Friday, July 26, 2013

Little Summer Update

It's been almost three weeks since I've been back home.  And I must say, it's been nice.

My flights were great, no issues, though on the one from Calgary to Ottawa I was nearly sick. I've never been sick on a flight before and I didn't want this to be the first time. This all happened BEFORE the flight even left! 

Not long before the plane was starting to back away from the terminal, I had a sudden feeling that I might get sick. I quickly grabbed a piece of gum from my purse, hoping I just needed a little bit of sugar. It helped a bit. But the feeling came again. This time I grabbed the safety card from the seat back in front of me and began to fan my face.  It was helping. I also turned the fan above me on full force and tilted my face back and also had it blowing on the back of my neck to cool me off.

It was wicked hot in the plan!

Once we got in the air and the flight attendants were going around with the free drinks, I asked if they had a little package of crackers or something like that. I figured it might help settle my stomach.  I got some ice water, but was informed that I'd have to buy a snack if I was hungry. I told her I wasn't, that I felt like I was going to pass out or be sick from the heat. She agreed that it was hot and they would turn it down, but they wouldn't give me any crackers. Seriously?!

After about half an hour, I felt much better because they turned the heat down.

For the first almost two weeks I got home, my mom was unwell. She had laryngitis the night I arrived, and for the next three days.  She also had some kind of stomach bug, and her blood sugar was out of whack (she's diabetic).  Thankfully, now, she's fine - other than being a little weak.

I'm currently in Halifax, and have been here less than 24 hours.  I had hoped to rent a car this weekend and get out to places like Peggy's Cove, but there is something going on in the city this week and all the rental cars are pretty much booked up - though we did find one available. Unfortunately, it would cost over $200 (not including gas) once tax and insurances, etc. were added on for the weekend!  Talk about highway robbery!  I should have followed a friend's advice and rented one back home and drove here. It would have only cost around $70 (not including gas) plus the insurances, etc.  Oh well. We'll just have to get around using the city bus and not go to Peggy's Cove or other places outside of the city.

All in all, I have been getting a lot of relaxing in, done a lot of reading, and made myself some scrambled eggs for the first time this past week! Yep, believe it or not, I have never made scrambled eggs in my life before.  To be fair though, I only started eating them within the last couple of years.

Well, going to head off now. Not sure what's on tap for today as they are calling for rain and thunder/lightning, so just might keep close to home base today.  Might go swimming at the pool (so I can use my new bathing suit!) since driving to the beach is out of the question...

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Spirit Himself Intercedes For Us

A simple page from my Bible "art" journal .
The colours and painting aren't showing up too
well here.
 Isn't it wonderful to know that when we don't know how to pray that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us?  I don't know how many times, when praying, that I've just not known what to pray for someone or about something.

I feel that I usually seem to pray the same things for everyone going through the same or similar situations. For example, if someone dies, I usually pray for peace and comfort for the family. Yes, I do mean it for everyone, but I just don't feel as though I'm praying the way I should - or could.

I have also prayed and asked for the Holy Spirit to pray on my behalf about something because I didn't know what to pray - especially if it's for one of those vague request which people say, "God knows what it's about." 

Don't get me wrong, I am totally fine with them saying that. I don't need to know the details or what's going on in someone's life. If they want me to know, they'll tell me. And I'm OK with that.

But, I'm looking for better ways to pray. I'm looking for different things I can say in my prayers, rather than seemingly the same things over and over again. I know it's not what we say that counts. God isn't looking for big, flowery words, and I know He knows what is in my heart when I'm praying.  I used to be good at prayer (at least I thought so, and not in a vain way, and have had people tell me that in the past), but somewhere along the line, something changed and I just don't seem to be able to pray all that well.

Thankfully, until I can improve the way or style of my praying, I'm glad the Holy Spirit will intercede for me.  It doesn't mean that when I finally "get it", or improve, that He won't do this any  more. He still will do this.

I guess I should stop focusing on the past and they way I used to pray, and focus on NOW and just keep praying and grow from there.