November Grateful

Day 12- Successful sales from Facebook Marketplace. I sold my Instant Pot. I sold it to a health care worker who was moving into a place with her family without financial help. We thanked each other for not be serial killers. (You know one is always leery of meeting strangers to sell items).

Day 13- Soft pajamas.

Day 14-Sunny days.

Day 15-For meals that taste good.

Day 16-To be able to apologize for being wrong and receiving grace.

Day 17-For my friend, Galina, who constantly shows me, I need to be gentle with myself.

November Thankful

Days 8-11

I am grateful for rainy days (Day 8), volleyball recreation (Day 9) and over the counter products (Day 10).

I am eternally grateful for the people who serve our Armed Forces. They dedicate their lives and sacrifice so much for all of us to be free in the U.S. (Day 11)

November Grateful

Day #3 (Nov. 3)

I am grateful for the ability to vote and how many more people voted in this election. Many had to wait in line for hours and travel many miles to do their civic duty. Voter suppression is real and needs to be stopped. God bless the people who fight for American Citizens to have that ability.

Hope in the Eternal

According to the world, power and control, material possessions, relationships/friendships, a career, physical beauty are supposed to bring us happiness. If I had this thing or that person, my life would be better. There may be fleeting moments of bliss with these things we collect or pursue, but nothing will bring hope or joy like what is eternal.

Right now, things are rough. Days seem like weeks; weeks seem like years. Sad events are piling up on top of one another, and many feel like they are being buried alive. So many of us cannot seem to catch a break. Our hope turns to cynicism, and our outlook becomes bleak.

I don’t consider it wrong to question one’s life, government policies, or religion. However, I feel the enemy uses confusion to send us into a mental breakdown. The enemy takes our focus that no matter how devastating things get, God will have the last say.

My friend asked me if she would see me at church. I told her I feel like I’m having an existential crisis right now and may not return. She reminded me, “God is our King, not the politicians, especially in these crazy times.” I am not downplaying systemic racism and fascism engulfing our country, but my focus needs to be on what is eternal, my Lord, Jesus Christ.

May you find your hope and love from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Take a Moment to See How Far You’ve Come

A couple of months ago, I bit down on a Werther’s Original Chewy Caramel and my entire dental bridge came out. At that moment, my mind became anxious and started to run with the scenarios of major dental work and cost. And for those who know me well, know how much I hate dental work. 

But then, a sense of peace came over me and I said, “I can get through this, no matter what. God is good and He made me well.”

In the 24 hours before my appointment,  every time my mind went to an anxious state, I repeated it.  I saw the dentist and he re-cemented the bridge back on. He said it may come out again, but it won’t be anything drastic to fix.

I bring all this up because if this happened even a year ago, I would have had several panic attacks and insomnia. The worry would have affected my mood. Physically,  I would have had heartburn or an I.B.S attack.  A total, hot mess.

I encourage anyone suffering from anxiety and depression, if you actively work at self-care/therapy, things do change. You may not notice a change right away, but one day something that used to upset or worry you, just won’t anymore.  Some things may feel uncomfortable but livable.

Keep up the work and remain faithful. You deserve to be well!