Physical: I was right, the monitor is a pain. I sweat profusely and I exercise. When I do this it takes about five minutes for the electrodes and the sensor to detach from my skin. I bought some surgical tape to try and keep them on. It helps for about 30 minutes. The second issue was that the monitor beeped all night alerting me that it needed me to do something. Kind of like having a newborn in the house. I am too old and infirm to be nursing a newborn. I have had too many episodes to report to keep count of, and at other times I see the monitor light up as it is reporting something that I either didn't feel or I thought was too insignificant to record. Oh My! This is going to be a long month.
Spiritual: Satan was active at church this morning. The sermon was an excellent sermon from my favorite Elder. I so wish that they had called off Promised Land from 5th - Jr. High. It was a message that would have been easy for these kids to understand and assimilate into their lives. The teens stay in the sanctuary during the service, so I was glad they heard it. Satan's work actually began Wednesday night during the band practice. A novice presenter had decided to pull the songs together. She has some developmental limitations that cause her to be highly distractable and there must have been something going on that distracted her. She messed up several of the established song presentations that had us scrambling this morning to correct and caused some slip-ups during service. She doesn't process emotions well and the mistakes were causing her a lot of guilt. I did my best to show her how the errors could have been easily made and that everyone on the team makes those errors. It is nothing to feel guilty about and that only Satan wanted her to feel bad about it. I was able to tie this into Scott's sermon about how even Jesus was tempted by Satan. And that as we rely on God, He himself offers a way of escape from these temptations. We, being human will fall and make mistakes. When that happens, Satan uses that as an opportunity to accuse us and cause us to feel shame. But God doesn't accuse us and we do not have to beg for forgiveness from Him, because we are already in Him. We only need to confess our sin and we are cleansed from unrighteousness. That God uses this process to grow us up in His grace. I assured her that we are all going to make mistakes and the only thing we need to do is correct those mistakes when we find them. And that I did not ever want her to feel guilty or discouraged because of a mistake. She seemed happier when she left. But that wasn't the only thing that was going on. There were issues with the lighting, the shades and the sound. At one point the band had to stop and start over because the vocalist and the instrumentalist weren't in the same place. I think it was because Scott's message was so powerful and Satan wanted to distract everyone from what he was saying. At least I know that God was able to use those mistakes to draw that mistake into our presenter's life.
Have a happy and blessed week.