#DeadSeaRising by #JerryBJenkins was released on 11-13-18. This is the first fiction book I have read in many years. I normally read short inspirational passages or books. I knew I was taking a huge step, but I definitely felt God’s leadership in this decision. I received the advanced reader copy of the book and began reading it with excitement and anticipation. After reading the first few chapters, I was hooked. With a few adjustments to my reading strategy, I read the book and I could not stop turning the pages. It is not written to be read this way, but I had to read all of the chapters that related to the present day and then read all that related to history, I could not mentally keep up with what I had read by switching back and forth. This is just a stroke deficit I have, but I was determined to overcome this if I could. With God’s help, I did. If you like mysteries, adventure and intrigue that will keep you wanting to know what is going to happen next, read this book. You will be waiting expectantly with me on the next one in the series. #ReaderReview
It occurred to me that I never shared why I chose the name of my blog to be Renewing of Mind and Body. At the time I began the process of starting the blog, I was still lost in my mind and body. In many ways I still may be. I had attended a few writer’s conferences and listened carefully as others talked about having blogs. I thought to myself, I could never do that. I continued to listen and a strong desire to share God’s grace and love in this way grew and grew. I had been typing one finger at a time to write my story. Unable to organize or make outlines, I just typed the story. When I first started, I had great problems with word recall but the writing was easier than talking. Word check on the laptop is fantastic. I really did not know what I was doing or how to accomplish writing skills I just knew my desire was to share my story of God’s mercy and grace.and it. I sat with my laptop searching and reading and created the blog. I knew that it was not Gay Nell Olive creating the blog. The name Renewing of Mind and Body originated because I knew without a doubt God was renewing my mind and my body.
As a young person, I was in a speaker’s tournament and I gave a speech on the verse in Romans 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. I knew God had been with me throughout my whole life. I had to relearn so much after my strokes. I didn’t even know where passages of scripture were found in the Bible. I was in a body I didn’t know with a mind I didn’t know. The one thing I knew was I was still alive. That meant there was still a purpose for my life. So I just started with eagerness and excitement to try and create a blog. The name to me was evident, RenewingofMindandBody. With God’s help and the Happy Engineers at WordPress answering so many questions, the blog was started.
I thank each of you with much sincerity who have supported me and liked my post. I have had many obstacles, that have made it really difficult at times to continue the blog. But one learns that is what life is all about. We all have trials, difficulties, pain health issues, and grief. Knowing that we can rest in the assurance that all things will work out for the best, according to Christ will, is our peace and strength for each day. Each day presents a challenge, but I have to keep trying. The wonderful thing is, I know with Jesus’ help, I can and will keep doing all that I can. If I do not, I am dishonoring Him and the day He has given me.
This is a poem of praise I wrote several years after the event that left me in a mind and body I did not know. I knew if I did not do everything I could on each day I had been given, I was dishonoring God for giving me that day. So this is not a recent event I am writing about, but I just decided to share it publicly. My journey to this point has been long, and it was accomplished only with His help.
I was reading and confused. My mind was overloaded and I was trying to learn to organize, categorize and develop a more pleasant appearance to my blog. Help popped up on the screen. I was confused about this at first, but I soon realized, I really could get help. Where did you come from??? I did ask ,”Who are You?” More thankful am I, than words can express. With repeated directions and explanations now I sit with mental fatigue, knowing I did my best and so thankful for my internet helpers.
My photography mishap, that I turned into a game received the most views. I am sharing it again. The Red Fox Squirrel. Thank you for all your support, likes and comments these past few months. I have enjoyed reading your post and seeing your beautiful photography. You all are so kind to accept me into this world of technology, I know so little about.
CAN YOU FIND HIM? HE IS THERE!
Two weeks, no post, that’s a long time. Doctor’s visits, an over night hospital visit for test disrupted any plans I might have had. Suddenly, I realized I needed a plan when I was going to post to the blog. A plan so that anyone following me would know when to expect a post from me. I’ve learned this by following other’s blogs. I know when they are going to post, and that is really nice. So I have decided, I will have a post the first of each week. If there is something I can’t wait to share, I might post it earlier but I will still have a post the first of each week.
(First shared July 6)
ALL THAT YOU NEED
If words could heal.
And bring you comfort.
I would fill the page full.
I would write to there was no end.
To ease the pain.
I know you are in.
Prayers so many are being prayed.
For you just now.
We all hurt, we all care.
Look up to God above.
Your heart and mind He does love.
Peace and comfort He can give.
Tell Him all about how you feel.
He cares so much for you.
Your pain and hurt will still be there.
But easier you will find.
To carry the burden and the load.
That your heart feels.
Let go, look up and take His hand.
Let Him walk beside you.
Or carry you if you need Him to.
Just call Him by His name.
You will know that you are in His care.
And that is all that you need.
Gay Nell Olive
Weeks later I am still trying to organize the blog to make it flow easily and but I am not sure that I am accomplishing that. I would like to see it organized as I see some other blogs but I have learned to accept and be happy with what I have done. I hope that you can find my older post if you are visiting for the first time if that is what you desire to do. I will keep posting and trying new ways . Thank each one of you that have liked, followed, commented and supported me.
About 6 weeks ago I started the blog. I’ve changed, rearranged,added to, and taken away. Reading and comparing other’s blogs has helped me along with WordPress instructions. Being able to accomplish this is totally awesome and amazing. I had no idea what I was doing or how to do it. I just started and took it one step at a time. That’s why so many changes were made. I have problems with organizing so I’m still working on this category and post aspect. I function my days by routine steps. If a step is left out, I get confused. So I have to do this on the same basis. It’s time confusing and tiring but my rewards have been great. I hope that someone will find my blog rewarding and encouraging to them also. I am thankful to each one of you that have liked, commented and followed my blog. Your encouragement is appreciated very much. Gay Nell Olive
Listening to what you type and auto correct are fantastic tools. Maybe time consuming but still fantastic. Going back and listening to what I type, I find so many words that were not the word I intended for it to be. In the spoken word we can not do do that. Once it comes out, it is out.
I thank another blogger who directed me to an article by Johns Hopkins Hospital that I have attached below if anyone is interested. The study may help with rehabilitation of aphasia.
Two and one half years ago I was encouraged by my occupational therapist to take books and read them out loud instead of silently to gain confidence in speaking and communicating in conversations with other people. This was a great help and I mention it if anyone is reading that might need this or know someone that does.
Gay Nell Olive