Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

30 Day Health Challenge – Days 18-23

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Welcome to my 30-day journey to a healthier and happier self. If you want to join me from the beginning, click the picture above.

Day 18

Drinking my favorite tea in my favorite tea up

Exercise: None – still in a lot of pain from running

Colostrum: Nope

Writing: Interacting with others’ blogs


Isaiah 66:10-14

As one whom his mother comforts; so I will comfort you.

Eating: Nothing weird, some dairy, lots of tea (Lipton Herbal Supplement, Stress Less, 15 ct, 0.79 oz).

Day 19

Exercise: Yoga stretches

Colostrum: None

Writing: In blog and in my journal which made me feel restful and focused.

I love colored pens, don’t you?

Meditation: I journaled in response to questions from Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman

What does living safely look like to you? What do you think will happen if you do?

Living Safely- Making sure I have enough spoons and trying to count them to predict how much I can do instead of relying on God, knowing He has charge of my spoons.

Lord, please help me to remember that you are in charge of my spoons, my blog, my marriage, my teaching, my friendships – my life.

Eating: I ate three gluten-free cupcakes. One of our amazing interpreters offered them to me. It was so nice of her. I have been feeling well today, but we shall see how I feel tomorrow after eating all this sugar.

Here’s some inspiration from a movie my husband and I watched today:

Those who have been hurt the most often have the greatest ability to heal. – Mechanic Resurrection

This gives me hope as I continue this journey.

Day 20

Exercise: Physical Therapy routine with Yoga/Pilates Stretches (I took pictures for my blog post to show how to use these exercises/stretches to alleviate pain.)

Colostrum: Tablespoon with Orange Juice

Meditation: I read several encouraging notes from Christians in my life.

Writing: The above-mentioned blog post. I was pumped because I felt like this post might help people who struggle with pain of all kinds.

Eating: My stomach was so upset that I tried to drink a Sprite, which, then, gave me a headache. I slept for 3 hours straight when I go home from work. After that, I felt significantly better. I think that I just needed more sleep. Hopefully, once I get my sleep study, I will know what I can do to get better sleep. I certainly get plenty of it, just not good quality.

Day 21

Exercise: Dancing – I got second in superstar setting for one quest on Just Dance 2017. That was really exciting for me because I had been trying to beat this level for forever!

Colostrum: None


…her arms are folded too tightly to give and receive grace… – Emily P. Freeman, Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life

How do I accept grace today? What does God’s grace look like in my life?

Writing: Commenting on blogs and writing a post

Eating: Normal

Day 22

Exercise: Run! I forgot how much I love doing this. I am using the C25K app! I hope to be able to run a 5K! Stretching afterward

Colostrum: Teaspoon with Orange Juice

Meditation:  I read Do You Value Yourself? by Shelley Langelaar and decided to ask myself the questions in that post. I realized a lot about myself and where I put my value.

  • I demand perfection from myself and tend to beat myself when I don’t meet my perfect standard. I don’t need to be perfect, and I need to set realistic goals for myself like – writing everyday, having tea time everyday, exercising everyday, being thankful everyday, run a 5k, and finish the school year strong.
  • I do engage in self-care, but I need to spend more time on the most important self-care of all is soaking myself in His word.
  • I am good at taking responsibility for my own actions, but I take this too far by taking responsibility for other people’s actions. I must remember that I can’t control anything. I don’t need to.
  • I do have a tendency to try to shield others from the consequences of their own actions. This is why I want to improve my classroom management skills to allow my students to have the consequences of their actions.
  • I live my life in the “shoulds”. They are usually unrealistic. These “shoulds” are based on my view of a perfect wife, teacher, daughter, or friend.
  • I can make my own choices and not feel guilty about them.
  • I don’t have to answer questions. “No is a complete sentence.” – Shelley Langelaar
  • I don’t have to feel inadequate. I am valued by the God of the Universe.
  • No matter what I do, someone won’t like it. So, do what is right and good without fear.
  • I must confront those who try to manipulate me. Please God, help me to recognize it and be able to say no.
  • I have the ability, through Christ, cope with my problems.

Eating: Fruit snacks

Day 23

Exercise: Stretching, Running with C25K

Colostrum: Tablespoon with Orange Juice


During my run, I enjoyed the weather, birds, and flowers of spring. Spring and its joy of living things remind me of what it went through to get there, the beautiful death of fall. As I confessed my sins to God, I bemoaned the fact of my cyclical nature in relation to sin. I was reminded that the earth goes through this same kind of cycle every year. Although not excusable, both mine and the earth’s cyclical nature are a result of brokenness. Neither of us will be perfect until heaven.

Writing: On my blog

Eating: Large brunch where my husband made amazing gluten-free French toast!




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