Welcome! And Thank You for checking out my new adventure with this Blog thing! I’d like to share a little of my story because WordPress said that was a good idea but also because I have been blessed with a lot, and in particular, poor health. Sounds crazy I know. But see, God has allowed a lot of hard stuff to teach me, remake and remold me and grant me Hope! Now, it’s time to share with you. So briefly, here’s my story…
Even as a kid, I loved working with kids. My nursing school days focused on pediatrics to the point that I realized I loved working with kids with special needs and their families. God blessed me with great jobs in that area and with the honor of working with some of the very best therapists, teachers, nurses, doctors, and especially, families.
Then I got started getting sick. Working with kids, I couldn’t avoid the illnesses. An immune system deficiency was diagnosed and adult onset asthma decided to bless me (sarcasm intended there… or maybe not…). I missed a lot of work and that wasn’t fair to my families or coworkers.
So, I gave up a wonderful career, one of the hardest decisions I ever made. I had hoped to get better in order for my hubby and me to start a family. Well, that didn’t happen either. I mean, really… how many women have to resign from a job they love in order to get well enough to have a baby? Not many. There were good times and hard times but the health issues mounted. Eventually we had to make some very tough decisions and I may share about all of that later but in a nutshell, I wasn’t healthy (or young) so we gave up on having a family.
The past few years have been even more challenging as I’ve had resistant respiratory infections that could only be treated with IV antibiotics at home for months at a time. But through it all God has been with me in ways sometimes difficult to describe. He has carried me, taught me, allowed me to be broken so He could make me into a person who relies on Him more each day. He has never left me. He has taught me to hope. So like Paul in the Bible says “I have learned to be content in all things” …(well, most of the time but we will chat about that another time).
A few years back I started to realize that God really has taught me some valuable lessons and I could share those lessons and encourage others who need a lift or may be struggling… “But how Lord?” I asked. “My health is so nutty that I can’t commit to anything. I’m inconsistent Lord… I miss family events, church…. You already know this Lord”. Ah, the audacity we have with the Good Lord sometimes. I mean really?! It’s not like He doesn’t already have a great plan in store. I still don’t know how, but He planted this Blog business in my head, and my heart. My heart’s desire is to help folks however I can so, I prayed, and thought, and explored. I talked to family and in particular said to my sister that I really feel led to do this Blog thing “but how do you do that?!”
When Covid came along people worried, feared, prayed, fought and the whole world seemed to turn upside down. And my doctors shut me down… no church, no visiting, no shopping, nothing. One doctor told me straight…”I fear for your life if you get covid”. (Not an easy thing to hear). My hubby and I did everything we could to keep ourselves well and thank the Lord, we have both been protected thus far.
Throughout this quarantine time I’ve realized how very HARD it is on folks who are shut in all the time. The feelings of fear and isolation can overwhelm even the strongest faith. Being shut in takes a toll … a hard toll, on the heart, the head and the health! I hope this Blog can encourage folks and show folks that there is always Hope. There is always a loving Father who wants to love and support us throughout the hard times as well as the good. He grants us peace, endurance, strength, and even humor to face each minute of each day.
Thank you again for reading my story! I hope you will visit regularly and maybe even share your story and/or prayer requests. I truly hope we can build a community of encouragement and support through hard times. Never forget: You are not alone! God knows you. He loves you. He is always with you. And He has what you need to get through this.
I’m looking forward to this adventure with you and to see how God gets you through!