31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 16

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31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Please join everyone at Five Minute Friday for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes throughout the month of October.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Pray

We are called to pray without ceasing. There have been moments in my life when I have, quite literally, prayed without ceasing. My every breath was a prayer. I was claiming freedom from fear, three days non-stop, until the tears stopped and the fear was gone. I could go on with my life.

Praying is a great way to build and maintain a relationship with Heavenly Father. We can talk to Him like a friend or Father. We can be real with Him. He already knows anyway, so why be fake? He is always there to listen.

We take our cares and worries to Him. Ideally, we turn them over to Him and don’t pick them back up. But, inevitably we do, and so we continue to come to our Friend in prayer, knowing that He has it all covered.

When nothing else seems to be making a difference, prayer can.

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Press Release: Chi Chi the Rescue Dog // GoFundMe

ChiChi the Rescue Dog

Campaign Description
Chi Chi is a 4 year old female Golden Retriever that was rescued in South Korea after being found in a trash bag with her legs bound. In order to save her life, portions of all four of her legs had to be amputated. She now lives in the USA, is able to walk, run and play when wearing her custom prosthetics and is a certified Therapy Dog.

Chi Chi has faced far too many medical issues for one dog during her short life. In addition to being a quadruple amputee, she has Lupus, Hypothyroidism and has battled 3 types of cancer (Nasal Cancer, 4 Mast Cell Tumors,   & Thyroid Cancer) and has side effects from the cancer treatments. The past several months have been very difficult medically for Chi Chi and have resulted in our family seeking care from a variety of specialists in order to provide her the best care possible. Our family and the team of veterinarians helping to care for Chi Chi are focused on giving her the best life possible. She remains happy and smiling and we are committed to providing her the best care possible as long as she continues to fight and maintain her incredible will to live, despite the challenges she faces every day.

Our family has spent more than $20,000 on Chi Chi from mid-August to mid-October 2018 on the following medical treatments:
Chi Chi has experienced significant inflammation in her brain since mid-August, resulting in ongoing neurological care, 2 MRI’s, bloodwork, medication and regular Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments in order to manage the post radiation necrosis and edema in her brain. She had her first seizure on 10/11/18 and started new medication and treatment to help control and minimize the seizures.

She had another Mast Cell Tumor removed in September and also spent 2 days in the emergency vet for gastroenteritis and elevated liver enzymes. Chi Chi has lost all vision in her right eye and has been experiencing other vision issues requiring the ongoing care of an ophthalmologist.

Chi Chi has ongoing challenges associated with her amputations and receives regular cold laser therapy to promote blood flow and healing in her limbs and needs medications and treatments to manage the sores she develops from wearing her prosthetics.

Chi Chi has an integrated treatment plan that includes both traditional and holistic treatments. She has an internal medicine veterinarian that helps manage her overall treatment plan. Chi Chi takes a number of traditional and Chinese medications to manage her medical conditions.

We are grateful for everyone who is able to donate to help with Chi Chi’s medical costs. Any donation amount is appreciated, and please only donate if you are able to. Chi Chi and our family wouldn’t want anyone to be in a financial hardship because of donating to help with her medical care.

Book Review: Sean Awesome: A Mission at Night by Jiwon Hwang, Illustrated by Sung Hong

Sean Awesome: A Mission at Night by Jiwon Hwang, Illustrated by Sung Hong

If you are looking for a cute story with amazing illustrations for your Family Home Evening, Sean Awesome: A Mission at Night by Jiwon Hwang, Illustrated by Sung Hong will more than satisfy.

The story is cute and sweet. This is a story that most very young children will find funny. All children will love the cute, unique illustrations.

We give Sean Awesome: A Mission at Night all five stars. This will make a great gift.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 15

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Monday, 15 October 2018

When

When you get the call, and you’re over a thousand miles away, and there’s no way to go, what do you do?  You sit down and cry. And pray. Lots of praying. Praying for healing, an earthside healing, if it is His will. And, if it isn’t, for an easy passing, no suffering. For her to know that you love her and miss her and are sorry you can’t be there.  You couldn’t be there for Daddy either.

When your misinformed choices take you away from those that you love and keep you from being there in their last moments, all the moments, the guilt and sadness are unbearable.

When you just can’t take it anymore and the whys hound you and the what ifs try to drive you crazy, when you’re just before finding a bridge, that is when He sends His angels to rescue you.

Though you made the choices, He allowed them to happen for a reason, a reason that you may never understand.

When you believe in Him, everything works out in the end.  The victory has already been won. When your time comes, you will see them again. The parting is just for a time. Family is forever.

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Book Review: The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Forward by Tim Kurkjian

The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Forward by Tim Kurkjian

“The Chicken Runs at Midnight”, it kind of sounds like one of those nonsensical codes we used to hear about in spy thriller spoofs.

Instead, this was really a miraculous message from a teenage girl who had gone to be with our Lord, to her family.

The book The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Foreword by Tim Kurkjian shows readers that it is also a message to all families. This would make a good Focus on The Family book.

There are multiple Christian and other messages in this book. One of the most important ones is that we, as parents, may not realize how every word we say to a child changes the child’s life, whether it be for good or for bad.

Speaking as one who has been in a coma, I (David) know that the advice given by the nurse was exactly right. People in comas do hear and understand everything that is going on around them. The family did the right thing.

We give The Chicken Runs at Midnight all five stars and five boxes of facial tissue to wipe away the tears. Happy tears and sad tears. This book is extremely well written. In this day of books being published at a super fast rate, they often miss wrong spellings of words, bad grammar, and editing problems. I found none in this book. A rare case indeed.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Notice: This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, we may financially benefit from your transaction, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

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31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 14

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Ask

“Ask”…that is something that I’ve been doing my entire life, asking questions.  I drive folks crazy with the questions. I refuse to take things just as they are told to me. I ask a thousand questions to more fully understand and make sense of whatever it is. Sometimes I ask questions, not for my own benefit, but to cause the other person to think. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Asking questions is one of the best ways to learn. In my opinion, you don’t learn if you just go along with the flow and accept everything as it is presented to you. Go at it with the whole who, what, when, where, why, and how routine.  My favorite one to ask is, “Why?”

Encourage the art of asking in your children. Don’t stifle their curiosity. Answer their questions! Encourage that thirst for knowledge and hunger for learning.

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31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 13

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Talk

I can’t seem to talk for long anymore without crying. This evening has held a lot of tears. Earlier, my little sister gave me the news that our mama’s next oldest sister is now in hospice care and not expected to make it through the night.

I have a lot on my heart that I cannot put into words. I want to talk about it but I don’t want to talk about it. Whatever would come out of me wouldn’t make sense to anyone else…it doesn’t really even make sense to me most of the time.

I want to run away.  I want to go home.

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Book Review: Book Review: Master Your Business Cash Flow: Grow the Company You Love, Live the Life You Want Now by Albert J. Zdenek

Book Review: Master Your Business Cash Flow: Grow the Company You Love, Live the Life You Want Now by Albert J. Zdenek

Cash is king! Anyone who owns a business, or is learning about business, is taught that early in their education.

In his new book, Master Your Business Cash Flow: Grow the Company You Love, Live the Life You Want Now, Albert J. Zdenek gives business owners a few more tools for their toolbox.

It is unlikely that Zdenek and I will ever see eye to eye when it comes to debt. However, one must realize that his company is valued in the millions, whereas the company my wife Suzanne and I have has a net worth of negative 205.80. Yes, we managed to reach that level with a grand total of 34¢ in revenue.

All joking aside, Zdenek makes a very good case for using debt to finance your business. It does make sense to use other people’s money whenever you can to finance your business.

Having once worked as a collection agent, it is hard for me to understand that there are people who are backed up about asking people for the money they owe their company.

We give Master Your Business Cash Flow all five stars and a pumpkin spice latte. We think you will, too.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 12

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31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Please join everyone at Five Minute Friday for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes throughout the month of October.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Praise

I will praise you, from the depths of my despair and the heights of my joy, I will praise you. In tears and in laughter, I will praise you. In sickness and in health, I will praise you.

As the sun shines down and the moon lights up the night, I will praise you. As the bluebonnets and paintbrushes bloom, and the land around heats up, I will praise you. As the leaves fall, and the wind blows, I will praise her. Scorching drought and devastating floods all around and I will praise you. Beautiful days and lightning bug nights, I will praise you.

You are my everything, my Creator, my Father, my Savior, my Redeemer. I will praise you.

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Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. I have _______________ for ______.
  2. _________________ make me _______.
  3. I’m surprised that ______________.
  4. To make a long story short, _____.

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Here are my responses:

I have a devoted protector for a husband. Until his foot opened up again Wednesday, David wouldn’t let me go outside unless he was with me, so that he could protect me from those big dogs if they came back.

Big dogs make me very nervous and panicky now.

I’m surprised that David was ever able to convince me to let the camera or recorder capture any part of me at all.

To make a long story short, don’t ask David to tell the story.   Short isn’t his “thing”.  🙂

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

 

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