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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.

“You Have Sero-Positive Rheumatoid Arthritis….and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Your body is attacking itself. ‘IT’s’ all Auto Immune related. ‘IT’s’ Chronic and there is no cure. All we can do is try to put it in remission.”

“‘IT’s’ Chronic and there is no cure” echoed through my brain.  At least ‘IT’ had a name now.  Rheumatoid Arthritis… Chronic Fatigue.  My mind was reeling.  ‘IT’ was real.  I wasn’t crazy.  Dr. after Dr. couldn’t put their finger on ‘IT’, but “Try this…” or “Eat that…” or “There’s nothing wrong with you that a diet and exercise won’t cure.”.  I DID diet.  The less I ate, the more I gained.  The more I walked, the more I hurt.  My hands and fingers ached constantly.  A simple squeeze of my hand would send me through the roof in pain and bring tears to my eyes that I tried to hide.  My feet hurt and swelled.  I bought shoes a size larger than I had ever worn, with memory foam insoles.  It helped, but it didn’t fix ‘IT’.  If I stood at the sink or the stove for more than just a few minutes at a time, my back and hips would throb.  I was exhausted all the time.  I would go to bed exhausted, toss and turn trying to find a comfortable position that I could fall asleep in.  I would feel my pulse throbbing up and down in my spine.  My legs would jerk and kick.  I would get up 8 hours later, just as exhausted as when I went to bed.  My family and friends just didn’t get ‘IT’.  ‘IT’ was taking over my life.  Looking back on the months of feeling like I was going crazy, I realize that God was there, guiding every step of my journey the whole way.  There is a time and a season, a plan and a purpose for EVERYTHING that we encounter in life.  ‘IT’ has opened my eyes to the invisible diseases and the toll that they can take on people’s lives, emotions and families.  My heart and soul were suddenly filled with compassion and a need to show others that in allowing God to take control, there is hope.  On a path where each one of us is so unique, that the treatments which work for one of us, won’t always work for another, the trial and error method of finding just the right combination can be very taxing and stressful in every aspect of our lives. Stress triggers our immune system to attack harder and it becomes a vicious cycle through which it is very easy to lose sight of God. The purpose of this blog is to share my journey, and how God has Blessed me, and is daily guiding me through this.  People who understand ‘IT’, and live with ‘IT’ everyday.  I’m not an expert.  Nothing I say is to be construed as medical advice in ANY way.  My goal is simple.  If my ramblings and artwork can encourage you in any way, Praise GOD!  I want us to be each others’ prayer warriors as we take this journey together. Thanks for stopping in, and please share this with your friends and family.

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