After last week’s visit to the hospital for my normal blood check, the doctor, he was able to reduce the BP meds I was taking. I take different meds 4 times a day, normally at 8:00AM, 11:00AM and 8:00PM and soon before beime. He told me I could move the once-a-day medicine to the evening that I had been taking in the morning. It has helped a lot in the morning so that the BP does not drop so drastically. It only drops to around100-110/50+, where it had been dropping to like 80 something over 40.
I’m still not allowed to drive or fly for the time being. That’s going to be a bit of an adjustment when Cindy goes back to the States May 21. I’ll have to take public transport into the church on Wednesdays and Sundays, the two days a week I always go in for church activities. I go in occasionally on other days, like this week. We have the HKEC pastor’s prayer meeting as it’s the fourth Thursday of the month.
My CT scan is scheduled for August 23 when I’ll find out with more certainty what the tear in my aorta has been doing, and whether or not it has healed. I’m feeling well, with no pain or discomfort of any kind, (except for some lightheadedness the first 3 hours or so after I take my BP meds).
The doctor did say that one of my urine tests showed a possible indicator of why my BP may have spiked in February and caused the tear in my aorta. I need to get that checked out when I can get into that stream of the government system.
RiverGrace is going through some more changes. We have been meeting in the largest room of UCC, the geography room since October. However, when most of our regular attendees show up (we have a number who are irregular because of business travel or having to work at their employer’s discretion) the room gets quite crowded. So, we are going to move down to the covered playground in June. The setup will be easier than the geography room and, we’ll have much more space.
We’ll also change the time of our service from 12:00pm to 11:00am to match the service time of Grace church. It should help reduce the potential of time conflicts since they also share the school facilities for their Sunday activities.
Thank you for your faithful thoughts and prayers. Make it a great week. Blessings, Dave
"WAIT" by Russell Kelfer
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried,
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait."
"Wait? You say, wait! " my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By Faith, I have asked, and I am claiming your Word.
My future and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and YOU tell me to "WAIT"?
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.
And Lord, You promised that if we believe
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master said once again, "Child, you must wait."
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting... for what?"
He seemed, then, to kneel, and His eyes wept with mine,
And he tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.
All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want - But, you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence were all you could see.
You'd never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You'd know that I give and I save... (for a start),
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
The glow of My comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have LAST.
You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that "My grace is sufficient for Thee."
Yes, your dreams for your loved one overnight would come true,
But, Oh, the Loss! If I lost what I'm doing in you!
So, be silent, My Child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still, "WAIT."
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"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?" - Stephen Levine
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At creation we see the hand of God, but at the cross we see His heart. --Charles Lowery
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See if you can figure out what the common English expression is. Answers at end.
feet feet feet feet feet feet
9. death . life
Answers at the bottom.
A young honeymoon couple were touring southern Florida and happened to stop at one of the rattlesnake farms along the road. After seeing the sights, they engaged in small talk with the man that handled the snakes.
"Wow!" exclaimed the new bride. "You certainly have a dangerous job. Don't you ever get bitten by the snakes?"
"Yes, on rare occasions," answered the handler.
"Well," she continued, "just what do you do when you're bitten by a snake?"
"I always carry a razor-sharp knife in my pocket, and as soon as I am bitten, I make deep criss-cross marks across the fang entry and then suck the poison from the wound."
"What, uh...what would happen if you were to accidentally sit on a rattler?" persisted the woman.
How to Interpret Employment Ads
- "Competitive Salary" - We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.
- “Join Our Fast Paced Company" - We have no time to train you.
- “Casual Work Atmosphere" - We don't pay enough to expect that you will dress up.
- “Must be Deadline Oriented" - You will be six months behind schedule on your first day.
- “Some Overtime Required" - Some time each night, some time each weekend.
- “Duties will Vary" - Anyone in the office can boss you around.
- “Must have an Eye for Detail" - We have no quality control.
- “Seeking Candidates with a Wide Variety of Experience" - You will need to replace three people who just left.
- “Problem Solving Skills a Must" - You are walking into a company in perpetual chaos. Haven't heard a word from anyone out there.
- Your first task is to find out what is going on.
- “Requires Team Leadership Skills" - You will have the responsibilities of a manager without the pay or respect.
- “Good Communication Skills" - Management communicates poorly, so you have to figure out what they want and do it.
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ANSWERS to the above English expressions:
1. man overboard
2. I understand
3. reading between the lines
5. two degrees below zero
6. neon light
7. six feet underground
8. backward glance
9. life after death
10. think big!!
11. long time no 'C' (See)