A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Folks in our day and age don’t say the word TREAD much – we say walk more often than not; however, the word TREADMILL is not only familiar to most of us, but a regular part of healthy living.  I really hate using the treadmill at the gym – but it’s honestly not because I’m lazy!  The chronic sciatica I’ve suffered with for over 30 years has held me back – I have this thing about hurting…  I don’t dig it.  My leg burns from the moment I wake up in the morning until I blissfully go to sleep at night.  I’m very happy when I’m asleep.

Through the years I’ve done different things to make it better – right after the injury I was in physical therapy for several months – nearly a year.  I was on strong pain medications but as we all know, they have unwelcome side effects.  I decided they weren’t worth it – so I weaned myself off of them and tried to keep moving.  It hurts like crazy, but I have to keep moving.

Today I have no brain fog and other effects of strong pain meds have disappeared.  I have given the issue to God.  Don’t roll your eyes at me…  it’s true.  Now I take 2 Aleve in the morning and move as much as I can.  God’s helping me, but I had no doubt He would.

A pastor’s wife once told me, “Everybody has SOMETHING.”  At first, I thought that was her not so subtle way of telling me she didn’t want to hear about my issues (which I don’t recall sharing at the time anyway).  But I put a pin in the comment and stuck it in the back of my mind.  She’s right – we’re human and we get tired, weary, discouraged at times, and close to quitting.  Then – God steps in.  He never shows up early – but He steps in – just in time – His perfect time.  I’ve found that to be true and I’ve heard testimony after testimony that bears this out.

I can’t explain how my messed up back with a burning sciatic nerve has the ability to walk on the treadmill, ride the bike, and do other machines…  it’s all God – He has given me the strength and the GOD-bility to keep moving.  I praise Him for helping me every day!

God helps us do what we have to do – but even more exciting…  He helps us do what we like to do – and most writers would say…  what they absolutely must do!  God has put such a desire within us to write, and everybody knows…  a writer WRITES… about anything, anytime, anywhere.  Put me in an elevator by myself and shut the door.  If I have a pencil and some paper (or a napkin, preferably unused, but…) – I can come up with something – it could be about the color of the buttons…  lol.  Maybe there’s a fly in the elevator with me.  Hmm…  bonus!

If you’re feeling like you can’t tread…  or walk on the treadmill…  remember, with God and His strength – you can!  Climb those mountains like a deer!  🙂

 

 

 

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PHYSICAL WELLNESS MONTH

TL APRIL IS PHYSICAL WELLNESS MONTHIf it was easy everyone would be a size 2…  that’s what everyone says.  Nowhere in the Bible do I see a verse in the Beatitudes that says, BLESSED ARE THE HEALTHY, FOR THEY SHALL LIVE FOREVER.  Life comes with challenges – some are emotional, some are mental and yes, some are physical.

I’m facing the challenge of my life.  I recently got my A1c checked – it’s a 3 month average of blood glucose levels.  It’s gone up again – now I’m at 8.3.  It should be under 7.  My doctor asked questions about my eating habits and I admitted my love of fruits and vegetables.  I like goldfish crackers and have little pouches which provide portion control.  I don’t eat more than one a day – honest.  But those little golden beauties are 28 g. of carbs so I can’t keep eating them every day.  I have to give up many fruits that I love – and can’t have fruit juices, even low sugar brands.

The thing that my doctor emphasized to me was that no matter what dietary adjustments I make, the most important thing I can do to regain my health is EXERCISE!

UGH…  the dreaded “E” word again…  but I hate it – I hate to exercise!  I’d so much rather get up in the morning and waddle to the bathroom and make a beeline for the coffee pot.  Do not pass GO, do not collect $200 – go straight to the coffee pot.  🙂

It’s no longer an option – it’s a necessity.  I keep wishing I had a partner in crime…  somebody to say COME ON, LET’S GO!  Some enthusiastic voice beside me, saying, LINDA, YOU ARE WORTH SAVING AND HERE I AM TO HELP YOU – TO WALK WITH YOU AND TALK WITH YOU ALONG THE WAY.

I’m taking the largest dose of Metformin, Glipizide and 40 Units of Levemir every night.  I have to bump up the amount of insulin, which means I’ll have to buy pens sooner – and that is hitting my budget in a BIG way.

I’ve hit the proverbial brick wall – head on – this is it – I have to decide if I’m going to do this or if I’m going to pay out upwards of $400 a month for insulin.

Note to self:  SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP!  You have absolutely no choice.  Get out of this bed and put on your walkin’ shoes – get out there!  It’s a beautiful day – and yeah, you’ll walk alone, but you have no choice.  You just gotta do it.

So…  from now on, my routine will be get out of bed, waddle to the potty, waddle to the closet and put on my walkin’ clothes and head out the door – get it done while I’m still half asleep, right???  When I get home I can then waddle to the kitchen, fix breakfast and brew the coffee!

I can do this…  I CAN.  I WILL.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (2)

WHAT IF YOU PRAYED

Ants will not cross a line drawn with chalk. 

If a Christian disagrees with something and is opinionated, why is it wrong to take action?  If we fall to our knees and pray and are subsequently led to put feet to our faith and our convictions, why is that a bad thing?  Sometimes I express a desire to stand up against something, but instead of other Christians having my back, they tell me that I need to just stay calm and keep praying.  In other words – do nothing.

Did God not give us brains to use?  Did He not give us the gift of discernment?  If I have prayed about something and am impressed by God to put feet to my faith, why do I not get support for that?

I get so tired of the Christian army sometimes.  It really is the only army that shoots its own soldiers!  I thought we were fighting against the prince of this world, but it seems that so often we are fighting each other.  Doesn’t that make the devil laugh?  It does – and that’s not funny.

Isn’t it a better to pray for people when we think they are going off to act on something that we think may need more prayer power behind it?  I mean, if it really needs more prayer power behind it – what does it hurt to add your prayers with theirs – instead of criticizing them for taking action in the first place?

We are not ants – and God has not drawn a line with chalk that we are not to cross.  Life is messy and there is evil and wicked to fight – yes, with prayer first – but then we are to put feet to our faith.  That is my belief.  If I find out that Christians are in the midst of a fight they feel passionate about, the last thing I’m going to tell them is to back off and pray about it – when I know they began the fight with prayer.  I’m thankful for folks who jump in to affect change in the country – ultimately in the world.  Why do you think Dr. Carson wants to be president?  What if he had not got in the race?  I rest my case.

It makes me nuts when brothers and sisters in Christ tell me I’m wrong to take action against evil.  I know that prayer is the most important part of war, believe me.  It’s my belief that most people should get up and go further.  Pray – but then move!  God does not draw a line with chalk.  God’s children are not ants, or at least they shouldn’t be.  He works THROUGH His children – but if His children decide to stay in the prayer closet, He can still work – but not through you if you refuse to leave the closet.  Yes, being a good prayer warrior is a wonderful and crucial ministry, but when God tells you to act, you need to act.

God has given us able minds and bodies to take action.  So once a Christian has prayed about something, don’t be so quick to discourage them from putting feet to their faith if they are led to do so by God’s Holy Spirit.  What if we encouraged our brothers and sisters in their endeavors, trusting that they have been to the mountain and talked with God about it?   How refreshing that would be!  🙂