The courthouse closes at noon on Wednesday so I thought this would be the perfect afternoon to finish up my carry permit. No. Taking a class and a written test and a shooting test doesn't give you a gun carry permit. You must also apply at the DMV and have photo taken. Then onto another place for fingerprinting and paperwork for background check. Now it's a 60 to 90 day wait to get my actual permit.
My great niece Bella wanted to tag along so I picked her up after I got off from work. First and foremost on our afternoon agenda......lunch of course! Zaxby's it was to be. It's not on my list of favorites but Bell likes it.
After we got our belly full off to the DMV for an almost three hour wait. Then a phone call for questions to get an appointment for fingerprinting then off to complete looong process to carry.
Poor Bella. She was a trooper and didn't complain. I think she actually enjoyed the day. Found the experience interesting.
Since we were both worn out from doing nothing except sitting in a chair we stopped at Mayfield Dairy's ice cream parlor for ice cream cones.
COOP and Walmart and gas station finished the day. A good day...
My six month oncology checkup went great last week. Blood work was perfect. Well. Nearly perfect. My Vitamin D is low again. So back on 50,000 iu a week for three months.
Only advice I freely give about breast cancer? (And even if you haven't had cancer.) Watch your Vitamin D levels. Especially if you are high risk for re-occurrence like me.
However, also remember you CAN take too much Vitamin D. Just like all supplements you should consult your doctor first. A simple blood test can tell you if your Vitamin D level is okay or if you need a supplement.
I've several blog posts on the importance of Vitamin D and the prevention of cancer and in also reducing risk of cancer returning. Maybe those will be informative if you want to research more. I've posted several links to studies concerning Vitamin D and its relation in fighting cancer.
Today was an all day work but off at 3:30. Promised my niece a trip to the movies to watch "Bears". I think Bella did want to see it but perhaps not as much as me. (She's the only one to say yes to seeing it with me.)
Stopped by Gander Mountain to look at Kavu bags and pick some things up before the movie. Afterwards we went to Wasabi. Fun night!
Church ended today with a solo from the choir leader. I hadn't heard it in forever. It's always been a favorite of mine.
By: Ray Boltz Song title: "Thank You (for Giving to the Lord)" Lyrics: I dreamed I went to heaven And you were there with me We walked upon the streets of gold Beside the crystal sea We heard the angels singing Then someone called your name You turned and saw this young man And he was smiling as he came And he said, Friend You may not know me now And then he said, But wait You used to teach my Sunday School When I was only eight And every week you would say a prayer Before the class would start And one day when you said that prayer I asked Jesus in my heart CHORUS: Thank you for giving to the Lord I am a life that was changed Thank you for giving to the Lord I am so glad you gave Then another man stood before you And said remember the time A missionary came to your church And his pictures made you cry You didn't have much money But you gave it anyway Jesus took the gift you gave And that's why I am here today CHORUS One by one they came Far as the eye could see Each life somehow touched By your generosity Little things that you had done Sacrifices made Unnoticed on the earth In heaven now proclaimed And I know up in heaven You're not supposed to cry But I am almost sure There were tears in your eyes As Jesus took your hand And you stood before the Lord He said, My child look around you Great is your reward CHORUS (repeat) I am so glad you gave
I didn't post the final copy of "Looking Up" from several days ago. Just now realized. Here is the updated:
"Eyes are the window to the soul". Or "mirror of the soul". The sayings are old. And so true. The eyes are the window to or mirror of your soul. So much about a person can be told from their gaze.
It's always been interesting to me that when people hit rock bottom or in times of extreme happiness or frustration they look up. Look up for guidance. Whether they profess belief in God or not, looking up to God, to the Heavens, is an intrinsic reaction from within. A need to look up to the Almighty in desperation or in joy I believe He placed in us.
The times I've noticed someone looking down seem to be associated with shame which is different from guilt. Guilt tends to be an internal, personal feeling when one has violated what they feel is the difference between right and wrong. Right and wrong is based on the individual. We all have our on opinions on what constitutes those two things. Someone who is guilty of something can often still look someone in the eyes. And lie.
Shame on the other hand comes from somewhere other than ourselves. It's external. People who are shamed look down. I think of Adam and Eve in the garden. After sin pervaded their lives they felt something new-shame. I can imagine them cowering in shame covering themselves from God. Shame at betraying the Father.
Not everyone experiences guilt in the same ways. Some do very bad things and never feel guilty. However, I believe all experience shame at some point or many points during their lives. Shame which comes from the knowledge, whether deep in the recesses of their mind or coming from the belief in God that we have sinned. We all look down from the feeling. Only a few then look up. Up for hope and in the end, knowledge of forgiveness from the One who can get rid of the shame of life through the blood. Who will....if we look