K Reynolds

  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 10 years, 6 months and 26 days.

  I have published 2,353 blogs and 6,970 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Feb 24 2018 08:45:47am

 I currently live in: United States.

 About K Reynolds

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in December 2007, a few months after I joined CB and went through treatment. Two years later, without any warning, a cerebral aneurysm ruptured when I was asleep. It is only by the grace of God that I not only survived but that I am able to type these words today. Though we may face trouble, we do not have to be victims of our circumstances, we can be victors over them through Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:35-39)

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A Place Of Refreshing Springs
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When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem. Psalm 84:6-7 (NLT) The "Valley of Weeping". It sounds like a pretty horrible place doesn't it. The name makes me think of Death Valley which is located in California. I have never been there, but I know it holds the record for the highest (reliable) air temperature taken on earth. It hit 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913 (source: wikipedia at a place with the appropriate sounding name of Furnace Creek. I was surprised that despite the fact that the annual rainfall is less than 3 inches per year, if the conditions are just right, there can......
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The impending storm
K Reynolds
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The sun is shining brightly on the freshly fallen snow from the day before, causing it to sparkle. The snow is pristine except for a few animal tracks. I just saw a squirrel lopping along through the snow and caught a glimpse of a few birds. It is a peaceful scene on a perfect winter day. Well, a perfect winter day from my point of view at least. It is a balmy [9F] at the moment. Anything over [0F] is balmy when it is winter in Minnesota. Unless you are paying attention, you would never know a winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for later this afternoon and evening. You would never know another blanket of snow (about 4-8 inches thick) is predicted to be added to the existing one.  It was unseasonably warm on the morning of November 11, 1940. It was......
Into the nothingness
K Reynolds
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I am a bit hesitant to write this and yet I feel I should. As I read a blog by @bethy entitled The Land of Ice, I remembered that terrible morning 11 years ago when I awakened to find myself in that same place where the sun doesn't shine. When I say I was horrified I don't mean to say that I "felt" horrified. I felt nothing whatsoever and I know that you and those who made comments understand what I am talking about. There was nothing. Absolutely nothing and I called it "The Nothingness".  I called in sick that day and my husband, concerned, came home and took me to see my doctor. She's a very wise woman who does not dismiss her patients concerns even if the only thing she could find wrong with me was that my blood pressure was quite high. It got up to......
Fix your eyes on him
K Reynolds
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A few years ago I remember trying an experiment. I attempted to leave the room by fixing my eyes not on the doorway but on the room around me. Instead of getting to the place I really wanted to be I found myself going nowhere except round and round the room. Why? Because my feet followed what my eyes were fixed upon. As long as they were fixed on the walls or the window I remained trapped in the room. In order to leave the room I had to not only think about leaving the room I had to fix my eyes on the doorway and move in that direction. Once I did that I no longer wandered around aimlessly. I purposely strode to the doorway and walked right on through it without any hesitation or side trips. The only thing that had changed was that my eyes were fixed on where I wanted to be instead of......
A few words to live by
K Reynolds
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In Paul&39s first letter to the Church at Corinth he includes within his closing remarks some instructions in how to live victoriously. These instructions can be found in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 which says: Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.Be strong.And do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT There are five things in this passage which Paul tells us to do: Be on guard Stand firm in the faith Be courageous Be strong Do everything with love We must never forget that we are in a battle not against flesh and blood but against the enemy who seeks to destroy us. Ephesians 6:12 1 Peter 5:8. Therefore we must be on guard not just when we feel like it but at all times. We must be watchful. We must pray. We must be clothed in the full armor of God Ephesians 6:13-18. We......
Speaking the truth in love or just speaking out
K Reynolds
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Earlier this morning I read a request posted in the Facebook group for the women's group at my chuch. The post was written by a mom inquiring if anyone knew of any childcare services that cared for sick children. I remembered that dilema and had been thankful that during my son's early years my husband's employer had a very generous sick day policy and I worked as a substitute teacher who could simply say, "I'm not available today." There were the usual comments like, "I'm sorry I don't know of anything but I will ask around", "I will pray that you find some resources" and so forth but then another comment popped up rather unexpectedly from someone who said they were "speaking the truth in love". She told the woman that if......
You're never too old for god to do a new thing
K Reynolds
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I have reached the point when I am closer to being a senior citizen than I am to being a young adult. That means I have crossed the middle age midpoint. Actually, I crossed it a couple of years ago but that's beside the point! While I have not reached the age where I qualify for all senior dicounts, I have managed to qualify for some of them. For example, I get a discount on my car insurance if I take a class. Apparently they figure I am too old to speed race. I figure what they don't know won't hurt them. There are some restaurants that give me a discount as well or allow me to order off the senior menu. Of course, the portions are smaller but that's okay. It seems like my stomach is getting a tad bit smaller inside as well. Whether I like to admit it or not, I'm not......
Just a toe nail
K Reynolds
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But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 1 Corinthians 12:18 (NLT) Our bodies are made up of many parts. I came to appreciate those many parts when I was undergoing chemotherapy back in 2008. Chemo is like dropping a bomb on an army that is protecting a city. The defending army is taken completely by surprise. The enemy enters the city with their weapons of mass destruction and opens fire. The "White Army" suffers devastating losses and is brought to its knees. It is broken but it is not destroyed. The body desperately fights back and tirelessly creates new soldiers to drive out the invading army as well as rebuild that which has been destroyed.  Many of those parts did not work very well when I was having chemo. Interestingly enough......
The church within the church
K Reynolds
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My husband and I attend what is now known as a "mega church" that is "multi-site". Each week more than 9,000 people attend eight area campuses. Of course, it didn't begin like that. It started out as 13 people with five of them related to the pastor and two people who said after the first service that it wasn't for them and they would not be returning. They didn't. They did portable church for a few years meeting first at an elementary school and later at a middle school before, due to the increase in size, they leased a space in an industrial warehouse. A short time later, the owner of the warehouse asked if they would be interested in purchasing the property and after much prayer they took a leap of faith and did just that. Now it just so happened there......
Revisiting the past
K Reynolds
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I recently joined a Facebook group for women who like myself, are survivors of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). TNBC accounts for only about 15% of breast cancers. It is a very aggressive form of breast cancer and the initial prognosis is actually quite poor. In the US, most women diagnosed with breast cancer undergo hormonal treatment for five years in an effort to prevent recurrence. Unfortunately (of fortunately depending on how you look at it), there is no such drugs available for Triple Negs like myself. The standard treatment, not necessarily in this order is surgery, chemo, radiation and wait to see if you have a recurrence. It is an uncomfortable place to be. The bad news is TNBC typically recurs more frequently and aggressively than other breast cancers and it generally......
Then comes the spring
K Reynolds
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As I read a blog this morning by @watchmanjohn entitled Do Not Shrink Back, I thought about Spring.  Now you have to understand that here in Minnesota, we "think" about Spring differently than most people. Oh, I am not saying that people do not look forward to it but when you face snow, ice, wind and dangerous, really dangerous temperatures for months rather than days or weeks, your desire for Spring is even more heightened. This morning, it is currently [-6F]. The windchill is [-26F] and there is a windchill advisory out until noon. We're talking about "exposed skin is in danger of frostbite and you are in danger of getting hypothermia if you are not careful" kind of cold. Oh well. This really is quite typical in my neck of the woods and it has definitely been......
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