Wellness Wednesday- Almost Missed A Blessed Sunday

Missing out on moments in life is a part of living with chronic illness. Spoonies, people with chronic illness, always want to be invited, but also know a flare up could hit at any moment or simply just have zero energy to do anything.

My weekly routine now is take my once a week medication on Thursday, relax on Friday and do a half day on Saturday, By doing only a half day on Saturday, I am okay for Sunday morning and church. But last Saturday I had a funeral in the afternoon and it was important for me to be there. That meant a full day on Saturday.

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The result? I woke up Sunday with no energy and almost canceled my Sunday morning group and stayed home from church. But then I prayed and did my self talk of , “Man up and go”, and got ready. I was drained but went.

Am I ever glad I did.!!! An American friend from church joined and helped with my Sunday class for the first which was spontaneous. The students were delighted. During worship after class, a young Hispanic woman sat next to me. We talked after worship and realized we knew each other from when I visited a Hispanic church when she was a teen. We talked about ways she can help with ministry. Then as I was walking in the church, a woman and two teens were talking. I know the woman and her husband speak Spanish, so I greeted her in Spanish. The two teens said, “we need a Spanish group in church.” That is something I have wanted to do for a LONG time.

After church I came home and enjoyed a three hour power nap full of gratitude for how the Lord worked Sunday morning.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Creativity Sparked Day After My Meds-New Short Story

Yesterday I shared about chocolate ice cream being my breakfast the day after taking my once weekly medication for psoriatic arthritis. I had thought I might go to a coffee shop, but something happened.

I stopped by my church office to pick up something. While I was there, I talked with a man who can video the short films I want to make based on short stories I wrote in my other blog encounterswiththeancients.com. I also spoke briefly with the woman who is our Worship Leader at church about filming and about my writing and drama experience.

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As I was driving home, a story idea came to me based on the account of Jesus bringing Lazarus back from the dead that I wrote about in Jesus Showed He Has Power Over Death.

When I got home it was time to start writing. I wrote for an hour and then it was time for a nap. I have only been taking this med for two weeks, but have found I need sleep the day after.

When I woke up, four hours later, it was time to finish the story. The story is Terminal Patient Meets A Man Who Died Twice.

The creativity spark can strike at any time and when it does, it is time to follow it.

So that was my Friday, day after taking meds. Sleep, go to the church office, sleep some more and write a short story. Even on what was planned to be a down day, God worked.

How was your Friday?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

My Breakfast Day After Meds

There is a cereal that uses the slogan breakfast of champions. I cannot eat that cereal because I have Celiacs. A normal breakfast for me is an apple and a cup of Greek yogurt. But I decided to treat myself the day after I take Methotrexate the medication I take for Psoriatic Arthritis.

So what is my breakfast of champions the day after you might ask? Thank you for asking. My breakfast the day after is chocolate ice cream. ūüôā

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Chocolate ice cream is easy on my stomach, tastes WONDERFUL, and my little way of rewarding myself.

My schedule is clear today, so that means a day of relaxing. I think a coffee shop will be on my agenda later today, My bed is telling a nap might also be on my agenda for the day.

What is on your agenda for today?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Wellness Wednesday- Keeping A Sense of Humor

This morning I will go to the Orthopedic Surgeon for an injection in my knee. The injections help delay having knee replacement surgery. He injects hyaluronic acid but I like to tell people it is hydraulic fluid because it gives me a lift.

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Keeping a sense of humor while living with chronic illness helps me to not get too down about it. Laughter is good for the soul.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of[ Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.
 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy
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I love Psalm 126 because it doesn’t just speak about laughter and joy It talks about having been through an ordeal and experiencing the joy of the Lord. Psalm 126 does not deny life’s difficulties. It focuses on the Lord not the difficulties.

Spending time with Jesus gives me the strength to keep going. It keeps me going spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.