Monday, March 31, 2014

Am I My Own Pharisee?

What rules and laws do I have in my life?

Did I put them there for a good reason or are they there and instead make life unnecessarily harder?

Is a certain goal worth pursuing or is it one I might consider changing or giving up?

So often I make plans or set deadlines that aren’t necessary and put extra stress on my life.  There are things that need to get done and there are deadlines to be met, but how many of them are truly required and how many do I set for myself that cause more stress and anxiety?

I purpose to evaluate my plans. 

Prioritize.

Simplify.

We only have today once, what shall I do with it?

What does God want me to do with it?

What are His priorities?

So often we become caged and angry when we could just make different choices that can set us
free and live our life in peace and inner joy.  Some circumstances can't change, but we can change some.



Monday, March 24, 2014

Strength to Endure and Help my Husband Through Severe Pain

Winds Whipping blow Snow High into the Sky - Yet the Sun Shines on the Mountain


I gotta be strong.
Stuff the emotion down.
Deal with it later.
He can't handle more problems.
I can deal with it.
Suck it up.



I can hear the counselor say, "You have to deal with it.  You must handle your emotions, not stuff them down."  Yet, I don't think they know what it is like.

I remember days where Shae, my husband, had enough of the pain and he couldn't do anything else, talk at all, and had no joy to put a smile on his face.  He came home from work completely exhausted with nothing left to give me or the kids.

I don't blame him.  He didn't ask for the pain and I never was mad at him for it.  Just during those times I had to be strong to help him be strong.

You see, the disorder he had is considered the worst pain known to man.  The suicide rate is extremely high.  I knew that for him to make it through he would need to count on me. 

I turned to God and He helped me through.  He became my best friend and comforter.  He listened when I talked, held me when I cried, and carried me when I fell.

Then, when I got in front of Shae, I wasn't relying on my own strength, I was being carried in the Arms of the Almighty and He was helping me be strong.

I didn't stuff my emotions for long, I just held them until He could help me through.

There is no right or wrong way to handle severe illnesses.  Different things for different families.  This is what I felt I had to do and I don't regret it at all.

But, God is always right.  He is always the answer.  He is always the way.  He is always the deliverer.  He is always our source of strength.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Postcards from Chicks without Bricks

There are many adventurous women out there. Surprisingly there are many of us who decided to give up the sticks and bricks and travel full time.

While traveling across the country since 2008, I had the pleasure of getting to know some of these ladies through the internet. The author of the book, How to Hit the Road, began the grueling process of compiling a book of stories written by fellow full time traveling women.

This e-book is entertaining and will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

The first five to respond to this post will receive a free copy of this e-book and emails when the next one comes out. Send an email to sheri@thelemonadedigest.com and you may win the e-book.

Click on the photo above to purchase the e-bookl I know you will enjoy it.

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