Thursday, July 23, 2009

From Sad to Soaring

Monday morning: Early dentist appointment. I was not dreading it because it was only a checkup and cleaning appointment. I have been having problems with my blood pressure getting really high during dentist visits for a few years now but didn't think it would affect me for just a checkup. Especially since I had been walking every day for the past 3 weeks and my blood pressure had been great. But I was wrong! I should have left well enough alone but I ask the dental hygienist to take my blood pressure just for "fun" to see if only being in the office would make it high. Oh, yeah! It does! It was 180/119! Soooo....I took a blood pressure pill right then and there. Actually felt bad the rest of the day though.

Tuesday morning: Woke up with a migraine headache. Not good. I fought it most of the day. Also high blood pressure again. Had to take my medicine again....which is just prescribed for "as needed". Finally about the middle of the afternoon I was able to get my house work.....dishes, laundry, floors....done.

Wednesday morning: Was to be at my step-mother's house at 8:00 a.m. to take care of her until 8:00 p.m. She has been real sick lately and has to have round the clock care right now. I didn't feel really well but knew I needed to go and take care of her. Took my blood pressure at her house and it was high. Took another blood pressure pill. Third day in a row! And this after it had been great for over three weeks! I was getting pretty down in the dumps.

About 9:00 a.m. my cell phone rang. It was T., one of the directors from Sav-A-Life where I work once a week as a volunteer counselor. She had a story to tell me that would take me from down in the dumps to soaring in the clouds! Let me fill you in. A local pastor's wife, B., works with some teenaged girls in a summer youth program. She called T. early that morning to share a story with her. Here's what B. shared:
"Last week one of the girls in the youth program approached me wanting to know if she could talk with me about something. I told her she sure could and asked what it was. She said she wanted to know how to keep from going to hell when she died. I asked her what got her to thinking about that. She replied that she has a baby only a few months old and that she had gone to Sav-A-Life for her pregnancy test and also for parenting classes. She said that every time she would go, someone would talk to her about the Lord and about how important it was to know for sure where she would go when she died. That she had also been given a tract about salvation which she had read. The girl said she just kept thinking about it over and over and wanted to know how to be saved. I asked her what all she wanted to know and she said she wanted to know EVERYTHING! So I went over the plan of salvation with her and she was wondrously saved!"

I was just about to cry tears of joy listening to T. tell me about this! And then when she told me that the girl was one of my clients, I really did cry! Sometimes we wonder if our young clients are listening when we talk to them about the Lord. What a blessing to hear that at least some of them do! This was a great encouragement to me and a reminder to just keep sowing seeds of Truth in the hearts and minds of these young women.

That's just like my God to send me a reason for rejoicing just when I'm feeling blue! What a great God we serve!

"Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD;" Jeremiah 31: 16

We will be having our annual fundraising banquet for the Sav-A-Life where I work in just a few weeks. This is the way we raise the bulk of our support for the year. This year we are in the process of building a new center which will be more adequately equipped to meet the needs of the women we serve. Please pray for us that the Lord will send the funds we need to meet their needs!

Thank you!

Marilyn

13 comments:

Joyful said...

WOW...what great news Marilyn!!!! God is good.

Trusting your blood pressure has lowered now. I have high BP too. It's so much fun getting older :)

Thinking of your fund raising banquet. The Lord will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. (Phil. 4:19)

Blessings,
Joy

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Little seeds you've planted all over the place ... we never know, do we?! God does. He is faithful to tend to those seedlings and bring them to bloom.

What a confirmation to your tired spirit. Gracious, what's up with the blood pressure roller-coaster? Thinking of you tonight.

peace~elaine

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Janet said...

Marilyn,
I read this and how wonderful God is working with us at SAV-A-LIFE and that some of the Girls will listen to us.

Janet

Evelyn said...

OH.... glad you are soaring!!!!! That is so awesome!!! Hope you are feeling much better.... in addition to the soaring! :o)

Love ya,
Evelyn

Martha said...

How your faithfulness paid off. cant life seem so mundane sometimes and then something God sized happens. Praise the Lord for you and the other counselors at sav=a=life. heard a former abortion dr. on afr this morning. IT was very upsetting as he told how late term abortions were performed. THen he was asked how to reach abortion doctors. He said a former patient came and told him what he was doing was wrong and she was praying for him. Every so often she would write and let him know God loved him and she did too. One time she sent brownies and over time she (God) reached him. So moving to hear about.
Love you, Martha.

Peggy said...

Praise to the Lord! God's word is powerful to save. Happy to hear that you are encouraged.
I don't remember if I thanked you for lunch on Monday, if not I want to tell you thanks now.
I enjoyed the lunch and the visit with you; I am sorry that you were not feeling well.
Hope the rest of the week will be better for you.

Your Friend,
Peggy

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I pray that your blood pressure is better now. I still battle with mine too and forget to take my pill sometime.

I am so full of praise for the salvation of that precious girl!

Lisa said...

I praise God for allowing you to see the harvest for some seeds sewn in faith.
Blessings ~ Lisa

Leah said...

Blood pressure is such a hateful thing. And it is sooooo sensitive to stress. Just the knowing that your BP was high once probably sent it up for those other days.

What wonderful news, though, that you had a part to play in a client's salvation. Bless you, dear friend.

Leah

Yolanda said...

Marilyn,

I've been praying for your bp, and the to read that a young lady was saved that was a client of yours...wow, how incredible. Lord, we just love ya and give you all the praise.

Marilyn....oh God's answering our prayers.

Love,
Yolanda

Runner Mom said...

Hey, Marilyn! What a wonderful phone call!! You never know when those seeds will take fruition! Praise Him!

I hope that your BP gets under control soon! Bless your heart! Keep up with the walking--if your dr. says it's ok!

Will be praying for your fundraising!!

Hugs!
Susan

I HOPE that you can find one of those cute lady bugs for your precious grandbaby soon! Too sweet!!

Deborah said...

That is wonderful Marilyn! God is so good!
The verse you quoted from Jeremiah was also used at camp meeting this week, when Mrs. Gipp spoke to the ladies. I hope to post more on that later this week.