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Dec 28, 2016

What You Need To Know and Do When Tough Times Hit

It's inevitable that we're going to face tough times in our lives. The most important thing about walking through these difficult times is how we approach them.

Pain & Suffering is Part of Life

A very common response for most when a trial hits, is to immediately question why God would allow it to happen. The reality is, pain & suffering are a part of life. Even if you don't share my worldview you would probably agree that everyone goes through difficult times at some point in their lives.

If allowed, pain and suffering can help us grow to become a better and stronger person. Sometimes pain and suffering can lead us into a deeper relationship with God.

For what it's worth, I wanted to share some of the things I've learned along the way.

You Need to Protect Your Mind

Don't allow your mind to spiral into the negative, I know it's so easy to go there. When things are hard and pressing in you might feel as if everything is going wrong. If you're not careful your negative thoughts can lead straight into hopelessness and you'll start thinking that your situation will never change.

Don’t let your hard times make you feel hopeless and certainly don’t let negativity control you. Most importantly don’t let bitterness take root in your heart. Bitterness leads to anger and nothing good ever comes out of bitterness.

You must work hard to guard your heart and mind. Take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Keep Your Problems in Perspective & Just Do The Next Thing

Don't blow your problems out of perspective. Don’t let your "molehill turn into a mountain". It's easy to allow our problems to grow in size and get blown all out of proportion.

Sometimes because we allow our problems to get too big we grow fearful and become paralyzed from making decisions or from moving forward to make changes that will help our situation.

Be careful not to let fear stop you from doing what you need to do. Acknowledge your fear and deal with it.

Focus on your goals, focus on your daily tasks and just do the next thing. It's ok if you can't focus on anything beyond that. Once you've completed that one thing then attempt to do the very next thing.

Believe Your Experience is Making You Stronger

Experience is one of the most valuable commodities you own. No one else has the same experiences as you, they are what makes you, you. Your experience builds strength in you and new experiences help you to grow.

Some experiences may be painful but you have the power to turn your wounds into wisdom and eventually you can help others who may go through something similar.

Your experience can help you face the future with more confidence as you think about how much you've grown.

Your Attitude Does Not Need to Be Controlled by Your Circumstance

You can have joy even if your world feels like it’s falling apart. You can have a smile on your face even when you don't feel like it. I've seen some of the most wonderful examples of people who have gone through horrible tragedies and yet somehow still managed to praise God through it.

A Bible verse that kept me focused during difficult times is Nehemiah 8:10, it ends with "the Joy of the Lord is Your Strength." Read that again, The JOY of the LORD is your strength.

The Lord's joy is your strength. His joy gives you the strength you need and is what will get you through.

You are Where You’re Supposed to Be in Order to Get to Where You Need to Go

Look at your life and see all the little blessings you have & they add up to great big blessings.
If your circumstances seem hopeless choose to recognize them as a tool to get you to where you need to go next.
I know you won't feel this way when you're going through it but if you're a child of God, He promises to use all your circumstances for your good, even the bad ones. Romans 8:28

Choose to Be Thankful

Being positive in a negative situation is a sign of leadership and strength. When you’re overwhelmed and want to complain choose to smile and be thankful. It will make you feel better to smile even if it doesn't change your circumstances.

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Be Patient

The definition of patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset. It’s the willingness to stay focused as you move ahead one step at a time.

God is working a greater work in you and that takes time but as we wait patiently God promises to bless us.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4 

You’re Not Alone

Finally, everyone is struggling with something but not everyone is brave enough to talk about it. You really need to know that you are not alone!

Not only do you have the Lord to help you but more than likely you have friends and family who can be there for you. I know that some of you don't and I'm sure that's very painful. Pray that God brings healing and relationships. Some have found encouragement in online support groups.

You are not alone! You are not the only one going through a difficult time. This will not last forever! You can do this! You will get through this!

1 Peter 1:6 Though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Dec 26, 2016

Why I'm Not Waiting Another Day To Begin Exercising

The new year begins in less than a week. Many people wait until January 2nd to begin their New Years resolutions with the desire to begin exercising at the top of that list.

Getting fit, regaining health, and losing weight are all great goals but it takes a lot of will power and determination not only to begin but to continue.

It never fails, my typical routine every year is a gung-ho exercise routine from the Spring through the Summer, that's when I feel best and I love exercising outside. As soon as our homeschool routine starts in the fall, my exercise routine goes out the window.

I lost 16-lbs from last Spring through the Summer but now that I've been less active, let's just say I can tell my clothes aren't fitting as loosely as they were. I refuse to hop on the scale but I did decide last week that the day after Christmas was my day!

It would be easy to delay exercising, especially since the new year is in a week but I made a commitment to myself that I wouldn't wait.

Today I started back exercising and it was so hard! The exercising itself revealed my lack of movement; my muscles were tight and I was out of breath after the warm-up. The hardest part though was getting up and actually beginning.

I hemmed and I hawed, I said, "Oh, I'll go right after I get this next thing done!" I found myself not wanting to exercise. I was dreading it. I actually made it worse than it needed it to be.

Finally, I just got up and headed to put on my workout clothes. I knew if I didn't do this today, I would just keep making excuses and would never exercise.

I decided to start with a walk routine I was doing off and on during the Summer. When I couldn't get outside for a walk I'd go to my playlist on YouTube and find Leslie Sansone's "Walk This Way 1 Mile Walk".

I enjoy this workout because it's easy to do, it goes by fast, it's not boring like a treadmill, and Leslie is so encouraging. Let's just say, I need all the motivation I can get. When she says "great job, you can do this," I believe her! {Smiles}

Here's Part 1: Start Quick & Easy, and when this becomes too easy you can move on to the next more challenging video.

So, today is the first day of my new exercise routine. Why don't you plan to start exercising right away and don't wait another day!

In a few weeks I'll share something else I plan to add to my workout routine, so be sure to check back.

How do you stay active and fit?

Dec 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

I am so very thankful for each and every one of you who faithfully read my blog. I love hearing from you, hearing your stories and love to hear how one of my posts has encouraged you. It really makes a difference to know that the things I write and share are helpful.

I wanted to make sure I wished each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas! Because I write about chronic illness and Lyme disease, I'm very aware of the struggles that you face as you approach your holiday.

I know all too well the struggle to get everything ready on time, pushing myself to the point of exhaustion so that my children would have a great Christmas, putting on a little extra makeup so that no one would notice exactly how terrible I felt.

I remember not wanting to make a long trip to visit family because it physically hurt to sit that long. Then there was the extra burden of packing up special food, supplements, and medications and then make sure everyone took what they needed when they needed it.

Holidays can put an extra burden on the one with a chronic illness or who has chronic pain, that most people wouldn't understand.

The complexities of medicine, over exerting oneself and knowing that because you enjoyed today you'll probably sleep all day tomorrow.

Even so, I want to encourage you to enjoy your Christmas as much as you can. Enjoy every minute, every smell, every word from your Christmas Eve service. Enjoy watching your family as they open gifts and spend time together.

What you allow your mind to focus on will make all the difference for you as you celebrate these next few days. Even if your circumstances are less than ideal, find the positive, find the blessings, and learn to enjoy the little things.

Remember, Christmas is a celebration of the Lord Jesus's birth and the miracle that lies within.

I pray that you and your family will have good health, peace, and happiness as you share time together.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!