Lessons Learned

Last weekend I had cold.  I thought I was done with sickness for a while. 

For the past two days, however, I have lounged around the house.  At 10 p.m. on Thursday the stomach virus hit me with a vengeance, and I was awake most of Thursday night.  Thankfully, now I have almost been symptom free for twenty-four hours.  But I am still so tired.

I want to share some lessons I learned while being sick.  Always have Saltine crackers, Sprite, ginger ale, and Gatorade (to drink watered down) at your house so that when a stomach virus hits you have what you need.  Adam is still virus free (and we pray he stays that way) so he was able to go pick stuff up for me at the store.

Allow yourself the grace to tell others no and cancel plans.  Yesterday and today were potentially filled with a lot of good things for me, and I had to cancel all of my plans.  I was disappointed, but I am glad that I stayed home and did not risk sharing my germs.  I know a lot of people have the virus right now, and hopefully no one else has to endure it.

Over the next few days I will need to continue to show myself grace.  My energy will take a while to return, and I look forward to being able to eat normal again.  In the mean time, I am thankful for my good health, and my prayers are with those who are still struggling with this virus.

Also, my prayer is that as I gain my energy back I will get back to working on my goals.  Next weekend I’ll share an update on my previous goals and share my three goals for March!

What lessons have you learned from being sick?

Jesus Needed Sleep…And So Do I

My morning started about 1:30 a.m. when my cold woke me up, and I was unable to go back to sleep.  So I started organizing homework assignments, doing work, and hearing my dog snore.  Yet, I am very aware of how most everyone I know, at least in my time zone, is asleep right now.

But God never sleeps.  Jesus, fully human and fully divine, needed sleep and rest, and so do we.  I am comforted to know that my savior needed moments away from the crowds to be still and to be with God.  I am encouraged that Jesus had to sleep.  He could not be like the Engergizer Bunny and of course neither can I.

Despite constantly blowing my nose, I have so much for which to give thanks.   I am thankful that God never sleeps and that He will never leave me.  I am thankful for plenty of Kleenexes, orange juice, and medicine.  I am thankful for the prayers of family and friends who pray for me every day.  I am thankful for Adam who is asleep right now so he can be well rested to help me with all my responsibilities at church tomorrow.  I am thankful for the children in my life who remind that God’s love continues, even at 4 a.m. in the morning their smiles come to mind.

Well, I’m off to hopefully fall back asleep!

Feel free to leave comments: What helps you fall asleep?  What is your favorite homemade remedy for a cold?

Goals & Grace

This weekend Adam and I attended Real Live, Real Impact cosponsored by Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM).  Adam has went on several mission trips with this organization, and we are praying about the opportunity to serve with them in the future.  I was so blessed to spend the weekend with brothers and sisters in Christ who serve God, others, and animals via their profession.  

We listened to stories from those who have recently been overseas with CVM, and I remembered afresh God’s call on our life to serve overseas.  A call that will take years to fulfill as we finish up our post graduate degrees and pay off student loan debt, and yet I know that God still is calling us to serve overseas.  

In the midst of the conference, preparing for our families to visit today, and balancing work and school, some of my goals have taken less of a priority.  Normally I would be so mad at myself, but actually, right now I am ok with being imperfect.  Yes, I need to wash clothes soon, Adam would appreciate a home cooked meal, and my blog should be updated.  Nevertheless, spending time with God each day before I get on my computer has made a difference.  Connecting with God has given me more energy and been healing.  Spending time with God has reiterated that I should indeed show myself grace.

Tomorrow starts a new week, and I have a lot to accomplish.  My goal is to keep moving forward and show myself grace for those times when I fail to meet the expectations I have of myself.

Remember to show yourself some grace as well!

Procrastination

Last week, I mentioned that I would write about what hinders me from keeping my goals.  Well, procrastination is the main thing that holds me back.

Usually, I start out a day, a semester at school, a paper, a blog post, or any beginning with the best of intentions.  Then some how along the way I break away from my confidence.  I start going through the motions to just get things done, and I hope no one notices that I am slipping away from deadlines and doing less than my best.  Unfortunately, laziness is quite comfortable.

More than once I have approached a professor, “Can I have an extension?”   I rarely have a decent excuse, and still, thankfully, they have shown me grace.

I brainstorm a great project for work, and then the next thing I know the details are not falling into place.  My vision of excellence fades, and I find myself wondering what happened.  The truth of what happened is I procrastinated in my planning and often have failed to ask others to help.

Well, 2014 is going to be a year where I try to break free from the habits of procrastination.  I have committed to doing my daily devotional time with God prior to getting on my computer.  Each month I blog about my three goals so that I can be held accountable and to put my goals down on paper.

I have one semester left at Campbell Divinity School, and I want to finish with excellence.  I want to have a semester where every assignment is turned in promptly and where I devote sufficient, devoted time to writing papers.  Procrastinating and finishing well cannot coexist.

With God’s help, I can continue to take good care of my self so that I can receive the strength from God to persevere.  Also, by God’s guidance, I will continue to undercover all the things that hold me back from accomplishing my goals.  I am confident that I will leave procrastination behind and walk into the promised land of perseverance….as long as I do not give up.

How can I pray for you to overcome what is holding you back from your goals?  What dream are you procrastinating from fulfilling?  I look forward to reading your comments.

 

The Small Things

I have spent time today thinking about what I should post a blog about, and I have decided that life happens in the small moments.  Life happened today in the hug of a friend and in her generosity to buy lunch.  God’s goodness was real to me today as Adam sent me a good morning text, and my time with God was full of reminders of how God wants me to be free.

Tonight I was surrounded by seven examples of God’s goodness as we ate together, shared our lives together, read and discussed Genesis 20, and prayed together.

I don’t want to try to find God so much in the big picture that I miss experiencing God in each piece of the puzzle.

Thanks for reading my blog.  Your likes and comments encourage me so much.  I thank you for being the puzzle pieces that God is using to make my dream of sharing His love with others via this blog come true.

So….how did you experience God today in the small things?  I look forward to reading your responses!