Church Life Journey

1993 ~ The year I began attending church gatherings September Church Life Journey

1994 ~ The 1st toughest year on my Church Life Journey, I felt like I wasn’t cut out be be apart of it. Seriously, I thought about leaving.

1995 <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, The LORD was working on me and through me. He was preparing me for something beyond me.

1996 <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, I joined the special choir and regular choir. A God thing. I took it like a job.

1997 <~  In this year on my Church Life Journey, 1997 ~ I was drawn deeper to God. There were things, I pondered and wanted to do. God knew my heart.

1998 <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, I was preparing for a journey of a lifetime. I traveled to Israel with church group. I came back and 3 days later I was the maid of honor in a wedding.

1999  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, It was the turn of the century. I was leading up to new beginnings.

2000  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, Mother passed
2001  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, Lupus
2002  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, In remission, Became a church greeter
2003  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, 40
2004  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey,  Lupus, In remission
2005   <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, More changes
2006  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, Making adjustments
2007  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, Moved to another place.
2008  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, Settling in
2009  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey,  More changes

2010  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, I was unlearning some things. ~ More Changes Rethinking Regrouping

2011  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey,

2011 <~ In this year on my Church Life  Journey, Had to adjusted to more changes and challenges, More friends left, I kept pressing on.

2012  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey,

2012 <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey It was Leap Year, Easter Sunday was on my birthday, Adjusted to more changes and challenges.

2013  <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, 50

2013 <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, I attended a Prayer School & was changed by it, a cross was added in the main sanctuary.

2014 <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, I spent less time in the Upper Room, Adjusted to more changes and challenges Clung To Jesus

2015   <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, In this year on my Church Life #Journey, in June, the Sunday gathering began at 10 AM cst. It took me awhile to get use to that .

2016 <~ In this Leap Year on my Church Life Journey, I was being Jesus is a relative. It was a tough season. I attended less Sunday Church gathering.  Brother passed, .

2017 <~ In this year on my Church Life Journey, I’ve been adjusting to the changes.
It was a start of a new beginning. Brother in law, Aunt, and 1st cousin passed.

2018 ~> In this year ….25th Year Church Life Journey. Into my second new beginning. And it’s different. I traveled with a group to the New England States.

Thank for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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Setting Down

It’s  been a long 3 months.
I’m thankful that I’m coming along.
I’ve been behind on doing things.
I continue to search for my family connections.

God bless you.
Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

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On The Journey #SpeakingOfLupus : Many things went through my thoughts that day. What If? It’s #Lupus? But the peace of God was with me

Blog from July 31, 2007

  • Lupus Issue

         This blog is the continuation from
         my Biopsy Issues on the 24th of 2007…
        
         Seven days had past.
         It was Tuesday the 31st of July 2001. I received a phone call from the kidney doctor’s nurse. She said that the doctor wanted to see me on August 1, 2001. Many things went through my thoughts that day. What if ? But the peace of God was with me.

         That day came. It was one of the worst days of my life. I received the bad report of having Acute Lupus Nephritis IV (SLE). Some of you may be thinking, What is Lupus? Lupus is one of many disorder of the immune system know as autoimmune disease. There are different types and stages of Lupus. The Lupus I had was almost full.  It was serious. (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.)

    The kidney doctor explain to me that Lupus is like the opposite of aids. My explanation…it’s a civil war going on inside a person’s body. What’s suppose to be on the good side in protecting the body turn against and fights parts of the body that it’s designed to protect.

    When I heard that report that I had Lupus, I could not cry. I believe that the Spirit of the Lord had to have been with me. The doctor explain the procedure of what I would have to go through. I could lose all my hair and it would grow back. I could not respond to what I was hearing. I was not in shock.

    Back to my testimony…I had to make a decision…I needed to be hospitalized for two days. I had to start chemotherapy for 6 months. The kidney doctor set up all what was necessary for what I needed. I agreed to check in the hospital that night.

    First, I had to take care of some business before checking into the hospital. As I was packaging my suit case, I had thoughts of What if?  I did not know how I was going to pay for the hospital bills so forth. I was worried. Then a thought came to me and said. “Remember, I paid the price for your healing”. This voice brought comfort to my soul.

    There was some point after this time, I did cry. I got the comfort of the Holy Spirit that every thing was going to be alright. What was on my mind next… to go to Wal Mart. I needed to go shopping so that my brothers would have some food in the house while I was away.

    My brother and I went shopping. When we got there I was headed to see a person who worked there. He was a Word of Lifer. We sung in the choir together. I can remember the expression on his face when I saw him. He was on the phone and was looking at me. I motioned to him as though I told him to come here.

    When I spoke to him. I told him what was going on. I wanted him to tell Pastor Eric, Pastor Brian and Peri that I was going to be in the hospital for a few days and that I had Lupus. This friends said that he would tell them. I went about to do my shopping. I had to walk slow.I was in a lot of pain. I had trouble breathing if I walked fast.

    After we got all my shopping, we went home to put up the food. Then I was finishing getting all what I plan to take to the hospital. My two sisters took me there. I wanted to check as late as possible. It was about the 9 PM hour. I went through all the procedures that was needed…

    On my first night there, one of my sisters stayed with me. This night in the hospital started off unusual. Not too long after I go there, I was hungry and wanted a sandwich. As I was waiting, I started to itch. I though that I was allergic to something. The nurse gave me some medicine through the IV that was in my arm.

    The nurse said that I should not have had any reaction to what she gave me. I was itching up a storm. So the nurse gave me something to stop the itching. Yeah, it did and it also made me very very sleepy. My sisters told me that I was saying some silly things. I don’t recall saying too much. I was so sleepy. All I recall waking up the next morning.

    The next day, I was to take my first chemo. Every thing was set to go for my treatment. The chemo lasted from about 3 to 4 hours. The largest dose was first chemo. Then things begin to change during that day. I can not recall when I notice a different in my condition. More blood work was done.

    The doctor said that I was responding very well to the chemo. I was not having any side effects. Thursday went very good. Then came the third day.  I wake up about 6 AM high in the spirit on that Friday, August the 3rd of 2001.

    That morning I saw the nurse there, I told him that I had a lot of energy. He said what I was taking I could have ran around the hospital building a couple of times. I had some powerful medicine injected into me. I was so high with full of energy.

    The doctor came and saw how I was doing. I ask him questions. He notice a change in me as well. I talk a lot more. The doctor signed me out and through all the paper work, it was time for me to go. It was about the 4 PM hour.

    As one of my brothers was wheeling me out, I saw Pastor Eric on the way out of the emergency room doors. I told my brother to hurry up, I wanted to talk that man. We caught up with Pastor E. I told him that I will see him tonight in church. Then I got out of the wheel chair and into my sister’s van.

    It was Friday, I had to get my medicine and get myself ready for church by 6:30 PM. And I did. I was so happy to go to church that day. I had ask the kidney doctor could I go to church. He said yes, as long I would keep a distant from people with colds, babies and so forth sickness.

    Yeah, I had a lot of energy. I seem to had a clearer thinking pattern too. I was seeing much better. Things appeared much brighter and the colors were beautiful. This chemo seem to have brought life back into me. A friend told me it sounded like I had a transfusion of life that came from God into my being.

    Through the months that followed I made more improvements. In about a month’s time I had lost about 30 pounds. It was mostly fluid build up. I lost more weight because of the chemo too. I was shrinking. I was at the point to where I needed to gain some weight.

    I cannot recall how much medication I was taking at that time. It was too much for me. January 12, 2002 was the sixth month of chemotherapy. I was glad that it was. I kept believing that what I had went through was working. I believe that I was healed.

    Through out the 6 months of chemo, I prayed and sought God earnestly. I surrounded myself in a faith atmosphere. I read and listened to the whole Book of Psalm. I confessed healing scriptures. But most important I praised and worshipped God.

    On February 4, 2002, I had my follow up visit to see the kidney doctor. He talk about  the chemo treatments and the results. I had been seeing the doctor once a month. I had to take blood work a week before every treatment to check my white blood cell count. I could not have a cold or fever when I took the chemo.

    But on the 4th of February 2002, the doctor looked at the test results. He said Do I claim victory over Lupus? I said YEAH!  I had all joy about the test results. I had improved a lot over the months.

    The strangest thing happened to me after I claimed victory over Lupus. The days that followed,  I caught the flu. I had to miss Friday Night church. It was Faith Life Weekend. Yeah, I was depressed and VERY MAD too. But I made it to the Sunday Night Gathering.


    I want to sum this all up… and than take you back to the year 2003. First I had no pain not to far after my first chemo in August of 2001. I became pain free  within days but the swelling  took a while and was gone with in two months.

    I have not been on any medication for Lupus since September / November of 2004. I have been doing good. I take 2 vitamin pills and an aspirin a day. As for my medical bills. I made arrangement to pay off all my hospital bills and so forth. I paid my last bill off in 2005.


    I will go back to the year 2003.. During the summertime something began to happen to me again but in a new way. I had pain but I did not know what was causing it. Yeah, I started to sleep back in my recliner in July and August.  But by October – December of 2003 the pain grew worst.

    In January of 2004, I had a kidney doctor’s appointment. I told him about what was going on. He subscribed me some pain pills. They seem to have helped out but up to a point. I had been noticing that my left foot was turning black again. In February, I was concern about it and call the kidney doctor’s nurse.

    On February 9th of 2004, I called the nurse, I told her about my foot. She thought that I may have had a blood clot. She told me to go to the emergency room. So, I had my sister in law take me there.

    The ER visit lasted about 5 hours. They ran test, checked my heart, lungs and so forth. The test results was that the Lupus had reoccurred. At first the doctor wanted to kept me over night. My first response was. “I did not bring my Bible.” I did not have to stay in the hospital over night. I had to make an appointment to see the kidney doctor for follow up.

    I had the follow up with the doctor about a month later. He did not want me to take the kidney biopsy until the was the right time. When ever that meant. My family was concern that the doctor took so long in ordering the kidney biopsy.

    The day came a day before my birthday, April 7, 2004. I went through the procedure again with a different doctor. He was explaining to me that I was an expert at this. I said I don’t want to be. I had a harder time this time around with this kidney biopsy. I was very mad that the Lupus came back. I did not want to tell people about it.

    In February of 2004, not to far after I claimed the victory over Lupus, I had something in my spirit trying to give me fear. The thought of Lupus was going to return. That thought had been there but I spoke back to it. By His stripes I am healed. At times the thought of Lupus comes to my thinking. Even doctors speak that to me that it will return.

    Back to my biopsy. I had to wait 7 days for the results of the test. It came on April 13, 2004. Yes The bad report of Lupus.  I made arrangement to have 6 more chemotherapy treatments….On the morning of April 14, 2004, I woke up in my recliner. I was talking with God.

    I spoke to God with tear in my eyes saying “I did not know how much more I can take of this”. I was speaking of the pain that I was in . In the quiet of the still moments of that morning, I heard a voice tell me to stop breathing.

    And so I did. As I held my breathe, I felt something. What was it? there was NO Pain. For that moment of holding my breathe I had comfort. The peace of God had surrounded me. I believe that God was with me and that I needed to hang on.

    My two sisters were with me again to take me to the hospital. I did not use the wheel chair to where I had to go….I walked very slowly into the hospital in pain and out of breath. What more could happen this time? I don’t what to share that ordeal… I will say that I did have Chemo that day. I did make it home. Thank You Jesus.

    A normal treatment time including check in and check out would last around 4 1/2- 6 1/2 hours each in 2004. Some of the times the treatment times were not normal. The last chemo that I have had was in Sept of 2004. I have been off all mediations for Lupus since September /November of 2004. I thank God for bringing me through.

    During the 2nd round of chemo for 6 months, I did experience some side effects. In June of 2004, I had dry eyes and redness because of the medication that I was on. It appeared as though I had been crying. My eyes were so blood shot red.

    In September of 2004: Test Results: Positive for Lupus…. with no symptoms of Lupus. I came to this conclusion. A positive negative on Lupus does not mean that I have Lupus. It’s been about 3 years since my last chemo. Still I am on no medication for Lupus. I still have a positive test results for Lupus with no symptoms of Lupus.

    I am living life the best way that I can. There are times when I need take it easy. I rest from time to time. I try to reduce my stress level and not to worry as much. I try to not to over do things. I try to keep alert to what attacks my body. I keep track of unexplained rashes or pains that come and won’t leave. In all what had attacked my body has left…

    I read up on Lupus for the knowledge reason. I try to eat right and stay out of the sun as much as possible. I was on the internet on day. I can across a website that had a wristband. The wristband had this words on it that I like ….LIFE WITHOUT LUPUS. I wear this orange wristband as a testimony and reminder that I’m living life without Lupus.

    You can learn more about Lupus at www.lupus.org  www.intotheloop.org

    There are times in life when we don’t know what to do when we receive that bad report. We need to remember that God is with us in all that we do. Lord, help us to remember that You are with us always. Amen!

    I have had these words with me since May 8, 1998. I will leave you with these thoughts. “Whatever you hear, Remember, that I (God) will always be with you to help you and guide you through.”

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On The Journey #SpeakingOfLupus I’ve been reading some of my #Lupus blogs. God is with me on the journey.

This blog was posted on July 24, 2007.

  • Biopsy Issues

         The day was Tuesday the 24th of July 2001. The day that I had to have my first kidney biopsy. I had been referred from doctor to doctor to doctor to doctor to doctor to doctor to doctor trying to find out what was going on with me. Seriously, I was going through something. But What?

    For a while I notice that something was going on with in me. My left foot was giving me trouble back in June of 1998. It felt like I had a splinter in it. I had had trouble with my feet, ankles, arms and knees joints during the late 1980’s.

    I would be in pain if I turned the wrong way. I had to be careful at what I did. Some of the symptoms went away for a while but began to return as the years went by.

    Then came the late 1990’s. I had a lot more pain in my joints especially when I was in the cold temperature. I am speaking of air condition too.  As for my left foot, the skin on my foot looked died. It looked wrinkled like a raisin. I could describe this area tight looking in appearance.

    Other discomfort that I had were swollen ankles and part of my legs. I could not wear socks. My feet were so swollen I had to wear wide shoes. I had trouble breathing when I would walk a short distant.

    So I started to walk very very slow to get here I wanted to go. I can recall that I had pain in my joints back in April of 2001. Then all the other things started to fall in afterward by Summer of 2001.

    There came at point in my life where I recall, off and on in the year 2000,  I had pain to where I could not sleep.  I thought it was the bed that I was sleeping in. So I thought nothing of it until I had to start sleeping in a recliner for about 6 months. I was in pain when I laid down and slept.So I had to be careful how I slept.

    Then the days came to when I went to all those doctors. The doctors visits all came about from May of 2001 – July of 2001. I think that there were about 7 doctors in all.

    I went to a foot doctor who did not find anything wrong with my foot. He could not understand why my foot was turning black. Neither did the other doctors that saw me.

    The foot doctor referred me to a doctor that was a specialist in arteries of the feet and legs. It was this doctor that notice something very serious about my health issue. I needed medical attention. He did not charge me for the the office visit. I believe that he cared about me.

    This doctor had alerted me to go to another doctor. Within days I got connected with another specialist who order many many lab and blood work weekly. The testing went on for about three weeks. This doctor told me what he thought was going on with me.

    Finally, I arrived at the kidney doctor’s office.  When I first met him he ask me why was I where? I wondered the same thing. Why was I doing there? He did some test too.

    Looking over the other doctors’ information that they gathered and so forth. Asking me questions as the last doctors had done… Through all the lab and blood work to next step was leading to have a kidney biopsy.

    That day came on Tuesday the 24th of July 2001. I had to be at the hospital about 5 AM. This was the very first time I have ever done anything like this.  I had to check in and so forth…spending time in hospital to have surgery. I did all that was required of me. I could not eat anything the night before.

    My two sisters were with me waiting in the waiting room, waiting for my name to be called. The surgery was set for the 7 AM hour. Time went by and then a person came to explaining to me about what was going on.

    I have not stayed in a hospital since the day that I about cut off my finger in the early 1970’s. I was only in the emergence room. That was my first time too.

    Back to my testimony… The lady was explaining to me why I have not been called to surgery. The doctor was in Chillichothe, MO. He was not running late. He did not know that I was on his list that morning for surgery.

    Somehow there was a mix up. So, I had to wait until he came. I kept my joy. I had peace about waiting for the doctor. I had to have this biopsy. Yeah, I was praying during the waiting hours. The LORD was with me.

    It was about 9:30 AM when I was called to go and get ready for surgery. Surgery time came about 10 AM. The doctor explained the procedure and so forth.

    I had to lay flat on my stomach so that the doctor could locate one of my kidneys. He needed to take samples tissues from one of my kidneys.

    This procedure took awhile. The doctor had to determine which kidney to take the tissues from. I had trouble laying down. Let alone holding my breath for a few seconds when it came time for the doctor to insert the long needle into my kidney.

    I cannot recall how many times he did that. But I prayed that he got what he needed when he did it. And he did.

    What was next?…the recovery time. It was from about 10:30 AM to the 2 PM hour. I had this machine on my arm taking my blood pressure about every 15-30 minutes. I recall asking when can I eat? I did not have anything since 7 PM the night before. Yeah, I was fasting too.

    Then it can came time for me to have to use the bath room. The person who was assigned to me told me that I could not get out of bed. That I needed to use the bed pan.

    I told that lady that I am going to the bathroom. I got up out of bed and walk to the bathroom. I was sore too.  But I made it back and ate my food.

    I have had a very long day that day. What in the world was on my mind during those last few hours after I had surgery. I want to go home! I had manage to get checked out of the hospital.

    The ride home from the hospital was about 15 minutes. We got home by 5 PM. My brothers were home having pizza. I was on a very low sodium diet about of the fluid that was on my body.

    The results of the test would come back in about a week. I had to wait for the report. Meanwhile I went about my life. I kept seeking the Lord and believing that what ever happens the Lord is with me.

    I went to choir rehearsal two days later. Yeah, I went to Friday night church and sung in the choir. But what was so amazing about choir rehearsal was that we were learning a new song. “This Is The Air I Breathe.”

    I came into the sanctuary where Pastor Eric and the band where practicing. Pastor Eric was singing “This is the air I breathe” over and over and over.

    I was learning the song as Pastor Eric was singing it. But when there was a pause in the song, I heard a voice say “breathe.” It took me off guard. The voice was very calm. It was not Pastor Eric’s. I thought of hearing the word BREATHE.

    This brought back to my thinking while I had my kidney biopsy. The lady had to tell me to hold my breath and when to breathe. When I was hearing “the voice” again say breathe.

    That was comfort to me. That song was ministering to me. We sung the song that Friday night. Every time we sung that song it was ministering to me.

    I will share with you more on this testimony next week. If you have been following my blogs, you probably are sensing where I am heading up to. Yeah, I had more than one kidney biopsy on April 13, 2004. I made it through that one also.

    I have learned a great deal with my kidney biopsy issues in my life. They were life changing issues for me. My belief in Jesus comforted my journey. Also, I have come up with this thought. God is with me every breathe I take.

    I pray that what we share of our experiences can encourage others. May we have the spirit to keep on going keeping on through the issues of life. May we have the attitude that God is with us every step of the way.

    God is there in the doctor’s office or where ever we may be in our life’s journey. He hears what we hear. God is right beside us, going through what we are going through. He can relate with what ever our issue may be. Amen!

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Thanking God For Fatherhood! Happy Father’s Day! Heavenly Father!

The man in whom God gave honor and blessed to be my father on the earth.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!
Have a Wonderful Day!
God bless you.
S.A.Blakley

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Happy Mother’s Day To All! God Bless You!

My mother, Lula in red with her mother, Mary

I was looking at my mother’s family tree.
I can trace my mother side back to 5 generations of mothers; to my mother’s 2nd Great Grandmother.
I’m Susan, on the 6th generation.
My mother Lula, the mother of 19
Her mother Mary Anna, the mother of 11
Her mother Anna Laura, the mother of 3
Her mother Susan who the mother of 6

Her mother Delilah, the mother of Susan.

Happy Mother’s Day to Mothers and Mother’s at Heart!

 

To You,

Great Grandmothers who are mothers, Grandmothers who are mothers, Mothers who are mothers, Aunts who are mothers, Sisters who are mothers, Daughters who are mothers.

In Laws / Out Laws who are mothers, Cousins (girls) who are mothers,
Friends (girls) who are mothers. Spiritual-Mothers who are mothers,
First Lady’s of a church who are mothers, Mothers of the church who are mothers,

Those who are Foster mothers, Step mothers, Adopted mothers who are mothers,

Singled women who are mothers, Married women who are mothers,
Widows who are mothers, Mothers to be who are mothers,
Ladies who care for others, Mother figures, Big / Little Sisters: you are mothers too.

And to you Male-Guys who are NOT mothers…

Enjoy this MOTHER’s Day!

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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Giving Honor To God Almighty: Celebrating The Gift Of Life

It’s been almost 21 days since my new year began on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 9:48 am central standard time. And what a journey it has been becoming. Thank You, Jesus!

The Bible states in  Psalm 90:10 esv  “The years of our life are seventy,  or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble;  they are soon gone, and we fly away.”

I’m thinking about my life.
I’m in my golden years. According to my age some say,  I’m a senior citizen. I don’t feel a senior citizen. I know that I’m getting up in years by the grace of God.  Age is like art. We should wear our age the best way we know how.

What a thought of looking forward to a new decade. I’m five years away from my third 20’s. I want to continue to be doing the will of God and on the journey with Jesus. As I’m living in the present, it will lead me to where I will go. Jesus is my hope and my trust.

 I’ve been searching for my family connections.
I’ve come across relatives who have passed, way too soon.  I stumbled across my Great Grandmother, Susan (Leach)Washington’s obituary in an old newspaper. She was 54 years old at the time of her death in January of 1890. (I was 54 when I found the obituary.)

Our lives are to be 70’s years and if by strength 80.  I want to live life as promised by God  and to the fullness thereof. Life is a precious gift. The gift that Jesus has given to us. I’m thankful for my gift of life.

As I’ve learning to take up my cross daily and to follow Jesus daily, I’m headed somewhere… Life is a journey; a journey well traveled.  I know I can’t travel alone. Thanks for being with me LORD and for those in Whom you place in my pathway throughout my journey.

The month of April has always been a month of New Beginnings.
It’s the month that I was born in. So, I’ve adapted to begin new things during the month of April. What new things have I started this month? What will come of it? Time will time.

May the LORD lead us in the way that we should go.
May we invest our days as we journey with Jesus.
May we do the best with what we have.
Amen!.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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