Staying Focused Keeps Us From Falling

I like to practice yoga and some of the most challenging poses are the ones that require balance. If you try tree pose, which is pictured, you will need to focus in on one point because this helps maintain stability. Looking away will cause you to waver or fall out of the pose. This isContinue reading “Staying Focused Keeps Us From Falling”

dealing with depression and seasonal affective disorder

This is a post from the website of a dear friend of mine and her daughter. It speaks to how mental health concerns can impact our lives. Unfortunately it isn’t talked about very much especially in Christian circles. However I would like to see this change. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and needs toContinue reading “dealing with depression and seasonal affective disorder”

Adding Something Positive to the Conversation.

This post is going to be short and sweet. When you have the opportunity to be a peacemaker and insert wisdom into chaos, please do so. Use your words to do good and not harm. Don’t be hypocritical and point out how horrid one person’s behavior is and then turn around and engage in theContinue reading “Adding Something Positive to the Conversation.”

Holiday Highs and Lows-Balancing Dreams with Reality and Remembering the True Meaning of Christmas

It’s hard to believe that we are less than twenty-three days from Christmas. “What happened to the year?” I ask myself as I am sure many other people have. I mean I can still see in my mind me and my family sitting around the tree in the living room last year opening our gifts.Continue reading “Holiday Highs and Lows-Balancing Dreams with Reality and Remembering the True Meaning of Christmas”

Our First Thought: I was just reading email and saw that I had one from my doctor. The subject line indicated it was related to test results from lab tests I recently had completed. She said that the amount of protein my kidneys are putting out has increased and that I should contact her to discuss starting medication to relieve the condition. As it is the age of the internet I immediately started researching the condition. Fear struck me as I learned that this could be an early indictor or kidney disease. There is some history of this in my family and I started having flashes of myself having to go to dialysis everyday for the rest of my life and what that would mean for my quality of life. I don’t want to live that way I thought. But above all I felt afraid. Fortunately I was able to interrupt my panic and think of God. Pray I thought. Ask God for strength and healing. I don’t have a diagnosis of kidney disease and really I am lucky that I went in for that test and it is something that can be monitored from now on. In my research I also discovered that there are other reasons for increased protein output in the urine including being very stressed or working out strenuously. I don’t know the answer now but I need not panic as I normally do and accept help from my doctor. Thank-you God for urging me to go in for my labs that day because I had thought about putting it off again. Jeremiah 30:17 says “I will restore health to you and heal all your wounds,” says the Lord. Thank-you Father for all that you do and provide. Amen.

Giving Up To Gain: I have been a social worker for over twenty-five years and love the field. However for the past several years I have felt a pull or a longing to do something else. Something that would more directly be a conduit for bringing the Word of God to others. That’s the main reason I started this blog. But I think it’s just a beginning. But if there’s more what is it and will I be willing to step out and walk the road that the Lord is leading me down? What will I be willing to give up to be obedient to God and put my full trust in Him? For some reason I believe this will involve me leaving my job which would mean giving up a very good pension. That’s sounds crazy in the natural. Thoughts go through my head such as how will I survive in retirement, will I have enough, who will take care of me? I am married and my husband works and will receive retirement. But what if we live to be one hundred? What about health care costs? What inheritance will there be for our children? While I am not ready to submit my resignation today, writing this has caused me to seriously think about my future and how I want to spend the remaining years of my life. If I work for six more years I can retire relatively young as compared to many retirees and then start my second career. I will have the safety and security of my pension and retirement accounts to keep me feeling safe and comfortable. With my husband’s retirement it will be even greater. But should I wait? Is the time now? I don’t know the answer to this question today but I have a scripture that I will be meditating and praying on as I press forward. Proverbs 3-5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.