Thankfulness for Afflictions?

21 November 2015 0




November is here…
A time to remember.
A time to be thankful.

If I sit down and ask my children what they are thankful for I will usually get answers like this…
I am thankful for my mommy and daddy.
I am thankful for my hew house.
I am thankful for ice cream.
I am thankful for my grandparents.
I am thankful for my new bike.

And It is wonderful to be thankful for these things–but do we encourage our children to go beyone that…

It is so important to count our many mercies. My pastor’s wife has been encouraging our church to purposefully recall the many mercies the Lord has given us. Her signature candy now is M&Ms — get it, “Many Mercies”? :) And we take so many little things for granted.


I know for me, there are so many little things that I know other healthy mommies take for granted that I have learned through my adrenal fatigue to appreciate now that I am on a journey of health. Yesterday, I was thinking about my ability to take my children to coop and follow that with a huge Aldi grocery run. Yes, a family of 10 can pile multiple carts high even for just a weeks worth of supplies.

I was thinking about how I was able to go through the stress of moving to a new home, all the packing and unpacking.

I was thinking about how I am able to plan for a houseful for Thanksgiving and follow that with a huge church gathering in our home not long after that in December. These are things I couldn’t have dreamed of doing a short couple of years ago. When I was on my six week sabbatical even one of these things would have put me over the edge with it being days or weeks of recover afterwards.

And so there are so many small things that many people might take for granted that I am thankful for.

I am thankful to have the strength to get out of bed.
I am thankful for motivation.
I am thankful that I can smile and laugh and that the lingering cloud of depression is gone.
I am thankful I can mentally make decisions.
I am thankful I can handle the many small stressors that come with each day.

So I would encourage you to think through your many mercies…especially those ones we take for granted.

And finally, I would challenge you with one other thought.

Should our list of thankfulness merely contain the “good” and “happy” things in our life? If we saw things through the Lord’s perspective maybe our thankfulness list would include other trials as well.

I am thankful for my illnesses and health afflictions for it has taught me to depend upon the Lord more.
I am thankful that I have had depression so that I can learn to look to the Lord when I can’t see Him through the clouds.
I am thankful for my 4 miscarriages for I have little souls waiting in heaven that are praising the Lord!
I am thankful for the car accident our children were in for it was character building for their hearts and showed them the brevity of life.
I am thankful for the times we have had to wait on the Lord to see whether my husband would still have a job because it causes us to trust in our God for His keeping of us.
I am thankful for my son’s seizures when he was 8, my daughter’s broken arm, the croup my toddler just had that sent us to the ER, for these things remind of us of the fraility of the body and our opportunities for heart communion with the Lord.
I am thankful for the fact that our home that we just moved to has been delayed in closing for well over a month and looks like it could be two months for it has caused the domino effect of four families to look to the Lord for provision and see that the kings heart is in the hand of the Lord.

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71

So how about you? What are you thankful for? Let’s remember to include the trials as well as the blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!




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09 October 2015 0


It has been awhile.  Life has been in fast forward.  Moving 12 people…’nuff said. :)

Seriously though, the Lord provided an amazing house for us built by a homeschooling family.  Lots of storage, a large school room—we feel like we are in a dream.

But, moving 12 people from point A to point B is a huge undertaking and has been all consuming.  It will still be weeks till we are fully settled, but we are very excited and I am looking forward to feathering my new nest. :) We will probably take one more week off of homeschool to get things in order and then get cracking again.  We have had a break in our homeschool coop meetings which could not have come at a better time and J is on hold with his CollegePlus starting back work on his bachelors on the 15th.

As a health update even through all the stress of moving the Lord has really upheld me.  I continue to make progress in my healing journey with adrenal fatigue.  I love, love Plexus and am so thankful for the repairing work that is being done in my body. Just the help with the depression and mental fog alone is HUGE!

I am ready now to work on phase two of my health and that is to seek to get rid of the extra weight I have been carrying.  After 8 children and hormone imbalances including the AF, I have ALOT of weight to lose.  But, my focus has had to be on healing first.  I have a lot of things against me still and I may have to work extra hard but I am determined to do my best.

I have a three-fold plan…
1. Continue to take my Plexus products and possibly add in some of their natural weight loss helps.

2. Return to doing the Trim, Healthy Mama plan. (I have done it before so it is familiar to me)

3. Begin a consistent, gentle exercise plan.  (Because of Adrenal Fatigue I have to be careful not to do a lot of heavy exercise but I can do things like walking, Pilates or T-Tapp.

So I hope to begin all of this in the next week or so.  How about you?  Would you like to join me?

I have started a Facebook group for accountability. Whether you are using the THM plan like I will be, doing weight watchers, just cleaning up your diet or whatever works for you, Let’s support each other! I would like the group to be a place of encouragement, tips, ideas for meals.  We can pray for each other, post pics of our food and be helpful to one another.  Let’s make this challenge a fun and enjoyable experience!  So who’s in?  So, head over and join!

Well, it is after 3:30 am. Yes crazy me was wide awake tonight so decided to do some things and of course then I got so involved I stayed up way later than I should have.  I will regret this later on and I better try to get some rest to go to our house closing tomorrow, Lord willing.  Goodnight!

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Healthy Home Hints

29 July 2015 0



Healthy Home Hints:
Tips and encouragement from my home to yours!

I am very excited about a new little venture I have started.  It is an email newsletter of health tidbits that I will be sending out here and there.  To give you a little background:

Some of you know I have struggled for many years with my health- having been diagnosed years ago with adrenal fatigue.  After going up and down for many years I had a terrible crash a year ago and was put on a forced sabbatical.
Through my sickness the Lord has stretched us and pruned us, showing us that without Him we can do nothing.

After many years of prayer, as well as trial and error the Lord brought information and some wonderful products into our lives that has been putting me back on the journey of healing!  I cannot tell you how grateful you can become for the blessing of those “normal, everyday” things.  Those things you took for granted when in health, become such a huge blessing to be able to do again!

I know there are many faithful fathers and godly mothers that are also struggling with their health.  The enemy would love to dissolve the rare but biblical godly home that is seeking to exist for King Jesus.  He would love to discourage and tempt God’s people through exhaustion. It is my hope that my struggles and sufferings and the things I have learned through it can redound to God’s glory and be an encouragement and blessing to others.  As I have researched and studied Plexus I have become more and more excited over the stellar quality and benefits of these products.  Not to mention the high integrity of the company as a whole.

And so, with my husband’s blessing, I have begun a home business helping others on their health journey. In pursuit of that, I will be sending out newsletters periodically highlighting products that could be helpful, answering common questions, maybe post some recipes, and sharing helpful links in regards to many different areas of our health. I hope to share info about all manner of issues, from insomnia, hormonal issues and autoimmune diseases to skin care, pain relief and gut health. I am not a doctor and certainly no expert, but I hope to share from the things I have been gleaning to the profit of others. I also would love to share tibits of godly quotes and encouragement for those in the midst of physical trials.

There is something YOU can do for me too!  I would love for you to send me your favorite healthy recipe and I will chose some for my newsletter.  Comment below. :)

Would you like to join me and receive newsletters here and there?  (Don’t worry, I will not spam you!) Email me at and ask to be added to my list!

~~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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