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As I lay down to rest, or at least try to, I am comforted by the fact that I have been and continue to be the subject of so many of your prayers. Because I believe that prayer works, and it helps to be specific, I would like to ask that you pray for the things on this list. Thank you all for your unending support and unselfish love!
Thanks to everyone for your prayers. This is just a jumping-off point. Of course allow the Holy Spirit to lead you as you pray; I’m sure there are things that I have missed. Feel free to pass this on to other that will join us in prayer.
Just so everyone knows, I will be at Emory Hospital in downtown Atlanta. I’ll be there for 3-5 days. I’ll try to keep everyone updated through Facebook. If you are not a Facebook user, and you would like to receive texts, please let me know.
Throughout my life, when important events happen, my emotions are strongly attached to the memory of the event. Sometimes I won’t even realize it’s happening. Let me see if I can explain…do you ever have a day when you just feel down in the dumps, just kind of blah? Sometimes this will happen to me, then I will remember that it was that day a year ago, or two years ago, or five years ago, that some unpleasant event happened, and I was just feeling those emotions again. Because I know this about myself, when unfortunate things happen, I dread that day coming around again because I know those unpleasant emotions will come back to haunt me.
The best example of this phenomenon occurred on January 4, 2009. It was on that day that I was fired from my position as a Children’s Pastor. It is to date the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, and there has been some stiff competition. In the midst of my grief, I can remember thinking, “Now every January 4th will remind me of this.” Following that event, as God’s plan began to be revealed to me, I waited patiently for a phone call from Norwegian Cruise Lines telling me that they were ready for my to join their ship in Hawaii. I was told that the wait would only be 4-6 months, but I soon became frustrated as 6 months turned into 8, 8 turned into 10, etc. I thought that God had forgotten about me. Then the reason for the wait became very clear. As I was working my third shift job at Target, Norwegian Cruise Lines finally called to offer me a dream job. Guess what day it was – January 4th, 2010. It was not a coincidence, and the fact was not lost on me. God planned it that way so that I could remember that day in a much happier, more positive way. He replaced the bad milestone with a good one, and I was so grateful.
For those of you who have been following my journey since that time can probably guess what event was the second hardest for me to get though. I won’t go into detail, but the event left me alone and stuck if upstate New York in the winter, far from my family and friends that love me with a heart that was completely broken. After about a month, I learned that my kidneys had failed, and there is no doubt in my mind that the emotional distress caused my physical decline. It felt like I was trapped in a nightmare.
Well, time has passed, and now I finally can see relief in the future. Because I have been waiting so long for healing, it was devastating when the transplant surgery didn’t happen in March. After a couple days, I felt silly for not figuring out faster. Now my surgery is scheduled for exactly 3 years to the day that I started dialysis. Now those memories can be replaced with positive, life-changing memories. Those feelings of being all alone and dumped are replaced with feelings of being loved. Of having hundreds of people following my journey and wishing me well. Now I am so glad my surgery was postponed because April 17th can be one of my favorite days to remember. God knew that it was exactly what I needed.
One positive aspect of the station of life in which I find myself is the abundance of free time. I’m unable to work due to the pain in my feet and the fatigue caused by dialysis. I’ve always been a crafty person, and if you dig deep enough into this blog, you’ll see the evidence of it. I’ve been watching lots of home improvement shows, and my favorite shows involve picking an item that has been discarded and bringing it back to life. I was inspired to the point of taking on some projects of my own, and the dumpster at our apartment complex has proven to be an excellent picking ground. Just about every weekend, some irresistible item appears just outside the dumpster – never inside it – as if left there by the misfit furniture elves. A few weeks ago, they left this little treasure…
Under the blue painter’s tape is a swirly, brown marble inlay. The only problem with the chair was that the seat had come off the frame. The carving was so ornate, I knew I could bring new life to this chair. A couple cans of spray paint and a couple yards of fabric later…
Not too bad, right? And the best news of all – this chair is for sale! Now, let’s pretend you don’t know anything about how this came from the garbage…this custom-made chair can be yours for the low, low price of $100, or best offer. If all goes well, I would love to make a career out of this kind of work once I’m healthy again. Comments are welcome – let me know what you think!
Thanks so much to the Gwinnett Post for writing this article about my search and my upcoming fundraiser tomorrow.
Full video will go live on Sunday September 28! Stay tuned!
As most, if not all, of you know, I’ve been focusing on fundraising for my kidney transplant and anti-rejection meds. My goal is $25,000, and I’m incredibly pleased and grateful to announce that I’m almost there. In order to avoid tax issues, I’ve been working with a company, NFT, designed to manage money for transplant recipients. The tricky thing is that they take their fee – nothing costs nothing. They take 3%. So even after I reach my goal, I’ll still have to keep up the fundraising until I get my transplant because the total will be going down. The amazing thing is that most of the money I’ve raised so far has come solely from individual donations and yard sales. NFT encourages its clients to have fundraising events, and I did have one Bingo/Raffle Night that was very successful. I’ve also done well selling donated items on ebay.
For a few years now my mom has been taking a painting class. The whole class decided to devote a day to painting small works so that I could sell them. They came up with some really nice stuff, and I wanted to do right by them. I knew that I wouldn’t get what they’re worth at a yard sale, and it’s hard to sell original art on ebay. So I’ve decided that I want to have a Silent Art Auction. It’s going to be a classy affair – formal invitations, party dresses, hors d’oeuvres and lots of ART to bid on! So I need your help. I need to beef up the selection, and any art will do. Meaning not just wall art. It can be sculptures, sewing crafts, woodworking, anything you think people will want to display in their homes. We’re aiming for August, depending on how quickly the items come in. Please, please, please pass this on to anyone you think would like to donate. If you are interested or have questions, send me a private message. Even if you aren’t sure, please let me know if you are even considering donating something. I need to get an idea of what kind of items I have in order to plan the location. I really hope this works because I’m kind of excited about it.