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  1. Linda Garren

    PD is not the end

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    FDA Approval process for Medical Devices

    Wow, Kevin. This is such important information. I hope everyone reads it.
  3. Linda Garren

    Bible Verses....

    The Holy Spirit's Power and Presence in Times of Crisis January 11, 2011 by Colleen Swindoll Thompson Are you going through a severe test? Maybe you have lost your appetite or you haven’t slept well for weeks or months. Fear and panic have replaced quietness and peace. You experience loneliness, discouragement, and isolation, complicated by unending physical or emotional pain. You’ve prayed and asked others to pray as well. And still, there is no relief. I experienced this kind of gnawing disquiet several years ago. I was enduring not one but several significant trials, which intensified weekly. On one of the lowest days in my life, I walked to a hill close to where I lived, slumped down on the sticks and twigs, and began to cry. Staring over the hills, I wept . . . then sobbed, until my hands and face were soaked. The sorrow turned into sighs and groans of anguish that no words could describe. In those several hours, the Holy Spirit was at work, providing a calm and quiet stillness as the Spirit interceded on my behalf. As I walked back to my home, nothing about the trials had changed, but I had changed. I had experienced the intimate ministry of the Holy Spirit. When our prayers and words cease to express the full measure of our pain, the Spirit provides reassurance, consolation, and relief by interceding on our behalf. Romans 8:26–27 promises: In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Yes, I found this great promise to be true, especially in my darkest trials. Have you experienced Christ’s powerful care given through the Holy Spirit in your soul? The Web site of Insight for Living has articles about the Holy Spirit (see “Let’s Get Reacquainted with the Spirit” and “The Spirit Who Is Not a Ghost”). I encourage you to read them and to learn about the powerful, consoling presence of our God. About the author Colleen Swindoll Thompson Colleen Swindoll Thompson holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communication from Trinity International University as well as minors in psychology and education. Colleen serves as the director of Reframing Ministries at Insight for Living Ministries. From the personal challenges of raising a child with disabilities (her son Jonathan), Colleen offers help, hope, and a good dose of humor through speaking, writing, and counseling those affected by disability. Colleen and her husband, Toban, have five children and reside in Frisco, Texas.
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    Bible Verses....

    TODAY'S TURNING POINT with Dr. David Jeremiah / August 4, 2018 The Great Outdoors—Fields Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening. Genesis 24:63 Recommended Reading: Genesis 24:62-67 Summer provides a great time to stroll through a field—maybe a park, meadow, or backyard. Beneath you, grass; around you, flowers or crops; above you, blue skies or starry nights. Jesus often preached in the fields of Galilee, and in the fields of Judah, the shepherd boy David composed some of his psalms. Boaz and Ruth met in the fields of Bethlehem. In 1 Corinthians 3:9, Paul compared the Church to “God’s field…God’s building.” Isaac found solitude and serenity in the fields of Genesis 24. His day’s work finished, he went out to think and pray, and to meditate. He was heir of God’s promises, the boy nearly slain on Mount Moriah, the son of a deceased mother and aged father. Isaac found his strength walking in the fields with God. (And at the end of his walk he also found a wife!) This summer, get outdoors. Take time to meditate on Scripture and pray to the Lord. Grab some solitude and serenity. [Isaac] went out to take the advantage of a silent evening and a solitary place for meditation and prayer--those divine exercises by which we converse with God and our own hearts. Matthew Henry
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    Just Interesting Things about This and That

    Okay. Be sure to get your kleenx out. I guarantee the love shown in this video will deeply touch you.
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    Good morning!!

    jb, it is so good for us to hear of your report and to have you back with us, complete with your incredibly creative, imaginative, and fun writing skills. I've just come up to the same level of C/L as you were prior to your DBS. 50/200 every 4 hours. I didn't like the idea of increasing it. It scares me to be on that high of a dose, wondering how long it will last and what will come next. I have to keep reminding myself that we're under God's care and that everything that has been allowed in our lives by Him has a reason and that He loves us as a parent loves their child. He says that He feels along with us when we are scared, sad, happy, hopeless, angry, confused... When we cry, He cries. When we need comfort, He knows just how to give it since he went through those feelings when He was here on Earth, agonizing over what He knew was coming as to His terrible beating, ripping apart His skin, being humiliated, insulted, unloved, and then, finally, crucifixion--an awful way to die. Incredible that He asked God to forgive those who were doing it to Him, saying that they did not know what they were doing (nor to whom). Well, that is the VioLinda blurb for today. I much prefer sharing writings by those who are more gifted as to explaining about these things. It's hard to describe the depth of a relationship with the Lord in mere words. jb, does your house doggie keep you company, and do the horses still look at you through the widow, waiting for their breakfast? We can certainly relate to how uncomfortably hot it has been this year. It's often near 100 degrees F, and if the temp goes down some, we are hit with more humidity, which is worse that high heat. I think it may be from being so close to the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean. Today is an unusually nice one, though--sunny, not quite as hot as it's been, and a little lower humidity. My balcony plants are loving all the rain and sun. Take care, and God bless, jb. VioLinda
  7. Linda Garren

    Just Interesting Things about This and That

    By Christopher Brito CBS News July 23, 2018, 8:57 PM U.K. police credit teen's uplifting notes on bridge for helping "save six lives" Police in the United Kingdom are commending a teenager and her inspiring messages for saving several lives. Paige Hunter, 18, wrote more than 40 heartfelt notes and tied them onto a bridge in Sutherland to help those in despair, Northumbria police said Sunday. According to police, Hunter attached the messages to the railing of Wearmouth Bridge to offer solace to people facing a mental health crisis. One of the messages written by Hunter read: Even though things are difficult, your life matters; you're a shining light in a dark world, so just hold on. Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt presented her with an award on behalf of the department to recognize her selfless acts. "We thought it was important to applaud the work Paige has been doing and the help she has given those in Sunderland who are going through a mental health crisis," Pitt said. "Paige has shown an incredible understanding of vulnerable people in need of support, and this is an innovative way to reach out to those in a dark place." "She should be very proud of herself," Pitt added. "It is important that we encourage people to speak out and raise awareness of mental health issues and the impact on peoples' lives." After receiving the award, Hunter said: "I wasn't doing this for an award; it was just something that I wanted to do." "My family are just proud of me and I'm going to put it up on the wall," she said. "I just want to help people and I've been told it's already helped save six lives."
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    Bible Verses....

    TURNING POINT with Dr. David Jeremiah Thursday, July 26 Snap Shot Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18 We take pictures in our minds and it takes us mere seconds to frame a judgment. Part of this is brain efficiency—our brains need structure and simplicity to function well. If we are not careful we can walk through each day like a sleep walker, never fully present or paying attention to the people and opportunities around us, or worse yet, never seeking God during our day to day life. Recommended Reading: Psalm 36:5-10 When we intentionally slow down and set rhythms in place to connect with God, we begin to sense His Spirit and presence throughout the day. We notice the nudge to call a friend and ask how they are doing. We breathe in the scent of nature and slow our footsteps as we exit work, thanking Him for vibrant color and an evening of rest. We pause before turning on music to talk to God. Instead of relegating God to a specific time each day, intentionally seek to weave your awareness of Him throughout your day. He is present and waiting for you to invite Him into each moment of your unfolding life.
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    Just Interesting Things about This and That

    Click to meet "Moo" the kitten: https://goodmorningkitten.com/kitten/3769/
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    Good morning!!

    ROFL!!!! 😄 You've got the correct pronunciation now, jb!. So the next step is how to spell it. I'm just laughing every time I see it in that sentence above!! I can't help it....!! I couldn't think earlier how it's spelled in a sentence, but I'm pretty sure it is "y'all." But I love the way you've done it. I say go for it and do it your way! Go, jb!!! VioLinda
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    Just Interesting Things about This and That

    I hope you enjoy listening to these soldiers. Be sure to listen to the additional songs after the first one, as well. After reading the news on line the last few days, I find this so refreshing. United in song about God and America, such a positive thing after being so pulled down by the news of what is going on in our country that is sharply and painfully dividing it.
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    Bible Verses....

    Thank you, Dianne. You are just so sweet. I so appreciate you! And I like what you will be praying for me. Thank you. The most important thing to me is to be close to the Lord, and I know that's an important thing in your life, too. You've certainly had your share and more of difficult situations, and I'm so glad you look to Him for strength and comfort.
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    Bible Verses....

    Hi, db. Nice to hear from you. Would love to hear how you are doing. I'm doing just ok. Terrible apathy that can't seem to climb out of. After reading through some of the posts lately, it helps to keep in balance in my mind that the Lord has provided so much to me and has gotten me through some much more difficult things than this. I'm ever so thankful for His blessings, and that there is a reason for this "season" in my life. Will do some emptying of my in-box right now.