My War With Covid-19

My War With Covid-19

My War With Covid-19 

January 15th of 2021 was the beginning of a very difficult experience with Covid-19. 

It started with what I thought were some allergies, and I begin taking Zyrtec-D. 

On Saturday the 16th, I developed a dry cough but didn’t think anything of it as I did not have a temperature. 

I hiked and biked on that Saturday and went out with friends to eat. 

By Monday morning, I went out to eat with a good friend at a breakfast place and had delicious blue corn pancakes with Bananas Foster. 

By that afternoon, I was tired and then exhausted, and by that night, I had a fever and chills all night long.

At that point, I realized I either had Covid-19 or the flu. On Tuesday, it felt as if my brain were literally on fire. I had a helmet headache and was unable to do anything but lie still. I was taking Aleve, but it did not help much.

Most All Of the Symptoms Developed Tuesday Night

Extreme aches and pains, my bronchial tubes feeling like they were on fire, breaking out in a rash similar to shingles, but normal temperature and blood pressure. 

On Wednesday, I was tested for covid-19, and it confirmed I was positive. 

Each day for eight days, I got progressively worse as the virus was multiplying in my body, but my immune system had yet to produce enough antibodies to fight the infection. 

On Thursday of that week, my spinal cord begins to burn, and I felt as if World War 3 was going on in my body. 

One of my cousins, a doctor, suggested I have the antibody infusion as soon as possible. A doctor at the hospital helps me set up the paperwork; however, due to different slip-ups, it took me five days to get the infusion finally.

On the day of the infusion, I finally developed a fever that stayed around 102 for seven days. 

For the first 14 days, I was more comfortable sitting up at night. During the whole experience, I talked to five doctors and saw seven nurses. 

I was not admitted to the hospital because my vital signs were still normal, and my blood oxygen when awake was around 92.

Today is the end of week 4 of having covid-19.

I am progressing and healing very slowly but was able to attend a men’s meeting at church that night. 

As I went through this experience, I thought of the scripture, “yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.” 

I had nothing to do but lay still and trust God, and I could most definitely tell that he was with me in the suffering.

I had numerous people reach out to me with prayers and supplies of chicken soup. 

I lost my sense of smell and taste, but both are coming back slowly, and my hair was falling out, so I got a very close-cropped haircut the other day.   

I continue to struggle with a covid-19 rash. 

Five days ago, I got a new rash on my chest, but the rash on my back and neck, and sides has healed. 

They assume that I’ve had for 35 years that my covid-19 case with more severe because of lupus. 

I am insulin resistant and considered overweight even though I am very active.

I was disappointed that none of the doctors suggested any medicines and said that I would have to be in the ICU to get any medication.

 Last night was what I wouldn’t consider a regular night of sleep for the first time in four weeks. I also tested negative for the active virus, for which I am grateful. 

I observed a lack of standardization or consistency with treating someone with Covid-19.

I feel very blessed to be able to write this today.

Each day I feel as if I’m getting 2% better. I can’t say that the vitamin C, D, and zinc helped me that much, but I believe that the antibiotic later in my sickness helped. 

I was drinking 2 gallons of water a day with electrolytes. 

Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss covid-19 and possible long-term side effects and treatments. 

I am researching this very nasty virus, and I am grateful for all of the prayers and love I received.

 

What the government says about the test for past infection at the CDC

 

My War with Covid-19


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Reaching the Well Adjusted Person for Christ

Reaching the Well Adjusted Person for Christ

Reaching the Well Adjusted Person for Christ

How do we, as Christian brothers, help the men who would be considered well adjusted?

The guy who didn’t have abuse and severe trauma in childhood resulting in addictions or extreme dysfunctional behaviors, the kid who had a relatively stable childhood?

I’m thinking of the normal, contented average Christian man who loves the world more than Jesus but may not know it.

As a Christian, the worldly guy has no vision, no real relationship with Christ, and whose nature is passive and non-confrontational about everything that doesn’t measure up to Christ.

He won’t act or listen when confronted by the Holy Spirit.

 This guy will miss rewards in heaven because he half-heartedly or lukewarmly chose by an act of his free will to seek, ask and knock after Jesus.

He is disinterested in loving God with all his heart, soul and mind, and strength. He wants fire insurance but still be able to call most of the shots.

I am thinking about someone I know, a Christian who Satan sidetracked.

What happened, and how did Satan draw this person into a web of deceit?

Was it a lack of submission to the Holy Spirit and those seemingly little things, for example, having to do with self-discipline or believing truth?

Or was it a matter of entitlement/ ego?

Did he believe the hype about himself instead of believing what Jesus thought about him?

Or was it a “Williams” family curse kind of thing; hardheadedness, stubbornness, and a lack of humility and meekness to be corrected and to listen to someone?

(PROVERBS) Or was it giving in to the sinful flesh and its sensual desires and needs? What caused the downfall?

Today, I’m thinking about what it would look like to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ because that is where we are going.

All of my brokenness, self-dependence, self-rule, and pride must be broken and removed even if by the fires of purification.

It includes the broken addict or the extremely successful person.

 

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The Choice that Confronted Adam

The Choice that Confronted Adam

The Choice that Confronted Adam

God planted a great number of trees in the garden of Eden, but “in the midst of the garden’’, that is, in a place of special prominence, He planted two trees: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Adam was created innocent; he had no knowledge of good and evil. Think of a grown man, say thirty years old, who has no sense of right or wrong, no power to differentiate between the two!

Would you not say such a man was undeveloped?

Well, that is exactly what Adam was. And God brings him into the garden and says to him, in effect, “Now the garden is full of trees, full of fruits, and of the fruit of every tree you may eat freely.

But in the very midst of the garden is one tree called ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’; you must not eat of that, for in the day that you do so you will surely die.

But remember, the name of the other tree close by is ‘life’.

What then is the meaning of these two trees? Adam was, so to speak, created morally neutral-neither sinful nor holy, but innocent-and God put those two trees there so that he might exercise free choice.

He could choose the tree of life, or he could choose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

Now the knowledge of good and evil, though forbidden to Adam, is not wrong in itself.

Without it, however, Adam is in a sense limited in that he cannot decide for himself on moral issues. Judgment of right and wrong resides not in him, but God.

Adam’s only course when faced with any question is to refer it to Jehovah God.

Thus, you have a life in the garden which is totally dependent on God.

 These two trees, then typify two-deep principles; they represent two plans of life, the Divine and the human. The Tree of Life Is God himself, for God is life.

He is the highest form of life, and he is also the source and goal of life. and the fruit; what is that? it is our Lord Jesus Christ.

You cannot eat the tree, but you can eat the fruits. no one is able to receive God as God, but we can receive the Lord Jesus Christ. The fruit is the edible part, the receivable part of the tree.

So, may I say it reverently?

The Lord Jesus Christ is really God in a receivable form. God is in Christ we can receive.

If Adam should take of the tree of life, he would partake of the life of God. Thus, he would become a son of God, in the sense of having in him a life that derived from God.

There you would have God’s life in Union with man; a race of men having the life of God in them and living in constant dependence upon God for that life.

But if instead Adam should turn the other way and take of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, then he would develop his own manhood along natural lines apart from God, as a self-sufficient being, he would possess in himself the power to form independent judgment, but he would have no life from God.

So, this was the alternative that lay before him, choosing the way of the spirit, the way of obedience oh, he would become a son of God, living independent upon God for his life.

Taking the natural course, he would put the finishing touch to himself, as it were by becoming a self-dependent being, judging and acting apart from God.

The history of humanity is the outcome of the choice he made.

I think this excerpt from The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee is extraordinary in its clear explanation of the origins of mankind and its effect upon history.

We were designed by God for God and for His glory and yet mankind chose his own manhood along natural lines apart from God.

This is my great challenge as a Christian.

Every morning that I wake up I must choose the way of the Spirit, the way of obedience so that I can become a son of God, living in dependence upon God for my life.

My self-dependent living will not bring me eternal life and all of the wonderful things that go along with it in Christ. You can partake of the fruit from the “tree of life” by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.

He loves you and gave up His life for you.


 

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Why does God Allow Satan to Accuse Believers? Part 1

Why does God Allow Satan to Accuse Believers? Part 1

Why does God Allow Satan to Accuse Believers? Part 1

 

Revelation 12 verse 9 and 10 he is continually deceiving and seduces the entire world political systems false religions idol worship hedonism and verse 10 he who accuses them and keeps bringing charges of sinful Behavior against them before our God day and night.

Can you imagine a being who can come before Almighty God and tattletale and accuse and continually bring charges against the children of God?

Accuses and continually brings charges against the children of God?

It’s interesting to realize that there is no possible justification for Satan, no possibility of forgiveness, no future redemption or glorification. Only reminders of his loss.

He lost his Beauty, his glory that God gave him, his status he lost everything and here are the Poor Pitiful, tempted, tried, imperfect, tormented, conflicted, in mature little children of God who have no idea of how far they fall short all of the glory of God.

You could even say that we saw we fall short of his glory, even minute by minute and within ourselves and our own power we are no different than Satan in nature.

What Are the Benefits of Being Grateful?

We are rebellious, prideful, obstinate, stubborn, self-sufficient and self-glorifying.

Mankind under the best of circumstances could not even together save themselves out of this other Corruption of nature.

The very fact that we are deceived and blinded about our own condition is proof enough.

And so Satan goes before God and points the finger at me Dash if he were to go over the whole list of my failures, my hypocrisies the hardness of my heart, the lack of love for you oh God, the sum total of my failures of falling short of your glory ( your attributes, character, submitting to my rightful position as a created being, to be like an reflect Jesus Christ and his example he set for us as the Son of God ( what does God Almighty say to Satan?

What is His response to these accusations?

Check back in a few weeks for the answer.

 

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The Wise and The Foolish Virgins

The Wise and The Foolish Virgins

The Wise and The Foolish Virgins

 

The foolish are those who had oil in their lamps but none in their vessels. By the foolish in the text, therefore, we may understand those who have the light of knowledge in their heads and the lamp of profession in their hands, but no oil of grace in their hearts.

They are foolish because they know neither God nor themselves, neither sin nor salvation, neither the depth of the fall nor the greatness of the remedy.

Foolish, as regards themselves, in thinking that light and knowledge will save them, without life and grace; And they are foolish as regards others, for want of an experimental acquaintance with the heart.

They know nothing, therefore of the temptations of a child of God; how he is beset on every hand; how Satan is ever thrusting at or enticing him; how his own heart is continually prompting him to evil, and how snares are in every direction laid at his feet.

The foolish know nothing of these trials, they are Pharisees, who make clean the outside of the cup and platter, who whitewash and adorn the sepulcher (tomb) without, while within it is full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

What Are the Benefits of Being Grateful?

David knew well, and every child of God knows well…

…that if he were allowed to slip if he were suffered to say or do anything unbecoming, these would be the very first to make him an open reproach.  

The foolish can and will make no allowances for the least slip of tongue or foot, for they are ignorant of the weakness of the flesh, the subtlety of Satan and the strength of sin, and the power of temptation.

Was he to stumble and fall, the foolish would be sure to point the finger of scorn at him?

Lord, of whatever temptations I may be called upon to endure, whatever snares of Satan or lusts of the flesh may be set my path behind in before, O keep me, keep me that I may not be the reproach of the foolish that they may have nothing to accuse You.

The story of the 10 virgins is found in Matthew 25


 

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