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Developing A Thirst

The last few days our Bichon Frise puppy has exhibited some strange symptoms causing us concern.  Yesterday we finally took her to get checked by our Vet.  They kept her all day in an attempt to get a urine sample to determine if her symptoms were a result of a bladder or urinary tract infection.  She had a lot of trouble giving them a little sample and they even had to give her a pack of water put under her skin on her back to help.  Finally at almost the end of the day – she peed!

me and daisy

We have noticed that Daisy does not like to drink water.  She does not seem thirsty most of the time.  We have tried several different types of bowls, ceramic, plastic and finally stainless steel – we were told this is by far the best choice for them.  She is afraid of stainless steel.  We don’t know why.  Maybe it’s because she can see her refection?  Maybe it’s because her tag from her collar makes a clanging sound?  It’s a mystery.

Then we adopt Dexter – a 6 month old male Shih-Poo.  Dexter is a true Alpha male and will take over any and all food, toys and water bowls.  If Daisy was freaked out about drinking water before – she REALLY is now!

So finding out that our pup is suffering from a severe dehydration problem and was suggested that we put many water bowls around the house – we are doing just that – adding a third to Greg’s office upstairs where she likes to hangout and sleep during the day.

I know that I myself do not drink enough water.  After reading the following article posted below – I found that lack of water can be the cause for many of our ailments including migraines!  I remember hearing years ago, “Have a headache?  Drink a glass of water”.  I don’t always do it.  I’m afraid I don’t feel very thirsty and usually have to force myself to drink.  I don’t have trouble with tea or coffee – but plain water is difficult for me.  However I have disciplined myself to only drink water when going out to eat and sip on that instead of soda or other drinks.  Because it’s better for me – and let’s face it – it’s cheaper too!

I need to drink more water.  I need to develop a thirst.  Water.  Life giving water.  Sounds like something I’ve heard several times over many years –  Jesus referring to himself as Living Water.  Isn’t it interesting that He would refer to Himself as something so basic – and yet in its simplicity has the power to give life?  It’s a great physical and spiritual lesson.  Drinking more water will not only help us to live in this physical body but feed and nourish our spiritual selves as well!

Help me Lord to drink your water and take this lesson learning to develop a thirst for things that have to do with you as I seek your face and listen to your voice.

Enjoy the following website and information on water – you will be amazed!   Benefits of Water

God Bless

 

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What’s Making Your Noise?

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Yesterday our youth pastor, Jeremy spoke on a passage of scripture in Ephesians 3.  It is the prayer of blessing.  But it wasn’t so much that prayer that we have all heard a million times in our lives that stood out to me – it was what he said about paying attention to God that made me sit up and take notice.  He talked about things in our lives getting the most attention – the things that are maybe not the most important – but that which make the most  noise.

So I ask you this – as I ponder this same question for myself.  What is creating the most “noise” in your life right now?

Does God allow the “noise” to see if you’re really paying attention to what is important?

Do you still hear Him in the midst of all that “noise”?

What does your “noise” sound like?  Do you spend your time trying to quiet the noise and “put out tiny fires” instead of really concentrating and centering down to the quiet still small voice in your heart?

 

God Bless

Coldest April On Record? Parka, Anyone?

It's cold outside!

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Yup.  It’s official.  According to this latest article and weather video from Kirotv.com.  This is the coldest April on record in Seattle since 1891 – a year that weather was first recorded at the Federal building downtown.

1891?  Are you kidding me?  That’s One hundred and TWENTY years, people!!  What happened to global warming?  There was actually snow in April.  Unbelievable.

I am very warm-blooded, usually.  That is, I’m warm for my age.  My age being 50 and in mid-life.  And by usually – I mean that sometimes my feet get a little cold – okay, icy cold and frozen if you must know the truth – but only at night for some reason.  I keep a heating pad by the foot of my bed and have done so for years – just for those occasions when I need to warm up my feet before going to sleep.  I’ve gone through several heating pads in almost 30 years of marriage.  I used to just put my icy feet on Greg at night – and though he is a very patient man – he really did not like it.  It may have been the sudden scream that gave it away – I can’t remember – but I do know that the heating pad is better.  So I stick to that.  Plus – to tell you the truth – he is like a furnace and makes me much TOO warm if I sleep too close to him.  How can you be too cold and too warm at the same time, you may ask?  Hmmm.  I have no idea!

Yes all this confusion in my body temperature may be my age.  And I’m willing to own it – But it also may be this crazy cold weather!

Covers on?  Covers off?  It’s a toss-up.  Windows wide open and I’m still warm – then I’m cold.  It’s ridiculous. I love my body pillow – but that makes me too warm too – not fun.  Comes with being my age and female – it’s lovely.

And it doesn’t help that our spring has been just like winter.  Usually at this time of the year I am well into capris and sandals.  But I have had to wear reinforcements  Yes – an actual jacket in April.  That is not like me – ask anyone.

I froze yesterday at the Civic Theater in downtown Renton – rehearsing for “Bugsy Malone” with our junior high students from Renton Christian School.  Honestly the place was like a refrigerator – and when we had a break I took a little walk because it was actually sunny yesterday – not warm – just sunny.  It is very weird because I am NEVER cold in there – so I know it must be cold outside.  I brought a jacket and wore it most of the rehearsal.

Today is looking up though – May 1st and already sunny and a little warmer.  I didn’t freeze in the theater – actually wore capris and short sleeves and was comfortable.  Maybe May will be warmer!    My husband (the glass half empty guy) says, “not so – it will be cold and rainy the rest of the week”.  Oh Greg.  Where is your faith?

Where, Oh where is spring?  I believe.  I have faith.  I know it’s coming.  That wonderful time of the year when I can wear sandals and take a walk outside just to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin.  Where everything smells better and cleaner.  Where I hear the frogs in the nearby pond and see the cherry blossoms – and not worry that the frost will kill them!  I long to put away my hoodies, sweaters and jackets – my boot slippers and socks.  I long for shorts and tank tops.  But mostly, I long to not be cold all the time.  At least so much of the time.

The mountain was out today – and for all of you not from Seattle – this simply means it was a beautiful clear sunny day.  We need many more days like this now that it’s May – we’ve had enough rain this last year to last us several more and I’m not going to ever complain about the heat again!  I’m putting away my parka – for real this time.  You just can’t wear a parka in May.  It’s wrong.

Have a wonderful May Day!  Stay warm.

God Bless

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