Jairus and the Twelves

twelvesKinda sounds like a new band, doesn’t it?

I was wondering why the Bible is so specific in telling  us that Jairus’s daughter was 12 years old. Why would it matter? The good news was that she was healed, raised from the dead. But it would be just as good if she had been 2, 10, or 20.

Also, while Jairus was talking to Jesus, a woman came up behind Him who had been sick for 12 years. She was also healed. The obvious connection is that she was sick for as long as Jairus’s daughter was alive.

But I had a feeling that there might be something even more that the Lord was telling us. There is a lot in this passage so let’s get to it:

 

21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.

25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”

31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say,‘Who touched Me?’

32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”

36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”

40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise. 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.

 

Jairus is one of the rulers of the synagogue. He finds Jesus and falls down at His feet; this is a symbol of worship. It is not politically correct. While Jairus is explaining that his daughter is sick, and everyone is focused on this scenerio taking place in front of Jesus, a woman comes from behind Jesus to touch the hem of his garment.

First, remember this woman is “unclean” which also meant that according to the Law, she should not be out in public. But when you ain’t got nothin’, you ain’t got nothin’ to lose. (-Bob Dylan) She had the faith to know the scripture from Malachi 4:2

But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

“Wings” in the Hebrew (is Strong’s H3671) refers to a corner or end of a garment.

She hoped no one would notice her coming up behind, since there was so much going on in front of Jesus. But He felt her faith place a demand on His healing power, and asked “Who touched me?” There was a whole crowd, everyone bumping into each other, but she touched Him.

She was afraid, but came forward, and Jesus called her daughter. He was not there to punish her, but to bless her.

Jesus then went onto Jairus’s house, and raised his daughter from the dead.

Great story. Absolutely. But I think there is something more for us “End Timers.”

The name Jairus means Israelite, enlightener.

Twelve is the number of  tribes of Israel.

A twelve year old girl was raised from the dead, representing the 12 tribes of Israel.

Romans 11 talks about the Jewish people coming to know their Messiah.

I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not!  –Romans 11:1.

The natural branches are Israel; we are grafted in by Faith.

19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said.Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness,[f] if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved,[g] as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27 For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”[h]   — Romans 11:19-27

what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  Romans 11:15 b

Life from the dead. The Heavenly dimension on earth. The power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, and we will start walking in it in a new reality, because the Jews are being born again into their Messiah.

That’s what I believe Jairus and the Twelves are telling us today–that the Church is going to start walking in the miracles again, like the first century church did.

 

Bailey’s adventure to Mortica Adams’ flower shop and greenhouse

 

Come with me!

Come with me!

Hi, Bailey here, filling in for Mom again today. She is having Writer’s Block, so I thought I would help her out. Come join me for my trip to Mortica’s flower shop.

As they say on “The Price is Right,” here’s the first item up for bids:

Hanging Plant

Hanging Plant

We have a lovely hanging basket of, er, flowers. (The rumor is that while Mom was in surgery and recovery, she was unable to water the plants, but Mortica says they look just fine.)

Next item up for bids:

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Here I am posing with the Black Eyed Susans. I guess Summer is over? Mortica says these look fine, too.

 

Next:

window box

window box

How about a nice window box to brighten up the view from the window? Usually there are petunias hanging in there, but Mortica didn’t plant new ones this year, either.

Next:

planter

planter

I’m not really sure what this is supposed to be. It seems to have large arms that grab everywhere. I’m going to stand back where it’s safe, just in case.

From the Produce Department:

yum

yum

Mortica says the tomatoes look beautiful and will make a nice salad. (I think someone was too busy to pick them.)

 

Thanks for joining me.

Thanks for joining me.

That’s all for now. It was a fun trip to Mortica’s  Flower Shop and Greenhouse.

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I think I’ll take a nap now!

 

A personal note for my readers only

As you know, I am recovering from mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery.

I’ve had bumps in the road, successes, a step forward and two steps back. But yesterday, well yesterday–I haven’t invented a category for it it.

Hey, are you still reading? Good. I’m glad you stopped by to visit me.

I retained a lot of water after my surgery, fifteen pounds in fact, and most of it was in my legs. That’s all gone, and my legs are back to normal.

But my stomach is all puffed out like I am pregnant with twins. Yesterday when I woke up it was so bad that I had to make a special appointment with the doctor.

My doctor then sent me over to the hospital for “interventional radiology” (which I had never heard of). I was told that they could “drain” it.

Anyway, I got to the Radiology Department at 1 pm. I handed my paperwork to a worker,  and she asked me when I had last eaten. “I just had lunch,” I responded.

“Oh, no, you were not supposed to eat in case we have to sedate you.”

“No one told me that!”

“Okay,” she said, leading me to an alcove with a small cot. “Well, put on this hospital gown, here’s the TV remote. Just wait.” She pulled the curtain closed behind her.

I waited quite a while. I called Mr. Porter, and he left work to come over and stay with me.

“I guess they are waiting for me to digest my lunch. How long does that take?”

Mr. Porter rolled his eyes.

A different worker pulled back the curtain and came in. “We might not have to sedate you, we can just use a local anesthetic.” Who woulda thunk?

Finally, after I had sufficiently digested my food and/or they realized it didn’t matter, they whisked me off to the back room, clad only in my hospital gown–and socks.

Dr. Wonderful* came into the room and used the ultrasound machine to determine that yes, there is a lot of fluid trapped in my stomach. He put in a drain. This drain is different from the other aliens, er, drains that I had removed last week. This is a “passive” drain, I guess it works more with gravity to get the fluid out. The other drains worked with suction. So I have to remember to stand up every so often and work with the gravitational forces of the earth.

***Update. I am doing better today. I am remembering the principle of “things get worse before they get better.”

 

* not his real name LOL

Noah’s Raven

ravenAfter the big flood, Noah’s ark rested on the moutains of Ararat. Noah sent out a dove several times to determine if the waters had abated. I’m guessing Noah, Mrs. Noah and family were looking forward to leaving the ark asap. (Yes, I’m sure they were glad that they didn’t perish, but how long can you live in a stinky zoo? It’s got to get to you after a while.)

As I was re-reading the story in Genesis 8 the other day, I noticed that Noah also sent out a raven before he sent out the dove. Honestly, I had never even noticed the raven references. (I thought the raven was all about Edgar Allan Poe.)

Genesis 8:6-7

And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: And he sent forth a raven which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

(dried up here is Strong’s H3001, to be ashamed, confused or disappointed, dried up)

So the raven in going back and forth in the background, while we read about the dove:

Genesis 8:8-9

Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

So the raven is flying back and forth, going out and coming back on its own, eating dead and decaying flesh of animals, and probably resting on the roof of the ark. Meanwhile, the dove is being sent out, and when she comes back, Noah carefully puts out his hand for her to land on, and pulls her back to the safety of the ark.

Noah waits seven more days, and sends the dove out again. She (we are told the dove a she) comes back with an olive leaf in her mouth.

v 12 He waited seven more days, and sent the dove out again, which returned not again unto him any more.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t say that he waters are dried up yet. Sure, the waters are receding, but it’s not totally dry yet. So I’m assuming the raven is still flying back and forth to the ark. The dove has moved on, but the raven keeps coming back and forth.

Verse 13 says: And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, on the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up (H2717 - parched, desolate) from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold the face of the ground was dry.

Verse 14: And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, the earth dried. (Finally, H3001 reappears. This, I’m guessing, is when the raven finally leaves.)

Verse 15: And God spoke to Noah saying, “Go forth from the ark.”

So this leaves me more questions than answers. We know ravens eat dead meat, doves eat seeds and leaves. Ravens are dark, doves are usually light. The Holy Spirit is sometimes compared to a dove; a dove represents peace.

Maybe the raven could have come to Noah, and been taken into the ark, but instead decided to do his own thing, and land on the roof? Maybe the raven could have had a relationship with Noah, but didn’t want to be bothered and wanted to be independent?

The dove didn’t come back after the surface of the ground was dry, while the raven hung around until the earth was very dry.

What does all this mean? I don’t know. Any ideas?

 

 

 

Planning Ahead: Creature Comforts (and necessities) For After your Mastectomy and/or Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast-cancer-awarenessHaving a Mastecomy and breast reconstruction surgery is scary. The best defense is to be prepared. I researched and planned the best I could, and bought the items ahead of time.

My reconstruction is called a DIEP Flap. This means that skin and fat are taken from the stomach area, as well as an artery, and shifted up to make a new breast. Since the artery is included in this move, it ensures that the flesh will stay alive and be nourished.

Since October has been dubbed Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am sharing my list of items that helped me, in the hope that it can help someone else.

Here is a list of items that helped me when I came home from the hospital:

  1. Hospital bed or recliner to sleep in. We do not have a recliner. Our insurance would not pay for a hospital bed, so my husband paid for it out-of-pocket. It was well worth the money. I could sleep downstairs, move my headrest up, and move my legs up. (I retained a lot of water in my legs and needed to keep them elevated.) hospital-bed
  2. Nightgowns. Four or five nightgowns which snap or zipper in the front and have pockets for the drains. I cut small holes in the backside of the pockets, and fed the drains through so that they rested in the pocket. In the hospital, the drains were safety-pinned to the front of my gown. Yuck. Not a fashion statement I would like to make. I liked them hidden in the pockets.
  3. Baby wipes and feminine wipes. Four large packages of baby wipes. Since you will not be able to take a shower for a week or longer, baby wipes are great for freshening up.
  4. Paper tape. Five or six rolls of paper tape that does not stick to the skin like hospital tape does; especially for those areas of stitches.
  5. Telfa bandages. These are specially made and do not stick to wounds, so the wound is not re-opened every time you have to change your bandage. Ouch.
  6. Bacitracin ointment. Five or six tubes. This helps fight infection, as well as keeping the bandages from sticking directly to the skin.
  7. Bio-med bandages. I call them “O” rings. These are little rings that go around the site of the tube for the drains to keep it dry.
  8. Windows. These are clear, sticky plastic that go overtop of the bio-med rings to protect the site. Peel and stick.window
  9. Bandages. Lots and lots. All sizes. Really small ones are good for applying ointment or cleanser.
  10. New socks and underwear. Treat yourself.
  11. Extra pillows. I needed extra support under my arm on the “operated” side.
  12. Dandelion Tea. This helps to naturally get rid of the excess water weight that is a side effect of the surgery.  dandelion-tea
  13. Notebooks. I have one for my medicine schedule I keep up on the entertainment center with my meds. Another notebook I place in the bathroom to keep track of the drainage output. Sure, the doctor gave me paper sheets, but the notebook worked better for me. Some people also find it helpful to journal what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing through the recovery.
  14. Pens. Lots of pens.
  15. A table. Or table-height surface to put bandages, tape, etc. Since I had stitches across my belly, I was very sore and could not grab items off the floor, or low to the floor. I kept all my supplies easily accessible.
  16. A small mirror. (Mine is about 8″ x 8″. ) mirrorIf you don’t have anyone 24/7 to change your bandages, you might get into some pretty strange positions to change them yourself. A mirror is handy to find out where to put the bandage.
  17. Laundry baskets. One for clean, one for dirty. I lived in the living room for a month, so my “recovery clothes” are all close by. I needed to avoid going up and down stairs.
  18. Stool softener pills and Prune Juice. The pain meds may back you up a little. Or a lot.prune-juice
  19. Sports bras. After you get the okay from your doctor, you can begin wearing a bra, but what’s needed is that fine line between “support” and “movement.” No underwires.
  20. A Lanyard or “hanger” for drains. lanyard When I you are finally cleared to take a shower, you still have the drains to consider. They need to be supported. My husband took two bungee cords and duct-taped them together. Yes, it looks a little Red-Green, or just redneck, but it worked. You definately don’t want to pull the drains out too soon.

Other things I never though I’d do:

  1. Put a sweater on backwards. I believe they do this in Nursing Homes. At nighttime, if I got cold, I would put the sweater on backwards, (with the buttons in the back, left unbuttoned.) Then, when the inevitable hot flash showed up, I could easily remove it without hurting myself. I experienced the pain of trying to pull myself forward to take off the sweater at 3 am, in a hospital bed, with the back raised and pulling my stitches. Learn from my mistakes. Who sees you anyway?
  2. Ask for help.  Yes, many of us humans have a lot of trouble with this one. I had neighbors who walked my dog, friends who brought us hot meals, a neighbor who vacuumed my floors, and a friend who gave me a ride to the doctor. My sister came up and decluttered my whole downstairs.

 

For me, having most of these items on hand ahead of time was a big help. I couldn’t drive for a month due to the stitches, and the painkillers(!) and I didn’t want to drive Mr. Porter crazy. Of course, he still ran a lot of errands for me.

I am now five weeks past my surgery, and I’m starting to feel better. All my drains have been taken out, and I am doing the home exercises from my doctor for my arm and chest area. I am not supposed to do any heavy lifting for a few more weeks yet.

My doctor says that very soon I will be sent to Physical Therapy to regain the use of my arm and shoulder 100%.

I hope that this information will help someone to plan ahead for a speedy recovery.

 

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Bailey has good news for you

IMG_2577Hi, Bailey here. I just found out my mom doesn’t need to have Chemo!

She has been sleeping in the living room on a strange looking bed, with some kind of weird noise that makes it go up and down. I don’t mind though, because it’s no much easier for me to wake up Mom in the morning to take me outside, because I don’t have to go all the way upstairs to find her.

Mom had surgery last month, and she wasn’t home for a week. I was glad when she came home.

Mom is in such a good mood today that she gave me extra cheese.

I guess today is a good day.

 

Bailey hit the Jackpot

Cheese

Cheese

I was trying to open the package of shredded Mozzarella cheese to put on my salad, when I noticed that I was holding the bag upside down, the zip-lock had unzipped, and the cheese was pouring onto the floor.

Bailey, meanwhile, began fixing the problem. He didn’t say anything to embarrass me, he just quietly started to clean up the mess. It’s just a coincidence that cheese is his favorite food. He didn’t want to call any attention to my mistake, and was just trying to help me out.

By the time I looked more closely to see what my problem was, Bailey was in the Zone, cleaning up the floor for me.

Wasn’t that nice of Bailey?