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  1. Gemstone777

    Upcoming Medical Appointments

    Thank you so much for each of you that prayed! Both of the first day appointments went well overall. At the first one we went over my annual blood work results. For the elevated liver enzymes, my doc ordered an ultrasound of my gallbladder, which I will probably schedule after the busy holidays. She changed my BP meds, and I actually got taken off of one of my meds, (water pill.) Anytime I can take less meds, that's a blessing! She addressed a few other issues, and we have a plan to keep me as healthy as we can with all of my health challenges. One of the things I was most thankful for was my doctor's compassionate heart. She really listened to me, and you could tell she really wanted to help me not suffer and feel better. My former beloved doctor went to minister to our Vets at the VA, and this doctor is new to me, so I didn't really know how she would be. She even gave me a hug at the end of our appointment! After that, I went to the dentist. They saw me right away, and I didn't even have to sit in the lobby, which was nice. There were a few minor problems that occurred, but thank the good Lord they didn't bother me too much. One was that when they took the temporary crown off, it wouldn't stop bleeding so I think they had to cauterize it. I was not supposed to be numbed since I had a root canal on the tooth I was getting a crown on, but I had to get 2 needles in the roof of my mouth. Normally that would hurt, but it wasn't bad at all! Also, I was supposed to get a small cavity filled so I wouldn't have to go back, but their compressor was down so I will have to go in again. I was in such good spirits (I know at the dentist can you believe it?, lol) joking and laughing that even those 2 mishaps didn't get me down. My favorite line of the day since I was getting a crown, "It's not easy being queen!" Even one of the dental assistants that was not working on me came to hang out in my room we were having so much fun. I really felt blessed by the Lord and even though dealing with something unpleasant, it was a good experience. I am so glad to report these things to you, because this is the power of prayer and God! I could have been anxious, sad, in pain, but instead I was joyful and at ease. God is good, even in the midst of our sufferings! I felt the covering of your prayers, and I am so grateful to all of you! Update on 3rd Medical Appointment: The dermatology appointment yesterday went well! My scalp psoriasis is much improved, so the medicine appears to be working well, praise the Lord. I was prescribed a new med for my HS in hopes of getting me out of a current flare up. I also got a 2nd round of freezing with the warts on both middle fingers. It's very painful to have this done, similar to touching dry ice. Even though it says it's freezing, it feels as if it's burning. I was able to share with the doc and nurse that how I combat the pain is to quote Scriptures to myself like in 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God did not give us the spirit of fear..." and pray. Her eyes lit up and she said, "Whatever you are doing it's working, so keep it up!" The doc said that's the worst place to get warts too because they are hard to get rid of. Warts are viral, and I most likely contracted them while trying a new manicurist that had unclean nail tools. My weakened immune system can make me more susceptible to contracting them. I will try to keep you posted on my progress. It really does mean so much to me that you would take a few minutes out of your day to lift me up in prayer! Have a blessed rest of the week! Love you friends! ❤️
  2. Gemstone777

    Upcoming Medical Appointments

    Thank you Shanee! I appreciate all the prayers so much! Have a blessed week!
  3. Gemstone777

    Upcoming Medical Appointments

    Thank you Nut! Praying for good health for you too! Love ya brother!
  4. Gemstone777

    Upcoming Medical Appointments

    Thank you turtletwo! I really appreciate your prayers for me, and I felt covered at both appointments yesterday! I have my dermatology appointment around 11 am today. I will post an update of yesterday soon! Thanks again, and you have a blessed day too!
  5. Gemstone777

    Upcoming Medical Appointments

    Thank you dear Abby! I hope/pray you are well! (((Hugs))) ❤️
  6. Gemstone777

    Upcoming Medical Appointments

    I appreciate the prayers and your quick response to intervene on my behalf! God bless you!
  7. Gemstone777

    Upcoming Medical Appointments

    Greetings prayer warriors! I'm more often in chat than on the forums, but I thank you in advance for all of you that will pray. I have a doctor's appointment today to discuss my annual blood work results with my primary care physician. I get results e-mailed to me beforehand, so I know that 2 of my liver enzymes are elevated and 1 other result was abnormal. Also, I have a dentist appointment today to get my permanent crown put on. When I was at the dentist a few weeks ago to get my temporary crown, I almost gagged and bit down on the drill inside my mouth cause my dentist's hands are quite large. So needless to say, I am not looking forward to going today. Prayers that God would take away any fear/anxiety would be greatly appreciated. Then tomorrow, I have to drive an hour each way to see my Dermatologist who is treating my Psoriasis, Hidradenitis Suppurativa (chronic skin condition in lymph areas), and one other skin issue. The treatments have helped a little, but all 3 dermatology issues are still flared up. I also had a flare up yesterday related to my CFS/Me & Fibromyalgia, and the swelling, fatigue, and pain were challenging. We are purging/organizing/downsizing in preparation for our move related to my husband's job, and I might have overdone it. Next week my family and I are meeting a friend in PA for my Birthday and I'm most excited to see the, "Jesus" play. Prayers that I would be healthy enough to travel, as it's 7/8 hours away. Thankfully, my cold/flu symptoms are mostly gone. I am most grateful for prayers of protection, relief, and healing. Thank you all so much! If you leave me a message here of what you need prayer for, I'd be glad to pray for you also. Have a blessed day friends! ❤️
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    So glad he can be close to you and you both are being taken care of! Prayers for healing for you both! (((Hugs))) ❤️
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    I'm glad chemo is nearing the end. I am sad to hear you are suffering. Continued prayers for you. Love and (((hugs)))! ❤️
  10. Gemstone777

    Daily Reading 343 - October 10th

    Not a question, rather just a comment on a thought that was triggered by a verse in this passage. In Ephesians 1:19 it says, “ speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” When I was a child I would sit on our swing outside by myself and make up songs to God. I didn’t write them down and often couldn’t remember the words or notes, but I was singing them from my heart to God. Or when I was riding on the lawnmower I would create music just to sing to the Lord. Maybe that is why I still like mowing so much to this day! 😊 Even though I am older now, I still create my own songs to God. I will often sing them while on a drive, road trip, or travels across country with my husband or family. The fact that they were/are one time only to me makes them more special, just for my King! Thanks for letting me share a pleasant childhood memory! Have a blessed day all!
  11. Gemstone777

    Daily Reading 339 - October 6th

    1. What do you think it means to be dead and your trespasses and sins? Our sin makes us guilty to God because we violated His holy commands. So, those that don’t have a blood sacrifice (Jesus) to forgive them of their sins will die and go to hell. Sin creates separation from God. 2. Where it speaks about the Ephesians’ former condition that they walked according to the course of this world and according to the prince of the power of the air, and of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience, what do you think the bolded terms above are referring to? The lost, those that have not been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, those that are serving/following Satan and not God, and are under his leadership. 3. Who are the "sons of disobedience"? Those that are engaging in sinful acts and not walking with/serving Christ. Some have said this could also include the angels that fell and followed Satan. 4. In verse three, Paul says that we also all formerly lived lusting in at indulging in the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Do you think then, that "all" means without exception? Except for Jesus, absolutely all of mankind has sinned and fallen short of God’s holy, perfect standards. (Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.) 5. What kind of things are meant by lusts of our flesh and desires of the flesh and mind? Lust of our flesh are sinful desires of the physical human body that are contrary to the will/law of God. Desires of our mind are where the sinful desires usually start. 6. We were by nature children of wrath. What do you think that means? By nature means born into the world as sinners and that it was not optional. Children of wrath means that they are subject to God’s wrath for their sins. Romans 3:10 As it is written, there is none righteous no not one.
  12. Gemstone777

    Oct 5th Question

    Good point Frances! Ephesians 5:19 says, "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord." The phrase "making melody" comes from the Greek word "psallontes" which means "to rub or touch," "to twitch or twang." It was commonly used in Greek to refer to playing a stringed musical instrument. This could be another Scripture indicating it isn't wrong to play instruments, just a different way of musical expression.
  13. Gemstone777

    Oct 5th Question

    Thank you Other One for that explanation, as I am simply trying to understand the Biblical reasoning behind it. I myself like Acapella music too. I like music in a variety of forms, especially when it's used to praise God. From my understanding of Scriptures, the Bible doesn't forbid it, but if someone is convicted differently than that is their choice. Hope you have a blessed day!