If you follow my Facebook page, you will know I am part of the Revealing God’s Love ministry team for Grace Place Church. You know as women we love shoes. So I recently had the opportunity to try on the shoes that the ladies wear. You know no woman can resist such cute shoes. The shoes are beautiful. The beautiful lady that USE to wear the shoes is a beautiful friend inside and out.
When I put them on I look like a baby giraffe learning to walk, just saying. One wrong step and yep, I twisted my ankle and fell. I have me a nice broken ankle. This occurred last night and ER today for splint with a referral to ortho. Prayers are much appreciated, because I traded in shoes for crutches that are almost as dangerous for me. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support for myself and the ministry.
Back from seeing Dr. Gudger with Hughston clinic. I have to stay in a splint until next Wed. then go back for a cast. I’ll be out of work for 10 days or more if needed after they x-ray next week. I have been with Dr. Gudger since 1994, so he knows me well. I showed him the picture of the shoes and started explaining what happened, he stated you don’t have to explain anything as he laughs. He borrowed my phone to go show his assistant the shoes, so when he came back in I explained the ministry of Revealing God’s Love. He was like are you for real? I said yes, ask Kacey. She nodded yes. I explained we work on private donations, and he handed me $20.00 right on the spot for Revealing God’s Love ministry. So my injury was able to pick up a donation as well give Dr. Gudger something to laugh at. Keep the prayers coming for myself as well as Revealing God’s Love ministry. Right now I’m going to elevate my leg and take nap.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4
Trust me, I am depending on the Lord and his strength more and more each day. Each day brings new challenge of life. I guess I have taken for granted how easily I could get around inside house, outside the house, etc. Well it has open my eyes to the fact that I have been taken my health for granted and made me realize what others that have long term disability or the elderly have to face on a day to day bases.
Update – the pain that kept me awake the other night was a pressure spot was developing on my heel from the splint. Go Stasia she was correct ! New set of x-rays yesterday and It appears that not only is the ankle broken, but a ligament on the top of the ankle is torn. Dr. Fusco explained to me, 3 parts of the ankle make it all work and is the strength of the ankle. I have taken out 2 of the 3 parts . Option 1 do surgery with plate and screw to hold everything in place and proceed on with life with stronger ankle or let it heal on it’s own and have problems with weak ankle rest of my life. June 1st I will have surgery on the ankle, but on a different note, everything happens for a reason. Well this injury has allowed me to bring forth to others that follow my page the Revealing God’s Love ministry. I have had people inquire about the ministry, as well as make donations since we depend on private donations. To those that have donated, the ministry team really appreciates your donations. If you are interested in knowing more about “Revealing God’s Love” please P.M. me. We work off of private donations and I can not say thank you enough to those that have made a donations on my behalf because of this accident. Sometimes God uses an “accident” to help spread his word or slow down your busy “normal” life to allow you time to rest and get in touch with his word more. Thank you for the prayers, laughs, text, calls, etc. I am truly blessed.
Saturday, May 06, 2017, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sign-up: 2017 Women’s Conference
Many of us spend our lives wearing different masks or façades. We may wear these masks to cover up parts of ourselves we don’t like. Perhaps we wear the mask because we lose ourselves on the mommy, wife, daughter, sister, student or career wheel. The more of these masks we wear, the deeper we hide our true selves and in turn we hide from God. Please join us Saturday May 6, 2017 (9 AM – 2 PM; doors open @ 8:30 AM) as Joyce Thrasher leads us in finding our True Identity and Kristian Whittington leads our hearts in worship.
Donny and Joyce: The Retirement Life
Traveling in our RV with our two cats and loving life!
Everyone has been asking what we’ve been doing since we retired….well here it is!
Hope you enjoy watching our Crazy Retirement Life.
The Thrasher’s Family Holidays were filled with fire alarms, graduations, engagements, Santa Clause, hockey games and so much more! We have busy traveling the country and trying to stay out of trouble.
My brother’s book just came out! It would make a great Christmas present! I was a contributor to the book.
A collection of cartoons illustrating Bible stories, Biblical truths and church life humor. Funny, clean, family friendly cartoons with truths to challenge Christians. Funny and enriching humor to bring a smile to peoples day as they relate to memories from Sunday school and experiences at church.
You can find it on Amazon.
I recently took Donny, my husband, to the Veteran’s Hospital closest to our home. Donny’s hip had been bothering him and we thought it should be checked out. Not long after we arrived and signed in to the VA emergency room, we knew we were there for something much bigger than a sore hip. God sent us there!
We sat in a room filled with veterans with a TV on, but nobody could hear it because our vets were talking about where they were stationed and in what war or mission they had served. It was interesting just listening, which is what Donny and I did for a while.
Veterans came and went and we learned that some had been there for five hours before we arrived. The longest wait was that of an older vet who sat for ten hours before being seen by a doctor. Most of the vets in the ER didn’t have anyone with them to get them something to eat or drink, so when I went out to buy a few snacks for Donny, I bought extra for those vets who might want or need water or a snack. They were so appreciative, and hearing “thank you, ma’am” over and over again brought a smile to my face and more than covered any cost.
A young man soon came in and sat down in a chair next to Donny and me. It was apparent that he was in distress, not physically, but mentally and emotionally. He could not have been over 25 years old. Hunkered down in his own world, he talked to himself and was agitated because he had seen so much violence and had lost so many friends.
No doubt he was hurting and probably taking several substances (legal or not) to try to cope with his emotions and memories from the “conflict.” Radical Islamic terrorism killed this young man’s friends and forever changed his life. Seeing his friends slaughtered, that young veteran is lost and doesn’t fit in anymore. His battle is not over, and may never be over, as he relives horrible memories and endures terrible nightmares. Living a “normal” life is no longer an option for him.
But this young man soon stopped talking to himself and opened up to Donny, actually giving Donny a smile. Because my husband was in the Army for 29 years as a Chaplain, he has a lot of experience talking to soldiers and understanding PTSD and the pain they go through everyday. Donny and I both know this wounded warrior has a long road ahead of him and we pray that the VA takes care of him and treats him like the hero he is.
After seven hours of waiting in the emergency room, Donny and I were alone with another young man who was wearing jeans and a T-shirt. His pants sagged too low and I thought, “pull your pants up.” He was holding his stomach and I could tell he was in pain. After going in to see a doctor, he came back to the waiting room. I noticed that his jeans were now a little lower and his boxer shorts were showing and he was still bent over holding his stomach. I sat there in the waiting room judging him and wondered why he thought it was okay to walk around like that. I thought “if he were one of my sons, I wouldn’t care how old he is, I would tell him to pull his pants up”.
Donny was finally discharged from the emergency room at the same time the young vet with the too low pants (and a few missing teeth) was discharged. The three of us walked to the elevator together. The vet wanted to continue talking with Donny and learn more about how Donny had gone through airborne school at the age of 43. The vet was so impressed with Donny because airborne school is not easy to get through at any age, much less 43. The vet then told us that he went through airborne school at the age of 19, and then through Ranger school. Donny said, “Well, you were one of the few, because not many people make it through Ranger school.”
When we got into the elevator, the vet said, “Yep, I was one of the crazy ones who made it through.” Then he lifted his shirt and showed us two bullet wounds in his side and lower abdomen. “I suffer daily with the constant pain and the doctors can’t seem to fix it.”
I wanted to cry right then and there, but instead I spoke to my own heart, “Thank you for your service; thank you for raising your hand and volunteering to go into harm’s way.” Now in his 20’s, that wounded warrior suffers everyday because of his sacrifice. And to think that I judged him because he couldn’t pull his pants up around his waist because it hurt too much to do so. There he was, a real American Hero, and I had no idea!
That humbling moment made me realize that while our nation continues to fight the battle against evil, all of us are fighting some kind of battle. We should never judge others based on how they dress, talk, or act. Since we don’t know what anyone has been through, we need to love everyone, just like Jesus loves us.
Next time you see a veteran, don’t hesitate to say, “Thank you.” Those brave men and women have sacrificed so much for our freedom. I pray that our next president will respect our military and help our soldiers learn how to have a normal life when they return home from service – as “normal” as they can.
We depend on the LORD alone to save us. Only he can help us, protecting us like a shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we are trusting in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone. (Psalm 33:20-22 NLT)
Laugh with Joyce about full-time RV living. She talks about the black tank and some of the issues that come with RVing with her husband and two cats. She explains what her life is like now compared to her former somewhat normal life. This video was made at First Baptist Church in Lake Park, Georgia on October 15, 2016. The event was called Women of Worth.
If you are interested in booking, Joyce please fill out the contact form.
“Blended families are just that – you put a bunch of people from different backgrounds together – shake em up and see how things come out”
Anyone know anything about blended families? Ever have that time in your life when you are at a cross roads between the kids and the hubby and then you run interference to avoid conflict in the house? How many of you are there today? Let me just tell you to go ahead and save yourself some long-term suffering and just let them work it out….far better for them to work through the tough times…work through their frustrations/problems….than for you to run interference, to avoid conflict and then they never work through the issues…having said that…there are several scriptures to reference to make sure you are handling these issues the way they need to be. Lets look at Ephesians 6:1 – 4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”(this is the first commandment with a promise), “That it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land…” “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord…” It’s all about balance – the balance of love and discipline. And moms, this will help you in the long run !!!
Tray Carter lives in Enterprise, Alabama. She is a mother of 3…G.mama to 3….and the rider of more Rollercoaster rides than 6 flags…..journeying through this life has been a challenge at best…what I want you to know is it’s not how you start the race…it’s how you finish….join me in these last miles and lets finish strong…..