I cannot let this day go by without saying Happy Thanksgiving to my WordPress family and readers! This year has been phenomenal and I am praising God for it and sincerely thanking you! Our numbers at simplyjuliana more than tripled this year and I NEVER received anything but positive feedback.
I started writing when I was 50 years old and 2 years later, here I still sit, thank God! God is wonderful and He has blessed me beyond words. I had no idea what all He had in store for me. My mother, who went into heart failure twice after open heart surgery that was unsuccessful in stopping atrial fiberlation, brushed death twice last year. Today, she is healed and a feisty elderly woman, glory to God! He healed her and restored her health before our eyes. I also had health issues, and God has touched me in a mighty way and am feeling better daily!
Little did I know this little blog would turn into a book that would sell out on amazon twice. God is good! No matter what your age or what you have faced, God’s blessings await you in ways you never knew possible! Never give up!!
Thank you for sharing a little of your day with me! I praise God for you, precious reader!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Dear friends and readers, it is with mixed emotions I am writing this post to you. I am going to be very, very upfront with you. I have never been one to hide anything. To me those who have to hide are those who have something to hide. My life has always been an open book and it will always be.
Yesterday, I had an attack on my health. It happened when I was at church. I had taught my Sunday School class and as soon as it was over I began to feel ill. All energy drained from my body, my heart began to pound fast, and I felt woozy. I went downstairs to my husband and told him I could not stand up. I had no energy to stand for a long period of time.
I sat down as the service started and continued to feel the energy drain from my body. I found out last week, that my blood work suggested I was prediabetic. I did not take the news well at first. Cold fear went through me and questions about why. I began to seriously take a long hard look at my diet and things I needed to change and did so immediately. I continued to feel last week as though I could barely go and I blamed it on anemia. It also came back in my blood work I had that, as well.
I am not one to be ‘sick’ and I don’t do well with anything medical! I was raised in a medical family and instead of me getting used to needles, tests, etc. I went in the opposite direction. I want nothing to do with needles, tests, etc.. The doctor gave me the name of a supplement that helps keep blood sugar regulated, because I am NOT diabetic. But, at the same time, I knew satan had diabetes planned for me.
In the weeks leading up to the “diabetic testing”, it seemed I saw hundreds of commercials on different diabetic medications, the best meters for finger sticks, and so on. I could tell the enemy was coming full force to get me to entertain the “what if” thoughts. Finally, I broke down and had the test done. In one month I went from completely normal blood work to blood work showing anemia, prediabetes, and he didn’t tell me what else. That was enough for me to handle.
I began to feel panic trying to set in, in the week to follow and I had to fight it. Still, I felt no peace no matter what I did. I tried various things to get my mind off of it. Finally, yesterday when I couldn’t shake the hypoglycemic attack that hit me as I could in the past, the Lord spoke to me and said, “I want you off of Facebook and the telephone for two weeks. I want you to isolate yourself unto Me until you are at peace. I want you to “fly under the radar” so to speak.”
The first thing that came to mind was “Is this Biblical?” God spoke to me of when Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days and nights to fast and pray. There will be people who will not agree with this decision and will try to let me know about it. I cannot care what they think, I must to go with God. I also thought at first this might be a depression trying to set in, but I knew deep down it wasn’t. I know God and I must have communication and time alone!
I remember when Creflo Dollar was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He told Taffy not to let ANYONE talk to him for two weeks (I thought of this afterward). He went to their bedroom and closed the door and went into a time of fasting and prayer. At the end of two weeks, he went back to his doctor and there was no sign of cancer anywhere in his body! What happened to him is the same thing with me. I must clear my mind and become saturated in the presence of God! I have to come to a peace that no one and no thing can give me but God, my Father, Himself! This will show up on Facebook because I have my settings set to automatically publish, so friends and family will know what is going on, BUT I have not returned and will not until the time is up.
Prayer warriors and intercessors, please remember me and my family during this time. I know it is a time of new direction and mighty things. God doesn’t call us to this type of prayer unless it is to bring great and mighty answers forth!! God doesn’t call us to any type of prayer without the intention of answering it! I rejoice and take comfort in knowing this.
God bless you, my friends! I will see you soon!
34 But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the [a]giddiness and headache and [b]nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the [c]business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;
As I write this all I can think is, “God, people are going to think I am nuts! This is just kind of weird!” But, I have seen God ask people to do odd things before and it has profound effects on people’s lives. It isn’t our job to figure it out, approve it, or subject it to human reasoning. It is our job to obey. Here we go!
About two weeks ago, Aggie girl told me, “Momma, almond shaped nails are really big in fashion right now.” If you don’t know what that is, it is a “fake” nail that is shaped like an almond with the pointy side being the tip, of course. You can see it in the picture above.
When she said that, I, who HATES getting fake nails because they are time-consuming and can get costly, suddenly had this weird temptation to throw caution to the wind and do something bizarre! Yes, this is bizarre for me! I threw out my common sense that told me, “You are not going to want to go in every 2 weeks to have them done, you won’t be able to type as fast, you will have a hard time finding someone who is really good to do them (I am super picky!), and you are going to feel you are wasting money on something that is here today, gone tomorrow!” Oh, I know myself so well. But, I didn’t listen and off I went and did it!
Before they were even finished, I was regretting the decision I had made; They were on finger number 6 when I began to wonder what possessed me to do this, but it was too late to change my mind. I paid for my regretful decision and left. The first thing I noticed was my fingers felt heavy! I told you this was weird! It felt like I had some type of heavy weights on my fingers. I got home and looked at them and the shape wasn’t what I wanted; here comes the extra money because now I have to pay to have someone fix them. I couldn’t type my blog as quickly because the nails were so long they hit all the wrong keys and I would have to correct over and over again.
The next day I woke up to horrible pain! My mind quickly comes out of sleep and focuses on my FINGERS! My nail-beds were sore and tender to the touch. What was up with this?? I began to think it through and remembered I had hit my nails several times the day before because I was not used to the length. Evidently, I had hit them so much and so hard I had bruised my nail-beds!
I call another salon and go in and find someone to fix the mess I had chosen to have done to me. She does and I go my way. I could not shake the “heavy” feeling of these nails I didn’t even like! Again, as I began to work on the computer, it took twice the time to do what I had to do because of silly fingernails!!
I could no longer stand it. Today, I woke up and said to myself, “I cannot take this anymore!!! I have got to get these off!” Hubby and I are leaving town today and I knew it would interrupt the fun of the trip. Now, who would guess fingernails could make such a dramatic difference in your life??? I told you this was weird! But at the same time I could see an analogy developing!
I knew not to get them. I violated my own common sense. I knew after the first couple of nails, I was doing the wrong thing and I could back out but I didn’t! I knew the last time I got them, I hated the ‘feel’ of them and I was going to have to put up with it. They were a waste of time, money, and were my literal focus for days…nails of all things!!
I have them off now, thank God, and I realize how important it is to simplify life and keep it that way. So much peace, joy and wisdom comes from simplicity. It is when we add things to our plates, knowing we are not acting wisely, knowing God is speaking common sense to us which we ignore that we get burned out, frustrated, and exhausted! Even when it is just getting fake nails, we could walk in so much more freedom and peace if we just listened to God in the “little” things of life.
You don’t have to be in every club, have your children in every sport, go to every single conference (that is optional), be involved in every activity that comes your way. “No” is an anointed word! Look at how it is spelled…aNOinted!
Not long ago, I saw a cartoon of a man who was in a bed with his computer, cell phone, and television just to name a few of his devices. To the side of the bed was his Bible and his devotional. It showed a caption that said, “I wonder why God doesn’t talk to us like He did to Paul and the disciples?” It showed God trying to speak to him, but he was so busy he had no idea of it. That is what “busyness” gets you. Whether it is fake nails, or climbing to the top of the corporate ladder, or making money for your family (and your family never sees you due to it), we tend to violate our common sense and get weighed down with things that won’t mean much, if anything, in the long run.
Ask God if there are “things” that you need to let go of. Be honest in wanting to know and He will tell you. When He does, use the wisdom you have prayed for and get it straight. Great peace and satisfaction that all the ‘stuff’ in the world could not get you will finally come!
Blessings in abundance, precious reader! I will see you soon!
I am amazed that Americans spend literally billions of dollars on weight loss products, vitamins, and supplements every year. You hear things like, “Have a mammogram every year, have your colon checked every three years, make sure you get annual physicals.” We are told how much water to drink, what to eat and not eat, how many times to exercise per week and what kind of exercise to do and I AM ALL FOR THESE THINGS!! BUT, when was the last time you did a self-examination of your heart? I don’t mean your physical heart, but your soulish heart? If we put the time, research and effort into examining ourselves spiritually like we do physically, not only would we be happier, but those around us would be, too!
When you are a blogger you are given statistics and can see what people are reading. You can see the “terms” they searched the internet for. I am amazed by the lack of searches for devotions, Bible verses, and Christian literature in general. The very thing that can extend your physical life is inclusive with the condition of your soul and how much you apply God‘s Word. Timothy wrote and told us this very thing. In 1 Timothy 4:8 God’s Word Translation it says:
Training the body helps a little, but godly living helps in every way. Godly living has the promise of life now and in the world to come.
Training the body helps a little. Does this mean we ignore what is good for our bodies and just let ourselves go? Of course not! But look at the rest of that verse…”but godly living helps in every way.” Here we have a wealth of information! Godly living is the secret to good health and it helps more than anything else you can do. You can have the best doctors in the world, take all the right supplements, eat all the “cleanest” foods, and if you are bitter, wrought up with anger, upset, have uncontrolled stress, and anxiety you are harming your physical body! Your major organs take a beating from this. Adrenalin pumps too much into your system which can cause ulcers, tachycardia (which left untreated can lead to a weakened heart), high blood pressure, migraine headaches, and bone and muscle damage!
A study was done some time ago. Doctors wanted to know how closely the mind worked with the body in either keeping it healthy or causing it to be diseased. They found in the participants of this study, those who prayed or were prayed for were more than ten times more likely to recover than those who did not!
My father has worked in medicine for over 40 years. One of the doctors he worked with saw such a difference in patients who were “religious” versus patients who were not, he hired a minister to do rounds and pray and speak encouraging, healing scriptures over his patients! This was back in the 70s before the previous study I mentioned was even thought of! Sure enough, his patients recovered faster, had fewer complications, and needed fewer follow-up visits than others who did not have this advantage! Oh, and the minister he hired was one of his heart patients! This man lived for many, many years to come and thrived in his health! This doctor soon developed quite a reputation in the community. He is in his eighties today and still practices!
Faith not only removes mountains, precious friend, but it prevents disease and lengthens your life! Obedience is better than sacrifice because it causes literal physical laws to be set in motion that keeps you healthy and whole spirit, soul, and body. I will leave you in a different way today. I am going to leave you with Gos-pills! The Bible is full of them. They will not only lengthen your life but give you a reason to live in the process! They are the best “supplement” to your diet that I know. They are power packed and guaranteed to work. Where else do you find a miracle like that? Pay as much attention to your spiritual condition as you do to your physical. Take as much care of it, if not greater, and see miraculous results!
The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. (Fear here means to reverence God, not be afraid of Him). Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. Proverbs 9:10-11
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Proverbs 3:1-2
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Ephesians 6:2-3
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Proverbs 3:13-16
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalms 34:12-14
Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess. Deuteronomy 5:33
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Proverbs 14:30 ESV
Blessings, my precious readers! I will see you soon!! Simply, Juliana