K Reynolds
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 10 years, 1 month and 25 days.

  I have published 2,314 blogs and 6,845 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Sep 23 2017 11:17:45am

 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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A thorough cleaning
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Okay, I have a confession to make. I don't like doing housework. I don't see a mess and have this sudden desire to set it in order. I have the desire to say, "So long, see ya later!" and walk out the door to tackle something far more appealing to me like driving miles to run errands, go grocery shopping to see how much money I can save this week, head off on an adventure with "the little people" who show up at my house from time to time and so forth. My daughter-in-law is the exact opposite. When she surveys "a mess", her eyes begin to gleam. She not only imagines what it will look like after she has tackled it; she actually enjoys the process. My house knows it. It seems to brighten up the moment she walks through the door, especially if she is......
Loving the law more than your neighbor
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It was 1837 and many families in Branch County, Michigan were starving. Thousands of New Englanders had poured into the "Michigan-Toledo Strip" but there was a problem they had not foreseen. First harvests are poor in virgin soil and supplies were running out. In addition to that, few people had the resources to make the long journey to obtain flour. In June 1937, it is recorded that a man named Ira Purdy, who had a good team was approached by a man while he was hitching up his team to go look for some flour for his starving neighbors. The man begged him for food as his family was starving and were ill. Mr. Purdy immediately gave the man a bushel of wheat with which he had intended to feed his team on the journey and told him to take it and feed his family. Then he set off on......
A cry for help
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I have been a member of CB for over 10 years and during that time it has truly lived up to it's motto, "A place to be blessed and to bless others!" Four months after I joined CB, I was dianosed with triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer is extremely aggressive and therefore is treated with dose-dense chemotherapy. That combined with a reaction I had to one of the chemo drugs as well as Neulasta (a drug that helps protect your vulnerable immune system), rendered me a semi-invalid for most of 2008. CB was one of my lifelines with the outside world. Two years later, after learning I'd had a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to a ruptured brain aneurysm, members of this community lifted me up in prayer and continued to pray for, support and encourage me when......
And immediately they followed
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Today I began reading the Book of Mark. While reading the first two chapters, I was struck by something. Simon (Peter), Andrew, James, John and Levi (Matthew) were busy at their jobs when Jesus said, "Follow me." The normal and perhaps even reasonable-sounding response would have been to say something like, "I get off at 5:00. Come back then and I will follow you." These men did not do the normal, reasonable-sounding thing. They did the right thing. They immediately dropped what they were doing and followed Jesus and they continued to follow Him for the rest of their lives. There was a cost to follow Jesus. There always is. Tradition holds that all of these men except the Apostle John died a martyr's death and even he suffered persecution and exile. They didn't......
Standing outside the gate
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The son stalked out of his father's house angrily, clutching his inheritance! Slamming the door as loudly as he could, he paused for a moment. Then he reminded himself that he was a man. He was no longer a "little boy". He could make his own decisions. He would do as he saw fit and answer to no one. He could fend for himself and he didn't his father anymore. He closed his eyes as he fought against the uneasy feeling in his heart. He told himself he was exactly rejecting his father like some of his brothers had done. He wasn't that bad! After all, deep in his heart, even though he was angry, even though he craved what he called "independence", he knew he loved his father. It was just that he was tired of listening to him. He was tired of being asked to do......
But on the inside
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I stared down in disbelief. All afternoon, my mother and I had been preparing apples for freezing. Last week, when I was visiting an aunt in Iowa, she had told me she had an abundance of apples and I could take as many as I wished. I filled two bags of apples before I headed home. They are nice apples. They are very nice apples though I discovered there were a few bad ones in the bunch. Take the one in the picture for example. It had looked like a beautiful apple when I plucked it from the tree. There was no visible blemish and it appeared to be perfectly formed actually. Better in fact, than some of the apples that surrounded it in the bag. I even said something about it's beauty when I mounted it on my apple-peeling gizmo and my mother turned, looked at it and agreed. That was a......
Set a guard over my ears
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A blog I read today by @watchmanjohn entitled The Choice Of Our Speech caused me to recall the importance of not merely guarding our lips but guarding our ears. Why? Because one of the ploys of the enemy is to take the words we hear and manipulate them so that they cause us to be offended, particularly when no offense was intended. A few years ago an elderly woman I know, came up to me in tears apologizing for a grudge she had harbored against me for many years. All I can say is that she hid her feelings well. I never knew until she told me that I had deeply offended her and it was eating away at her to the point that she could not hide it any longer. She confessed to me that at the time of the offense, the Holy Spirit had immediately checked her and told her that she had misunderstood......
But it's pretty on the outside
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It was a mess when my mother's brother-in-law found it. The baby grand piano was an absolute mess but my uncle, a master craftsman when it came to working with wood, only saw what he believed to be it's potential. He decided to salvage it and restore it for his wife. He didn't have much time to work on it but that didn't deter him and eventually the piano proudly sat in an alcove in their living room. I am not much of a musician and can only plunk out a melody and a few basic chords. I have no problem singing intricate parts by ear but reproducing those same parts on an instrument is a different story. Like I said, I am not a musician. I only pick at it a little when no one is around and no one was around when I sat down at that piano a few years ago. Immediately I knew......
The pages of your life
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It has been a rather difficult couple of weeks in my family. Two of my mother's cousins passed away within one week of each other. One of the cousins I had not seen in many years. He and his family moved to the west coast when I was a girl and I had not seen them much over the years. I was extremely close to his mother, my great-aunt. I also know his oldest brother quite well as they lived about 10 miles from us for many years. I also have talked to his oldest daughter from time to time as we are quite close in age. The other cousin, though she lived 200 miles away from me, I knew much better as I would see her at various family gatherings over the years. She was a short, determined- looking worman with sparkling eyes full of fun. At first glance she might seem like a stern,......
Enlarging your territory
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Today I read a blog by @watchmanjohn entitled Kings And Priests and it got me to thinking about what God does when we are faithful, obedient servants, who simply do what God puts into our hand to do. He enlarges our territory. @watchmanjohn's blog caused me to reflect on what my husband has been doing for the past four years. He unexpectedly lost his job in December 2012 after more than 27 years. He was underemployed for 13 months which means he had no full time permanent employment. He only had subcontract work which he picked up here and there. It was during that time, God made it very clear to him that he was supposed to start graduate school and he was to do so without incurring any additional debt. Crazy? Yes, but that is what God told us to do. We were to trust God to provide......
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