Monthly Archives: November 2016

Sunshine and Falling Leaves….

….And achey fingers, back and feet.   Fall and spring were always my favorite seasons.  Bright colored leaves, cool breezes and sweaters usher in my favorite holidays season, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  New baby leaves and spring storms carry in the summer season of fresh garden veggies, canning and preserving food for the winter.  However, Rheumatoid Arthritis is not only changing my body too quickly to keep up with, but also the way I think, and see the world.  It’s drawing me closer to my Creator.  I’m more thankful for what I am still able to do.  I have to concentrate on THOSE things, rather than dwell on what I have lost.

Some days, my fingers can pick out the piano keys lightly and easily, others, they stumble and fail to create a recognizable melody at all.  I can pick up my flute and attempt to play, but my lungs give out, or the dexterity of my fingers is simply not there.  My voice crackles and my breath support seem to have gotten up and flown away at times.  Praise God, His Word says: “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)  Make a JOYFUL noise.  That I can do….professional and polished?  Not so much anymore.  But I’ll gladly keep giving Him all I have, because it’s really all His to begin with.

The sunshine sure looks warm and inviting today, but the pain in my hands, wrists, feet, ankles and back all scream out a different story.  The drop in temperature and the storm front that moved through yesterday evening left a definite mark om the RA for today.  It’s a grab the cane and take it where ever I go today, day.

After a little reflection, I think that winter is my new favorite season.  Cold days give me an excuse to hibernate indoors, and not feel guilty that I can’t do the outdoor yard and garden work that I used to do.  As my body changes, instead of giving up, I learn to fight in new ways.  Winter will be a good time to conquer some new gluten free baking techniques.  Maybe I will actually pay heed to my food journal and find some new favorite foods to replace the known food triggers to my RA.  I like rice…..but I LOVE potatoes.  Nightshades….not good for RA.  My beloved fried potatoes for breakfast do nasty things to my inflamation levels and pretty much destroy the day.  Fried rice for breakfast?  Who knew that my hubby would LOVE the idea!  33 years and he still loves a ‘spontaneous’ surprise as he called it.

Challenge time.  Reflect on what I have, don’t despair over what I have not.  Thank God for every moment and USE it wisely.  Remember: REST is a wise use of time.  Take care of yourselves!!!  If you don’t already keep a food journal, start one.

 

 

 

 

Bra and Socks Optional

Wow.  It’s the middle of November!  Where has the time gone???  The holidays are imminent and there is so MUCH to do, so LITTLE time and ZERO energy!!!!  This morning, I could barely open my eyes, much less reach out and answer the phone when it rang.  The stiffness and exhaustion are so overwhelming.  So I rolled over and stretched.  And rolled over and stretched again.  Then I rolled out of bed.  I picked up my bra and…and…tossed it on the dresser.  That’s what those sweet little $1.68 camisoles from Wal-Mart are for, right?  I pulled on one of those, grabbed a stretch knit pull-over dress from the closet and slipped my feet into the memory foam in-soled, cheap slip on tennies under the edge of  the bed.  One spoon instead of three for getting dressed.

Next, stop to pray for the day and ask God for HIS strength and HIS endurance.   Thank you LORD!!

Oh man, why did I have to look in the mirror.  *Note to self:  Bathrooms do NOT need a whole WALL of mirrors.  Well, stop and praise God.  I HAVE hair, and most of it is on my head.  Another spoon goes to brushing and fastening my hair out of my face so I don’t have to deal with it all day.

Now on to the day’s tasks.  I wrote out this wonderful list on Monday, of everything that I needed to get done before my son and his lovely lady arrive next week.  Today is Wednesday and I’m already a day behind.  But, I padded the list with three extra days to rest before they arrive, so, with the help of my hubby and sons, we’ve got this.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am praying for us all to have the Strength and Endurance of our Loving Heavenly Father as we juggle the extra stresses of the Holidays, and that we prioritize the true meaning of the season over the busy-ness and take care of ourselves in the process.  Have a Blessed day!

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Reflections of Creativity

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Reflections of Creativity
by: Patricia Breed

I love the snow falling gently to the ground,
Big lacy flakes, dancing all around.
They scatter here and flutter there
Floating downward, everywhere.

I love the rain during the freeze,
Coating with ice, the grass and trees.
Then sunlight sparkles on glistening jewels,
Pleased with his work, God shelves his tools.

Angels burst forth in a joyful song
That brightens our lives all day long.
Who says God retired when creation was done?
He fills the world with rainbows, His victory won.

He sculpts the earth with blustery gale,
And pounds it out with wave and hail.
He paints His rosy glow in each sunset.
You see, God still needs a creative outlet!

How could one live their whole life and not see,
That God is all, and always shall be?
It’s beyond understanding, and yet I know
God is the Creator and deigned it so.

So obedience we learn as we go our way,
Reading God’s word, praying each day.
Listening and heeding His great command
To share His gift throughout the lands.

 For if we don’t, we miss the joy He would give,
Our lives are His, not ours to live.
His purpose for us is to do His work,
We miss the blessing when our part we shirk.

His work will be done by others if we fail
To obey and heed His call to the trail.
The blessings we lose if we ignore His call,
For His love is freely given for all.

So choose you this day to be selfish or not,
As for me and mine, we cast our lot
With the LORD above to carry our load,
Freeing us up to travel His road.

What He asks, He will honor and provide
He’ll hold us tight in His arms so wide,
He’ll daily meet our every need,
Freeing us to spread His precious seed.