Olympic Hero, Missionary…or Mommy?

29 June 2015 16

Sharing again some thoughts from awhile ago…

Here is a story of 3 women.

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Woman number 1 is an olympic athlete.  She loves to skate and has trained for it from her earliest remembrances.  Hour after hour, day after day she has put her effort into this goal of excellence.  But, it has cost her.  She has had several injuries, 3 surgeries and will have scars that will always remind her of the cost.  But, she is a hero.  She gets back up each time.  For this woman is not a quitter.  After her surgeries, at the first moment she is able, she is back up on that ice.  ”What a dedicated woman!”  Many will marvel in respect as they watch her trials and triumphs.

Woman number 2 is a missionary.  Her name?  Amy Carmichael.  She suffered from health issues that put her to bed for weeks on end.  But, this did not stop her from her pursuit of following God’s call for her life.  She served in India and a quote she gave was “”Missionary life is simply a chance to die.”  She was in this land for 55 years without furlough. Her ministry would serve at least 1,000 children.  Many were impacted by her sacrifice.

Before I introduce woman number 3, let me ask you…

How many people would tell the olympic hero to give up her dream because it was too hard? When she had injuries and sacrifices would she not have been encouraged to “get back out there?”

And how many people would have told Amy Carmichael that what she was doing was not conventional.  In fact, she was crazy and had her “hands too full”?

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Enter Woman #3.  This woman is a modern day mother, who has given her life to the Lord Jesus Christ.  She sees children as a precious gift from God.  She gives of her life for these little ones. She sees each day as a calling to labor for their hearts and eternal souls. Sometimes late in the evening she is found scrubbing toilets.  She is up nursing sick ones in the night.  She is taking moments through the day to answer the hundredth ”Mommy” that is echoing through the house. Stopping to kiss a scraped knee, or fix the dolly’s hair is all part of her important work. Each pregnancy as she bears a new life, she finds herself a little more strained physically and as she ages it gets harder and harder.  But, she presses on with her eyes upon the Lord.  Maybe she even says “Motherhood life is simply a chance to die.” And she is called to die daily, to her selfish ambitions, to her body being her own.

Now tell me, how many will say to this woman…”you have your hands full!”  ”This is so hard for you, we think it’s wisest to stop having babies.”

Why is it that the olympic hero is respected and supported for “getting back up” after she has fallen?  Why is the missionary commended for her daily sacrifices. Why are mothers are mothers absented from these same encouraging sentiments and thought crazy for their choices?

What is more important than giving of yourself for precious, eternal little souls? Preparing the next generation to follow the Lord?

So today…if you are Woman #3 may I encourage you and thank you for your service.  As Kelly over at Generation Cedar quoted a few days ago..

“Our bodies are tools, not treasures.  You should not spend your days trying to preserve your body in its eighteen-year-old form. Let it be used.  By the time you die, you want to have a very dinged and dinted body.  Motherhood uses your body in the way that God designed it to be used.  Those are the right kind of damages…We are not to treat our bodies like museum pieces. They were not given to us to preserve, they were given to us to use.  So use it cheerfully, and maintain it cheerfully.  You want to fix your body up in order to be able to use it some more.We should not be trying to fix it up to put it back on the shelf out of harm’s way or to try to make ourselves look like nothing ever happened.  Your body is a tool.  Use it.”  -Rachel Jankovic, Loving the Little Years

Oh, and as an reminder…you ARE a missionary to the hearts and souls of your family!  You ARE an olympic athlete, you MUST pass the torch of the truth of Christ on to your children!

May you be blessed today, dear mothers as you follow your calling!

~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and some of the things that are helping me on my journey of healing from adrenal fatigue!

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Giveaway! Plexus X Factor

23 June 2015 0

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I know we have heard it many times….did you take your vitamins? It gets tiring popping pills hoping to feel better, doesn’t it?

That’s why when my friend Jen sent me a free bottle of Plexus Xfactor when I joined her team I wasn’t super impressed. “I don’t need a multivitamin” I thought. Boy, was I wrong in thinking it was just another multivitamin!

Did you know the creator of our X Factor was the creator of Noni Juice?! And he is more excited about X Factor- seeing it to be the best product he has ever developed. What makes it so special?

The Aloe Blend. You see, you can be taking all kinds of supplements and vitamins and never absorb them. But, Aloe Vera promotes exceptional absorption. Aloe applied topically promotes 121% faster healing than the body does on its own. When taken internally, aloe finds the “zip code” of what needs to be fixed in the body & addresses it.

BUT- it has to be high quality Aloe. The farms Plexus has in Costa Rica & Mexico produce the richest aloe in the world. The topsoil is actually volcanic soil and is 5 FEET DEEP! Whereas most aloe plants take 18 months to reach maturity, ours are fully mature in only 12 months.

The patented aloe blend found in the X Factor is over 30 years in the making. It utilizes BOTH the whole leaf AND the gel—no other product on the market has a more powerful formula!
Not only does this aloe help you absorb the nutrients from the vitamin, it also helps you absorb the nutrients from your other food you eat as well! Cool huh?

So needless to say, I was impressed. This is not just a multivitamin–this is a multivitamin on steroids, powerpacked with nutrients!

Oh, and one more thing: Plexus X Factor also contains New Zealand Blackcurrant berry extract. This stuff is like antioxidants on steroids. And of course, ours is the best of the best. Just google New Zealand Blackcurrent Berry Extract and you will see all the benefits for our bodies!

So now that I have convinced you that X Factor is amazing I am going to give ya’ll a chance to win a bottle of it!  Some of the entries you can do again each day of the contest! Have fun!
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I talk back to myself~do you?

18 June 2015 0

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I crack my eyes open far later than I had hoped. Again. The fatigue grabs my bones worse than I had felt when I had drifted off the night before–the thoughts of the plans for the new day that I had planned the evening before were too much to bear. The lack of energy and fatigue staring at me in the face and laughing at the expectations I had whirling in my mind the evening before. The mess swirls around me, every cabinet and door that open cries out of my failure. The laundry piling and multiplying faster than I can blink. And I cry.

This was a daily occurance in my life and still on my healing journey I have these mornings. And I find my greatest enemy many times is…myself. I am my biggest critic and worst judge. The accusations and negativity begin from the moment I come to consciousness. And I spiral downhill before I have had my morning coffee. Can you relate?

After my 6 week sabbatical from my Adrenal Fatigue crash I went through some therapy. My therapist had some wise words for me in many areas. One things that stands out to me was how he told me to talk to myself. Argue with myself, if you will. The conversation might go something like this.

“I feel sooo bad today, it’s going to be a bad day”
Answer: “Maybe it won’t be, I don’t know that I will feel bad all day.”

“I am overwhelmed, I will never get everything done.”
Answer: “I will just try to do what I can and it will eventually get accomplished.”

“I am so exhausted, I won’t make it through the day.”
Answer: “Let me just focus on the next 20 minutes.”

Truly, my therapists reminder to me was very biblical. The Psalmist speaks to himself:

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Psalm 42:11

and again:

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Psalm 43:5

David TWICE wrote the exact same thing.  He really needed to talk to himself and encourage Himself in the Lord.

And. So.Do.I!

So what kind of conversation will you have with yourself today?

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Mothering a marathon not a sprint~Lessons from a sister from her bed

12 June 2015 0

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The writings of a dear sister who is bedridden with sickness yet shines forth the glory of the Lord:

“Not difficult; merely tedious.” This was N’s description of his first preparatory algebra lesson last evening, on which he made a perfect score. J also scored well on his first 4th grade lesson. When I remember my little nursing babies, later my little boys drooling in the Johnny Jump-Up, I am astonished at how quickly the hours pile into days, the days into weeks, months, years.

We’ve come a long way together! We’ve discovered so much and built so much beauty, much of it on the couch or in the bed, and yet I can also say there is still much I wish I could have done, as well as much still left to do. Even in my condition, they still need their Mama. Paul knew, and I know, that it is best for me to be here, for their sake, a bit longer.

We like to tease in our house that Janson’s A Short History of Art would make short work of someone if thrown at them. And, as I have looked at the massive English books we will be traversing each year over the next years, enough as my husband says to give one a panic attack, I have thought about how, so much of our lives, the greatest thing we are learning is patience.

I think, when I began life, I had something of a hare mentality. But slowing down and settling into the tortoise role is the way of faith and endurance, taking each day and the trouble it has of its own, laying out future plans and schedules of this or that which honors God to fill a high school credit and broaden my sons as people, but knowing and resting that the Lord directs our ways.

This is true beyond mothering. This is true, moment-by-moment, navigating through chronic illness. This is true with our souls. So much of life and love comes best softly. The Italians sometimes say, “Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano.” He who goes slowly, goes safely and goes far. I am thankful to grow stronger again today through cultivating patience. Aren’t you? Love you all so dearly.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
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~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and some of the things that are helping me on my journey of healing from adrenal fatigue!

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