Healing My Gut and My Heart

I've battled chronic illness for many years. Heck, it's the reason this little ole' neglected blog exists in the first place. In 2008, I was searching for answers, trying to understand diagnoses that didn't feel quite right and looking to connect to others even though I was often confined to my bed. Since then, I've had good years and not so good years and I've been struggling yet again since last October. I was diagnosed with inflammatory colitis after weeks of severe GI issues in November. Since then, I've endured four stomach bugs, shingles and a raging UTI. To say I'm sick of being sick would be a gross understatement. I've tried modern medicine for all these years but a few weeks ago, as I prayed about how to proceed, I kept coming across articles about "gut" health. Did you know … [Read more...]

Fighting the Fizz

I have given it up before.  Cold turkey. But, it sucks me back in. Specifically when I have a stress headache and need some caffeine to chase the tylenol. What has me in it's ugly grasp? Soda. {source unkown} I need to stop drinking soda {again}.  I know it is bad for me.  I know that with a chronic illness the last thing I need is to ingest something that I know is harmful to my body. For some reason though, I am failing. Just today, I brought my unsweetened tea and water to work and halfway through the day, I caved and bought a soda, which led to another {cause I had ice left in my cup ;} So, I am calling on you friends.  I need accountability and I need tips. Have you given up soda or something else unhealthy?  How did you do it? What worked for you?   … [Read more...]

Short Fuse

  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  I Peter 3:14-16 I am getting used to having a commute. Granted, it is only 11 miles each way but with traffic, road work, school buses and/or stop lights, it takes me 25 to 35 minutes to go each way.  For those that know me, I tend to be short fused.  Driving does NOT bring out the best in me.  {God love my husband who commutes 90 miles each … [Read more...]

Trust when the way seems unclear

This coming Monday I start a new job. A full time 9-5 J-O-B. It is the right thing for my family and I have peace about the decision. God hasn't shown me the {full} why of it all quite yet. I like to know the "why", y'all. It is hard for a recovering Type-A like me to not know the plan.  God knows that and I'm pretty sure that controlling, driver's seat tendency I have is one of the main reasons He keeps me in the dark. I covet your prayers during this season.  Full-time ministry took a toll on my family, my priorities and our finances.  It is time to trust that God is in control and all of this is part of the path He has for me. I will still be here. I will still manage In Be'Tween Moms. I will still write monthly here and here. And I will trust that God has all the … [Read more...]

Pen to Paper

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (report released in 2007) approximately 64 million Americans suffer from insomnia- a disorder characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. In response to this growing societal problem the American Psychological Association (APA) conducted a study asking Americans what is keeping them up at night. 74% of respondents cited work as the reason tied with money. Workload came in third at 66% and children next at 64%.I think all of these reasons can be summed up with one word- stress. The fast paced, multi-tasking world in which we live encourages a lifestyle of hectic, almost frenetic schedules and the end result is that we end up feeling worn out and on the verge of burning out. Clearing your life and mind of the … [Read more...]

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