The Gift of Illness

This excellent article about a difficult subject is from the True Woman Blog at Revive Our Hearts.

The Gift of Illness

 

I’m not in a wheelchair. I’m not on chemo. I’ve ended up in the hospital only two times, for brief outpatient visits. To see me, you’d assume I’m the picture of perfect health. But underneath this strong exterior lies deep weakness.

I’ve been given the gift of chronic illness. And while I would love to reject such a gift, it has been my invitation into a thousand moments of grace—to feel where I was once numb, see where I was once blind, hear where I was once deaf. It’s been my merciful undoing and my gracious remaking.

You see, in my own strength, pain-free and healthy, I am Pride and Self-sufficiency and The Greatest People Pleaser. But here, in the throes of weakness, I am forced into postures of humility and dependency upon God. This brokenness has surfaced every cranky, weary, impatient, mean, insecure, fearful, shortsighted aspect of my character. So I cry out to Him.

And I find Him.

Read the rest here.

November is American Diabetes Month #ThisIsDiabetes

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November is American Diabetes Month and this year’s theme is #ThisIsDiabetes. I have a family history of diabetes. I did not have diabetes until several years ago. A medication I was taking for my Fibromyalgia threw me into diabetes because very high blood sugar is a side effect, something I did not know before taking it. I am no longer insulin dependent, but if I am not very careful it could occur at any time.

I also know quite a few people, both family and friends, who are struggling with diabetes. This is a disease that has become too common today. The sad news is that if left untreated or under-treated, diabetes can cause all sorts of other terrible complications1:

  • Foot Complications: Learn about neuropathy (which can cause numbness in the feet) as well as other complications.
  • DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones: Know the warning signs of DKA and check urine for ketones, especially when you’re sick.
  • Kidney Disease (Nephropathy): Keep your diabetes and blood pressure under control to lower the chance of getting kidney disease.
  • High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure—also called hypertension—raises your risk for heart attack, stroke, eye problems, and kidney disease.
  • Stroke: Maintain target levels for blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol to reduce your risk of stroke.
  • HHNS: HHNS is a serious condition most frequently seen in older persons. It is usually brought on by something else, such as an illness or infection.
  • Gastroparesis: Get treatment to help you manage gastroparesis, so that you can be as healthy and comfortable as possible.

Please take the time to visit AmericanDiabetesAssociation.org. Even if you do not have diabetes, learn how to help your loved ones and friends.

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Being Sick or Disabled Does Not Mean You Cannot Share the Gospel with the World

By Anna Popescu
First published at Cataclysm Missions International (CMI) on  April 15, 2015  

Please visit CMI to see how you can become part of a team
to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world!

Being Sick or Disabled Does Not Mean
You Cannot Share the Gospel
with the World

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Are you one of many Christians with a disability?

Do you live with daily chronic pain and/or illness?

Do your circumstances or health issues make you feel as if you have no way to share your faith with others?

I have been living with several chronic pain illnesses for the past 15 years. In the first few years I was still able to get around fairly well. I still worked a part-time job, attended church and Bible studies, and socialized with friends every so often.

Fast forward to now.

My view to the world has shrunk so much! In my mind, I started out with a large picture window that to me feels about the size of a telescope lens. I am thankful to be able to make it to church most Sundays, go to a grocery store once a week that is less than 5 miles from my home, enjoy a manicure every three weeks and have a coffee get-together with some close friends every 2 or 3 weeks. Every few months I go visit my grown children who live a couple of hours away from me.

My days now are mostly taken up with sleeping or resting, which leaves little time for anything else. My husband and I are members of a biker church and biker ministry, and rarely go on ministry rides with him. How is it possible to share my faith with others when I am so house-bound?

Does this sound anything like your life?

It is very possible to share the Gospel with other people while still “stuck” at home. Those others could be living on the other side of the world from you. How exciting is that?

a5ba1b8f6b7f49d808f8bdff85b9d752Take me for example. I may not be able to get out and do things to share the Gospel message with others, but I have a window to the world with my laptop, tablet and phone! I share my faith through social media.

I have a blog, a Facebook page, and I am also one of the administrators on our biker church’s and biker ministry’s Facebook pages. I also use Twitter and Pinterest to share my faith. I am currently learning how to use other methods of social media to increase my outreach. Twitter alone has over 150,000,000 active accounts per day. That’s 150 Million!

I recently shared this on Twitter (it’s called tweeting):

Never think your circumstances keep you from being able to share the Gospel with others. If you have internet access,
you’re equipped.

There are other social media outlets, but these three—Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest—will be enough to get you started for now. All three of these are fairly easy to learn and there are all kinds of videos showing you what to do. Here are a few to get you started:

Never, ever believe that you can’t be used by God to share His message because you cannot be out and about. By definition, being disabled is described as:

  • Incapacitated
  • Handicapped
  • Weakened
  • Wounded
  • Confined

However, you are still able—as long as you have internet access and are willing to be used by God—to share your faith with the world.

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Golden Milk

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Since this is the time of year that seems to bring on bouts of bronchitis and other upper respiratory tract infections (URIs), I wanted to share with you something that works very well to tamp down that elephant-sitting-on-the-chest feeling. Those of you who are prone to bronchitis know what I’m talking about. It feels like you’re breathing through heavy cloth. Some people describe this as a “tight” feeling.

I have dealt with bronchitis since I was about 10 years old, and these days I do anything I can to keep it from getting to the point where I need antibiotics.

I’ve read various recipes for golden milk, including using fresh turmeric and fresh ginger, or heating it on the stove. However, I made my own adjustments so it would be easy and quick to make—both very important things for me with very low energy levels. In the short time it takes me to drink a cup of Golden Milk, that tightness is gone. I typically drink it in the evenings because that is when I am most troubled by that heavy feeling and this keeps me from coughing a lot during the night.

If you want to take some to work with you in case you need it during the day, you can easily combine and heat all the ingredients, then pour it into your travel mug to take with you. Most travel mugs will keep the contents hot for quite awhile.

I do not think anything in this recipe would be bad for anyone but I am not a doctor, so I’ll just say that this works for me. If you have any questions about it, please do call your own doctor to check.

Golden Milk

Makes one 1-cup (8 ounces) serving

1 cup milk (any kind, dairy or non-dairy)

1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
3 or 4 shakes of black pepper
Honey or other sweetener to taste (I use 1/2 teaspoon of a 50% sugar-50% Stevia mix)

Pour the milk into a heat-resistant mug and microwave for 60 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients to the milk and mix well. Microwave again for another 30 seconds. Stir well.

As you view the photos please keep in mind that I’m a terrible photographer and took these to give you an idea of what the milk looks like. Before I took these photos, I had already microwaved a cup of unsweetened almond milk for 60 seconds.

Photo 1 shows the spices added to the warmed milk but not mixed in yet. In Photo 2 the spices are somewhat mixed into the milk, which is ready to go back into the microwave. Photo 3 shows the finished Golden Milk after stirring.


That’s it! The entire process takes me only 90 seconds. 

I’ve been drinking this Golden Milk for about a year, usually during the cold months when bronchitis keeps threatening to take over my life. And if I can help myself without having to take any prescription meds, I’m all over it. 🙂

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