My dog ate birth control

I recently had a HUGE scare with my sweet dog. My husband told me one morning to move my pills off of the side table of the couch for fear that the dog would get hold of them, and in rebellion idiot me said it would be fine, and that I liked them there. Sure enough I got a call later that day explaining that he had eaten at least 12! My husband didn’t find out until 2 hours after it had happened. Marcus, my dog, is only 8 months old and weighed around 40ibs, I was worried that his young age make make the reaction worse.




He seemed fine but I began to research. We called poison control but they wanted to charge us so we decided to try calling the vet first (before you yell at me for not taking him to the vet immediately, I was 20 minutes away from home with the car and the vet is another 30 minutes away after I picked up the dog, had the vet been concerned I would have acted differently). I called the vet who was at lunch and told me to wait till she got back. I read her the three different active ingredients and the dosage of each. She confirmed that he was fine… HE WAS FINE! HE ATE 12 BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AND WAS FINE! My friend once took 3 and felt sick! I was amazed! It has been around 2 months since the incident and he has had no bad side effects. We were worried that he might suffer from mood swings, cramping, and crave chocolate ice-cream and cuddles but luckily his hormones seem in check.

This is him as a baby, for cuteness factor
This is him as a baby, for cuteness factor

Apparently it is the number one pill eaten by dogs because it rattles like a toy and is normally in less inconspicuous places than other medicines. Lucky for them it doesn’t effect them! My dog did throw up a small amount 24 hours later, but that could have been any number of things.  We were so lucky that he only got a hold of those and nothing more dangerous. The first thing everyone said when they heard was, “Well at least he wont get pregnant.” Lol yes that was my concern.

Bellow is an article that helped me when I was worried about him, it was hard to find good online information, if this has happened to you I hope my story helped put your mind at ease.

http://www.vetblog.net/2014/10/are-birth-control-pills-toxic-dogs.html

The Truth about Biblical Law and how the Old Testament Applies Today

I have heard a lot of confusion about why Christians do not follow the laws from the Old Testament A.K.A. Jewish Law. This includes things like not eating shrimp, returning everything major you have purchased every 50 years, not being gay, leaving the city when you are on your period, and stoning adulterers. There are some very crazy, very strict, very clear cut laws. So why do we not follow them? There are Some people claim that we choose to ignore parts of the Bible we don’t like, which isn’t the case. A lot of people say that Jesus abolished the law, which is not true (I promise this is Biblical just keep reading). Some say he fulfilled the law, which is partially true (1/3 to be exact). As an amateur Bible Scholar I am here to clear up this issue. I have learned a whole lot in school but this part I learned from my husband, and to be honest it is my favorite thing that he has taught me. I love to hear it over and over again! So let me explain.

In the Old Testament there are 3 types of Law, each have their own purpose. You can not lump them all together, other than stating that they are all laws. They are all very different from one another. I am going to break them down and discuss them one by one, explaining what they are and how we deal with them today.




1. Civil Law – This type of Law is the one we think the least about. This was God’s rules for His nation. He set Israel Aside as his own. In the beginning they had no king and no ruler. He was to be their King and their Ruler. They would have something called judges to lead them. (These are not your everyday powdered wig, white robed judges). These judges would tell the land what God wanted from them, and kept them in line with the law. The Civil Law were rules to keep the nation running properly, similar to America’s Constitution. These are things like how to deal with property disputes, rape, lying, killing, and things like that. These laws were made for the nation to follow in order to keep it ruining smoothly without a ruler. You see a lot of this type of Law in Deuteronomy.

Why we don’t follow it today: We are no longer one nation. Christians are spread out all over the place, we have other rulers. The Bible is clear in the New Testament that we are to obey whatever government we are under.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except by God, and those that exist are put in place by God. So then, the one who resists authority resists the ordinance which is from God, and those who resist will receive condemnation on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2 NASB

We also see this same idea when Jesus was confronted with the idea of paying taxes. He said, ““Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Meaning that they should pay their taxes. -Mark 12

There is no longer a need for Civil Law because we are not God’s nation, we have a king, we have laws, rules, and regulations. We may call ourselves a nation under God, but we are not God’s Nation. The laws would contradict itself and leave much confusion.




2. Ceremonial Law – These Laws are what kept Jew right with God. These were things they did to show repentance and to be cleansed of their sins. This includes things like how to stay “Clean”, In what ways to sacrifice animals, what animals to sacrifice etc. It talked about the priestly duties, how to purify a house, and even taught Women how to handle their periods. This was all about staying clean and right with God. There are a lot of these laws in Leviticus.

Why we do not follow it today: This is what Jesus did for us! He fulfilled the law!

Jesus Said: “17 ‘Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not [a]the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches [b]others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever [c]keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:17-20 NASB

He was very clear that the law was not to be annulled. God doesn’t change his mind, but he can change circumstance! He fulfilled the law, He finished it, He completed it! Instead of killing lambs and OX we repent and receive salvation, that is when the law has been fulfilled in our lives. (If you have any questions on this feel free to comment or message me).

*IF none of the law is to be annulled then why do we cut out the civil law? I believe it is because our government fulfills our need for this type of law, it doesn’t annul it (personal opinion, not fact).




3. Moral Law – Finally we end with the last but not least Moral law! This type of law is found all over the Bible and is the most commonly known. It has stood the test of time and is very commonly known. The most famous of them are the 10 Commandments, these are moral rules to guide our relationship with God and our relationship with others.

Why we do not follow it today: We do, or at least we try. We live in a fallen world that is infected with sin, meaning it is in our nature to disobey these, simply because we are not God and fall short of who he is. Today these are the rules that Christians try to follow.  Today Christians do our best to hold ourselves to the standards that these laws provide. It is an impossible task, the only way to be blameless in front of the law is to keep all the ceremonial laws. Which is also almost impossible. This is why God sent His Son. He sent him to fulfill the ceremonial law so that we may be forgiven when we do not live up to the standards of the Moral Law. He gives us so much forgiveness from what we have done.

It sounds like such a simple thing, he just forgave us, but we often forget how much he forgave us from. By breaking just one moral law we are unworthy to be his sons and daughters. We have failed the perfection that he attained and made us for! Because we have failed to live up to what we should be we deserve Hell. Hell is God’s wrath, his justice. He is a loving God but he is also just. People tend to forget that he is both. They like the love but ignore the justice. If we refuse to believe that Hell exist, then we can not fully fathom his love. The two contrast each other, like light and dark. You do not understand how bright a light is until you understand the dark that it is saving you from. I encourage you to contemplate Hell for a moment, so that you may understand the forgiveness we have received.

I found the following website to have good information if you are interested in learning more about what laws are considered which category:

https://carm.org/what-are-the-main-divisions-of-the-old-testament-law

Why I Started A Blog

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There are many reasons I began to start blogging. Not all of them were good, but I have learned a lot.

1. Something to do. This was probably one of the best reasons. I just got married in May and am only employed during the school year, so I have all summer to do nothing. I am a huge extrovert so staying home alone all day without any kids is great for a bit but eventually turns into torture. I figured a blog would give me something to do and motivate me to try new ideas and improve the apartment. It has done exactly that, and has also motivated me to call some friends for help on projects.

2. Share my ideas. I love fixing my house and creating new and creative ways to do things. I love making things more efficient and cheep. So many blogs on pintrest have helped me learn how to budget, save money, and cook. I wanted do the same thing for others.

3. Make money. This one was more of a dream than a reality, it takes a lot of views to begin making money off of a blog. I was hoping to make enough money of off it to support the monthly fee for the site. I honestly knew I wouldn’t make money from it but it was worth a try. Maybe one day I will make enough to quit my second job, but until then I will just keep writing for me.

 

10 ways to Help an anxiety attack, from a person who has been there




 

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My anxiety is trauma based, and is more about making sure I feel safe than anything. That is just my experience, these ideas will work differently for each person, but try what works for you! There are two different types of Attacks and they need to be handled differently (I have not seen studies on this but I know it to be true from experience). There are those caused by a mental state of mind (these are what I have). Then there are those caused by the body but it feels mental (this is what most people face. I will list ways to help both.

Mental Attacks
These are not the most common and are more likely caused by trauma than anything. Unlike most panic attacks they start in the mind and move to the body. These need to be cut off the second they start and involve lots of mental warfare. I have lots of experience with all the ways you can help these.

1. Stop your repetitive thinking, stop your repetitive thinking.
Before an attack ever occurs I begin to get stuck in my mental Process. I think something like “I can’t do this”, Then I may rant in my head for a minute and come back to the same thought “I can’t do this, I can’t do this, I can’t do this”. At that point I am gone, the attack is coming. The best thing to do is interrupt the pattern. There are many ways to do that here are some of my favorites:

        A. Ask a rebuttal. Something like, “Why can’t I do this?” and then come up with reasons you can do whatever it is you are worried about. Most of the time I am not even worried over a specific event so there is no “IT”

        B. Blurt out what you are thinking. At first this may make it worse, but If you have a friend around they will help interrupt that pattern.

        C. Create a positive Repetition. This one may take persistence, but is one of the most effective. Try to think of something positive, like “I am fine”, “God will take care of it”, “I can do anything”. Kind of like the woman from “The Help” (You is kind, you is smart, you is important). Since you are already thinking in repetition this shouldn’t be too bad. Even if you go back to the bad thought keep trying, for me it looks something like this: “I can’t do this, I can’t do this, I can’t do this. Yes, I can.. Nothing is wrong, nothing is wrong, I can’t do this, nothing is wrong, nothing is wrong.

C is honestly my favorite because it calms you down, and combats your thoughts, while still letting you feel freaked out because you are still being repetitive.

2. Do anything to feel safe!!!
For some people that is standing in a corner, or away from doors. some people need people standing very close, maybe hugging. One time I was getting anxious and my husband just laid on top of me, the pressure and the weight made me feel safe (although he was doing it to make me laugh.) For some people laying on them like that would make it worse because they feel like they can’t escape. It all depends on the persons needs. Just follow your instinct. I always have this irrational need to sit in a ball on the floor so sometimes that is what I do, and it helps.

3. Make Something warm to drink. This will distract your mind by giving you something to do. It will create a sense of normalcy. This also helps because the warmth of the drink, it is proven to create the same calming hormones as a good and long hug. It knocks out two birds with one stone. It helps a lot more than it sounds.1465869025152

4. Enlist a friend. If you have a friend who is around you enough to help with panic attacks this is important. They do not need to baby you. If it has worked in the past then keep doing it, but I know many people whom babying did not help. The best thing is to be stern, they need to tell you that you are okay, remind you where you are, and tell you to snap out of it. Yes those words can be mean and hurt at the time, but it works. I learned this one from my husband. During the worst panic attack I have ever had, I didn’t even know where I was! He tried to comfort me for a minute telling me the basics of reasons why I was okay. Then he began Yelling at me. For me this is the best thing he could have done! Every time I would get more upset and quicken my breath and get more scared he would yell that I needed to stop and calm down.  This did two very important things.

 a. Disrupted my thoughts. I couldn’t even think over him yelling. It took me out of the bad place that I took myself into, it pulled me back into reality.

b. Gave me motivation to get out of it. I am a BIG people pleaser at heart. When he began yelling I felt that me being in this state might upset him so I tried even harder to get out of it.

5. Cool Down. Go to the bathroom, grab some paper towels and wet them. Flap them through the air a few times and they will be cold. Run these paper towels around your temples, under your hair, and behind your ears. My friend did this to me during my first panic attack and it helped very quickly.

 

Physical Attacks

This is when your body begins to freak out and it affects you mentally. This is the cause of most panic attacks. You can be sitting at home doing nothing and your body can go into defense mode. Your pupils will dilate, your breathing will be shallow and adrenaline will pump supper hard. To misquote a good movie (Mr. Nobody) It is like you are being chased by a bear but no one can help you find it, and if you would just wake up you would realize that it is really just a small little bunny.

1. State the facts. Tell yourself what is really going on. If you have ever read The Hunger Games this is what Katnis uses to fight her panic. She starts with her name and age, then talks about where she lives. Eventually she gets up to where she is at the time and what her situation is. This will help your mind calm down as it faces reality. This method has the added benefit of feeling hard core because you have seen a rockin’ movie hero use the same techniques.

2.Eat something
I know this is counter intuitive and it is the last thing you want to do, but trust me, try it. This method focuses on calming your body. Eating tells your body that it is not in trouble. After all no one being chased by a bear stops to eat, no they use that adrenaline to run. I’m not saying to stress eat or stuff yourself, I’m just saying that a granola bar could do wonders.

3. Drink water. Water is proven to help shock. Right after a car accident the first thing you should do is drink some water. I fractured my finger yesterday, I felt a panic attack coming on, along with nausea and dizziness. The first thing I did was chug a bottle of water. I can not stress to you enough how much it helped! All of the panic left immediately.

4. Focus. Find something to focus on, distract yourself until it passes. This could be anything from a stress ball to twiddling your thumbs, to phone games. Do anything to calm yourself and create focus.

5. Slow Down your Breathing. This treats your body and mind. There are ways of breathing that slows down your heart rate. It gives you something to focus on. This is a lot more important than it sounds, it is the best way to control what your body is doing.

*It is very important that if you are having panic attacks you talk to your Doctor. It can be a medical problem and can lead to heart attacks and stuff. It is a medical problem not a mental problem. It is not worth living with panic attacks, it cost you too much not to say anything about it. Your doctor may prescribe medicine, natural remedies, or mental training in order to help with what you are going through.

 

Similarities Between God and a Shower

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In my Christian walk and studies I have noticed a lot of recurrences and similarities that are patterns older than time. C.S. Lewis calls it the law of undulation. It all boils down to the fact that there are times in our life when we flourish in our relationship with God, and there are times when we do just the opposite. We fall, we fail, we feel like God has abandoned us and left us empty with no message. In truth God is still there, He will never leave us, but that doesn’t mean He will never be silent. Christian Artist “Beautiful Eulogy” stated:

Elijah saw the clouds split
And know that God did it
And does it still
Still, his presence feels like chills
Right, and if I’m honest it doesn’t happen often
Something must be wrong
It’s boring when my life is more like the book of Ruth than Exodus
I’ve never seen the partin’
Of an ocean
Or a cloud by day or pillar by night
Just a normal everyday working of life

 

That hit me hard when I heard it. Read this line again, “It’s boring when my life is more like the book of Ruth than Exodus”. Exodus was filled with signs and wonders. God’s work was on display and everyone saw it. Tragedies and miracles all in one book. Imagine, the parting of the Red Sea, the Ten Plagues, Manna from heaven, water from a rock! Now compare that with the book of Ruth. A woman get’s married, then remarried by the grace of God. It is simple everyday life, its a beautiful love story, but in comparison it is boring. It is what happens in our everyday lives, it is what we see everyday. God didn’t give them messages, he didn’t give them signs. It doesn’t talk about God getting them through hard times it was just simple life. Sometimes that’s how we feel, God isn’t doing something HUGE for us every day, I can go weeks or months without feeling his presence, hearing his direction.

Does that make me bad? Not at all! Am I a terrible Christian? Absolutely Not! Does God still love me? YES! Is God still working in my life? Absolutely!!! You don’t have to feel God every second of every day for him to be real and active.

In times like these it can be hard to seek God. Picking up your Bible can be difficult and praying can feel useless. Which brings me to my main point, God is like a shower.
God is like a Shower

1. We hate getting in

This problem may just be me but I hate getting showers, don’t get me wrong I do it everyday but that doesn’t mean I am excited about it. I put it off and procrastinate as long as I can. If you can’t relate I am sure your kids can. Every time you mention baths and showers to a kid they complain and whine and fight you tooth and nail to avoid it. We often do the same with spending time with God. We put it off, we make it sound like a chore. We don’t often get excited about going to do a quiet time. We push it off or find distractions. Sometimes it turns into just another thing we have to do on our check list.

2. We don’t want to leave

Have you ever tried to get a kid out of a bathtub? They are stuck in there permanently. They will sit in that water until their fingers prune and the water turns to ice. Better yet have you ever had a warm shower after a long day that seemed to melt your cares away and relax every muscle? You never want to leave! You begin to question why you don’t do this way more often. This is exactly how we are with God. I don’t care how much you whined and complained about going to spend time with God once you actually get down to it you don’t ever want to leave. I’m not talking about just reading some devotional, I am talking about earnestly seeking God and praying. His presence will keep you there and you think, “Yes, heaven will be great, this for an eternity, just us and God in eternal fellowship, I can’t wait”! But lo and behold the next day you are back at it again, you consider skipping your quiet time to sneak in some extra chores before work. Why do we do this? Why can’t we remember how great it was just the day before?

3. It is calm and refreshing

Let me be clear, a shower can NEVER do for you what God can do for you, but we must admit they both make us feel better. At the end of a hard day, or preparing for a rough day to begin what better way to prepare yourself than with something calming and refreshing. Often times we turn to showers, or warm blankets, but God does it so much better! He can heal our wounds and put armor on before we get new ones. His love is comfort and protection. We need to run to him! 1st Peter 5:7 “cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you”.

4. We begin to notice when we have not gotten enough

What happens when you are sick and avoid a shower for a little too long? You get gross. Your head get’s itchy, you feel gross and oily and sweaty. Bad things happen. It’s that same way with God. One time a few years ago I let things get in the way of me going to church. I missed for a solid 2 weeks. That doesn’t seem like a long time, but any time is too long for a sinners soul to be away from the presence of God. Without fellowship and learning I became not so pleasant. I was rude and unhappy. I knew something was wrong and needed to change.

5. Others begin to notice

This one doesn’t need too much explanation. When someone hasn’t showered in a while you can tell, whether it is the smell or the tell-tell greasy hair, there is going to be an unpleasant side effect. It is the same thing when we sacrifice our fellowship with God. I remember a point in my life where my non church going parents noticed a decline in my attitude, and had no fear in pointing it out. It was at that same time that I let things get in between me and my relationship with The Father. My advice to my friends was not as good. I did not face problems with prayer. Now a days my husband can pick up very quickly when I have gotten my priorities wrong just through my words and attitudes, without even noticing a change in my devotion time. When we leave out the most important thing to us, people begin to notice.




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How to get everything 50% off at Hobby Lobby

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I always thought this was common knowledge, but recently on pintrest I have seen a lot of people talking about getting 40% using coupons. The coupons only allow 40% off of one purchase each week. I am telling you how to get 50% off of every item that you want. That extra 10% could save you a lot in the long run! I bought a majority of my wedding stuff at Hobby Lobby. I would have spent almost $300 but thanks to patience and a little know how I got everything for less than $150!!! Talk about a cheep wedding, it was a steal!!! All you have to know is one secret! Everything at Hobby Lobby is %50 off every other week. Like I said it is simple and common knowledge but apparently a lot of people don’t know this. Entire departments go on sale at different times. one week 50% of the store is on sale and the next week it is the other %50. Which means within the course of 2 weeks you can get %100 of the items you are interested in for %50 of the cost. Before my wedding I had the weeks that the wedding items were on sale marked in my calendar. I live about 30 minutes from the nearest Hobby Lobby so I can’t just stop in to see, and the app doesn’t mention when the wedding stuff is on sale. It was just simpler to know that every thing would be on sale every other week. For example I went one week and the wedding stuff was on sale! Huge score! However, the vases and flowers I needed were not, so I just bought stuff from the wedding department and came the week after for vases and flowers. It was so simple.
Yes, I understand that sometimes you are in a rush and the 40% off coupon is the best you can get, but surely not every purchase you make is a rush. I love going into Hobby Lobby and window shopping knowing that ever $100 clock I see is only going to be $50. It opens up a whole new world of interior decorating! I hope that this helps, now get out of those pajamas and get out there and start saving!




How I Got Over Mono Fast

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You can scroll to the bottom for the quick less reading version.

How I got over Mono in less than a week!!!

This past summer I was all set to go on a mission trip. I had spent months praying and preparing. I was going to the Isle of Man. I raised close to $4,000 to spend a month over there living in odd placing, eating new food. I was so excited!!! Well I had also only been dating the man who is now my husband about 2 months. We lived 2.5 hours apart and were dreading spending a month without communication. I had been really tired when I did too much, but I thought it was because I was a waitress and out of shape. I was set to leave on a Friday, but exactly a week before I felt a tightening in my chest, it felt like someone had a viper grip on my heart. I rushed to the doctor. I thought it was a heart attack. My normal doctor was out so I saw someone else. He said it was some respiratory thing and sent me home. Well that next Monday I noticed a lot of pain, swelling, and discoloration in my throat. So back to the doctor I went. He told me that the lung thing from the Friday before was mostly  anxiety but that my throat suggested Mono. After some test he concluded he was right. I had mononucleosis, AKA the kissing disease (I blame my husband, he never got it, even though he kissed me while sick). My spleen was swollen and I could not travel at all. If something were to bump into me it would have burst and in a foreign country you can not guarantee how they will handle it. I knew that God must not want me to go so I cried and then left it with him*. I was stuck in Bed. By happy circumstance my throat closed up and I was unable to eat. I knew that I would need something, I was sooo hungry. So I bought loads and loads of naked juice. It’s nothing but blended fruit, I figured it counted as a meal. I only bought green machine and blue machine as flavors (which was another lucky circumstance). I was drinking about two or three of the large bottles pictured above a day. I also managed to slip down a few McDonald’s french fries, they were small, squishy, and the warmth and salt felt good on my throat. I was also taking about 2000mg of vitamin C a day as instructed by my doctor. Something went right because by Saturday my swelling had gone down and I felt great. I was still tired just from having so much rest but I could tell it was over. By Monday when I went to the doctor again I tested negative for mono. I believe God helped me to get better. When it was all over Tyler drove to come visit me for a few days then we went back to his hometown to work a VBS. I was soon offered a job at that church. Maybe it was better for everyone that I stayed. Maybe God got me well in time for me to still advance his kingdom here. I am grateful for the chance he gave me and the work I was able to get done here, and the kids I am still getting to work with.

Later on I did some research and found out that the naked juice I was drinking was very good for the immune system. The green machine has algae in it, which sounds disgusting but is one of the best things you can do for your immune system!!! The blue machine has a butt load of blueberries in it which are also big immune system boosters!!! So Maybe it was luck, maybe it was God, or maybe it was the Naked Juice, but no matter what it was I got over mono in less than a week from when the test results came back! It may not work for everyone but I recommend at least trying the Naked juice to get over Mono.

Summary for people like me who are too lazy to read blog post

  1. I drank lots and lots of naked juice. I chose blue machine and green machine because they are very very very good for your immune system
  2. I took 2000mg of Vitamin C a day
  3. I got well in less than a week
  4. It may not have been my diet but God that made me better- I say this because, thanks to my fast recovery I was able to work in a church that needed my help.
  5. I recommend trying the Naked Juice diet I was on to get over Mono, It cant hurt right! I don’t promise my results but anything is better than the average 3 months most people take to recover!

 

What about you guys, have you heard of anything that helps Mono? Do you think it was the drinks, God, or luck that got me better. Personally I give God the credit. Comment your thoughts below!!!

 

 

*I later found out that my team actually lead someone to salvation!!! That is really cool because in most European nations they hate protestants and all efforts fall on deaf ears, so maybe it is good I wasn’t there, maybe I would have done or said something that would have prevented that one salvation.