Heal

WordPress Daily Post Heal (one word prompt)

To heal. To fill in the holes. To cleanse the wounds. To dry the tears. To mend the break.

The Lord takes the weak, the needy and the broken and He heals.

He brings Clarity to situations that were once chaos.

He brings Wholeness to places that were just pieces.

He brings Wisdom to minds that were just confusion.

The Lord still heals.

I know this because each day

He is filling me,

mending me,

cleansing me,

Healing me.

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What I Learned in March

Psalm 25:4-5, Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

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Last month, I decided to begin summarizing my monthly learning. It’s almost like I am testing myself to see what learning took place and how the Lord led me. Maybe something will resonate with you. Or, maybe you will share your learning with me in the comments. In my learning, you may read spiritual lessons, cooking tips, homeschooling tips… you just never know. Feel free to share your learning in any area below.

This month I learned:

The power in setting a timer: I set a timer for Talk Time with my kids. And it works for exercise, keeping track of how long I’m exercising. Why not try it in other areas of my life? This month I began setting a timer for 5 minutes to simply be in the presence of God. Not talking, praying, or reading. But just being with God. It’s such a beautiful, sacred time. The timer helps keep me on track and also keeps me from talking myself out of it with such ridiculousness as, “I don’t have time.”

Juicing lesson: Beets taste earthy and sweet when juiced. And they make my juice a beautiful, vibrant, bright color!

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Listening to my children can solve so much: Much of my reading this month has been focused on parenting. The Lord has revealed to me that I have not been listening to my children and it’s time to make it a priority. At first, I thought, “No, no, Lord. You have this all wrong. My children, they talk all the time. I homeschool them. We are together all the time. Lord, I listen to them.” Until I started focusing on verses such as, Proverbs 18:13, To answer before listening— that is folly and shame. And, Proverbs 1:5, let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.  And, reading books such as The Explosive Child, Parenting Your Spirited Child and Sibling Rivalry, and I realized I wasn’t really listening to them. I was allowing them to talk just long enough and then rushing to a solution that would work for me. In my listening to my children, I have discovered:

They are able to solve problems collaboratively with a little coaching.

When I repeat what I hear them say, they diffuse quite quickly.

When I acknowledge their frustration, even when it’s about their sibling, they don’t become more frustrated and actually act less negative toward their sister.

They notice I smile more now! My oldest daughter had to change my icon on our Wii, “because you smile more now, mom.” Praise God! And, I am so thankful I heard her say that!

Sometimes rather than teaching manners it helps to work on listening to your child. The healing that can come results in greater respect from your child and thus genuine manners. A heartfelt, “thank you”, goes so much further than a taught, “thank you”. 

Riding a bike really is just like a riding bike:

My husband and I had a rare afternoon all to ourselves and it wasn’t raining! On a whim, we decided to get our cobwebbed covered bikes down from their hanging spot in our garage, pump up the old tires, and head out for a 15 mile bike ride. “I hope my bike doesn’t disintegrate underneath me!” I declared as we headed out of our neighborhood. Riding a bike, feeling the wind blow against our faces, and breathing in the fresh air, made us feel like little kids again. I highly recommend going out for a bike ride as soon as possible! And, don’t worry, you haven’t forgotten how to ride a bike!

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One on one time with each child during homeschooling is invaluable:

One of my children explained their desire to spend one on one learning time with me, just as I spend time with the students I tutor. This particular child had been struggling emotionally, so I was ready for a change. We loaded our arms with school books, pencils, and notebooks, and headed for the quiet of her room. Again, we set a timer. We would spend one hour just the two of us plugging away at her school work. Sometimes I was just there. Other times, we woud pray together. And, still other times, we had discussions about her work. Still considering myself new to homeschooling (Overcoming School) (this is year 2 for us), I am still relaxing and learning how to teach without creating a classroom feel. It’s tough. But, the fruit came when my daughter, often agitated during school work, was pleasant and engaged all throughout the morning.

Now, it’s your turn. I would love to hear what you are learning. Please take a minute and share with me in the comments below.

Tough Question

“Let me ask you”, she said, “What are you willing to do?”

It’s a tough question isn’t it? When my husband went to a new doctor and shared his desire to naturally treat his type 2 diabetes and get off his medications, the doctor listened and paused for a minute, looked him straight in the eye and asked the tough question, “What are you willing to do?” After a bit, she explained that many patients come to her seeking greater health, but when it comes down to it, they desire a prescription that will take the work out of their hands and become the pill’s job.

prescription-drugsI am living proof that often times, medication is necessary (kidney disease story), but there are times when we seek an easy answer to a problem in which we really just need to apply some prayer,  effort, and discipline.

The doctor went on to explain to my husband that she has treated patients with type 2 diabetes that have gone off their medications and she has treated some that have remained on medication. In his case, the choice was really his.

The suggested plan:

  • Remove all foods causing him irritations such as gluten and dairy.
  • In addition to his regular walking regimen for exercise, add 3 thirty minute intensive strength training sessions week.
  • Take chromium daily.
  • Check his blood sugar daily.
  • Add more vegetables.

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Being the responsible adult that he is, Jeff immediately bought chromium and began taking it. He googled exercise plans and implemented the new ideas the following day. Not completely excited about adding more vegetables, he started thinking about easy, palatable vegetables he could bring in his lunch each day.

Approximately, 2 months later, he returned to the doctor, where she checked his A1C, which is a blood sugar reading showing his 3 month average glucose level. Both Jeff and the doctor were pleasantly surprised that his blood sugar was now in the pre-diabetic range!

No magic pill brought on this improvement. No overnight cure. No easy answer. Prayer. Seeking wisdom. Listening to the doctor. Following her directions. No staying in the comfort zone.

That’s the question isn’t it? Are we willing to become uncomfortable? Will we actually make the changes needed to see results. Are we willing to live like no one else is living?

It’s easy and it’s tempting to avoid the tough questions. To just keep living a comfortable life. But, the comfortable life that promises happiness often leads to sickness, destruction, sin, and ultimately death.

I think about Matthew chapter 14, when the disciples see Jesus walking on water. Peter must have been more comfortable in the safety of the boat. But Jesus said, “Come”. Peter, in faith, walked out to meet Jesus on the water. He left the comfort of the boat and stepped out onto the waves. Peter could have chosen the comfortable route. The way that seemed to make the most sense. But, instead he stepped out.

With prayer, effort, and discipline we can also step out.

What are you willing to do?