Solemn Vow

When I first heard and sang this song I fell in love with it straight away and have loved it ever since. It is a song of dedication and commitment . The words of the song tell a story. Powerful words to an equally wonderful tune.

In verse one we red of the writer’s faith, in verse two we read how the writer see’s Christ. Verse three goes on to tell us the writer has nothing but love and how they wish to have his saving power. Finally in verse four the writer speaks of the suffering cry of him who died for all mankind

My Solemn Vow – Catherine Baird

Eternal Spirit, my unchanging friend,

I come with joy for Thou art ever near;

O bless my eyes with vision, boundless, pure;

My promise hear in realms where truth is clear.

My faith in Thee I boldly own,

Since Jesus led me to Thy Throne.

Spirit of truth attend me now,

While I present my solemn vow:

All that I am I pledge to Thee,

Spirit of love abide in me.

I see Thy splendour in the Holy One,

Thy might revealed in lowliness and grace;

O may I choose a stable or a cross

If He be there to sanctify my place.

O glory of the Christly name,

Be Thou my treasure and my aim!

All I possess, apart from Thee, is naught,

Still would I offer Thee my life, my love;

So shall the desert be a harvest field,

And my whole being Thy abundance prove.

Lord, I would witness every hour

To my Redeemer’s saving power!

O may I hear, in every suff’ring cry,

The call of Him Who died for all mankind;

Help me to share the Shepherd’s lonely watch,

Or climb the steeps His lost to find.

I dedicate my love to Thee,

That love may overflow in me.

2022 Patient Recommendations for TOP Neurologists…Epileptologists…Neurosurgeons…and Pediatric Doctors

Epilepsy Talk

Below is a compilation by website forum members who have had positive personal experiences with docs over the years.

This list is based on recommendations and, of course, is purely subjective. Butit might be helpful for anyone looking for a good Neurologist…Epileptologist…Neurosurgeon…or Pediatric Doctor.

NOTE: The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) provides a directory of specialized epilepsy centersin the U.S. along with other useful information about epilepsy. http://www.naec-epilepsy.org/

NEUROLOGISTS/EPILEPTOLOGISTS

ALABAMA

Dr. Jennifer DeWolfe, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Dr. NasrollahEslami, Bessemer, AL

Dr. Robert Knowlton, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Dr. Christopher Laganke, Cullman Regional Medical Center, Cullman, AL

Dr. A. Lebron Paige, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Dr. Sandipan Pati, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Dr. Potts, Tuscaloosa, AL

Dr. Jerzy Szaflarski, Director Neurology Clinic at Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, Birmington, AL — Epileptologist

ALASKA

Dr. M. Hillstrand. A.N.P., Anchorage, AK

ARIZONA

Dr. Louann Carnahan at Tucson…

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2021-2022 Top-Ranked Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Epilepsy Talk

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of hospitals is considered the pre-eminent source for excellence.

For the 2021-2022 evaluations, U.S. News evaluated 1,248 hospitals and ranked the top 50 that treat many challenging neurological patients for brain hemorrhage, conditions affecting the central nervous system, spinal disorders and injuries, degenerative nervous system diagnoses such as MS, care for stroke, seizures, meningitis and more.

The top-scoring hospitals are listed below.

To find out more, click here:https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/neurology-and-neurosurgery

And to find recommended neurologists, click on this link:https://health.usnews.com/doctors/neurologists

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Bearing Witness

Don't Lose Hope

“There is in life a suffering so unspeakable, a vulnerability so extreme, that it goes far beyond words. In the face of suffering all we can do is bear witness so no one needs to suffer alone.” –  Rachel Remen

Sometimes it’s impossible to put into words what we have experienced. What we have gone through. Words can’t capture it. They seem inadequate.

And yet there is this pressure to articulate, to share – what can’t be said or spoken.

The impact’s too profound.

We’re spaced out. And we reeling. We’ve lost all contact with time.

But what we need is human contact. Someone there, to be with us. To sit with us in silence. To witness all that pain.

We don’t need words, and answers. We don’t need trite advice.

We need the gift of presence.

And that will be enough.

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Throwback Thursday

Self Care & Mental Health

We all were children, once.💚 In 2022, let’s remember those precious baby younger years… And treat our Adult versions with Love and Respect.

This is me, my Zivah, and my Calandra all around the same age ❤️

I can’t emphasize enough how much you deserve good things… Doesn’t matter what anyone says …. Until you believe in yourself and believe it for yourself!

Take time to do that ❤️

Stay Safe, Speak Life, and Spread Kindness 💗

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Time, like a firework

Time, like a firework, wraps anticipation,

Exploding in a one-off spectral splash,

It only has one shot at detonation,

One piercing scream, one fleeting flash.

There are no brakes to grip the passing years,

No gears that back away from bitter tears.

No way to pause the happy days or play again,

No way we can delete those times of pain.

The paths we never should have walked.

The lips we never should have kissed,

The words we never should have talked.

The meetings that we should’ve missed,

The things we overdid or underplayed,

The loneliness – and need to be alone,

The broken vows and new ones made,

The souls now missed who used to make us moan.

This is our life that’s burns before our eyes

And as we fly through foggy firework skies

The very least we ought to try and do

Before we fade and fall is catch the view.

There is no time for looking back

Despite our hoard of time-consuming frets,

This is our life whatever it might lack

Don’t spend it all on might-have-been regrets.

Out of the box our fuse is well and truly lit,

The ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ that echo through the night

Remind us as we soar that this is it!

The sparks behind that flicker bright,

Are pushing us toward the distant sun.

So what’s the point sad pessimist?

Death may be near but life is just begun!

So let’s embrace each unexpected twist

And sparkle like a new lit baby star

Enjoying every random turn

Exploding with the joy of who we are

Not worried by the speed with which we burn.

For Christ came not to skulk and frown

He came to heal our hurts and to forgive

He came to give us life not put us down

And every day that we refuse to live

We bang another nail into his hands

And freedom smarts and looks the other way

And all of heaven fails to understand

Our sad unwillingness to seize the day!

(Andrew Bale)

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Wednesday’s Wisdom

Self Care & Mental Health

This one is IMPORTANT!!!

🗣🗣 Improve your communication skills! 🗣🗣


All of us have something we can learn about listening to and talking with others! I’m going to post more about this subject at a future point. I wanted to mention this, though, so we can give it some thought.

Research. Be mindful when you have your next talk. Pay more attention to what’s said. Are there any patterns? Is there any growth? Resolution?

Stay Safe, Speak Life, and Spread Kindness 💗

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Quote of the Day

Don't Lose Hope

When you can’t look on the bright side, I will sit in the dark with you.”

We all need people who will do this for us; but it’s not an easy thing to do at all.

Why? Because others’ pain reminds us of our own.

So not everyone you know can be there for you.

But I hope you find someone who will offer you that gift

Who will help to bear the burden so you don’t feel so alone.

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