Ok, OK, I’m Listening!
So, the other night when I posted this prayer on this blog:
“Dear Lord, I am yours; I am giving my life, my dreams and my hopes to You. Please use my life for Your purpose. I trust You and am ready to obey You.”
In my quiet time, I came across a book that I have had for many years and have read many times. Radically Obedient, Radically Blessed is a delightful, life-changing book by Lysa TerKeurst. Here are a few excerpts from the book that really hit home with me this morning:
• P 49 Something will happen next in our lives as well. Will it be filled with doubts and distractions? Or will it be filled with discovering the blessing of answering God’s call on our life?
• P 51 we have to get it settled in our hearts that we will love God no matter the outcome…
• P52 This kind of radical obedience brings about a depth of relationship with God you can’t get any other way…..the psalmist David discovered this radical blessing—this intimate, deep relationship with God-where he settled in his heart to love God no matter what.
So, I am choosing (once again) to slow down—to create “white” space on my calendar. I want to hear God and I want continue developing the intimacy that has become a blessing to me.
Here are a few thoughts and changes that I can do to help myself hopefully stop repeating this cycle. (I am praying God will give me the strength to implement--I know that without His help, I will be back to having couch time again, soon!)
1) I did some research yesterday and it does take many breast cancer patients who do chemotherapy a good 1-2 years to recover from the fatigue of the journey—not to mention I had double radiation and now three surgeries, while continuing to work full time.
2) My husband and I have been facilitating a weekly community group for church; this is our last week facilitating, as we will be stepping down. Facilitating is something that I have really grown to love and enjoy, however for the next few months, I am feeling the need to just quietly “rest” in the Lord.
3) I spent some time looking at our daily schedule and listed the absolute musts…to do this; I am going to have to make some changes regarding time on the internet, sleep schedule, etc.
4) We have implemented many diet changes in our menu; however I know from experience the key to stay with the healthy choices, I will need to spend some time researching for menus, tips, etc. Besides writing, wellness is a passion that I love to research. This too, will have to have time limits, I don’t know about you…but it is so easy to lose track of time doing research. I am hoping to share some of these wellness tips on this blog.
5) I have been walking 1 to 1.5 miles a day, I know that is not a lot, but it is a good start. I still have 3 weeks before I can implement Pilates/yoga, anxiously waiting. I do believe that exercise equals energy. It is sad though, exercise is something that we so easily cut out of a busy day…so I am going to write it in pen on my calendar and even set my phone alarm as a reminder.
6) I am a firm believer that my days need to start and finish with my Father…so I am asking for His help to develop a healthy morning and evening routine.
The road to recovery continues…if you are on this road; please take the time to heal. Our bodies have been through a lot physically, emotionally and spiritually. I totally believe our God is just waiting for us to reach for His hand so He can guide us to a complete healing!
How about you? What steps have you implemented on your road to healing? (This could include healing from the cancer journey, or any other journey you have experienced.)