We live in the SE part of Alaska. Often we do not have too bad of winters here, often it may snow a few times during the winter, then the snow melts after a few days or is washed away by rain and warmer temps. That’s a normal winter for us. Well the other day at our house we received over two feet of snow over night, for us, that was a lot. Then I started to think about snow. I’m sure if one did research I’m sure that someone somewhere figured out the weight of a single snowflake. The actual value really isn’t that important for what I feel I need to share today with you. I have seen trees that have had their branches broken off because of the weight of the snow accumulation upon them. I have heard of roofs caving in due to the excess weight of the snow accumulation. Heavy snow falls have caused major accidents and has caused many deaths as well. As I was wondering about a single snow flake,
God spoke to my spirit and shared that just as damaged can be cause by the accumulation of snow, we can harm ourselves as we allow the cares of this world to bring us down, to over tax our lives. Stresses, worries, finances, health concerns, aging parents, family, jobs, car troubles all add to our well being. Little by little they accumulate just like single snowflakes do, they can burden us down until we feel that we have no way out, a place of no escape. DON’T Listen to these LIES, you are of value, as each person is. Talk with someone, a friend, a pastor, a parent, a teacher, a coworker, a family member. Don’t allow the weight of the “snow” in your life to break you,or to pile up and cause you a major avalanche in your well being.
Living in SE Alaska can be challenging at times, many places wont’t ship their products to Alaska without charging lots for shipping. We do have a hospital in Ketchikan, but for major things it’s often better either to fly toSeattle (1 hr 40 min) or to fly to Anchorage (about a 5 hr flt). The other day my wife said that she was having trouble with one of her eyes, so I called the local eye clinic, explained that she had a area of blackness in her sight of one eye. They wanted her in to the clinic instantly. About a half hr later we were there, they did an exam and said that she had a tear in her retina and needed emergency surgery or would loose vision in that eye. A friend at our church made a phone call to her friend and explained the situation, turns out that our friend’s friend also went to church and believed in the same Bible that we do. This friends friend picked us up in Anchorage at the airport, took us to my wife’s eye exam appointment, her and her husband opened their house to us, as if we had been friends all our lives. My wife’s surgery was scheduled a few days later as they didn’t do surgery over the weekend. The husband of my wife’s friend friend took us to the surgery place today. I am writing this from the surgery waiting room, as my wife is in surgery now. It has been said that you don’t know what you don’t know, which is true, but I would like to change it, you don’t know your friends friends often, but when you have a chance they can be a true answer to prayers and the strength and blessing that you may need in times of distress, times of trials and troubles. I also believe maybe when FB started that’s why it would recommend your friends friend as a possible friend to you. If you get a change meet some of your friends friends expand your people circle, there are many good people out there.
This year I have had two serious choking events. The first was earlier this year and I was at work and took my first bite of a hot dog. Guess it’s not good to try to eat a third of a dog in one bite. A piece of hot dog got stuck in my throat and would not go up or down. I coughed up some so thought that was that. But got home and was unable to drink or eat anything, but I could talk fine. Finally the next day I went to the ER, and they ran a few tests and next thing I know I’m having emergency surgery. That turned out to be a $10,000 hotdog. Thank God for health insurance. So people at my work bought me a hotdog slicer and offered to cut my food at for me. The doctors said I really needed to drink more before I ate anything, so I started. Then recently I went out to dinner with family and went to a steak place. I drank a full cup of water then took my first steak bite and it happened again. Instantly I new I had a piece wedged in my throat again. So I got online and tried to find so remedies, I found a suggestion to drink some vinegar, so I tried so rice vinegar once I got home, that didn’t work it only really hurt my teeth really bad. Tried drinking coke as that was suppose to help dissolve it, this also did not work. Finally someone told me to crush up some alka seltzer and to put that at the back of your throat then to drink some water. I tried this twice and finally it worked. Though the foaming at the mouth sure made me to look like I had rabies. Please pass this on to anyone who eats fast or for people who are in a rush. Glad to be here to live another day still. I now am slowing down more when I eat and drinking more. Also I carry a pack of alka selter in my wallet at all times now.