(Day 23) Simply Being Thankful

rose-186452_640I have been away for a week as I needed to step away from the distractions of the online world. I have been so tired and just barely able to keep up with my necessary daily functions. I found out today that my vitamin D level is very low so that’s why I have been so fatigued.

I am so thankful to have an answer!

I was also pleased to learn that my A1C is the lowest it has been since I was diagnosed with diabetes. In March it was 9.4 and now it is 6.6. I know it will get much better when I am able to get back on my health journey again. My food and water intake has been good but I need exercise in my life again.

It will happen! I am confident because I am inspired by my progress. Now I just pray Lord heal me by raising my vitamin D levels so I can stop taking naps every few hours. In Jesus Name, Amen!

 

(Day 16) Thankful for Challenges

Well today I decided to take a challenge from a Pastor that I follow on Periscope. On Saturday he challenged his followers to get a Word from the Lord and do a Periscope Broadcast. For those of you who don’t know, Periscope is an app where you can do live broadcasts and people can watch live and type in a chat box to talk to you and tap on their screens to give you hearts which is like clicking the like button on Facebook. The hearts actually help your visibility and they are accumulated and then the more hearts you have the higher your profile is in the ranking.

IMG_2023Anyway, I was going to do the broadcast yesterday but I didn’t get to it. So today at 5:51pm I get a notification from my Bible app on my phone after I got the verse of the day notification. In my mind, this was God’s way of giving me a Word for the Periscope. I read the verses Jude 1:20-21 and jotted down some notes and thought out what I was going to say. I prepared myself by putting the picture you see to left of my notification on my computer so I could show it in the broadcast and then I could not get the broadcast to work. I had to open and close the app a few times and finally it gave me the option to start a broadcast. I named it (Pastor’s Name) Challenge Accepted. Stepping out of my comfort zone.

Would you believe, that Pastor was the only person who clicked into my broadcast!! I froze up, forgot everything I was going to say and laughed while saying hi to the Pastor. I continued to talk to about 5 minutes and then I just shut it off because I knew that I was just blabbering at that point and there was no viewers on anyway at that point. I watched the replay and cracked up laughing so hard that I am sure I burned 300 calories if not more!

I will certainly have to work on my broadcasting skills for the future but today I’m chalking it up to a Periscope fail. Thankful for the challenge, thankful for the experience and thankful for the laughter. Now maybe tomorrow I will try this again. Maybe. Big maybe. 🙂

Periscope-fail

 

 

(Day 13) Thankful for my Grandsons

0a160f207d0fdbfe2fb08ebfff6b4519Today I had the opportunity to hang out with my 3 and 6-year-old grandsons. Did you know that children of these ages have a ton of energy? Good grief, now I know why I had my children when I was young. I’m too old to keep up with these boys. Oh but they are so precious. The quiet conversations that they have are so innocent one minute and then they switch gears and are rambunctious as ever. The questions they ask are thought-provoking. The love they show is unconditional. I was reading a book while the boys were playing with a pirate set and suddenly they were more interested in what I was reading. It’s those little moments that just put the biggest smile on my face.

Whenever I hang out with my grandsons I tend to think about what Jesus said ” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4 ESV

What did Jesus mean by that? I think maybe He meant that we are to be abandoned in our trust. Children have a way of trusting that is far beyond adult comprehension. Children don’t worry about things like we do, they trust that their parents or grandparents are going to provide for all of their needs. Children love to learn and they believe what they learn. (Yes, they ask why a million times but that’s just because they want to know everything!) Children are innocent, humble and teachable. I’m sure I could mention many other things. The point is, Jesus wants us to trust Him with our lives.

I am thankful for my grandsons and I am thankful that the Lord uses them to bring life to His Word.

(Day 12) Thankful for Doctors

medical-563427_640Went to see my doctor today and I am so thankful that she is not the sort that just throws pills at me. While she did alter my current medication, she didn’t try to push the newest drug on the market. Many of my former doctors seemed to just be in the practice for the pharmaceutical kickbacks and it used to drive me crazy. I am thankful that I don’t have to deal with that anymore. I was heard for my concerns and we had a great discussion.

The other thing I like about my doctor is that she doesn’t try to push weight loss surgery down my throat. I went down that road about 11 years ago even to the point of having a surgery date set up but God said No, So when God says NO, it means NO! I had a few doctors that always tried to push the gastric bypass. I’ve had many friends who had the surgery, some with good success, some with short-term success and some with no success. God made my organs to work perfectly, I am the one that chose to eat too much food and be lazy so why should I surgically alter my body because of my lack of self-control.

Some may not agree with what I just said and that’s okay. We can agree to disagree. I am just saying this about me. It’s a personal issue between every individual and God. For me, it’s not an option. My option is to continue to yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead and guide my journey to weight loss. My doctor supports me as well and she is willing to help in any way even if it’s just holding me accountable by checking in with her on my progress. I like that very much. I look forward to getting my blood results to see if any of my life changes so far have helped with any of my values.

IMG_1934I am looking forward to getting a handle on my fatigue so I can get back to exercising. Somehow I think I need to push through it and stop making excuses. I really am exhausted though and it’s not because I am lacking sleep. I will get there. I did gain 3.4 lbs, this week though but I will not let it get me down as I didn’t do anything to contribute to losing weight this week so what more should I expect. Hey, this is a journey not a sprint so I will just keep moving forward.

(Day 11) Thankful for All the Veterans

veterans-day-imageToday is Veteran’s Day and I am so thankful to all the brave men and women who served our country. What makes me sad is that we give one day to honor our veterans yet they struggle to survive every day and no one bats an eye. Did you know that 22 veterans every day commit suicide due to PTSD?

We have far too many veterans that are homeless, alone, sick, depressed and it’s a shame. I pray that more will be done to resolve these issues but I am thankful that at least they do get a day to be honored although I believe they should be honored every day.