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4/09/15
Lisa S Arnold is the author of the recently released book "For Sanity's Sake: Devotions for the Temporarily Insane, Otherwise Known as the Menopausal Woman. She is a Pastor's wife, mother of 8 (three adopted, one now gone to be with the Lord, and a grandmother of 14. She loves God, life, and living life to its fullest every single day. She is passionate about helping other women not only survive but thrive during menopause. 
Lilly, Michael, and Faith,

God brought them to us for a reason and I know that He is going to do great things through them!
Living Outside the Typical “Older Woman’s” Role
            My husband and I tied the knot almost 30 years ago. We’ve been in the ministry for more than 20 of those years. Like you, we visualized glorious retirement filled with enjoyable activities. Activities like: traveling, mission trips, relaxation, and reading lots and lots of books. We dreamt of future pleasantries, giving no real thought to God’s opinion in the matter.
            And then it happened, everything changed, when in November, 2010, we signed the adoption papers and welcomed into our home three very needy children, ages 2, 4, and 7.  Dreams of traveling and relaxation faded. God’s plan trumped our own.
            Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” This is not a new truth to me, but this was beyond imaginable. Committing ourselves to another 15 years of childrearing was not an easy step to take.     
            When I am tempted to become bitter, I remind myself of Philippians 4:13.
We like to say God won’t give us more than we can handle, but, I know God gives me waaaay more than I can bear—on my own, in my own strength—that is. In His strength I can and will complete His assignment.
            Maybe things haven’t turned out as you planned. You’re raising grandchildren, or still “raising” your grown children. You’re divorced or widowed and can’t contemplate any good thing in your future. I want to encourage you. God’s ways our not our ways and He is working His perfect plan in you.
            Had I said no to adoption, where would I be now? Sure, off having a good time, but for what Kingdom good? I push forward believing that God is going to do something great with these children and in the process He is doing something great in me. I am not where I should be, but I am forced to look outside my comfort zone, outside my limited view, and outside my circumstances, and into the messy lives of damaged souls.
            I thought the good life was ending, but truly it is just the beginning of something great. I am making an impact for the Kingdom work and that’s better than retirement any day!
            Take your circumstances and offer them to the Lord, “a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable” (Romans 12:1), and watch Him turn your weariness and frustration into something truly out of this world and beyond imaginable. He’s waiting for your commitment. Say it now, “Yes, Lord, Here am I.”
           
 
 
(A poem on grieving)

I wonder .
. .
 
I wonder if others feel the same way I do
 
Ask the same questions I ask
 
Say the same things I say
 
Act the same way I act
 
Hide the things I hide
 
I wonder . . .
 
Does grief ever go away?
 
Will I ever want it to?
 
Do others experience anxiety
 
Like I do as the day you died
 
disappears into the past?
 
I wonder . . .
 
Do you think about us
 
Now that you’re in heaven?
 
Or are the scenes too great
 
And Christ’s presence too magnanimous
 
To think of anything but Him?
 
I wonder . . .
 
I don’t even know what I wonder
 
Sometimes
 
I don’t know what I think
 
How to act
 
or feel
 
I wonder . . . .
 
Does anyone see I am different
 
Since you’ve been gone?
 
Do they see who I am on the inside
 
And know my outside is a facade 
 
Engineered for survival’s sake?
 
I wonder . . .
 
Too much I wonder
 
Yet I don’t know what I wonder
 
And I can’t express it
 
Or explain it
 
I just wonder . . .
 
 
 
 
 
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons parsley
2 tablespoons pimiento pieces (optional)
1 cup hot water

Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl. Cut in the butter. Stir in milk, onion, parsley, and pimiento until moistened. Drop by tablespoons into boiling soup, stew, or gravy. Cover. Cook over low heat 15 minutes. Do not lift the cover during cooking.

Did you know that . . .   onions inhibit some of the activities considered part of the cancer process

Food for the soul . . . When making these great dishes, find family and friends to share them with.  Food tastes better with good company and that company may not be here tomorrow. Enjoy them today!
The recipes in this newsletter are from an up-and-coming recipe book for menopausal women.  Tip: If you are suffering from hot flashes, stay away from hot things, like: coffee, tea, spicy things, steaming things, go cold. It will make a difference. 
Laughter . . . is the best medicine of all.
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I encourage you to go to my website and check out our new author's interview page. March and April will feature Judy Janowski, author of "Life is a Garden Party, Volumes 1 & 2" Her interview will be published on the site Friday, March 20. 

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Lisa Arnold has lived a full life, raising 8 children, including 2 step-children, 3 biological children, and 3 adopted children. One of who is special needs. She has been a Pastor's wife for more than 24 years and she and her husband have spent the last 19 years at a little church in Elmira, NY. They have been married for 28 years.

Lisa wears many hats: author, speaker, singer, teacher, homeschooling mom, women's group leader, and more.

When asked what motivates her, she replies, "I am trying to make a difference for Eternity's sake. That's all that matters, and that is what it is all about."


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3 funny but very real poems about menopause.
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For Sanity's Sake Newsletter 

3/26/15
Lisa S Arnold is the author of the recently released book "For Sanity's Sake: Devotions for the Temporarily Insane, Otherwise Known as the Menopausal Woman. She is a Pastor's wife, mother of 8 (three adopted, one now gone to be with the Lord, and a grandmother of 14. She loves God, life, and living life to its fullest every single day. She is passionate about helping other women not only survive but thrive during menopause. 
Today I would like to Introduce you to my daughter Jessica. After experiencing a devastating loss, she started writing (something she told me she would never do). But, life changes things and the only way she was able to cope was through writing short stories and poems.  She wrote a few poems that go with the theme of my book. I'd like to share them with you. She also wrote poems on grieving as well. I will share them at a later time. I hope you enjoy these, I did very much.
This is my daughter Jessie and her husband Todd. I hope you enjoy her poems as much as I did.  
I woke up this morning, and right off the bat
 
I walked by a mirror and looked oh so fat
 
I stumbled down the stairs, toward the coffeepot,
 
and noticed I was sweating, and getting real hot
 
I stood in the kitchen, and forgot what to do,
 
My husband came in, and said what’s wrong with you?
 
I got really mad, and gave him a glare
 
Then I yelled at him, you just don’t care
 
He looked at me and said FOR SANITY’S SAKE
 
Isn’t there a pill that you can take
 
Beware of a woman during the change,
 
Her hormones are crazy, and can cause some rage
 
If you are a man, and see something wrong,
 
Stay out of her way, it will not be long
 
FOR SANITY’S SAKE, admit it’s your fault
 
You just might avoid, a day full of wrought,
 
If she’s seeing red, and she is mad
 
For you this could be so really bad
 
So just understand that whatever you do
 
The blame will always fall on to you!
FOR SANITY’S SAKE, give me a break,
 
Today there’s not much more that I can take
 
FOR SANITY’S SAKE, you may have done no wrong,
 
But I do think, you looked at me wrong
 
FOR SANITY’S SAKE, today is quite bad,
 
Yes it’s your fault, cause you made me mad
 
FOR SANITY’S SAKE, today I will cry
 
No reason I need, just because that is why
 
FOR SANITY’S SAKE, I am going insane,
 
these hot flashes are, what is to blame,
 
FOR SANITY’S SAKE, I think I will scream,
 
But I forgot, What was bothering me
 
FOR SANITY’S SAKE, my minds in a fog,
 
There’s only one thought, PLEASE HELP ME GOD!
 
Sweet Potato Biscuits
 
2 Cups flour                1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 tblsp. baking powder  
1/3 c. shortening
1 tsp. salt                        1/2 c. milk
Dash ground cloves        
1 9 0z. can yams, drained 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, with electric mixer on medium speed, beat milk and yams until smooth. Make well in center of dry ingredients. Pour in the liquid ingredients. Using a fork, stir just until dough holds together. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead 7 to 8 times. Roll out dough to 2 1/2 inch thickness. With biscuits cutter, cut out biscuits. Place on greased baking sheet.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm. 

P.S. A glass or mason jar, or any other round item may be used instead of biscuit cutter. Makes 12 servings.
Do you know that . . . Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which helps prevent diabetes.   

Food for the Soul: How wonderful to make and share warm goodies for our loved ones, but, it is even more important to daily build on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ through His Word and prayer, lest your foundation weaken and you come tumbling down.
The recipes in this newsletter are from an up-and-coming recipe book for menopausal women.  Tip: If you are suffering from hot flashes, stay away from hot things, like: coffee, tea, spicy things, steaming things, go cold. It will make a difference. 
Sign up for this Newsletter at www.lisasforsanitysake.com 
I encourage you to go to my website and check out our new author's interview page. March and April will feature Judy Janowski, author of "Life is a Garden Party, Volumes 1 & 2" Her interview will be published on the site Friday, March 20. 

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3/12/15
Lisa S Arnold is the author of the recently released book "For Sanity's Sake: Devotions for the Temporarily Insane, Otherwise Known as the Menopausal Woman. She is a Pastor's wife, mother of 8 (three adopted, one now gone to be with the Lord, and a grandmother of 14. She loves God, life, and living life to its fullest every single day. She is passionate about helping other women not only survive but thrive during menopause. 
Hope Is the Word!
 
As I mentioned in my last Newsletter, it is only February, yet, it is has already been a year of firsts for me. I am a first time  mother of a deceased son. I am a first time author and have completed my first two book signings. This is my first time viewing the world as a different person. I am not the same person I was in 2014. I never will be. I am changed.  

What has changed about me? My perspective about life has changed, my empathy towards others has grown stronger, my heart pain (emotional) remains steady and unwavering. My passion to make a difference for Eternity's sake and for humanity's sake has increased, and little inconveniences seem trivial and unimportant to me.

I am sure that is not all, time will reveal the significant changes. But, a midst the storm, my heart can still sing--I can still sing--for hope is the word.

Hope belongs to the future. My hope is that I will see my son one day soon. This brings me joy.  My hope is that God will use my book to help countless women make it through their tumultuous menopausal symptoms. Some so severe that it destroys marriages and lives. My hope is in my grandchildren, like little Aurora (pictured above), just 15 months old. What does God have in store for her, I wonder? My hope is in my other 13 grandchildren, and especially in my little Miss Hannah Jean, (my son's unborn daughter). She will never physically see her daddy, but she will know him and see him someday.

In all this hope, my greatest hope lies in Jesus Christ. Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote a song that most of you are familiar with, "Because He Lives." The chorus goes like this . . . 

"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know who holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives!"

That is my hope, it is your hope, it is the only hope that gives us the strength to move on, to keep on keeping on, to not allow defeat, depression, and pain (emotional or physical), to destroy us. Hope is the Word. Hope is the Word. Hope is Jesus! Do you have Hope?
 
 
 

Author Event: Lisa Arnold

 
Start: 03/25/2015 6:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
6:30 PM
An Event with
Lisa Arnold, author of
For Sanity’s Sak
e
 
 
 
 
"For Sanity's Sake" is a 365 day survival guide for women experiencing
moderate to severe symptoms of perimenopause. Anxiety, fuzzy-brain, fatigue,
and headaches are only some of the symptoms plaguing menopausal women. With
such menacing symptoms, concentration on long, drawn out Bible Studies is
often impossible. Many women feel guilty and often force themselves to
muddle through, gaining nothing but frustration from the experience.
Each devotion is designed to help women cope spiritually and emotionally
with daily hormonal fluctuations and distractions. Women struggling with
severe hormonal imbalances often struggle with deciphering the right or
wrong of their emotions. Even when they know the right or wrong of them,
their extreme emotional state makes it difficult to always choose God's way.
Everything women need to persevere through menopause is provided through the
power of the Holy Spirit and it is imperative that women learn how to launch
a counter attack against their fleshly emotions. "For Sanity's Sake"
provides that added spiritual boost needed to fight and ultimately win each
daily battle.
Through personal experiences, experiences of other women (and men), and
Bible characters, women come to a realization that they are not alone in
their menopausal struggles and that the best years of their lives are yet to
come.
Lisa S Arnold is an author, speaker, pastor's wife, mother of 8,
grandmother of 14, foster mother, home schooling mom, and menopause
sufferer. She and her husband Duane have served at the Southport Baptist
Church in Elmira, New York for the past eighteen years. They also have
served in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Lisa ministers to women through group
counseling Bible Studies and through individual counseling. She writes most
of her counseling material. Throughout her years in ministry, she has
written musical plays and composed songs which she has performed. She is a
gifted singer and regularly sings special music in church services.
Lisa wrote "For Sanity's Sake" as she puts it, "for her own survival." When
her menopausal symptoms began in her early 30's, even her doctors thought
she was imagining it. She searched for long-term devotionals to help her
through her struggles and could find none, so she decided to write her own.
It is her hope that these devotions encourage and strengthen you as they did
her. 
Join Us!  There’ll be goodie bags and a door prize …
Location: 
5 Court St.
Binghamton
New York
13901
United States
            This Week's Devotional

Read: 1 Samuel 2:9–23

Be Patient with Me, Dear

Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard:

therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou

be drunken: put away thy wine from thee.

~ 1 Samuel 2:13, 14

            Most men are naïve where women and menopause are concerned—bless their hearts. They don’t have a clue what is wrong with their wives, and many don’t want to know. Hannah wasn’t going through menopause, but she was confronted by a man who had no clue what her problem was. Jumping to conclusions, he assumed she was drunk. “How long wilt thou be drunken?” he asked. Had he taken the time to inquire first, he would have realized Hannah was a heartbroken woman seeking God’s favor.

            Our husbands are a lot like Eli. Hannah didn’t lose her cool; she patiently informed Eli of the truth. Once he understood, his attitude changed. Our husbands need to learn about menopause. They need to learn what the symptoms are, what the remedies are, and how they can help. They need reassurance that every time we cry, it doesn’t mean they did something wrong.

            Ask his forgiveness when you do attack and follow it with a “please be patient with me, dear; it won’t last forever.” He will understand. Remember, he loves you.

Today’s Hot Flash: Your husband wants to understand you. Help him. Buy books, share your struggles, and call on the Holy Spirit’s help. You’re both in this together.

Prayer: Help me to love my husband, Father. Help him to understand and patiently endure. Use this to make us stronger in our relationship. Amen.

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3/05/15
Lisa S Arnold is the author of the recently released book "For Sanity's Sake: Devotions for the Temporarily Insane, Otherwise Known as the Menopausal Woman. She is a Pastor's wife, mother of 8 (three adopted), and a grandmother of 14. She loves God, life, and living life to its fullest every single day. She is passionate about helping other women not only survive but thrive during menopause. 
First of many Firsts -- I hope!
 
 
This past week, February 28, 2015 launched a new beginning for me. I stepped out into uncharted territories (for me, anyway). I was scared, excited, sick to my stomach, and even guilt ridden. Whatever the emotion, I had it. 

Yes, I have been a Pastor's wife for more than 20 years, but still, I stay in my own little portion of the world without stepping too far outside my proverbial boundaries. It looks like God isn't going to allow me to do that anymore. And although it scares me to death, I am eager and excited for what the future holds. 

I feel guilty because it was only 29 days ago that my beloved son unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord. Deep in my heart I struggle with questions like, "Is this right? Should I be celebrating so soon after his death? Am I betraying his honor? How can I smile so much when I grieve so deeply? Yet, the smiles come, and they are not fake.. The excitement comes, because God has blessed me here and now! 

I do not honor my son by sitting down and giving up. Life goes on and he is still part of it and always will be. His time to serve the Lord on this earth is done, mine is not. Grief or no grief, pain or no pain, no matter what, I will run my race until it is my turn to say good-bye to mortality.

So yes! I will rejoice (even though it may be mixed with tears at times). I will serve with everything that is in me. What else can I do? 

So, this is my first book signing. Hopefully there will be many more, as well as many more books, or whatever it is God calls me to do.  I can do nothing but serve!

Somewhere along my journey, if you happen to see me, I hope you stop and say hello. Not with a sorrowful, pitiful, look, but with a look of joy and excitement. Because we are all in this together. I don't know about you, but I am going to keep on keeping on!  To God be the Glory!
 
 

Author Event: Lisa Arnold

 
Start: 03/25/2015 6:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
6:30 PM
An Event with
Lisa Arnold, author of
For Sanity’s Sak
e
 
 
 
 
"For Sanity's Sake" is a 365 day survival guide for women experiencing
moderate to severe symptoms of perimenopause. Anxiety, fuzzy-brain, fatigue,
and headaches are only some of the symptoms plaguing menopausal women. With
such menacing symptoms, concentration on long, drawn out Bible Studies is
often impossible. Many women feel guilty and often force themselves to
muddle through, gaining nothing but frustration from the experience.
Each devotion is designed to help women cope spiritually and emotionally
with daily hormonal fluctuations and distractions. Women struggling with
severe hormonal imbalances often struggle with deciphering the right or
wrong of their emotions. Even when they know the right or wrong of them,
their extreme emotional state makes it difficult to always choose God's way.
Everything women need to persevere through menopause is provided through the
power of the Holy Spirit and it is imperative that women learn how to launch
a counter attack against their fleshly emotions. "For Sanity's Sake"
provides that added spiritual boost needed to fight and ultimately win each
daily battle.
Through personal experiences, experiences of other women (and men), and
Bible characters, women come to a realization that they are not alone in
their menopausal struggles and that the best years of their lives are yet to
come.
Lisa S Arnold is an author, speaker, pastor's wife, mother of 8,
grandmother of 14, foster mother, home schooling mom, and menopause
sufferer. She and her husband Duane have served at the Southport Baptist
Church in Elmira, New York for the past eighteen years. They also have
served in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Lisa ministers to women through group
counseling Bible Studies and through individual counseling. She writes most
of her counseling material. Throughout her years in ministry, she has
written musical plays and composed songs which she has performed. She is a
gifted singer and regularly sings special music in church services.
Lisa wrote "For Sanity's Sake" as she puts it, "for her own survival." When
her menopausal symptoms began in her early 30's, even her doctors thought
she was imagining it. She searched for long-term devotionals to help her
through her struggles and could find none, so she decided to write her own.
It is her hope that these devotions encourage and strengthen you as they did
her. 
Join Us!  There’ll be goodie bags and a door prize …
Location: 
5 Court St.
Binghamton
New York
13901
United States
 
Mar
10
2015

Pastors and Leaders Conference

Event Time: All Day

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I will be signing books at Aaron's Rod Book Table at the Pastors and Leaders Conference on March 10th, 8-2:15.
            This Week's Devotional

Read: Exodus 15:22–27

The Low Times

And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

~ Exodus 15:24

            Isn’t it amazing how everything that was so perfect yesterday can be so wrong today? The Israelites experienced ups and downs frequently. It wasn’t long after dancing for joy because of God’s goodness that they began murmuring and complaining over God’s lack of attentiveness. “What shall we drink?” they whined. Within a matter of days, the great and mighty miracles dimmed in their memories, and they unabashedly fussed over something trite. Didn’t they know that the God who parted the Red Sea would provide water to drink?

            God does not give us the luxury of using our hormones as an excuse to murmur and complain (See Philippians 2:14). He expects us to step beyond the temptation of flesh-oriented discontentment and to replace it with God-honoring gratitude and satisfaction.

            The lows are inevitable, but godly actions and words are not optional. Bite your tongue, sing a song, leave the room, do whatever it takes to remain holy. God does not give us a free pass just because we are having a hormonal moment.

Today’s Hot Flash: Christ refrained from lashing out at His persecutors in the midst of His pain and suffering. We should do the same.

Prayer: Ever-patient Father, forgive my sinful outbursts. Help me remain in control of my emotions. Give me solitude when it is most needed and rest in time of turmoil. Thank You for Your tender mercies. Amen.

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For Sanity's Sake Newsletter 
Help and Encouragement for the Menopausal Woman
2/19/15
Lisa S Arnold is the author of the recently released book "For Sanity's Sake: Devotions for the Temporarily Insane, Otherwise Known as the Menopausal Woman. She is a Pastor's wife, mother of 8 (three adopted), and a grandmother of 14. She loves God, life, and living life to its fullest every single day. She is passionate about helping other women not only survive but thrive during menopause. 
All This and Menopause Too!

Dear Friends, It has been 4 months since I've sent out my "weekly" newsletter and I beg your forgiveness.  Most of you know the foggy brain, moodiness, and so many other symptoms that smother those of us struggling in this tumultuous time. 

I have never been a very organized person, and my disorganization has tripled during this time.  Still . . . I am not without excuses. First, we took into our home, in October, 4 very needy and very young (2 months, 1, 2, &4), foster children. Just as that was coming to an end, my husband, Duane, had a heart attack. He is okay, but it was a very scary time. That brings me up to now . . . I am sure you've noticed the very large picture above this article. It is a picture of my son, Carl, and his wife, Amanda. 

On January 30, 2015, Carl went to work, (counseling troubled teens), He was suffering from some chest pain and the nurse at his work decided it may be a pulled muscle (he had been to the hospital and an EKG showed nothing amiss), so she gave him some exercises to do that would hopefully ease the pain.  Shortly after that, He went to the restroom because he wasn't feeling well. Thirty minutes later they found him dead on the floor. He was 33-years-old. My world, his wife's world, his 2 little boy's world, and his soon-to-be born daughter's world was forever changed.

I dedicate this Newsletter to him. But to all of you as well.
Life is unpredictable. It was only a few weeks ago I was saying to my husband how much we have been truly blessed. In our huge family, no one had died, or been seriously crippled in any way. God was good.

Circumstances have changed. My son! My precious little boy no longer resides on this earth and I miss him terribly.I pick up the phone to call him and remember, I must leave a message with God, for he can not answer. 

I grieve, but it is not a hopeless grief. He loved the Lord immensely and served as associate pastor in our little Baptist Church. Still I cry, I mourn, I fight anger and depression, but, I will not live in hopelessness, for one day we will meet again.

Maybe you have been here, or in some other dark place. You wonder how you survive each and every day, but you do . . . you breath in and you breath out, and put one foot in front of the other. Still the pain exists, but life must go on.

I would like to tell you the pain eases, but I don't know if it does. I am not there yet. But I do know that God is still good--all the time. I know that my Redeemer lives and my son lives too --with Him. Everyone tells me I am going to get angry with God. I refuse too! God is my stronghold, my help in time of trouble, without Him I wouldn't be able to put one foot in front of the other and neither could you.

So, yes, I still feel truly blessed. I can't understand His ways, but I accept them. Anger and bitterness take too much out of a person, so I refuse to succumb.

What will you do in your darkest hour? Trust God or raise your angry fist at Him.  My friend, He loves you, regardless of how it feels. Lean on your Lord, He alone will see you through.

Oh, there has been a major change in my family. We say "I love you," every time we meet. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that tomorrow is not promised!
 
 
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Next week I will start a series on the many different herbs that are beneficial during menopause. There are so many you will be amazed.
I will also reveal my advertisement for the new "For Sanity's Sake" Webinar.  Don't miss it!

God Bless and farewell for now my friends,

Lisa
            This Week's Devotional

Read: Luke 6:1–12

Can’t Sleep? Can Pray!

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain

to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

~ Luke 6:12

            If you haven’t experienced it yet, you will. That dreaded symptom of menopause called insomnia. It took me a while to realize why I was suffering from it. Before, I only had to lay my head on the pillow and I was in Dreamland. Suddenly, out of nowhere, everything changed. I took over-the-counter sleeping pills, put on soft music, read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open, and stayed up late, but to no avail. The minute I settled down to sleep, my eyes popped open.

            There were times Jesus couldn’t sleep either, but he didn’t thrash back and forth praying for sleep to come. He did just the opposite. He went to a quiet place and prayed. Instead of wasting hours in the night, he talked to His Father.

            When sleep evades, take time to pray. Pour your heart out to a God who is ready and willing to listen. Pray for the president, vice president, and governor of your state. Pray for a closer walk with Jesus, a revival in your church, your pastor and his family, Iraq, Iran, and victims of natural disasters. God has given you a special opportunity to talk to Him for hours without interruption. Are you going to waste it by feeling sorry for yourself, or grab hold of it and become the prayer warrior you’ve always told God you wanted to be?

Today’s Hot Flash: God allows every symptom of menopause for a purpose. Learn what that purpose is, and life as you know it will begin to change.

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