to live our very best lives

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This post is going to be different then what I have been posting recently, which has been my attempt at writing poetry.  I have enjoyed putting the words on the screen and deeply appreciate all the kind comments, deserved or not 🙂  so thank YOU!

This week I have been really struggling to come up with something to write.  This struggle caused me to reflect on why I started this blog in the first place.  My main purpose was to help others, who like myself, live with dreaded chronic illnesses.  When I began writing almost 2 years ago, I was so gung-ho, but the more I blogged and the more blogs I read, I became extremely intimiated by the high quality of writing and the vast amount of knowledge that so many others had, that I shyed away from my original intent.

So I decided that, at least for the near future, I will be asking those who grace me with your presence, to answer a different question each week, with each one relating to living our best life while chronically ill.

First, let me give Kim over at  I Tripped Over a Stone a HUGE shout out as she has inspired me to start asking questions.  Every week this amazingly beautiful soul asks her readers questions and the enjoyment I have received from answering and reading others responses has been surprising.  I encourage those of you who have not visited her site to please do so, thank you.

I realize that all of us suffer from different illnesses, affecting us in different ways.  But over the last 21 months I have come to realize that we share a lot more in common than not and we have so much to learn from each other.

So, without further ado, here is the first question:  How do you handle your very bad days?

For me, this is a tough one.  I have 4 kiddos at home and our situation is unique and one that I do not talk about as to protect the identity of my children.  But, even on my really bad days, more than likely I have to get out of bed.  So, I will drink some extra water, maybe be get into a hot shower, put on some loose comfortable clothing, try to drink a smoothie and take my supplements, and then pray for the best.  If I don’t have to get out of bed, I don’t, and I put on a movie, listen to an audiobook, YouTube, anything that does not require reading.

So, how about you guys?  How do you handle your bad days?  The more suggestions the better, you just never know who you may help.

 

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fear

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fear

seeps into your mind like an early morning fog,

slowly expanding into all the open trenches

unfilled spaces

finding places in the mind you didn’t know existed

enlarging to leave no room for productive thoughts

protecting its position like a vicious dog guarding it’s home

settling in like the dust in the carpet

seemingly unnoticed and determined to anchor down for the long haul

 

I am ready to clean house

sweeping it out, not under the rug

searching for all the hiding places

wanting to turn this into a childhood game i no longer want to play

i will find you

searching, one-by-one, the hidden rooms of my mind,

evicting the fear and pain

refilling the room with light and love and hope

 

slamming the door shut with a vengence

securing the deadbolt and allowing the love to expand to fill each and every room.

 

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don’t give up

 

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when the world seems stacked against you

and the wind is refusing to be at your back

 

lights appear to dim as you walk into a room

flowers wilt and die before your tired eyes

and those who are suppose to love you never seemed to care

 

these moments in life can overtake us

creating a sense of feeling unworthy, useless, spent

 

but you are so very beautiful and you are loved,

if not by those who fail to see your inherent worth,

 

remember you are cherished by the one who created you

and the beauty of life will reveal itself to you as

 

a new day will dawn

the fog will clear

and clouds will part

the rain will halt

the sun will shine

birds will sing

and flowers will bloom

 

 

 

WP Published Authors – my list

 

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I have finally compiled the list of all the wonderful authors who left a comment on my post, pubished?!.  I would like to thank everyone who listed their work,  and if you would like to be included, please leave your information in the comment section below, thank you.

I would also like to encourage you to take a moment to check out the authors’ offerings below and show some love and encouragement to your fellow WP bloggers.   Some of their books may be able to be checked out at a library if you cannot afford it, and many of the books can be read for free on Amazon through KindleUnlimited .  I am NOT an Amazon affliate, so I am not benefiting from this suggestion, but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial and read all the books you would like and then make sure to cancel your membership before the 30 days.

So without further ado, here are the authors:

 

A Voice From Iran by Laleh 

Climbing Over Grit and can be found here

 

 

Healthy Living Books by Linda
I’ve published a few books. The most popular print books (updated and re-printed last year) are ‘ Growing Winter Food’ and ‘Herbs & Spices’ They’re both on Amazon –

Growing Winter Food – https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Winter-Food-harvest-produce/dp/1620083264/

Herbs & Spices – https://www.amazon.com/Self-Sufficiency-Information-Flavor-Enhancing-Perennials-Harvesting/dp/1504800583/

Rest Replenish Restore published by Summersdale in June this year. I’ve had some fabulous feedback from this book, including a gentleman who suffers with Parkinson’s and has expressed his love for the book and how it has helped him. Heart-warming when our work hits the right spot! https://summersdale.com/sd-book/rest-replenish-restore/

 

 

I Tripped Over a Stone by Kim

My book is The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal and can be found Here

 

 

Larry Walker

My name is Larry Walker. I self-published a book titled, Faithful to Complete It – Missionary Memoir.  It can be found here

 

 

Photographic Impressionistic Illusionistic by Mark

I am self-published – A photographic essay- “Mission Trails, A Walk In The Park”
https://www.blurb.com/b/1113310-mission-trails-a-walk-in-the-park#

Also a selection of verses: “The Lord is My Shepherd”
https://www.blurb.com/b/1266264-the-lord-is-my-shepherd

 

 

Ryan Callahan’s Blog by Ryan

My book is called One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.  It is my testimony before God and man of the supernatural way I came to know Jesus and the supernatural life I have lived following Him.

Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BTN3CHG

 

 

 

Stress Free Homeschooling by Laura

I have written a 31 day devotional expressly for homeschooling mothers, but it would benefit anyone that struggles with negative thinking or needs encouragement from the Lord! It is called Stress-free Homeschooling: 31 Days to a Healthier Way of Thinking, and is available as an ebook at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073X4WRSL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499977486&sr=8-1&keywords=laura+hum . If readers prefer a printed copy, they can contact me directly on my wordpress site, and I will ship one to them.

 

 

 

The Hopeless Devotional

Powered by Hope, Positivity, and Optimism: Where Religion, Science, and Nature Converge.

IT SAYS OUT OF PRINT BUT IF YOU’D LIKE A COPY I CAN ASK EKRAM!

https://www.amazon.com/Powered-Hope-Positivity-Optimism-Religion/dp/1489719539/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=ekram+haque&qid=1565106367&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr

 

 

 

Wendi at SimplyChronicallyIll.com

I have written 2 books, Frugal Seeds Summer Edition and Frugal Seeds 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch A Dollar both include helpful ways to save money and can be found here.

 

 

 

Zoolon aka George

My book is called The Words & Thoughts of a Dyslexic Musician.  It can be found here

 

 

~ If you find that any of this information is incorrect, would like it to be presented differently, or links are not available, please let me know.  I have never complied a post with so much outside information and links before and there are bound to be mistakes.  Thank you.

God speaks

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Through the sounds of the seasons

Allowing us to hear His mighty roar through a storm

His gentle touch from the falling rain

His whispers through the wind

His guidance through the moon

His infinity through the heavens

See His beauty in the autumn landscape

His attention to detail within a butterfly

His peace through the face of a sleeping child

 

And His genius in creating the fascinating, stunning, genuinely original, and lovable YOU ~

 

sounds of the season

 

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the rustling of leaves holding tightly to their branches

the crunching sounds of fallen leaves under your feet

the whirling of the leaves dancing in the wind

and geese honking their good-byes overhead

the lonely cry of an owl

the cool rains that fall down from heaven

 

the music of this magical season…………..

 

~ wendi, under a pen name, is the author of 2 books, which can be viewed here.

you are worthy

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YOU my dear are worthy of love

YOU were chosen to be here

hand picked to be on this Earth

there is only one YOU

only one

never before and never will there be another person as special as YOU

today, i celebrate your uniqueness, the qualities that make you special

YOU deserve respect

YOU are not alone

YOU are loved

 

thank YOU for being YOU

 

my prayer for you

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that you experience true love

soaking in the sweetness of being loved for who you are

no matter what your failings, limitations or inabilities that may fill your body

 

that you feel safe in the arms of another

held when you are unsure or scared

lying closely as your heartbeats create a synchronous rhythm of comfort and respect

 

that your hand will be held with gentleness and caring to help guide you through life

you are comforted when ill

and protected when you are weak

 

that you find joy in their presence

your 1,000th kiss will feel like the first

and your day will not be complete without seeing the beauty of your love reflected back in their face

 

 

 

flicker

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pitch darkness is a space where you are forced to discover what you are truly made of and how you were created

veils fall off those who surround you, and their souls reveil as they truly are

terror strikes in isolating darkness,  not knowing what or who is around the next corner,  taking each step with a movement of faith, yet questioning where your faith lies

only in true darkness can you see flickers of light, from yourself, or from others in your life

allow that flickering of light, no matter how weak, illuminate your path

you were not meant for the dark, yet only by trudging through the darkness can you truly appreciate the light.