After Hurricane Katrina, Years Of Post-Traumatic-Stress

The storm ravaged houses and killed thousands, but much of its damage was invisible to the eye

Taken from   The Atlantic  which is located   HERE.

This past week we as a nation watched as hurricane Irene caused untold damage along the eastern seaboard as well as taking dozens of lives.  Recovery will be difficult as thousands seek to put their lives back together.  Hurricane Katrina allows us to know that many will need help as they seek to recover emotionally.  The following is one woman’s story.  Allan

In 2003, I relocated to New Orleans from California, and two years later, I was living in a neighborhood called the Bywater on a street named for a saint who was flayed alive, six blocks west of the Industrial Canal that would flood the city’s Lower 9th Ward. Two blocks from the Mississippi River, I rented half a shotgun — an architectural style popular in New Orleans that gets its nickname from the fact that a person standing at the front door can fire a shotgun directly out the backdoor.

On August 26, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into the Gulf of Mexico. By August 28, it had grown from a Category 3 hurricane to a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale with maximum sustained winds within its eyewall clocking in at 175 m.p.h. On the morning of August 29, the cyclone — now a Category 3 with sustained winds of 125 m.p.h. — made landfall near Buras, Louisiana, a small community located at the bottom of the toe of Louisiana’s boot-like shape.

From there, the storm swept across St. Bernard Parish, St. Tammany Parish, and east of New Orleans. Continuing north, it slipped over the Louisiana-Mississippi border, and on August 30, it weakened to a tropical depression over the Tennessee Valley. The resultant storm surge produced massive destruction across multiple states, and New Orleans’ levees were breached catastrophically, flooding an estimated 80-percent of the Crescent City. The hurricane left 1,836 dead and hundreds missing.

The day before Katrina made landfall, I fled the city, ending up in Lafayette, Louisiana, with a dozen other evacuees. Together, we looked on in paralyzed horror as the city flooded on the TV screen. The Louisiana Superdome became a refugee camp, New Orleans residents waited on rooftops bearing signs asking to be saved, and the dead lay uncollected in the streets. The storm’s damage tally would exceed an estimated $80 billion. When it became clear none of us would be going home anytime soon, we left one by one, heading to points across the country.

When I did return to New Orleans, the city was ravaged, its great oak trees broken, its buildings crumbling, a refrigerator stranded on a dark sidewalk like a ghost. My neighborhood was deserted. A sign on the front of the house where I had lived indicated the roof shingles, which had come off during the storm, contained asbestos. I was in the 20 percent of the city that hadn’t flooded, but portions of the roof had come off during the storm.

Inside, the rain had spawned black, green, and yellow mold that crawled the walls. I could see the sky from the living room through the exposed wooden slats of the structure’s bones. The ceiling was in the bed. In the backyard, a towering pecan tree that had stood for probably 100 years had been uprooted from the ground and tossed aside like a toothpick by a bored giant.

I took the boxes and my papers from the mostly undisturbed kitchen. From the rest of the house, I picked and chose from the things that didn’t appear to have mold or asbestos on them. The following day, I drove out of the city. There was a boat in the middle of the street. The houses gaped, slack-jawed and empty-faced. I drove across the eastbound span of the Twin Span Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, and parts of the westbound span of the bridge were simply gone. I drove an hour through a destroyed forest, and when I looked up in the sky, I tried to imagine a thing so big that it could destroy so much.

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Six months later, the shock had worn off, and I was numb, dead, like a plug disconnected from a socket. Somewhere along the way, my brain’s neural circuitry had been overloaded. A fuse had blown, but I could not find the fuse box. I grew increasingly unable to think well, then to think at all. Broke, I took a job as a waitress, and life became something I witnessed through the wrong end of a kaleidoscope. I was disconnected, enraged, anxious. At night, I would fall asleep, then jerk awake moments later, my arms flailing as if warding off an oncoming attack.

In my dreams, the city was always flooding, even though I had missed the flood. I withdrew from the world. Sometimes I wondered if I was dead, suspended in a kind of posthumous existence in which everything appeared to be real but was a hallucination. It was hard to discern the root cause: Hurricane Katrina, the nervous breakdown I’d had in early 2005, the reporting I did as a journalist in the years prior covering the adult movie industry. Or, perhaps it was some inherent, unseen weakness in a malfunctioning brain that I could not see but that controlled me.

Over time, I would get better, but it would take several years, and, even then, there would be relapses. On October 13, 2009, four years after the storm made landfall, frustrated by a work-related problem, I walked from the living room of my apartment and into the kitchen. I stopped in front of a cabinet, rocked back on my heels, and slammed my head into the cupboard in front me as hard as I could. Immediately thereafter, I smashed my hand into the neighboring cupboard. In the wake of what had happened, I stood there, reeling.

In a paper called “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Memory,” Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a clinical psychiatrist who has studied PTSD for over three decades, explains how it works. “Ordinarily, memories of particular events are remembered as stories that change and deteriorate over time and that do not evoke intense emotions and sensations,” van der Kolk writes. “In contrast, in PTSD the past is relived with an immediate sensory and emotional intensity that makes victims feel as if the event were occurring all over again.” Simply put, one experiences a traumatic event but is unable to integrate it into the story of his or her life.

Why did I develop PTSD while some whose lives were more greatly devastated by Hurricane Katrina did not?

According to van der Kolk, it depends on whether or not one dissociates from the traumatic event. If the event is never fully experienced, it fails to be integrated into a “past-tense” narrative, leaving the survivor living in the shadow of a memory-in-limbo — an experience playing over and over again on an internal JumboTron with no remote control. As a result, some disconnect emotionally; others fail to remember at all. “For example, traumatized people may know what has happened to them, but they may have no feelings about it,” van der Kolk adds. “Conversely, people may act disturbed without knowing what makes them behave that way.”

This past July, I was asked to appear on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” to discuss the White House’s decision to send condolence letters to families of servicemen and servicewomen who commit suicide while deployed in combat zones.

During the program, the conversation turned to post-traumatic stress disorder and some of its symptoms: hyper-vigilance, flashbacks, emotional numbness, night terrors, anger, depression, anxiety, and an exaggerated fight-or-flight response. The host, Neal Conan, asked me about my personal experience with PTSD, and I attempted to explain what it was like. I said that it was like looking at life through a pane of smoked glass. I told him that you become “emotionally dead.”

After the show aired, I received an email from Brad Fleegle, 27, a Marine corporal and Iraq War veteran who lives in Portland, Oregon.

“I’ve often told people that I feel like there’s a glass barrier between myself and everyone else,” his email read, in part. “I can see them, but I can’t connect and communicate with them. I am alone in a small glass box, seemingly within the world but actually removed from it.”

Not every combat veteran emerges from war with this sense of dislocation. For some, an extreme life experience — war, trauma, a natural disaster — can give their lives new meaning. After the hurricane, I relocated to Virginia, where, working on a story for the local newspaper, I interviewed J.R. Martinez, a then-22-year-old Army corporal from Shreveport, Louisiana. Martinez had suffered burns over 40 percent of his body when he drove a Humvee over a landmine in Karbala, Iraq, and was trapped inside.

At a fundraiser where he was helping raise money for other veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, Martinez pulled off his knit cap to show me the breast implant that was embedded under the skin of his skull to expand the skin, which would be grafted onto other, scarred parts of his body. I suggested that when he was done with it, he donate the breast implant to a stripper who had only one breast implant, and we laughed. At the time, Martinez had undergone over two-dozen surgeries. For the most part, he was cheery and upbeat. It seemed through what had happened to him, he had found his purpose.

In 2010, I started interviewing combat veterans and launched The War Project. Some of the veterans I meet are struggling with their experiences; others are not. They have been to Iraq, Afghanistan, and sometimes both. On one end of the spectrum is Hart Viges, an Army mortarman-turned-conscientious objector who had a religious revelation during a post-deployment screening of “The Passion of the Christ” and now dresses up like Jesus, walking around town holding a sign that reads “JESUS AGAINST WAR.” On the other is George Zubaty, who deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 and Iraq in 2003 and has the cool unflappability of a politician-to-be. Zubaty told me, “All the times when I shot at somebody in Iraq, it never really struck me as being something that I was gonna internalize as some kind of, like, great metaphysical wrong.”

It’s been six years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and two years since I slammed my head into a cupboard on purpose. Over the years, I’ve come to understand those who witness stories bigger than themselves have a responsibility to tell their stories and keep telling them. It’s through this process that we come to terms with what happened, and, in doing so, we are able to move on, even as we look at the past. It’s a way to keep from dissociating, to weave our memories more firmly into the stories of our lives.

Top 10 Myths About ADHD

Taken from  which is located   HERE.

Just-released government statistics confirm that ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is more prevalent than ever before, increasing over the past decade from 6.9% to 9% among children ages 5 to 17. With nearly 1 in 10 kids being diagnosed with ADHD, and more adults learning they have it, too, it’s become commonplace to blame it for everything from bad behavior to a messy house. Everyone, from friends and neighbors to Hollywood celebrities, has something to say about it, much of it with no basis in science. Here to help you get your facts straight, the top 10 misconceptions about ADHD:

Myth #1: Only kids have ADHD.

Although about 10% of kids 5 to 17 years old have been diagnosed with ADHD, at least 4% of adults have it, too — and probably many more, since adult ADHD is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. That’s partly because people think only kids get it.

Learn more about how ADHD symptoms create different challenges for adults.

Myth #2: All kids “outgrow” ADHD.

Not nearly always. Up to 70% of children with ADHD continue to have trouble with it in adulthood, which can create relationship problems, money troubles, work strife, and a rocky family life.

Myth #3: Medication is the only treatment for ADHD.

Medication can be useful in managing ADHD symptoms, but it’s not a cure. And it’s not the only treatment. Lifestyle changes, counseling, and behavior modification can significantly improve symptoms as well. Several studies suggest that a combination of ADHD treatments works best.

Here’s what you need to know about ADHD treatment options.

Myth #4: People who have ADHD are lazy and lack intelligence and willpower.

This is totally not true. In fact, ADHD has nothing to do with intelligence or determination. It’s a neurobehavioral disorder caused by changes in brain chemicals and the way the brain works. It presents unique challenges, but they can be overcome — which many successful people have done. Even Albert Einstein is said to have had symptoms of ADHD.

Myth #5: ADHD isn’t a real disorder.

Not so. Doctors and mental-health professionals agree that ADHD is a biological disorder that can significantly impair functioning. An imbalance in brain chemicals affects brain areas that regulate behavior and emotion. This is what produces ADHD symptoms.

Myth #6: Bad parenting causes ADHD.

Absolutely not! ADHD symptoms are caused by brain-chemical imbalances (see #4 and #5) that make it hard to pay attention and control impulses. Good parenting skills help children deal with their symptoms.

Myth #7: Kids with ADHD are always hyper.

Not always. ADHD comes in three “flavors”: predominantly inattentive; predominantly hyperactive-impulsive; and combined, which is a mix of inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms. Although kids with hyperactive-impulsive or combined ADHD may be fidgety and restless, kids with inattentive ADHD are not hyper.

Myth #8: Too much TV time causes ADHD.

Not really. But spending excessive amounts of time watching TV or playing video games could trigger the condition in susceptible individuals. And in kids and teens who already have ADHD, spending hours staring at electronic screens may make symptoms worse.

Myth #9: If you can focus on certain things, you don’t have ADHD.

It’s not that simple. Although it’s true that people with ADHD have trouble focusing on things that don’t interest them, there’s a flip side to the disorder. Some people with ADHD get overly absorbed in activities they enjoy. This symptom is called hyperfocus. It can help you be more productive in activities that you like, but you can become so focused that you ignore responsibilities you don’t like.

Myth #10: ADHD is overdiagnosed.

Nope. If anything, ADHD is underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many children with ADHD grow up to be adults with ADHD. The pressures and responsibilities of adulthood often exacerbate ADHD symptoms, leading adults to seek evaluation and help for the first time. Also, parents who have children with ADHD may seek treatment only after recognizing similar symptoms in themselves.

Postpartum Depression Could Play Role In Infant Boy’s Death

Taken from Foster’s Daily Vermont  which is located     HERE.

If you need help in this area please check out the following website.

The allegations against Sonia Hermosillo might seem incomprehensible to most parents.

Prosecutors say the mother of three drove her infant son to the fourth story of a parking garage, removed a special helmet he wore for a medical condition and tossed him over the edge. She then validated her parking ticket and drove away, they say.

The 7-month-old boy with deep brown eyes died Wednesday, the same day his 31-year-old mother was charged with murder and felony child abuse. Her arraignment Thursday was rescheduled to Monday.

Hermosillo’s husband says that she suffered from severe postpartum depression and couldn’t accept that her only son had two unusual disabilities, one of which required him to wear a special helmet to reshape his head.

“There is no grudge against my wife. Don’t judge her poorly. She was truly ill,” Noe Medina said tearfully in his native Spanish on Wednesday. “Understand the pain that I am in … I lost my son and now I don’t want to lose my wife. I have to keep going on for my two little girls.”

Postpartum depression affects up to 20 percent of new mothers and can be triggered or worsened by stresses such as a traumatic childbirth experience, disabilities in the infant or an unsupportive home situation, experts said.

Most of these women have the “baby blues,” a bout of depression that goes away within a few weeks, but a tiny fraction — about .01 percent — develop postpartum psychosis, said Stephanie Morales, a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in perinatal mood disorders.

By all accounts, Hermosillo was a wonderful mother until the birth of Noe Medina Jr. this year.

The native of Mexico had two older daughters, ages 7 and 10, and she doted on them as a stay-at-home mother while her husband worked in construction, according to neighbors who knew her before she gave birth to her third child.

They said she was involved in her daughters’ schooling and walked them to class in the family’s working class La Habra neighborhood every day, although she spoke little English.

When she learned she was expecting a son, she was excited, said Sonia Herrera, an upstairs neighbor whose daughter played with Hermosillo’s children and attended the same school.

After the boy’s birth, Hermosillo became withdrawn and serious, she said. Herrera wondered if she might have postpartum depression.

Medina said his wife was hospitalized for postpartum depression in June after she said she didn’t want the boy. The baby had been diagnosed with congenital muscular torticollis — a twisting of the neck to one side — and wore a helmet to help correct his plagiocephaly, also known as flat-head syndrome, The Orange County Register reported.

The day before Hermosillo was arrested, Herrera saw her taking out the trash.

“She was different. She was serious,” Herrera said. “I asked her many questions, and she just said ‘Yes’ or ‘No.'”

Studies suggest that Hispanic women suffer from slightly higher rates of postpartum depression than the general population because many are first-generation immigrants, Morales said. They also are removed from the social and cultural support systems that surround childbirth in many Latin American cultures, she added. A language barrier also prevents some immigrant women from getting help.

“In many of the pueblos and smaller towns of Latin America, especially in Mexico, women will be quarantined for 40 days and 40 nights after birth,” said Morales, who specializes in counseling Hispanic women with postpartum depression. “Women move to this country and … there’s some discussion that by losing some of the cultural traditions that have been built in over the years, women no longer have the strategies for staving off some of that.”

Hermosillo’s husband said his wife took medication after her hospitalization and had seen a therapist for the first time on Monday. Later that day, she scooped up the baby while her husband was watching their daughters, and left their second-story apartment.

A panicked Medina called 911 to report his wife and son missing. La Habra police has declined to release that call, citing the pending investigation.

Most postpartum depression can be treated with medication, therapy and good family support, but stress can worsen the situation, said Morales, the specialist.

“We know that mothers who have children with special needs, they have a higher rate of postpartum depression,” said Morales, who was speaking generally and has not treated Hermosillo. “Any kind of stressor can exacerbate these symptoms.”

Authorities say she threw the baby from a parking garage at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where the boy had been undergoing physical therapy twice a week. The boy didn’t have an appointment that day.

A witness saw the baby falling through the air, and several people, including a doctor, called 911, said Sgt. Dan Adams, an Orange police spokesman. One witness thought a child had dropped a doll when he saw the baby falling through the air, said Scott Simmons, who is prosecuting the case.

Surveillance video showed Hermosillo’s sport utility vehicle with an empty child seat leaving the parking structure a short time later, Adams said. The license plate was traced to the Hermosillo home, the sergeant said.

A police officer driving past Children’s Hospital about four hours later spotted Hermosillo driving on a street about 100 yards from the crime scene and arrested her, Adams said. Hermosillo remained held without bail at the request of immigration officials, who say she’s in the country illegally.

Women who have been through postpartum depression said they can understand Hermosillo’s actions through the lens of their own mental illness. Tiffany Benton, of San Jose, suffered postpartum depression after the birth of both of her children, now 8 and 11.

Benton, 39, said she would dream about pushing her infant in a stroller down a steep slope and letting go of the carriage. She said she was afraid to bathe her daughter because she didn’t trust herself not to drown her.

Benton went three weeks without sleeping at one point and was hospitalized for two weeks after the birth of her younger child when she began hallucinating, she said.

Now healthy, Benton takes medication and goes to therapy, but she has cut her medicine dose in half and hopes to taper off completely with time.

“I was just a disaster emotionally. I felt like I was going crazy and I was having panic attacks,” Benton recalled in a phone interview. “My husband had no clue what was going on. He was like, ‘Oh, you’ll be fine tomorrow,’ and I was like, ‘No, no, I won’t.'”


Depression In The Elderly: 7 Ways To Help

Depression in older adults

Older people are at risk for depression, are underserved by the mental health profession, and have the highest rates of suicide in the country. But many seniors are resistant to treatment because they don’t want to burden their families, or equate depression with weakness or even death.

“One of the hardest questions I get from families is, ‘How can I get my elderly loved one mental health help when they don’t want it?’ ” says Joel E. Streim, MD, professor of geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Here are some coping strategies.

Don’t dismiss symptoms

Depression is not normal bereavement or stress.

“If your parent is not eating for more than a few days, or loses interest in activities that used to give her pleasure for more than two weeks, it could be depression,” says Dr. Streim.

Talk about how they feel

If your father can no longer drive, offering to drive him around or pay for a taxi service won’t necessarily soften the blow.

“The elderly are less likely to cope with loss as well as young people because of the added years of meaning behind it,” says Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, professor of gerontological nursing at the University of Iowa.

Caregivers can help by recognizing its significance: “Ask your elderly parent what they feel about the loss. It’s really important to hear them out and honor their emotions. Listening offers direct comfort and support.”

Look for subtle signs

“Older adults often say, ‘I am not sad,’ or ‘I am not lonely,’ because they don’t want to be a burden on the family,” says Dr. Streim.

“Instead, they show signs of distress by wringing their hands excessively, getting agitated or irritable, or having difficulty sitting still.”

Don’t impose your terminology

“For the person who says, ‘No, I am not depressed,’ I listen closely to what has changed in their life,” says Dr. Streim.

For example, if a patient says she can’t sleep, he uses that as a hook to discuss ideas about how to sleep better or longer.

“I don’t say the words ‘depression,’ ‘drugs,’ or ‘therapy’ if an older adult doesn’t buy into the idea that they need help,” he says.

Recognize that depression is an illness

Family members should be aware of the disability that depression can cause and should avoid making depressed parents or relatives feel guilty by telling them to get out more or pull themselves up by the bootstraps.

“I have seen people so sick with their depression that they can’t get out of bed,” says Dr. Streim.

Don’t take over a person’s life

Buckwalter urges caregivers not to try to do things for older people that they can do for themselves.

“Doing things for a depressed person is often not helpful at all, because it reinforces their perception that they are worthless and incapable,” she says.

Instead, help your elderly relative break tasks into steps and praise them for any efforts.

Try to participate in medical care

Because of new confidentiality laws, geriatric psychiatrists can’t disclose information to families without their patient’s permission.

“Many older people do give us that permission,” says Dr. Streim. “If they don’t, family members can always call me and let me know what they are seeing, and it is helpful when they do.”

Taken from   which is located    HERE.

Preparation For Praise: Streams In The Desert, August 28th, 2011

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the ordeal that has come to test you…you are sharing what Christ suffered; so rejoice in it” 1 Peter 4:12
Many a waiting hour was needful to enrich the
harp of David, and many a waiting hour in the
wilderness will gather for us a psalm of
“thanksgiving, and the voice of melody,” to cheer
the hearts of fainting ones here below, and to
make glad our Father’s house on high.
What was the preparation of the son of Jesse for
the songs like unto which none other have ever
sounded on this earth?
The outrage of the wicked, which brought forth
cries for God’s help. Then the faint hope in
God’s goodness blossomed into a song of rejoicing
for His mighty deliverances and manifold mercies.
Every sorrow was another string to his harp;
every deliverance another theme for praise.
One thrill of anguish spared, one blessing
unmarked or unprized, one difficulty or danger
evaded, how great would have been our loss in
that thrilling Psalmody in which God’s people
today find the expression of their grief or
To wait for God, and to suffer His will, is to
know Him in the fellowship of His sufferings, and
to be conformed to the likeness of His Son. So
now, if the vessel is to be enlarged for
spiritual understanding, be not affrighted at the
wider sphere of suffering that awaits you. The
Divine capacity of sympathy will have a more
extended sphere, for the breathing of the Holy
Ghost in the new creation never made a stoic, but
left the heart’s affection tender and true.
–Anna Shipton
“He tested me ere He entrusted me” (1 Timothy. 1:12, Way’s Trans.)

Prayer Requests & Praise Reports, August 28th, 2011






Instant, before we know to ask, You have answered. You perceive our future and wait for us through it all ready to meet us in it.
You are present in our now, guiding, protecting, ministering, healing.
You have seen us in our past and have forgiven, corrected, proved us loved, and set us on higher understanding.
Name us grateful, though undeserving.

May our attention be conditioned by Your Word working inwardly to honor You outwardly. May this world see they are without excuse. May we live without excuse.

Holy God rescue us from the rampant deterioration. Prepare us for the mansions above, and the personal trials that prepare our hearts to live beyond what we see. Help us dedicate remaining time for the harvesting of those ready to seek Your Face. Fill our mouths with indisputable messages of Your willingness to save now. We glean crumbs of hope to shed abroad.

Personal God, We are yearning to end here and begin the eternal joy. Yet, in Jesus’ words, not my will, but Yours be done. We pray for the twinkling of an eye.

Humbly, and consistently yours,
amen      ~clean hands pure heart~

New Prayer Request
Sue-  Please pray for Michael, he is going through a rought time and doctors feel it is Bi-polar and depression – he is only 14 – really a lovely boy who also was born with a heart condition – please ask the Lord to give the whole family strenght and to give Michael an abundance of strenght that he recovers from this and does not have set backs. I also pray for all those afflicated by the same condition, my heart and soul goes out to all – may the Lord bless you and keep you and may his face shine upon you – always. Amen.
Dorci- I just wanted to say thank you for your continued prayers. I was just reading one of the articles you list as possible causes for depression and chronic pain has to be somewhere near the top of the list. I think if all my pain ever stopped I’d sleep for a week straight. But God is good to sustain me day by day. It’s easy to focus on the things I’m missing out on, especially when I hear about other people who are being blessed in ways that I will never be. But I’m trying to come to the understanding that God has given me this life for a reason and I pray I can be a sweet-smelling savor of sacrifice to Him as He uses my life as He sees fit. But I’d take a physical healing any time He wants to give me one, too. :)Blessings,
New Prayer Request

Lissa–  Lissa–I have just taken a very important test for the CA dental hygiene exam. It was a very intense test this past Sun. I am a single mother of a 7 yr old boy and have worked very hard to achieve this goal. I am please asking for prayer requests that I have passed this exam so my boy and I may move forward! I have had to spend many,many hours away from him due to studying. The test was extremely expensive too and this is not a test anyone wants to have to repeat! Thank you all very much
Long Term Prayer Requests

Okie Preacher–  The doctor who operated on my back, has taken us on. After some time he believes that I may have a very rare condition. So rare, there are only a handful of doctors in the U.S. that deal with it. I would rather not say what it is at the time, but I am grateful that we may be getting to the end of this journey. And, it is treatable. Thank you for your continued prayer. And Captain Kevin, I’ll keep you posted…

Dorci–  She is still having physical problems related to surgery that removed a cyst from her spine. Please pray for Dorci to experience relief from her pain.

Captain Kevin–  Been going through a lot of pain and depression lately. So much want to exercise and get rid of these extra 40 pounds I’ve put on in the last 2 years, spend time studying scripture and improving my vocal and keyboard abilities, but I just can’t seem to get started. Sleep is my favorite pastime lately, but I don’t really want it to be..

Allan–  Please pray for Rachel as she is battling bipolar disorder.

Allan– Please pray for Natalie Tan as she has had a setback in her battle with her eating disorder.

Angela–  Keep Angela in prayer as she continues on her road of recovery from Anorexia.

Praise Report

Set Free–  First of all I just love ~clean hands pure heart~ prayer, I’m sure it ministers to others as it does to me. And second how my heart goes out to all those that have written with the attacks & different illness’s they each have experienced or are going through. Let me say this that our God is an Awesome God and he does hear our cry & prayers of his people even when we don’t understand it all. I know for myself that before I was delivered from my panic attacks that the enemy would make me feel that there was no light at the end of the tunnel but serving God for so many years I knew that he would hear my cry and bring those attacks to an end. To all of you who have posted prayer & your cry for help please know that there are so many people you have never met that are praying for you, thanks to Erunner’s website. Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.

Praise & Worship, August 27th, 2011

Song List

1.  Grace Found Me-  Rush Of Fools

2.  Tonight-  Jeremy Camp

3.  Hold Me-  Jamie Grace

4.  I Want To Be More Like Jesus-  Keith Green

5.  We All Bow Down-  Women Of Faith

6.  We Shall See The King-  Glenn Kaiser

7.  Trouble Will Soon Be Over-  Blind Willie Johnson

8.  Lay My Burden Down-  Alison Krauss

9.  I Will Rise-  Chris Tomlin

10.  Temple To The Sky-  Leon Patillo

11.  You Are My All In All-  Nicole Nordeman