• Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Break Free of Negativity

    Do we have a habit of complaining but want to break free of our negative thinking? Yes! Writing down our complaints was the first step to our awareness. This awareness of negativity can help us find the lies that we are believing that trap us in our complaining hamster wheel of thinking. By addressing these lies with the truth of positivity, we can start writing positive truths to combat our negative thought habits. To do this, we created an exercise that we hope you will find helpful too. We free wrote our complaints using the starter “Why can’t I…” Then we countered these statements with the truth, using “I can…”…

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    Defeating Defeat

    The Recovering Perfectionist is excited to share with you yet another wonderful writer, Caroline Hultgren from Lily Mags & Co. We have enjoyed reading her work and think you will too! Job 38 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” Job 38:4 Have you ever felt defeated, like really down in the dumps defeated? It feels like everything and everyone is against you, and you just jump from one struggle to the next. You just can’t see to get a win. Our family has been living that feeling the last few years. My husband’s plant closed down, but he had another…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia

    Finding Rest: Thankfulness Day 3

    This post may contain affiliate links.   Sunday is my designated day of rest, and I must tell you that having rest has made all of the difference in my life. I am so very grateful that I have been shown just how important it is to have rest and have embraced it to become a much more fulfilled and joyful person. Emily Freeman in Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World, Rachel Hollis in Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be, and Jenn Wilkin in None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from…

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    Accepting My Portion

    12 Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the Lord.13 The custom of the priests with the people was that when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come, while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand, 14 and he would thrust it into the pan or kettle or cauldron or pot. All that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is what they did at Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. 15 Moreover, before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give meat…

  • Devotions,  Health

    Retrain Your Brain: 30 Days of Gratitude

      I found that my mindset has become more negative than I would like. In order to bring my brain back to a positive place, I decided to start practicing more gratitude in my life. Gratitude has been proven scientifically and spiritually to change the mind and soul. There is an abundance of studies and articles on the benefits of gratitude. This Time article gives a wonderful summary of some of the physical and mental benefits of being thankful. “Gratitude can make you more patient…improve self-care…help you sleep…stop you from overeating…help ease depression…Gratitude gives you happiness that lasts.” – JAMIE DUCHARME, 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude Almost all religions agree that…

  • Devotions

    Why I Don’t Want to Be Successful

    What is success? Money, power, fame? All of these things are quite alluring, but do they give life meaning? I’m not going to lie, I would like those things, but in the end, I would not be fulfilled by them. Bad news, I can’t, but He can. How exciting to be a part of a movement to change the world through changing minds. Ewan Kennedy, a pastor of Church of the Redeemer, mentioned in his sermon three ways we can effect change: contact, contrast, and compassion. In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus talks about how Christians are the salt and light of the world. Kennedy unpacked this by looking at what salt…

  • Devotions,  Health,  Reviews

    How to Fight Fear and Win

    This post may contain affiliate links. I recently finished a book that I now consider among my favorites, Fierce Hearted by Holley Gerth. Her humble and heart-warming style made me feel like I was sitting down to tea with a friend. The stories she tells make me laugh and cry. Holley Gerth is a bestselling author, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this new book of hers would become another best seller. She genuinely cares for other people and is heavily involved in many different forms of ministry. For example, one of the stories she tells in this book is of how she adopted a 21-year-old woman who had aged…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    How to Keep Faith Through Suffering

    I recently came back from The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference 2018, an encouraging time with 8,000 other Christian women that challenged and grew me. “Listening In” Session: Wrestling with Chronic Illness was like a drink of cool water in the desert of my fibromyalgia. Their stories and words of wisdom not only apply to those with chronic illness but all those who are wrestling with suffering of any kind. The session was in the question and answer format with Elicia Horton (MS), Kori Porter (Endometriosis), and Vaneetha Rendall Risner (Polio). At the beginning, each woman shared a little of their story. Some of my favorite quotes from their testimonies are:…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    How to Deal with Change

    How you react to change tells a lot about you. What do you do? Different ways to react to change: Try to ignore it – I don’t suggest this. Usually, this becomes more and more difficult until it bubbles over until it must be focused on. Fight it – I also don’t suggest this. Before you feel like I am judging, know that I have used all of these ways to handle the stress of change. I know these all too well. Try to understand it – This can be dangerous because you can’t always understand change or why it happens. Sometimes things happen, and we don’t know why. We…

  • Devotions,  Reviews

    How to Heal After You’re Broken

    This post may contain affiliate links.   My wonderful mother-in-law gave me a book that has helped me heal emotionally from the brokenness in my life, including fibromyalgia. Of course, this is an ongoing process, full of continual turning to God, but this book has really helped. My favorite quotes: I underlined so many sentences in this book that spoke to me in my current circumstances. I hope that you find encouragement in these quotes and my reflection on them.   The miracle happens in the breaking. A recurring theme in this book is being broken, the joy that can come from the pain. This turns my normal thinking from…

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