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On Friday we take a few minutes to share five blessings from the week.  Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts this weekly exercise which has truly encouraged me to both think about our blessings and to thank the Lord for them.

1. Beautiful weather We have had a week of absolutely beautiful weather.  I am so grateful for every day of warmth and sunshine. Thank you, Lord!

2. Harvest We live in a small town outside of the large city of Edmonton.  When you drive out of our town in any direction you see field after field of crops – wheat, canola, barley, and much more.  The farmers have been working hard to bring in the harvest this week.  It is fascinating to me to watch the huge machinery pulling in acre after acre of beautiful crops.  Just as I never tired of the mountain views when we lived in Calgary, I never tire of all the lovely farms around Edmonton.

3. Making cards  When I am having a bad day with my fibromyalgia or my arthritis I sometimes work on making cards.  As a pastor’s wife I have found that my new normal, as determined by my physical limitations, is very different from ministry in my healthy days.  In searching for  new way to minister to the ladies in our church I started writing notes of encouragement, and giving my scripture cards to our ladies on special occasions.  I find making the cards is a good way to start using up my cabinet full of scrapbooking odds and ends, and a therapeutic outlet for me on my down days.

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4. Progress!  My amazing oldest daughter is now down 135 lbs, working closely with her doctor and is swimming and training for a 5 k run.  She’s my accountability partner and I am happy that as of this morning I am down 36 lbs.  Yay!

5. Kale chips Don’t remember if I have mentioned this before but I have discovered kale chips, and absolutely love them.  The recipe is super simple and the result is far tastier than you might imagine.  You rinse the kale, tear the leaves into 1” – 2” pieces, spread them on a kitchen towel or paper towel and dry them as thoroughly as possible.  Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil on them then sprinkle with seasoning (I use pink salt.)  Bake at 275 for 20 minutes and voila! Crispy, delicious, and nutritious chips!

What are some of your blessings from the week?

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On Fridays we stop to recount some blessings of the past week thanks to Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story.

A few blessings of the week include:

1.  Safety through surgery….My daughter came through her surgery safely.  I am so grateful she is back home and recovering nicely.

2.  Godly Mothers…I have been speaking with several friends lately who have mothers or mothers-in-law who will not speak with them.  In reflecting on Mother’s Day I am thankful for the blessing of both a godly mother and a godly mother-in-law who chose to love us and eagerly participated in our lives.  They both understood that a new family unit had been formed when my husband and I married, and theirs was a ministry of prayer and influence as our family unit was planted, grew, and developed. They are both in heaven now and we miss them.

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3. Spring!…I am grateful for bits of new green growth, sunshine and spring temperatures.

4.  Short respite…Last week I enjoyed part of a day that was almost pain-free and I was able to get around part of that day without a cane!

5. More answers…This past week I have been able to identify and add to my list of foods to avoid, which I hope will help both my fibromyalgia and my arthritis.

Even in the most difficult times, remember to stop and count your blessings!

 

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It’s been an arduous few months for me.    I’ve stepped aside from writing for several weeks because I have been struggling with UMP – unidentified medical problems.  Constant painful spasms, cloudy thinking, weakness and other symptoms have escalated.  I have been poked, pricked, prodded, scanned, examined, evaluated and scrutinized by an entire cadre of health professionals with more investigating to come.

My wonderful family doctor is willing to think outside the box.  We have worked with diet, vitamins, supplements, remedies, medicines, physiotherapy, massage therapy and more to try and alleviate the problems.  I have been able to share more and more about the Lord with her as we talk and try to find solutions to my ailments.

Gluten-free for me

I’ve had arthritis for years.  One of the changes I made six months ago was to go gluten-free and it helped much more than I expected.  A couple of weeks ago test my doctor ordered showed I also had dairy and egg allergies.  Last week I had additional testing to determine if I have any other allergies or food intolerances.  Making changes to eliminate these foods can be challenging and takes time to master.

The one medication I was on seemed effective at first but grew less and less helpful.  My doctor took me off that one and after a couple of weeks put me back on a previous medication which has some possible serious side effects.  My mobility has improved and I am praying I can get in to see the rheumatologist soon.

How can I help others when I’m struggling?

All of the symptoms and changes associated with my UMP have caused me significant struggles, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually too.  Changing meds, foods, and supplements all brought physical and mental changes which my poor old body had to adjust to.  I stepped away from writing because I thought I could not be a help to others when I was struggling so.

Then the Lord brought to mind some of the missionary biographies I’ve read over the years.  Some of the greatest help to me came from those agonizingly honest passages where the missionary, in great grief, or pain, or discouragement cast themselves upon the Lord for help and deliverance.  They were willing to bare their souls for the cause of Christ; maybe God could use my experiences to help others who are also struggling.

Sharing while struggling

So I will, by God’s grace, share weekly what He is teaching me, the painful and the joyous, with the prayer that God might use my experiences to encourage someone else.  Stay tuned for the next post in a couple of days.

 

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