Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

30 Day Health Challenge – Days 11-17

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Day 11 –

Exercise: Lifting weights, Yoga stretches

Colostrum: One teaspoon with Orange Juice

Writing: Interacting with other’s blogs, writing blog research

It was fun! It was nice to be inspired by others’ writing and learn how I can improve my blog.

Meditation:

“And the prison of self-protection has kept me from receiving the boundless, unfathomable, gracious love of God.” – Emily P. Freeman, Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life

This motivated me to do something that I was very scared to do. Make my first ever video! I felt so much more confident afterward though. I just need to continue to rest in His grace.

Eating: No sugar, but I had a lot of dairy which really hurt my stomach.

 

Day 12 –

Exercise: Yoga strength and stretch

Colostrum: Nope

Writing: In my blog

Meditation:

I had a good conversation with my husband about trusting God: (I wrote an entire post about it.)

“I’m trying so hard to trust Him. I just can’t make myself.”

“That’s your problem. It’s not something you can just do. Stop trying, and you will.”

Eating: No sugar, some dairy

 

Day 13 –

Exercise: Physical Therapy! They had me do my regular exercises with the exercise ball. I guess I’m getting stronger. Hooray! I did feel like I was going to fall over doing those exercises though. My physical therapist stretched out my back and then did dry needling on me. Dry needling has really done wonders for me, and I highly recommend it for those with fibromyalgia. It helps to relieve pain and stiffness.

Colostrum: Ha, no.

Writing: In my blog and notes in my book

Meditation: Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman

This innate desire to be good indeed protected me from a lot of heartache and baggage…But it did not bring me any greater understanding of God. It did not protect me from my own impossible expectations…it was exhausting to try to measure up.

It is true that I am my own worst critic. I was ashamed of how I didn’t measure up to my picture of a good girl who always has everything together, always trusts God, and is never anxious. I keep thinking that by trying hard enough I will succeed in becoming holy like Christ. NO! It is Christ in me working, making me into a better person. I must rest in His perfect work, not mine.

Eating: No sugar, no dairy

Day 14 –

Exercise: Nope, unless you count walking to and from the movie theatre to see Avengers (link to writing)

Colostrum: No

Writing: In my blog and notes in my book

Meditation: From Wednesday from the devotions my pastor sends out every week, 2018-04-23 And the Kingdom Goes to

Luke 18:9-14

Looking at what it means to be “poor in spirit” is terribly convicting. There are so many worldly views about “getting ahead” that contradict this biblical truth. Being “poor in spirit” is having a true sense of who you are in relationship to God, having humility.

This goes directly against what I naturally want to believe. I want to stand like the Pharisee and list my spiritual accomplishments to Him and get a gold star. It seems weak to me to fall on my knees like the tax collector and admit that I have sinned. Sometimes I think that, if I admit something, then it really happened.

But oh the joy of grace! When I do humble myself before my Father and bring Him my sins, He is full of grace and forgiveness. We have sweet communion.

Eating: I ate five different gluten-free cookies. I know, I shouldn’t have, but they were there for Teacher Appreciation Week. I just felt so appreciated! And then I felt sick. And in pain. Yeah, sugar is definitely a problem for me with my fibromyalgia. Yay.

Day 15 –

Exercise: Walked extra around the school

Colostrum: Not happening

Writing: In my blog and notes in my book

Meditation: I did the Thursday devotions from 2018-04-23 And the Kingdom Goes to

Because the kingdom of Heaven is mine now, I do not have to worry about earthly things. I possess something much more valuable. I have been given the gift of being “poor in spirit”. This means I don’t have to defend myself. I don’t have to prove myself.

Eating: I tried to eat a rice crispy treat today, but I couldn’t. It made me feel sick to my stomach. This was the first time in a long time I was acutely aware of how sweet something was. I did have some chocolate with my peanut-butter covered toast. It was like eating a huge Reese’s Cup! It tasted marvelous, and I didn’t hurt afterward.

Day 16 –

Exercise: Crunches and bicep curls, 1.5 mile interval run

Colostrum: Nah.

Writing: In my blog

Meditation: Friday from 2018-04-23 And the Kingdom Goes to

Matthew 10:16

I think that I am learning to be as wise as a serpent because I am becoming more aware of how and when my students might be cheating. In a way, it hurts my soul. I want to believe that every student wants to learn and have integrity, but I am learning that this is not always the case.

I want to maintain my innocence. I want to do so though without making my life legalistic. God help me to do so.

Matthew 16:24-25

Denying myself continues to be harder than I thought. My old roommate and I had a wonderful discussion about this where François Fénelon points out that, many times when we are upset, it is simply the cry of wounded self-love. When I am upset, I need to take a hard look at myself and wonder if it is because my pride or my plans were messed with. I must not hold onto my life so tightly. Lord, please loosen my grip.

John 12:24-26

The more I pour out my life, the more I gain. Service is joy. May I remember this.

Eating: I had sugar in the form of protein bars with chocolate and cranberry juice. I paid for it with pain.

Day 17 –

Exercise: Walking was all I could do today, from the car to church and from the car up 3 flights of stairs to our apartment

Colostrum: My stomach can’t right now

Writing: In my blog and my journal

Meditation:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4

Why do we mourn? Because of the brokenness of ourselves and the world.

What do we turn to for comfort? food (sugar), entertainment (Netflix, movies, theatre), and social media – to name a few

If you realize what you are mourning, you know where to go for comfort. –  Pastor Ewan

Eating: Vanilla Greek yogurt with strawberries and Stress Less Tea. Greek salad with grilled chicken at Zoe’s Kitchen. Toast with peanut butter and chocolate chips. I think I am sick, so I am already in pain, but I don’t think the chocolate helped at all. I was just so tired and didn’t have energy to make a real meal.

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