Category Archives: Health

Unexpected Twists and Turns

Don’t you hate it when there are unexpected twists and turns in your life that throw you for a loop? How do you handle them? This is what happened to us recently, when we got our taxes done, with a bit of background.

We own a cleaning business, which doesn’t show much of a profit because we have employees and other expenses that bring the income from the business quite low. We also, both, work at a  retail/grocery store and get better than normal wages.

In the past I was able to claim both our daughters for the credit related to having kids, I don’t remember the accurate name for that. This year, 2012, I have a daughter that turned 24 during the latter part of the year so I knew I wouldn’t be able to claim her any longer. I thought, though, that I’d still be able to claim my younger daughter.

I think what threw me off was because law were changed for coverage for insurance plans. Now, children can be covered until they turn 26 whether they live with you or not or whether they are in school full-time or not.  This is not the same rule for the child care credit.

My younger daughter did not attend college for a minimum of five months this year, so we are not able to claim her as a dependent at all even though we pay most of her support.

Therefore, instead of getting the three to four thousand dollars we were counting on to help make it through the rest of the winter, since we do not clean many windows in the winter in Michigan, we are getting just under five hundred dollars.

Part of that is my own fault in another way also. I changed my withholding for the year because I opted for a high-deductible health plan which was more expensive monthly than I anticipated. This year even though I made about the same amount as last year, just a bit more than half of the amount from the year before was held from our federal income tax.

This awful news almost made me depressed. I about wanted to cry on someone’s shoulder. I’d like to say that after talking to my husband, I gathered with God and Jesus Christ to let them commiserate with me; but, to be honest, it took me two days after hearing the news to do that.

If you want to hear a bit about how to allow God to help you rise above these situations, and we all have to deal with them in our lives some more than others, feel free to check out one of my other blogs, (



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Take Action Now to Keep Your Body Healthy

Now is the time to take action to keep your body healthy, don’t wait until you get older, as then it may be too late.

Of course, this concept spans many ideas from eating correctly, to exercising on a regular basis, to getting enough sleep, eliminating stress and so much more.

As time passes it seems like more ailments are showing up earlier in life. For instance my mother has arthritis in her joints, mainly her knees and hips. I began to have symptoms in my knees and ankles when I was in my forties, and my daughter who is going to be twenty-four soon began to have even worse problems with her knees when she was much younger yet.

This may be related to the times we live in, the foods we eat or even more so our sedentary lifestyles; even when many of us work our down time is often spent sitting at the computer, scrap-booking or similar endeavors.

When I was in my forties, my knees didn’t really hurt they were just noisy. Whenever I walked they would make clicking noises especially first thing in the morning. For my daughter whenever we went on long trips she would need to get out and stretch to relieve the pain in her knees.

Currently she is working on losing weight and hopefully when she gets to her recommended weight level all problems with her knees will be gone. She is not only watching what she eats, but exercising faithfully also.

As you may have heard me mention before, I work as a cashier at a large grocery store similar to Wal mart, but much better. The majority of customers load their groceries (after the bags have been filled) from the section of the cart nearest the child’s seat.

Most people will never have a health issue with doing it that way, but what if you are the smaller percent that will have a problem? Wouldn’t it be better to do it right now rather than wait until later and wish you did?

I’ve even made suggestions to people that they load their cart from the opposite end and they’ve said, “Good idea, I just had back surgery, but never thought about doing this different before”.

Two people in my family hurt their bodies beyond repair from doing movements they’ve probably done a million times and finally their bodies gave out without warning. We all find out the hard way as our bodies can’t talk.

My mother was bending forward from the waist, looking into the garage and barely twisted sideways and got sciatica from that movement, which she was afflicted with on a regular basis for over five years. Since then it’s healed fairly well, but she still gets flair-ups.

My sister was reaching into the back seat of her car and tore her rotator-cuff. The way hers was torn, there would be no relief from surgery, although over time it has healed for that is something the body will do, but she had to manage with it the way it was for quite some time.

It’s better to pay attention now to the way you are working, playing and doing the things you’ve always done, like shopping to make sure you are not hurting your body in any way, than to wait until you are older when a movement has become ingrained and then have a hard time switching back to the right way later when you are older.


It is available to be healed from any ailment you may have or get at a later time, but sometimes we stymie that healing by our perceptions about it, or when we berate ourselves for doing something we knew not to do, it’s hard to expect that miracle in our lives. It’s not that the miracle isn’t for us, for God is not a respecter of persons; what he has made available to one person, he has for anyone else also.

If you check out a post I found this morning, which is also on my biblical truths blog,, you will see some of the heart about Jehovah God as our healer.

God’s heart has always been to heal his people. When he sent manna from heaven, it was to feed the people, but it was also to provide the strength and stamina and healing to continue toward the promised land.

Jesus Christ always did the Father’s will, as his parents taught him. He was obedient to his Father, therefore when those that were ailing came to him of their own accord or were brought by others, what did he do? He healed them all. He never sent any away telling them their time was not yet, or that they were being tried or tested for their faith. No! He healed them all.

In the book of Acts when people got born again, they were made whole throughout their whole being, this is the meaning of sozo a Greek word used for saved, wholeness plus others.

In Acts chapter 3 there was a man that was lame from his mother’s womb, and he was carried daily to the gate of the temple. In verse 6 Peter told him.

Acts 3:6-8:

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give  I thee: In the name of Jesuse Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping and praising God.

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Run in With Poison Ivy

Poison ivy produces urushiol to protect the pl...

Poison ivy produces urushiol to protect the plant from herbivores. In humans this chemical produces an allergic skin rash, known as urushiol-induced contact dermatitis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, I think I did it now, I believe I touched a bunch of poison ivy. I was in the process of mowing my back lawn, which hasn’t been done in a while. The majority of the lawn is weeds, more than have been there in the past, possibly because of the unseasonably hot weather we had this year.

There is some grass in the yard, but mostly violets. There is a new week which I hope to kill soon using white vinegar, if I ever remember to buy some at the store. I’ve used white vinegar on weeds before, and it works great.

In one section of the lawn I noticed an odd looking plant I’d not seen before. It was like a vine growing there. I try not to mow down anything I don’t want to get stronger, as many things will do, so I bypassed it as I made my sweeps around the yard. Finally, it got to the point where I needed to dig out the thick grass that eventually sticks to the bottom of the mower-from not mowing often enough. After I took care of that job, I checked out the vines. While pulling on them, I noticed that they pulled easily, traipsing their way through my lawn. I pulled out about five to ten vines before I got to wondering whether they might actually be poison ivy.

Years ago, in about the early eighties I had a run in with poison sumac, although I didn’t know it until the symptoms began to show up on my legs. It gave me two huge water blisters on the front of my thighs. I think they were about the size of a baseball. The hardest part about it was as I walked the liquid in the blister bounced along, nothing comfortable in that. When the poison sumac ‘bit’ me, I never saw before-hand what the leaves looked like.

Tonight, I set the vines on an old swing we have in the back yard that  no one uses, and immediately came into the house, after putting the mower into the garage. I took off my watch and glasses and thoroughly washed my arms and right eye, which I had rubbed before realizing what it was I was touching.

I’m hoping I was able to wash off all the plant oils before they embed themselves into my skin.


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