November 11, 2022
It’s 9:51 Friday morning. I have a final exam today for the 2 week Introduction to Computers that’s part of the whole of my ECE course. The last 3 weeks have been tiring, stressful and challenging. However, I’ve had more than one helping angel on my side. I’ve needed that help and encouragement!
As I prepare for today’s test I’m rewarding myself with breaks to keep my strength and motivation up. I just read a really powerful post by Tony from Reflections of a mindful Journey. Have a read at the link below.
Tony’s wonderful poem reminded me that when I’m stressed I really do have options. I can lean on God, I can ask for help and I can speak with those who are willing to lend me an ear. Yes, in this world we will have troubles, but we are not alone. We have God and many angels on our side. However, we must be willing to allow their wise words to be heard and taken to heart. Then we must follow through with the appropriate actions.
As I decide on what to post, another helping angel comes to mind as I look through my drafts from many moons ago. It was Matt of Jesus Loves All who inspired these following contemplations. Thanks dad! Love you. ❤❤❤❤😁 (He adopted me! I’m his cyber daughter! So proud of you dad!)
Since I wrote these words, my health has improved so much, but not without some effort on my part as I heeded the advice of those who know much more about health and wellness than I do. If you have an autoimmune disease, yes, you may have many challenges, but there’s still hope that you can find some relief or even heal.
Chasing A Dream
October 11, 2019
She’s up and running! Well, sort of. The title for this one is a bit ironic considering that, physically, fatigue can keep me from doing too much of anything. In fact, I’ve spent most of the day in bed today. This wasn’t my choice, I had other plans, but my body disagreed.
However, when I did wake, the idea for this piece came to my mind, so metaphorically speaking, as I grabbed my tablet I was up and running again.
One of the thoughts that came to me was something a fellow WordPress brother had expressed on his blog. Matt shared these words with a young woman who was in a group that he mentored, to prepare students for university. She’d heard through others that a certain course wasn’t worth taking. Matt advised her that you get out of it what you put into it. He went on to say that those who’d complained weren’t motivated and didn’t try very hard. Matt’s post can be found here:
As Christ’s followers we’re always His students, and the concept that you get out of it what you put into it is very much applicable. (In his own words, Matt wrote the same thing referring to a relationship with Jesus.) You can choose to sit on the sidelines or you can dig into your studies, speak to your teacher, confer with your classmates, do the homework and work on those assignments.
I was bummed when I woke up and had to spend most of the day sleeping. I wanted to physically do something, but just because I can’t always do what everyone else is doing doesn’t mean that I have to quit chasing my dreams.
When Andrew and I moved into this suite, my health was quite good. However, autoimmune diseases can sometimes be progressive, so things can change. Looking over photos of when we first moved in, I miss how well I was able to keep our home. I really enjoyed beautifying it, and keeping it neat and tidy. I took pride in my home. I still do, but you wouldn’t know it if you happened to pop in on a day when the dishes are piling up, and the floors need cleaning. I’m not keeping things as I once did, let alone spending any time beautifying it.
Jesus said that the body is a temple. As followers of Christ we house the Holy Spirit, but we can let things go there too. We can fail to study, and if we manage to do that much, we can fail to listen and apply it to our lives. As one of my favourite saints put it, faith without works is dead. It’s dead because faith should transform us, but if there’s no action there will be no growth.
Having health challenges shouldn’t stop anyone from continuing to learn and grow, or even to plug into a community. It also doesn’t mean that things will always be so challenging. I’m chasing a dream. I know that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Will we receive some of these rewards here on earth? Absolutely we will. (His mercies are new every morning) Will He choose to heal us? This I don’t know for certain, but I do believe as David did that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, so I have hope, and I persist. Either way I know that I will get out of it what I put into it. So I’m going to keep running.
Please don’t listen to those who tell you that you can speak your health issues away. We call this the Word of Faith movement. Anyone who offers you an easy fix is wrong. God is a rewarder, but look closely at what He says; those who diligently seek Him will be rewarded. Rewards aren’t handed out for doing nothing unless you’re a dog and you’ve been told to wait. In Jesus, however, waiting means depending on Him. So we draw close to Him and keep running, knowing that He will help us to the finish line if we remain in Him.
P.S. the state of my home is improving. It’s looking better and better and I’ve literally been up and running. I’m in school, I’m learning to drive, and I’ve yet to find out what the future holds but I have hope that it holds the best. So stay hopeful. God bless.
Keep being that angel at someone’s side. Whether you receive that recognition and thanks or not, God approves, God sees and he rewards. God bless.