Tough Times

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‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Tough Times
Some days will be difficult and nothing seems good. These tough times are when we need to fully rely on God. I came into work very early on Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday to prepare for an anticipated hectic day. My computer would not work, neither would my printer. There were multiple errors on the patient charts, that I was able to check, and no one would be held accountable for making them, except me by legal default. I am exhausted from travel and stressed about the upcoming holiday madness. Another Monday in the tank! Time to hold steadfast on His promises.

Respite

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‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Respite

We all need a short period of rest and relief from the hustle and bustle and screen time of modern life. Our lives are bombarded with others wanting us to do something. Periodically I certainly need to detach from everything worldly and relax. Years ago while studying for my oral board examinations, I spent a long weekend in a Catholic Respite in Arkansas. It gave me such peace and allowed me to focus clearly on the important things in life. Now years later, I feel the need to search for that peace again.

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.”

Positive Attitude

92043888-D550-4B1B-8107-14169C17AECB“What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Positive Attitude

Every day I battle with the stresses of life and maintaining a positive attitude. It seems that the world is collapsing into a chaotic quagmire of anger and hatred and hurt and pain. But I try to remember that focusing on the many blessings in my life always allows me to see with rose colored glasses. Then I realize that changing my circumstances starts within me. The Spirit inside me ultimately guides me to do the right thing, despite my contrariness and my inherent laziness. Life is a journey that should bear good fruit.

Monday

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The name, Monday, means day of the moon. It is celebrated in various ways among different religions and often gets added as US holidays to make extended weekends. Many people dislike Monday because it represents the beginning of their work week and terminates their wonderful weekend. “Monday Blues” can involve intense sadness, stress, and anxiety. It likely means you have job dissatisfaction. Being unsatisfied at work results from many things such as a toxic work environment, an overly critical boss, low pay, an insanely high workload, or lack of interest. There are many ways to work through these feelings before they cause serious health issues. Best cure—Tuesday!!

The Vine

15E635F6-C602-4B9C-BF84-8596CAA29E56 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭ASV‬‬
The Vine
Growing up I remember my sister saying that what is in you comes out when squeezed—our real selves have to be tested in order to know who we really are. And the fruit we bear is dependent on who we are. Wow, many years later, I am just beginning to understand all the meanings behind that truth.