• 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…

  • Devotions

    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…

  • Fibromyalgia

    Why I Needed a Break From Blogging

    Dear Blogging Community, You are so supportive and kind. I must write to you to let you know how very tired I am of trying to write. I am marvelous at starting the writing process. I have some beautiful beginnings of many novels, short stories, and screenplays. My difficulty is usually in finding how to get to the ending I have envisioned. I feel that I have come to the point in my blog writing where I have lost the view of my end. I have lost the reason why I write. I took some time to read some books that I found inspiring. I just finished Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment…

  • Fibromyalgia

    30-Days of Thankfulness: Technology

    2) What technology are you grateful for?   I am so grateful for the technology of e-mails. Because I have chronic pain, it can be difficult to sit and talk with someone, but it is so much easier to write to them a little at a time. It also is so helpful when I have brain fog. If I can’t remember the name for something, I can just google it. It can be quite comical actually. Some of the searches I have done go something like “name for the thing that you put on bread that goes with peanut butter” or “name for when you feel like punching something”. I…

  • Marriage

    How Perfectionism Was Ruining My Marriage

    The Recovering Perfectionist is delighted to welcome Amanda Warfield in her first guest post for us! We connected through Instagram, so you should definitely take a look at her feed! It is beautiful, fun, and thought provoking.     Growing up, I always had a streak of perfectionism inside of me. Usually, it only came out occasionally and I could tamp it down pretty easily. I’ll never forget though after 3rd-grade state testing results came in, I received an average on the science portion and I cried about it. I was so disgusted with that “average”. I didn’t want to be average. I didn’t even want to be above average.…

  • 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…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day Three

    Thank you, Lourie, for this fun idea! The rules are: Thank the nominator. Post one quote each day for three consecutive days. Tag three bloggers. This quote is from Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman, my current non-fiction reading. In it, Freeman focuses on being fully present which sometimes takes the long road in life. She also wrote Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life which I am also enjoying because it explores living in grace rather than by anything I do. Let’s take back that time when someone’s words made us feel stupid, but instead of wallowing in the…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day Two

    Thank you, Lourie, for this fun idea! The rules are: Thank the nominator. Post one quote each day for three consecutive days. Tag three bloggers. My next quote comes from an amazing devotional called Soul Rest: 7 Days to Renewal by Curtis Zackery that I had the privilege of going through with some of my extended family. (P.S. – It’s totally FREE!) Now I want to buy his book, Soul Rest: Reclaim Your Life. Return to Sabbath. (affiliate link). Guess I have another book to put on my Amazon wishlist! Zachery has several quotes he uses in the devotional that are quite inspiring. It is hard to choose just one. You will…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day One

    This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you, Lourie, for this fun idea! The rules are: Thank the nominator. Post one quote each day for three consecutive days. Tag three bloggers. I just finished a beautiful book about letting go of stress called Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands (affiliate link) and written by Shona and David Murray. It is truly beautiful how God speaks through them directly to my heart. This is one of the many books that I am reading to work through my perfectionism which leads to anxiety and depression, worsening my fibromyalgia symptoms. My perfectionism especially threatens my joy as the new…

  • 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…

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