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When I originally started thinking about writing this blog post, I knew that I would write it about gratitude because it was to be a Thanksgiving blog. What I didn’t realize is that my gratitude would be tested this year.

About a month ago, my husband was on the road (he’s an over-the-road truck driver) when suddenly he had sharp pains on the right side of his chest. That following Monday he went to his general physician. He complained of the pain and he was also spiking temperatures and having night sweats. The doctor told him that was his gall bladder and he gave the impression that he didn’t think that it was so bad that Jeff would need surgery for it. He had ordered some blood work that showed that all things seemed normal although he did have “a bit of an infection” the doctor never ordered any x-rays or antibiotics for the infection.

My husband did not want to get gall bladder surgery, so he used every alternative medicine he could find to cleanse his gallbladder. He’d say he felt better and go back to work for a run and then he’d feel sick again. From what I gather, he never really felt better. He just got used to being sick. He went to see his work’s physician for his DOT physical. They gave him a clean bill of health.

He was Sicker than Anyone Thought

Finally, last Wednesday, I woke up in the morning and heard a strange sound. It was a rapid rattling noise that I had not heard before. It was Jeff’s breathing! I told him. “There is no way that is a gallbladder issue. There is something else really wrong.” He decided to go to the doctor. I told our daughter to expect the worst. He was going to the doctor and would probably end up in the hospital. She needed to be prepared for that. I had to take her to school and to not depend on her Dad to do it for her.

His doctor was not in that day and would not be in the next day either so the staff at his practice told him that he would have to go to urgent care. I was teaching my first class of the day when he texted me that he was being admitted to Cox South for pneumonia.

When I got to the hospital that evening, I found out how bad his situation really was. He was going into surgery the next morning to get tubes put in his lungs. He was on three antibiotics. The surgeon thought he would be in the hospital for five to six days. b

From Bad to Worse

The next day, Thursday, I went to work and his mother sat with him as he waited for his surgery. The doctor had said that his surgery would last two hours. It lasted over three hours. When the doctor called us in, he didn’t give us much hope that he would recover quickly or that he would recover at all. He wasn’t even certain that Jeff was coming off the breathing tube they used in surgery. He had said that they drained one and a half liters of fluid off of his lungs. He said that he was very sick.

My daughter and I went to see him after he went to CVICU that night. His body was cold and clammy. He was pale and still. He was covered in tubes and wires and he really looked bad. The nurse was having difficulty getting his pulse and respirations under control.

In one sense, I was extremely angry with the doctors that had seen him during the month prior to his admission to the hospital. His surgeon said that he had been sick for a very long time and yet those doctors had not picked up the diminished lung sounds when they were supposed to have put their stethoscopes to his chest.  When the doctor saw that he had an infection, he didn’t give him any sort of antibiotics. No one even did an x-ray to rule out pneumonia.

I also felt fear. I was afraid. One of the things that went through my mind was that it was during Thanksgiving week that my eldest brother (a year younger than I) had become sick and then died that Saturday after the holiday. My husband born just a couple of months before than he was.  I was afraid I might end up facing the same situation with my husband. I went home that night and knew that I needed to take the day off because I might have to face making decisions. It wouldn’t be fair to my students if I had to leave in the middle of class.

This may sound strange, but I did feel some gratitude. I was thankful that my mother-in-law had been there while I was working. I was grateful that urgent care was so quick to realize that he had something serious going on. I was grateful that he was at the best hospital in Springfield. I was grateful that his surgeon was thorough and didn’t sugar coat anything.

Miracles Happen

The next morning, about nine hours later, after my daughter gave blood at her school, she and I went to the hospital to see him again. Things had changed dramatically. Though he was obviously on pain medications, he was alert and knew what was going on. The breathing tube had\ been removed. He was able to talk to us. Everyone was amazed by how fast he came around.

We stayed until visiting ours were over and went home, took naps ourselves and returned that evening. He was even doing better. He had a full liquid lunch and then had eaten a regular dinner. He had even walked while we were gone. Barring a major set back, the nurse agreed with me that it was not unreasonable to think that he would probably be going home by Thanksgiving. I saw the surgeon on Saturday night and he told Jeff that he was amazed at how well he was doing after what he saw during surgery. It was, in my opinion, a miracle. ,What a relief!

Previous plans changed. My husband\ and daughter were planning to go to visit her sister’s family in Colorado over the holiday. That obvious wasn’t going to happen. However, my son and his girlfriend from Washington, DC had also planned to visit me during that same holiday. They are still coming and my husband\ and daughter will be part of that too, so it will still be a good day. All the more reason to be grateful.

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September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day!

How to get NOW FAITH

Every Journey begins with a single step of faith

There’s a verse in the Bible, Hebrews 11:1 that states “ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.” Usually, the verse has its emphasis on just the word faith, but I have started looking at it by including “now” as an adjective of this kind of faith making it “Now Faith”. NOW FAITH is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” The entire chapter eleven of Hebrews is called the “Faith Hall of Fame” and tells about how the impossible happened to people of faith with God’s help.

What seemingly impossible dreams do you have?  Do you have dreams that need NOW FAITH? Sometimes these seemingly impossible dreams need supernatural intervention, but often these dreams just need a God-inspired faith to turn these hopes into reality. Here are five keys to that now kind of faith and they can be found in the rest of the chaptpr in Hebrews.

In  Hebrews 11:2,  it says because of thpir faith,  the elders had good references from God and their posterity. Here are the 12  keys they used that you too can use in your walk of faith.

12 Keys of the NOW kind of Faith

Key One: Through faith we understand that everything good is formed by The Word of God, Jesus Christ  (Verse 3)

Key Two: Pleasing God by seeking a relationship with him .(Verses 4-6)

Key Four: Listening to God’s Instruction (Verses 7-8)

Key Five: Recognizing that God has a bigger plan (Verses 9-10)

Key Six: God wants to make your impossible possible (Verses 11-12)

Key seven: Not turning back even though you don’t see  immediate results (Verses 13-16)

Key Eight: Being willing to sacrifice the Good for the Better.(Verses 17-19)

Key nine: Bless others with your Faith (Verses 20-22)

Key Ten: Live a life of  Integrity (Verses 23-28)

Key eleven: Take Action though faced with adversity .(Verses 29-38)

Key Twelve: Know that God has an even better life for us.(Verses 39-40)

 

Living Today, The Power of Now

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We all have just twenty-four hours a day and every minute is precious. Have faith in the now. Learn what you can do to make the most of each day. Read my latest book and begin making the most of every moment. In On September 8, 2017, my latest book Living Today, The Power of Now, will be out on Kindle. Pre-order your Kindle copy of Living Today, The Power of Now today.

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MOOO, not that old joke again!

A few weeks ago I wrote a joke about an interrupting cow. Here’s a link to that post http://wp.me/p2sm3J-Fw If you went to the site and this is the first time that you heard of the joke, you probably laughed. If it was only the second time, you may have only chuckled a little. However, any more than that and you would have probably just rolled your eyes and said that old joke again.

 

Why is it that we don’t react the same way with bad things that happen to us? Why is it that we relive and agonize over the bad things that happen to us and yet, but we tend to forget those things that are good? Why can’t we just forgive both ourselves and those around us and let go of the emotions just as readily as we do the emotions we feel when we hear a joke?

 

The truth is, we don’t have to hold onto the agony we feel when we have hurt ourselves emotionally or others have hurt us. We can learn to forgive in much the same way that we dismiss the emotion related to an old joke.

 

If I experience a situation where I discover that I am hanging onto the feelings that I blame someone else for something that has happened to me and I feel unforgiveness, I have to first make the decision that I am going to forgive that person. If I am harboring unforgiveness, I know that since I seldom feel that way, it will be a hard thing for me to overcome. Forgiveness- we stop laughing at jokes that we have heard before, so why do we continue to rehash and become emotional about things that have a negative impact on our lives? Whether its forgiveness of ourselves or forgiveness of others, it’s something that will improve our lives, but how do we do it?  Forgiveness doesn’t have to be difficult.

 

Take Pity on the Offender

One of the most powerful tools that I use when trying to forgive someone is to see that person as a victim first. Much of the time people who hurt people are hurting people. A bully becomes a bully because he was bullied in some way. I start out by saying aloud, “I feel sorry for this person because he/she was hurting. I pity this person.”

 

I make it a point to feel the pity. I don’t have to understand why. I just need to believe that this person was a victim before I was. Just by feeling this pity toward this person, I have taken the pain an\ put it back on thp person who tried to put it on me. Once that happens, I see that person in a different light.

 

Every time I think about that person, and I start feeling angry, I try to remember that this person is a victim. I then remember to feel sorry for him. I then am able to see that person as the victim and I have to forgive. That person didn’t realize what he/she was doing to himself. Eventually I change the pity into compassion. I am no longer the victim. I take my power back. I am a victor.

 

I Use This Principle and It Works!

 

A couple of years ago a co-worker’s husband stole my debit card from my purse and put charges on it. I had insurance at my bank, so my main concern wasn’t the loss of the money, but maintaining the relationship with the co-worker. Once I was sure that he was the guilty party, I went to the co-worker and explained to her the evidence and that I had to press charges or the insurance company would not cover me. I told her I had no ill-will against her husband. I later told him the same over the phone. He ended up on probation because of what he did and I saved the relationship with the co-worker because I recognized that the young man was the real victim, not I.

 

Something similar happened a couple weeks ago when someone stole my truck radio. This time there was no insurance, and I don’t know who took it, but I refuse to be the victim here either. Whoever took it has far worse problems than I do from losing the radio. I sincerely hope that someday this person gets the help he needs too.

In Living Today, The Power of Now, you will not only know about how to forgive, but you’ll learn about  how to properly use “yesterday thinking” and “tomorrow thinking” can improve everything you do today. Pre-order a copy of this short book. Get it in print  http://www.lulu.com/shop/cygnet-brown/living-today-the-power-of-now/paperback/product-23261831.html or on Kindle .https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072WFW3HZ

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August 7, 2017

 

I learned a number of years ago that kelp is an excellent supplement not only for me, but for my pets, livestock, and the Soil. Kelp is a form of seaweed that I think everyone should know about. This is why I wrote this book.

Food Supplement

Probably many of our health problems relate to the lack of trace minerals. Kelp contains every trace mineral our bodies need. I sprinkled kelp powder in my animals’ food. (Chickens loved it, goats not so much, but they ate it). I took it in tablet form. Kelp is chep and  in my opinion, it is far more effective as a food supplement than most food supplements that cost three, four and even five times as much.

Gardening Aid

As it states on the cover of my book Simply Vegetable Gardening, I started gardening over forty years ago. During that time the only way I ever gardened was by using strictly organic methods. I used my household food garbage and yard wastes and composted them (sometimes directly into the garden). I fed the soil. Kelp and DE were the only supplements I ever bought for my garden. When I put kelp into the planting holes when planting tomatoes, they never have blossom end rot (a common problem locally).

High Iodine Content

Kelp is high in iodine, is in a form easily absorbed, and therefore is a great supplement of that mineral. Iodine protects our bodies from the effects of radiation both from the sun and nuclear fallout. In addition, iodine supports the thyroid so kelp might help in weight loss.

Good For Ecology

Extensive Kelp growing could in many ways be used to improve not only the soil but also the oceans by removing excess nutrients causing dead zones when harvested. By taking these excess nutrients and putting them back on the land, the nutrients are moved from where they are not needed back to where plants, animals and even people are deficient in the nutrients it provides..

What others are saying about Help from Kelp

 

“Well researched! A must read for everyone interested in natural methods” Beatrice Jordan

 

“Well research and filled with interesting information! Wonderful book with great information. Highly recommend if you have ongoing health issues. Well research and filled with interesting information about minerals and health. After reading this informative book I ow take kelp supplements.” Another Kindle Reader

Now is a great time to check this book out for yourself. Beginning tomorrow, (Aug 8-12, 2017) this nonfiction book Help from Kelp will be available FREE on Kindle Click here to get your free copy http://dld.bz/fX7mp

 

Another New Book,  Now Accepting Pre-orders

 

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In my upcoming book, Living Today, The Power of Now, I wrote this book primarily to help myself make better use of every day that God has giving me. The book will be launched on Kindle, on September 8, 2017. Be of the first copies by following this link to pre-order now.

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(Scripture Reference: the book of Job)

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Job was a man who had everything. One day the devil came to God and said that Job praised God because God gave him everything. God said that was not true, that Job would not deny him under any situation. It didn’t matter what happened, Job still praised God.

Job’s well-meaning friends wanted to help Job get to the reason for all of his problems. They all thought surely it was because of sin. Job refused to believe that he stood firm on his belief that his problems were not because of sin in his life. No one stood by Job in his convictions, even his wife said, “Curse God and die.”

Finally God came into the picture and said that it was not because of sin and that no matter what happened to always remember that he was God and we are not.”

In the end, God restored twice as much as Job had lost (Except for his children, those he gave back at the original number.)

“And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God who are according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Like in the case of Job, God knew what he was doing in our lives. We may have bad things happen to us, but even back in Job’s day, God worked everything out for good. Everything God ever did in anyone’s lives has been for good and never forget that he is on your side.

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


(Scripture reference: Genesis chapters 16,17, 21, Hebrews 11:8-13)

Abrahams family

Abram and his wife Sari were childless. Abraham thought that he would have to leave everything he had to his servant, but God told him that he would have a son. Abram waited several years and still they had no child. God even changed Abram’s name to Abraham and Sara’s name to Sarah.

Then Abraham and Sarah thought that they would help God along by having Sarah’s servant Hagar carry Abraham’s child. Sarah despised Hagar and her son born of Abraham. This son Ishmael was not God’s promised son for Abraham and Sarah.

We need to realize that God is always faithful to deliver his promises. A lot of the problems that people face in the Middle East today have everything to do with Abraham and Sarah’s impatience for God to move. Their child finally did come and they named him Isaac. God followed through just as he promised.

There are times in our own lives when we also are faced God delaying his promises to us. We believe that God told us one thing, but when it didn’t immediately occur, we start to doubt. Other times we think that there is something that we need to do to make it happen and we step out ahead of God’s provision.  We think that perhaps we really didn’t hear from God like we thought or we decide to “help God” make this promise come true. When we do this, like the situation with Abraham, it always turns out to be a disaster.

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Scripture Reference: (Genesis chapter 6 and 7 and Hebrews 11:7)

God’s Mercy in Trying Times

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A number of years ago I was praying about a situation where an injustice had been done and I asked God, “How can such a just God allow something like this to happen? His answer was, “because I am also a loving God.”

Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayer for justice because he wants to be merciful. Let’s take for instance, the situation concerning Noah building his ark.

If you do the math, you will realize that Noah and his sons not only worked on the ark as a testimony that God was going to destroy the world with a flood. For over 100 years, Noah told that a flood was coming, but no one listened. Every day he saw the world becoming more and more corrupt and his efforts to change the tide of public opinion was to no avail.

The people weren’t going to change, but God allowed Noah to keep preaching despite the lack of response. In addition, God said that when Noah’s grandfather died, was when he would flood the earth. Methuselah lived to be the oldest man that ever lived. That was God’s mercy giving every possible chance.

God demonstrated that he had mercy on those other people even though he knew that they would not give in. Sometimes God withholds his promises because he wants to give others every chance to come to him. God gives us every chance to repent, but then if we still refuse to give into his authority, he will close the door like he did the ark and then it will be too late.

When God Closes the Door

In the past few days, I made a difficult decision that helps me understand where Noah’s position. I have been having services at Faith in God Church and have not had a regular congregation. Although I have had some financial contributions to the church, I have had not had the support either, financially or physically that I have needed to make a go of this church. In addition, other plugs have been pulled recently, and I have found it necessary to move back to Pennsylvania.

I am not saying that God is going to judge this area. In fact, I believe that recent revelation in the area of Grace (not a new thing by any means, but eyes are being opened to who really does the work of the church). I have just been called to a different place.

I intend to not only continue writing this blog, but I am going to continue this series about when God seems to turn away from us. Sometimes, like with Noah, it’s time to move on and leave what we knew behind. If you remember, it was God who closed the door to ark and I feel that God has closed the door to this part of my life as well. Who am I to try to keep it open?

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 

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