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Hot Flashes, Him & Help

Nothing is more irritating that going from normal body temperature to roasting in five seconds! I was told when I was chemically induced to menopause that I would have severe hot flashes. They were right! Lucky for me my husband, Mike, was hot natured so we keep our house cold. Especially at night! Around 11pm the air goes down to 67 and when we go to bed the ceiling fan goes on high!

Mike's dad used to visit and sit downstairs with us and wear his coat. I knew he really was cold but I did not get it! I am very accommodating to company but you can put more on and I cannot take but so much off!

Mike is now on blood thinners (temporarily we hope!). Now, he sit's with blankets on him complaining about how cold it is. He even uses the bedspread at night while I am under a sheet with my foot hanging out to help me stay cool! I told Mike of all people he knows it is not cold. Maybe I will go on blood thinners!

Last night I was thinking about this as my toes felt like they had 50 pound weights on them from the bedspread! Isn't this how life is? Hot and cold! Things can be going just fine and everyone is comfortable and then things heat up. Sometimes a fire starts. Sometimes a slow smoldering fire and sometimes it seems it is a forest fire! Some days may be "praise God" days and some days will be "I need a miracle day!" And both in the same day!

Change can be hard especially if we are creatures of habit. When we wake up in the morning we like to know our routine and what is going on that day, etc. Unexpected changes are a part of this life. It can be a phone call from your doctor, a change in a relationship, a move, a job change, etc. Some changes can be overwhelming and terrifying. We can feel lost and not know what to do. We can all expect changes in our lives!

When we feel this way we want to be able to hold on to something stable. There is only one thing that will not change. Malachi 3: 6, "I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed." Our God is unchanging! He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Psalm 145; 8-9, "The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." Isaiah 41; 10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." We can know that God has compassion on us! He has our best interest at heart and wants to bless us. He has told us He will help us, strengthen us and uphold us! All we have to do is trust Him!

Because we can walk in faith and not fear we can accept the changes by trusting God. Look for the blessings because He always brings blessings to His people. Psalm 46: 1-3, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."