Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dreams, Determination, Flowers, Flares and Proverbs

Ever have dreams/nightmares about someone you don't know? Wonder why? Me, too. I keep having recurring nightmares about someone I don't know. It is the same person. The nightmares wake me up with my heart fluttering in my throat. They stay with me all day.

I've decided the only way to deal with them is to pray for the person in my nightmares since I know the name of the person. Must be some reason they are invading my nightly dreams. Before the dreams were so nice I'd have to convince myself they were dreams. Now not so much.

Hard thing is they bother me. A lot. No matter what, I'll never understand why this person keeps appearing nightly in my dreams. So I pray for them. I'll never know, but God does. Last night's nightmare was so bad I haven't been able to shake it.

Since my life has become so restricted, i.e. hard to walk due to extreme pain so I can't go for walks, the temperatures have beaten me up over the past few days, hard to function in order to do normal things, I get lost in books and sleep. Now I'm getting relief in books and movies since sleep has taken a nasty turn towards me.

Just know, person of my "dreams" - you are being prayed for daily.

It has warmed up some in Wilmore. Flowers are blooming everywhere. My tulips are now blooming! So are the daffodils. Even my peony is starting to sprout out of the ground. Hoping for beautiful peonies this summer. LOVE peonies!

 I finally decided to turn the heat off at night. It is cheaper to wear winter sleepwear and curl up underneath my electric blanket. I'm so thankful for both.

My lupus flares have spread to the skin once again. I woke up swollen with rashes all over. Fevers. Pain. Chills. The old "feels like I have the flu" feeling. I haven't eaten anything to flare or done anything to cause a flare. Sometimes the weather changing alone will do it. I am determined NOT to let this horrible disease steal my life. There are many things I can no longer do, but those small things I CAN do, I will. One day at a time.

I ran across a celebrity news show awhile ago. Made me wonder if all of these "celebrities" who have so much would give more and realize they didn't need all of the attention, multiple houses, multi millions of dollars, what a better world this would be. Can you become so obsessed with yourself that you fail to see someone suffering in your midst? Can you be so empty inside that you can no longer show compassion, kindness, and love? What a sad world we live in when we have so many who have so much ignoring those who are suffering.

Many people think if you give someone money who you know is in need, they'll spend it on drugs or alcohol. Here's how I see it: if I see someone in need, I will give what I have. After that, it is between them and God. We don't know what that person has gone through, what happened in their life, what happened during the day. It isn't our job to judge what they will do with it.

Jesus said, "Matthew 25:34-36 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."

This one makes me think of celebrities and their events: Luke 14:12-14 He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Proverbs 14:31: “Whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth” (1 John 3:17–18).

There are so many around us suffering due to a bad economy. Many who are alone in the world and only need someone to care. Why is it so hard to give help to others instead of becoming so self absorbed while drawing a circle around your family and not letting someone in? For those who are so greedy they just can't help anyone, let me remind you kindness and compassion do not come with a price tag. They are free and much needed. Don't help someone to promote your good works or make yourself look good. You've lost the blessing.

Heaven help me if I pass someone hurting, alone, hungry or in other need and not help where I can. Heaven help us all.


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