Just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be taking some time off from my blogs and newsletter for the next several months while I concentrate on my health and a project my husband and I are working on together.
I recently added a few new diagnoses to the growing list. Last year I was diagnosed with Essential Tremors and just recently with an esophageal issue. It’s going to take me some time to find some treatments that can help, especially since my fibro has kicked up another notch.
It’s my birthday today! I’m 55. On the one hand, it seems too soon for me to feel 55, but on the other hand, I could have been denied the opportunity. If you’ve read my Miracle Story, you know that it’s entirely possible that I would have never made it to see my 55th birthday. No matter what chronic health issues or other issues I face now, I can look to that and feel blessed that I had the extra time to feel however I feel about that issue. It got me thinking…
You know that old saying, “I’m living on borrowed time?” I was thinking the other day that I’m living on Bonus Time. There comes a time in some people’s lives when they are keenly aware of being given extra time here on this earth. You may not be aware that God saved you from being killed in a car wreck by diverting your traffic to a different street. You may not be aware that you narrowly missed a gun fight at the OK Morale, but you are keenly aware of the bonus time God has given to you when you hear several of your doctors all in awe of the fact that they found a rare and aggressive cancer in its infancy when most women die because it’s found too late to help them.
Living on Borrowed Time means to me that you have a short time left, but Living on Bonus Time means I have no idea how long I have on this earth just like anyone else. But it does make me more likely to want to do more with whatever time I have left than most people might.
For all of you who have escaped a death sentence, you know how blessed you are and I’m willing to bet that you don’t want to waste the time you’ve been granted. But for all the rest of you out there, I’m going to challenge you. Like me, you have no idea how much time you have left. You could live another 50 years or you could step off a curb tomorrow into oncoming traffic and it’s all over.
What are you doing to do with whatever time YOU have left?
I’m a child of God, wife of 31 years, retired homeschooling mom of two, author, speaker, self-professed goofball, and purple lover from waaaay back!
I remember a phrase used by my Bradley birthing coach when describing how I’d feel just prior to giving birth. When you feel like you can’t stand the pain anymore, that’s when the birthing journey is almost over. You can endure anything for a short time, but it’s the chronic issues that wear us down and shake our faith.
I’ve learned some life lessons along the way and I aim to support and uplift those who suffer from chronic illness and issues who are in desperate need of hope, love, support, understanding and uplifting,
I look at life through scripture sprinkled with humor because, when life’s not fair, I have found that you can still find laughter and joy if you look hard enough.
I keep it real. No rah rah here! BUT I always bring us back to the Lord! Come join me, won’t you?