What if?

What if?

What if for two weeks you focus on spending time in the Word?

What if for two weeks you spend time in prayer?

What if for two weeks you learn how to be a better husband/wife?

What if for two weeks you learn how to be a better father/mother?

What if for two weeks you do some goal setting?

What if for two weeks you hammer out a budget?

What if for two weeks you Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways so He can direct your path?

What if you did The Love Dare?

What if you carried that over past two weeks?

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Life is about budgeting…..budgeting your time and resources.  If you just go by your feelings and run day after day with no plan, where do you end up?  Make a choice to live life intentionally.

Hibernating because of chronic pain/Update

I wanted to provide an update since last I’ve shared.  The weekend before last was a weekend when I wanted to do something that is common when you have chronic pain.  I wanted to hibernate.  I didn’t want to exert the energy to try to be happy and talk to people.  But, with my husband’s encouragement, I spent time with friends and went to church that weekend.

I can’t put into words how thankful I am.  Saturday night we went to our former church and heard Andrew Wommack.  It was a really awesome service.  I’ve been listening to his messages since then at home.  The next morning we enjoyed our own service and Monday and Tuesday nights I enjoyed spending time with Jr’s cousin Heidi.  That was a step of faith also!  She spent those two nights at our house.  While in pain, we got the bed ready for her and picked up the spare bedroom.  It is important to me to not stop living just because of pain.  I didn’t want to pass up on having her stay at our home because of pain.

Back to my point.  Talking with and praying with Heidi was a huge boost for me.  At the same time, I learned of a product that helps with inflammation which is a big factor with disc deterioration.  I have been experiencing less pain and am more able to stand on the Word of God for my healing and expect the healing that belongs to me.

This weekend, I was able to go for 3 mile walk with my husband, help a friend move and get a bunch of stuff down at home with less pain than I have had in months!  Praise the Lord.  God is faithful.  Have a great day!

Unpredictability

As I struggle today to do my work, I don’t want to write, but I realize this is why I am sharing my journey.  The ups and downs are a part of the process.  I didn’t sleep much last night or the last several nights due to pain.  I’m struggling with sleep deprivation and pain today.  One of the challenges with chronic pain for me is that I never know what to expect.  I was doing pretty good yesterday, but ended the night with ice on my neck and in tears trying to not move my neck at all.  It’s not much fun.  I’m more sensitive when I’m tired and hurt and my feelings are more easily hurt.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  This is where I have to labor to enter into rest.  In this case, to not focus on the neck and tiredness, but to focus on Jesus.  To set my eyes on Him and His provision.  My devotions this morning were on Isaiah 53:4-5.  Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  Already done.  This is my focus today.  The labor is to focus on this, not the pain.

Have a great day!

My Journey to Health and Wholeness

I hesitated to share this journey with my blog/facebook friends, but I think it might be helpful to some.  It may help some to understand people who struggle with chronic pain and it may help some to learn more about what the Word of God teaches about healing.  The Bible has extensive versus on healing.  This is my most recent journey.

I’ve struggled with neck and back problems off and on for most the of my life.  Various problems and I have had times with a lot of pain, a little pain and no pain through the years.

Since around January, I have had a lot of trouble with my neck.  I’ve gone through a bunch of pillows and just this week gave up on pillows and started using a blanket that I can move to accommodate my neck so I can try to sleep.  Not going too good!  I got a desk topper that I can raise up and down so I can stand or sit while I work and I switched my up and down computer monitor to the normal landscape mode to avoid the slight up and down movement I guess I’ve been making with the one monitor being up and down.  Although those things have helped, I still have varying degrees of pain all day and night.

I finally decided to have an X-ray done by my chiropractor to see if we were missing something.  I got the results July 12th, a few days after Kenneth Copeland’s Southwest Believer’s Convention.  I had watched some of it on-line live and had been watching it on demand since then.  Really, I just felt driven to watch it and it was building my faith.  I didn’t even make the connection until after I got the call from my chiropractor.  Turns out between C5-C6 the diagnosis is severe deterioration of the disc.  Almost bone on bone.  The diagnosis for C5-C6 and C6-C7 is that the joints are worn.  Keep in mind, that is my layman’s explanation of what he told me.  I may not word that correctly!  He went on to explain the limited options.  The reality being pain for the rest of my life.  Without even thinking, I told him I would take another option.  I am going to believe God for a miracle.  The Word of God is packed full of healing scriptures and I will not spend the rest of my life in pain when Jesus already took it for me.  I was polite, but clear about my intentions.  I was so thankful that I had been listening to the messages from the SWBC because my first response was faith, not fear.  This is my stand of faith:  I am already healed because Jesus bore my sickness and carried my pains when he went to the cross.  I am simply receiving that healing.  It is not a matter for prayer, but a matter of receiving.

So no one gets all excited, let me explain.  I am in no away against doctors.  I will continue to see my chiropractor and I have an appointment with a medical doctor next week.

In the days ahead, I will share more of my journey.  I called my blog Cindy’s Clutter Free Chats because I don’t want long posts!  This is longer than I like, but I had to give enough information to explain the situation.   I hope sharing this journey will help someone!

 

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Father’s Day

IMG_7195I have been rather contemplative this Father’s Day.  I have been thinking first about how awesome my Heavenly Father is.  Thinking about all the amazing things He has done in my life humbles me.  How He helped me to raise my son David.  Kept me from situations that would have been disastrous.  The list goes on and on.  Thank you Father!

My earthly father is a spectacular provider and overall great dad!  When he broke his hip almost exactly 3 years ago at the age of 90, we spent a lot of time together when he was here in the Cities recovering.  It was a very precious time for both of us.  Recently, he gave me a gift that meant the world to me.  I’m so thankful for my dad.

My husband is truly a gift to our sons, as well as me!  Brett, Tyler and Austin hit the jackpot with him!  He always worked a job that gave him flexibility to be at their activities most of the time.  He made sacrifices in ways too many to number.  Putting their needs over himself even when it hurt so much.  He has never given up on them when times were tough.  He is an example of a Godly husband and father and man to them.  Now he is also an awesome grandfather and example to his grandsons of how to be a Godly man.  I cannot express enough how proud of him I am!

My son David is such an amazing father.  Seeing him as a father often brings tears to my eyes.  He doesn’t have an earthly father who has ever been a part of his life, yet he is such an amazing father to Madyson and Ty.  I love seeing them play together and just interact in general.  For his birthday Friday, his daughter (7) wanted to throw him a surprise birthday party!  Of course that is hard to do but he was happy to play along!  I am so proud of him and thankful he is my son.  I’ve often said, if I had been able to ask what I wanted in a son, I wouldn’t have known to ask God for all that David is.  God certainly went above and beyond blessing me with him and helping me to raise him all 18 years of his childhood as a single mom.

My sons (step to those that need clarification, but I see them as my sons) Brett and Tyler are both fathers as well.  Brett has two sons and Tyler one.  I love seeing them as fathers.  It has been so fun watching them mature and grow as men and as fathers.  Life wasn’t easy when they were teenagers finding their way, but I wouldn’t have passed on the opportunity to be a part of their lives for anything.  They are both so great about the needs of their sons and working to raise them to become manly men!  I am proud of them as well!

Jr’s father is in heaven this year and it’s a tough pill to swallow, but we have the memories.  The first time I met him,  he said to JR, she’s another blonde!  His funny antics and historical stories were wonderful.  That’s about all I can say on that subject.  I want to remember the good things and not be sad now.  I can save that for a quiet time.  Now it is time to go and celebrate with the Collin family.

Let’s remember the men in our lives.  They are men.  They are not supposed to be women!  Don’t try to make them into women!  Our pastor taught a great message on men today.  I encourage everyone to listen to his message when it is downloaded to the website and app.  Mypassionchurch.com.  It is called “The Oregon Trail”

Happy Father’s Day

Healthy and Whole

Terri Savelle Foy was at Living Word this past weekend.  I had planned on going to her meetings for weeks, but at the last minute, we were not able to attend Friday night or the Saturday ladies event.  It looked like Sunday was out as well.  But, even though we drove to Duluth Saturday morning to visit a family member and then drove to Aitkin to celebrate my dad’s 93rd birthday that afternoon, we decided we would go home that night so we could go to church Sunday morning.  We had to stop in Big Lake on our way home for a work thing.  All total, we drove over 410 miles in one day so we could go to church Sunday morning.  I don’t say all that to brag.  Really!  I say that because it was very hard on my back and neck to do that but we were that committed to making some changes in our lives.  Terri gave us the kick in the butt we needed to get moving forward with our dreams and goals.  I dusted off our CD’s from Terri on Vision and goal setting and we have been bringing our dreams back in the forefront of our lives again this week.  This morning I set a vision and a plan to be healthy and whole specifically in the area of my neck, back and shoulders and free of allergies.  I made a vision board to go with it.  You will see in the photo of my vision board, that it is nothing fancy.  But, it is a way to keep the vision before my eyes.  The photos represent enjoying life, exercising, stretching, the Word of God on healing and the plan to get there.  If you are wondering about the lemons, check out my earlier post on how lemons help me

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with allergy relief!  I put this one on a wall close to my computer in our office because I spend a great deal of time here!  I encourage you to start dreaming again and set goals.  Have a blessed day!

Lemon Water -Allergy Relief

I have suffered with “seasonal” allergies that tend to occur all four seasons for years.  I’ve tried a ton of natural approaches with differing results.  I took super tonic for awhile and experienced pretty good results, but eventually, not so much.  I use a Neti pot off and on and that helps some.  I’ve tried some supplements, etc.  But, this spring I read a great article about the benefits of drinking lemon water.  I don’t even know if it talked about allergies, but I started drinking 1/2 of lemon in a glass of water first thing in the morning and drinking more diluted lemon water off and on the rest of the day.  It has made a huge difference with allergy relief.  Lemon water helps with a lot of other things as well.  I encourage you to do a google search on benefit of lemon water and give it a shot!IMG_7307