY sparkle tunic and leggings and promptly stripped down and put them on. Even my son in law wore his sweater all day. It was nice that everyone was happy. I was also — my daughter and son in law gave us a king electric blanket w/dual controls for our coming to Atlanta. Now I won’t have to worry about being cold at night unless I have a million blankets on me. (I am allergic to down)

We had the most wonderful dinner w/roast prime rib and mashed potatoes -yes from scratch! Fresh saute’d spinach, fresh green beans and some awesome sweet potatoes cut up, basted w/olive oil and then baked, and a caesar salad.  We were so full!  About the time I was halfway to maybe a little more through the dishes,  Holly and her family showed up for desert.  We had this awesome Tiramisu cake made by my youngest daughter, a pear and cherry tart by the older one, and a pumpkin pie brought by Holly along with lots of whipped cream. I will be eating soup and very small portions for awhile!

by the way, I checked my spelling on all of the underlined in red words. They are correctly spelled

Of course some of you may be curious-did we find a new home while we were there in Atlanta?  yes, we did. I am still waiting for the Lord to work out all the details yet, but I know that He will. He has said so.  This is the part I am not wacky at all about!! For the 2nd time He has given me the same scripture in Numbers 23:19-20. I am content with that. The first time, He healed my physical pain.  Now, I need Him to do a lot of arranging,but if He can not, no one can and yet has He not said there is nothing He can not do? He has led us down this path, we believe-we have to follow.

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There Are Hardly Words…Yet Someone Has to Speak…

Posted by cindyhfrench on 12/16/2012

I just finished watching the Mike Huckabee show on Fox. I didn’t even hear of the holocaust for that was what it was for those children, those teachers until late yesterday afternoon. This time I have deliberately not watched the television or read much about it, because truthfully it was more than I could process myself.  Not that Meningitis is as serious a thing as what has happened in this small town in CT, but what I have found meningitis to do to me as person is more surprising. I don’t remember this same reaction 2 years ago. It was also viral meningitis-but different virus they say. And no I can’t help it-it has to do with the immunity issue. Obviously I will no longer be able to take any immuno suppressant drugs for my RA, in fact nothing but pain pills for the moment. The doctor is afraid he might kill me with the next infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. Of course, I try to tell him that question, time and day are quite up to the Lord, only He knows how many days of life I have written in that Book. And mostly I have to admit that my pain is still not unbearable like it used to be. I’ve asked the Lord to heal me completely my goodness look at how well I did w/out the pain, I can only imagine what I might be like again if I were whole. To that end, I am putting it out there, that I have prayed with a man who has the gift of healing from God the Holy Spirit. I know this Spirit well, He has resided in me over 40 years and so Spirit recognizes Spirit. I think certainly the Lord expects us to test that and know what we are dealing with. I know that my encapsulated shoulder is no longer encapsulated. Before I couldn’t use the arm hardly at all. Now, it is normal. I believe that I was healed so well from the pulmonary embolism this summer because of prayer and very specific prayer for healing. My doctors said there is no sign or evidence of scarring from the embolism like they would have expected. I say Hallelujah! So with a meningitis diagnosis and a hospital ya’ll all know where I have been. I had prayed all day Saturday as it was coming on me, not for it to be so bad-but I know what His expectation is when I go. I told Him I hurt so bad, how was I going to be able to speak with anyone? that’s when He reminded me from Matthew 10:19-20 do not worry about what to say or how to say it; when the times comes you will be given what you should say.  For it will not be just you speaking, But the Spirit of your heavenly Father speaking through you.

It truly was that way. I was checked into my room about 5 am. The nurse was very nice and as she went through my history, she kept exclaiming over it and she kept telling me how positive I was about it all. I just said It’s God that makes the difference. But that was all I said. She finished asking finally and turned and began walking out of the room. When God wants you to do something, it doesn’t matter how you feel. You just have to do it. I said to her, “wait, just a minute I’ve got a question for you! So she turned back around to hear my question which was-If you meet God tonight what will  you tell him when He asks you why He should let you into His heaven? She said oh I am going to tell Him I have always wanted to be a part of all that love and goodness and that’s why. I said  You’d be a little too late. you see, you have to decide to be for Jesus or against Jesus when you are alive on earth. I gave her many scriptures I have given here before, but in my words, Jesus is speaking and saying Hey there!! I am knocking on your Door of your  Heart and if anyone hears Me and Opens the Door, I will come in to Him and I will stay with Him forever, as in never leave you, you can’t make me go either, I will love you forever and ever and ever. Aren’t those exciting words? I love knowing that Very God is living inside of me-not because I deserve it or that it’s even clean enough in there for Him. However I will tell you He has been working diligently to clean me up-areas and closets full that I didn’t know I had. But He knew and so they have to go. Well that’s a whole ‘nother topic too-so just to finish the story. I asked the nurse if she understood now how to become a part of God’s family. Oh yes, she did; I expected us to talk again that night so that I could make sure she had prayed and was sure of her commitment. But when I asked for her I was told, “she’s a floater, you won’t see her again.”  Oh that hand on my shoulder again! This time showing me it was a good thing that I had reached out when I did-no second chance there!!

 

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