Aftermath of the pandemic

~blog that I follow nails this. (Even though the topic is chronic physical pain)

“….it is hard to exactly know where that limit is. We can inadvertently exceed our pain limit and not know it until later that day. And when we do know we did we know for sure the next few days are not going to be fun, at all.

“This is just the way things are with chronic pain. It is hard with constant baseline pain to know when exactly you do too much in a day.

“But you know too little can also be a huge problem. Somehow we have to stay in the middle there.

We know it is a malfunctioning pain system but we still have to stay within our pain and fatigue levels to maximize our functionality and prevent boom and bust crashes, as best we can.” ~~brainless blogger @ wordpress

How do we fix our find broken (overused) alarm system?

Emotional healing needed here

I was thinking about this as regards the global pandemic~ just seems to go on and on and more and more and more bad news until we just feel kind of numb…..I mean, right?

return to the manufacturer for repairs!

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I need you God! I cannot fix this by myself.

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Repeat.

This is just the way things are with chronic pain. It is hard with constant baseline of pain to know when exactly you do too much in a day.

But you know too little can also be a huge problem. Somehow we have to stay in the middle there.

We know it is a malfunctioning pain system but we still have to stay within our pain and fatigue levels to maximize our functionality and prevent boom and bust crashes, as best we can”.

Lord I need YOU to reboot my heart .

I need you to help me find my sweet spot ❤ again.

Find beauty

Rough Season– don’t you think?

 I’m surprised we’re still here, aren’t you?

I have now listened to the Ps 121, Ps 37, Ps 18 and\or Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore, RT Kendall, Steven Furtick and a bunch of other sermons and scripture.

Roughly 32 billion times.

i love 💕 it

Conclusion…we are going to make it guys. 

strengthandcourage.That is what I am talking about.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. That’s in 2 Corinthians.

#gonnamakeit

God is not going to overestimate my stress capacity.  He’s got the specs…….

For my soul.

The Bible says “He formed my inward parts in the secret places”  ps 139.  That has got to include capacity indications.

Like I know how many corn dogs my kids will eat when I’m cooking. Like I know how much ⛽ to put in my car when I’m filling it.

I have to start by giving it to Jesus

asking for His help just to breathe.

trust God.

He’s got the specs:

INTERVENTION!!

I had the day from H*E*double hockey sticks! Ugh.

Emergency thankfulness list:

  • Audio books while baking or gardening
  • Honeysuckle, in all conceivable forms
  • Blended mochas with whip
  • Clean sheets with matching pillowcases
  • Flannel anything
  • Emma Thompson movies
  • Unselfconscious and kind-hearted innocence
  • Writing on chalkboards
  • Kitchen aprons with pockets
  • Bobby pins–so many uses!
  • Mascara–instant massive improvement
  • Hindsight–always 20\20
  • Teakettles singing
  • Ladybugs
  • Riding the escalator at the mall
  • Rosy cheeks and wind-whipped scarves
  • Baby mammals–any kind
  • Baking cookies–also any kind
  • Cloud watching
  • Laying on the beach after a swim
Onward!

To Work or Not To Work? — That is the Question

I have a dysfunctional view of rest and of work. I want to renew my mind about this. Jesus, will You please help me?

The people who live on this planet are unique and diverse. Regardless of how we work, the point is that we choose to work hard at whatever we do. The best way to do this is to see ourselves working for God. 

In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. (Colossians 3:23 NCV)

Youversion devo this morning. Better than Normal on work.
Jesus- our Boss-man

No matter what our work schedules and tasks look like, what if we considered Jesus to be our employer? 

W.W.J.D?

Things to love

  • Birthday Candles on a homemade cake with buttercups all along the bottom edge
  • Taking bread out of the oven
  • Mud puddles and catching snowflakes on your tongue
  • Gazing at my kids and realizing that they are lovely human beings and have far surpassed my wisdom
  • Clean hospital bathrooms with the little door to put your sample through and the cord to pull if you faint
  • Kind, capable, nurses #wannabethat
  • Going to the zoo in spring when babies are born. Animals are endearing and fascinating in an extremely other kind of way, don’t you think?
  • Being married to your best friend. Rare, precious thing in this Eros worshipping culture.
  • Old Carol Burnett skits
  • Tinfoil and parchment paper–genius
  • Feeding your sourdough starter and picking a recipe to do–like a treasure hunt
  • CS Lewis. Noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy. (The Last Battle)
  • Cookie monster

There’s always something to love, no matter where you are, don’t you think?

Fear-less

I was thinking

How often do I parent out of fear?

They will work it out.

Just listen.

How often do I think about my rebuttal instead of understanding where my hubby or teenager is at?

I will get my chance.

Just listen for a pair of minutes.

Give the gift of quiet.

Be a safe place.

#wannabethat

#jesushelpus

Anxiety Management 101

I was thinkin’ about this verse in I Peter.
Peter was a fisherman right? So he was probably thinking of casting— as in fishing. Don’t you think? With this in mind, I looked up a video of net fishing. I wanted to get the image of casting the nets in my mind. This is how I want to live my life. I want to cast with same energy as a fisherman does who wants to get those mullets. “How To Throw A Cast Net Step by Step – Captain Mike Then I was thinking further about loading my net. According to Captain Mike in the video, that is all absolutely pivotal in net fishing. Nothing successful can happen without it. If I don’t load my net properly: when I cast it, it’s gonna get all tangled up or even injure me!
Life is hard and we need each other
As I was praying\pondering further, I thought of the context of this passage. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God That in due course He may lift you up.
Humble and confident
My attitude of habit. What is it? That’s how I position my heart to make that cast. I am intentional about loading my net. I submit to my suffering and don’t fight it. I don’t talk smack about my future. I don’t be nosey and snarky and judge-y, God helping me. I remind myself that I cannot make everything work with my formidable feminine competence.

Then I make my cast,

Hurling my net of fussing and worry

out

upon the waters of my life and my day.

Trusting that God will be there with all his beneficent bounty Trusting that He knows I am dust and I need my light bill paid and my lunches packed. Trusting that He knows about my mental illness, my insecure boss or hubby, my cranky teen, and my fight with my best friend. Trusting that He’s the Lord of the sea 🙏 and He knows I’ve been fishing all night and I’m tired.