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Year Two, Day 233: Faith = Freedom



It seems my tradition is becoming to have a tooth filled for the New Year!

I just had a tiny cavity in my back molar. But it is a relief to have it taken care of.  You can tell by my goofy, lopsided grin I am relieved, but my face is still numb from the novacaine.

I have a good feeling about 2017. I am ending 2016 taking care of all my health issues: Physical therapy for my low back injury, my bronchitis has nearly run it's course and my tooth is filled. Bring on the New Year!

I stopped by the library near my dentist to blog a bit, return the "Rein" DVD's I was watching...I almost finished Season 1, but another library patron is waiting. So I will take a break from Rein.  I do tend to get too obsessed.  Need to get back to the real world.  Winter term begins next week!

I am taking an online course in Medical Terminology. I am actually really enjoying it. I am an odd duck. I have always loved taking tests!  My goal is to sharpen my medical terminology skills and find a part time medical transcription job to bring in a steady cash flow to hold me over in between teaching terms.

That is Plan A. Plan B would be to find a church pianist job.

I was thinking while I was in the dentist chair.  Trying to keep my mind off the whiring drill.  First I was singing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" in my head.  Then I started thinking about fear and faith.  So I said a prayer. And it came to me that faith in God brings freedom.  I Googled that and found this scripture:

 

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1

I experienced this freedom late last night. I was so tired. I fell asleep almost the instant my head hit the pillow, but then popped up in the wee hours of the morning filled with anxiety. Mostly worried about my son.  Worried, fretted. And finally prayed.  Just kept breathing in and out and praying.  Ending up reciting the Jesus Prayer over and over: "Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner." I would breathe in and out to the rhythm of the words.

And finally a deep peace descended on me. And I knew that I needed to give all of my worries to God.  I told Him I trusted Him and was going to sleep. I was confident He could handle it all.  And I slept like a baby!

Again, as I sat in the dental chair, I turned to Him.  And I felt like a weight lifted from my chest. 

There is freedom in faith.  I need to remember this!

As far as the New Year goes, I am excited about my additions.  But I need to add two more:

1.  More Faith
2. More Time.

I plan on gaining more time, by increasing my faith. Which in turn will set me free from my worries and troubles. Which should give me more time to enjoy my life and serve my purpose here in this earthly realm!

Happy Friday!

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