Hope

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‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hope

Some people have reminded me to be more positive in my BLOG posts, even though I see them as mostly positive. Living in today’s world, there is a spiritual warfare surrounding us that has escalated beyond my wildest dreams. The level of suffering and pain has reached new heights. Often, I feel helpless because one person can only do so much to correct the many problems of society. I struggle to maintain some sense of self worth, in an environment that seeks to criticize and blame and harass. What can we do? I always come back to God and rest assured that He is our only Hope. Praise be to God!

Carefree

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In my oncology profession, being carefree just for a moment can relieve much anxiety. Today, I post these beautiful flowers; and, as I gaze at them mindlessly, a mental fog of serenity replaces all stress—what a happy state of mind to recharge my “batteries”. My training and experience has taught me to understand how directly mental health is linked to physical health and with age this becomes more critical. Relax and enjoy the moment and as my mother always said, “Take time to smell the roses.”

Mental Illness

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There is so much mental illness in our world. It struck me today as I saw mentally ill people throughout the course of my day, and mostly they are not receiving adequate treatment, for one reason or another. Often I wonder how such bizarre behavior stays out of the spotlight. Have we become so afraid of being politically incorrect that we tolerate it instead of trying to help fix it?

Loneliness

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“Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Loneliness is an unpleasant emotional response to isolation. One may feel anxious about a lack of connection or communication with other beings. Loneliness can even be felt when surrounded by other people. Many of us suffer from loneliness at one time or another, but we need to remember that we are never alone—God is with us always!

Fear of Flying

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In 1987, I experienced a “near air disaster” with extreme turbulence. Since then, I have had varying degrees of anxiety when flying, yet I have continued to travel worldwide on numerous flights. Cognitively I understand that flying is about 750 times safer than driving. But when the rough air rocks my world, anxious feelings invade my thoughts. Last night was one of those flights with turbulence from start to finish. Deep breaths and remembering that fear is a liar kept me calm enough to endure the moment. How do you deal with your fears?

Rest

38bfaa4f-b05d-42a4-8254-437fa7e47cc1“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭ASV‬‬

Rest
Sometimes I just cannot seem to get enough rest and I feel exhausted. It may be easy to refrain from physical activity, but it is often difficult to relax the mind…so I lay still, but keep thinking and worrying about all sorts of things. What seems to help me most is to count my blessings. That reminds me Who is in charge and how much He loves us. His Peace provides true rest.