Living with Chronic Illness- Spotlight on a New Blogger

Living with chronic illness opens up a myriad of issues. For a long time, I did not say much about my chronic pain and fatigue because I do not want to be defined by it and also do not want to miss out on opportunities such as the 11 ministry trips to other countries Jesus has blessed me with.

Chronic illness is often referred to as an invisible illness because people will say things like, “You don’t look sick.”

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There are also people with usually good intentions that want to offer advice and the majority of the time it is something the person with chronic illness has already tried.

Living with chronic illness can mean saying you plan to join in an activity but then the fatigue or pain flares up and boom you stay home on a sofa, in a comfy chair, or in bed.

A blogger I follow, Tracey, of Tracey’s World, lives with Lupus. She shares about her experience. In her post yesterday she shared something significant about herself that she is a blogger with disabilities not disabled. Her post is- Labeled Disabled. The Struggle.

The only reason I began to share about living with chronic illness in my blog is in hopes of encouraging others. My theme verses from the bible for that are in 2 Corinthians 1:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 

I have many mornings that I am not sure how I will make it through the day, so I pray and ask for strength. Sometimes the answer is something small like having a parking space close to the door at the school where I teach in the mornings. Even little things can be a big blessing.

Fortunately, as a teacher I can sit most of the class time if I need to and in ministry I can sit most of the time as well. My schedule is such that I do have time in the afternoon to rest if need be.

I video I watched of a sister in Christ sharing about the difference between being sick like with a cold and chronic illness is a humorous way to understand the difference. Here it is.

God Bless. Thank you for reading.

A Post about Being A Successful Blogger by a Blogger with Thousands of Followers

A blogger I follow who has over 13,000 followers shared a post about being a successful blogger. I want to share it with my followers. The blogger is lifesfinewhine.com. Her post is 5 Thing You Need to Do to Be a Successful Blogger.

Hope you find some information to help you in your blogging 🙂

Thank You for Helping Me Go Over 900 Followers

I want to thank all of you who follow my blog especially those who I interact with a lot via comments. I never dreamed I would have over 900 followers when I first really dedicated myself to my blog.

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I want to celebrate this in a different way than I have before when reaching previous milestones. I would like to share some blogging tips because I have many new followers who are new to blogging.

I also want to invite other bloggers to share blogging tips. Please read my tips first to see what you would like to add or comment on. If you share a tip, please also share a link to your blog.

One ground rule for this is- Meaningful Comments/Tips.

My tips

1- Give yourself permission to explore and experiment to find your voice.

2- Learn from other bloggers and their styles.

3- Interact with other bloggers with meaningful comments not just comments like great post etc.

4- Don’t like and not view. That is one of my pet peeves.

5- Be patient. For most bloggers it takes time to grow their followers.

6-Be Consistent. If you post once a week, post on the same day. If you post twice a week, post on the same days. Then your followers will know when to watch for your posts.

7- Blogging awards are fun, BUT don’t let them be your be all end all. Yes network and have fun, but remember that what will sustain your blog is ORIGINAL CONTENT.

Those are my tips.

I want to thank some bloggers who have been consistent in commenting and interacting with me and invite them to share a tip.

Dawn

Beverly

Brenda

Deborah

Rene

Deandra

Herry

Temi

Lydia

I went with the top 9 because as a Lord of the Rings fan, it makes me think of the Fellowship of the Ring- 9 People.

Again THANK YOU to all who have followed my blog and interacted with me. Please share blogging tips for new bloggers.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Compassion for Others-Spotlight on a new Blogger

A new blogger I follow wrote an excellent post about empathy yesterday. The blogger is alwaysajesusgirl.wordpress.com and her post is- Feeling Your Heartbreak. She writes about empathy being a gift.

I agree with her so much. To feel what Jesus feels is a gift that helps us grow closer to Jesus. I often think of Matthew 9 in the bible when Jesus was with the crowds:

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Jesus saw them and had compassion. In the crowds would have been all kinds of people who had all kinds of sin in their lives and people who had been victimized in various ways.

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What is our reaction when we meet someone different than we are or someone who lives a lifestyle that is different? Do we judge? Or do we pray and befriend?

I meet people from all over the world who come to my city as refugees. I have heard stories from them that are overwhelmingly tragic. Their beliefs are often vastly different than mine. But God has blessed me to show them the love of Jesus and befriend them.

Compassion and empathy are sorely needed in these days that we live in. They will be needed even more in the coming years.

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Once a long time ago, I prayed a prayer that can be dangerous if someone is a self-centered person. I asked Jesus to help me feel for others what he feels. He answered by bringing people into my life with stories that just plain break one’s heart.

If you are willing to ask Jesus that, be ready to meet people who need compassion and empathy.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Tell Me- A Game Posted by Riya in India

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Hello beautiful bloggers and readers. Here is your pretty friend Riya from World Of My Thoughts with a fun filled question challenge for you all. Without wasting any time, let’s begin:

Question 1: Tell me what did you eat yesterday

Question 2: Tell me how are you today?

Question 3: Tell me what are your plans for tomorrow?

How it works:

It’s a game and a challenge..

Everyone is free to do it.

Don’t make it too complex. You can post your answers by creating a post. But, please please please don’t forget to mention me and tag this post so that I may come to know that some sweet person has taken part, or just drop them in the comment section below.

REMEMBER: IT’S JUST FOR FUN

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

1- I ate tuna salad from a deli. almond milk blueberry yogurt, and a slice of gluten free pumpkin loaf. That and some food like stuff at home. 🙂

2- I am good today. I am relaxing at home and writing my book.

3- My plans for tomorrow are to stay home and write some more. I want to finish my book before my break from teaching ends.

Thank You

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Well it is the last day of 2019 and I feel it is time to say THANK YOU to my followers especially those who comment and interact with me.

It has been quite the year of blogging for me. My blog has grown from 300 followers to over 850 this past year.

It has been encouraging to see the response as I followed the Lord leading me to share on my blog including sharing about chronic illness and depression/anxiety. 2 Corinthians 1 talks about the God of all comfort who comforts us so we can in turn comfort others. I hope I have been able to comfort others through my blog this past year.

I plan to continue to share about my experiences with refugees and immigrants and also about life with chronic illness and depression.anxiety as well as posts about my faith.

Thank you to my followers. I would like to give a special shout out to the ones who have interacted with me so much through comments.

Dawn

Deandra

Beverley

Brenda

Rene

Deborah

Jenny

Herry

Sarah

Ryan

Thank you for reading. God Bless and Happy New Year. 🙂

The Decade Tag

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With this being the end of not only a year, but also a decade, I thought I would look back at what the Lord has done in my life the past ten years. Also I would like to make this a tag- The Decade Tag.

To play along:

1- Please share a link to the creator of the tag- jesusluvsall.wordpress.com

2- Share some highlights for you over the past decade and if you want a few low points

3- Tag whoever you wish to.

4- Ask them some questions

5- Use any picture appropriate for such a tag.

Highlights for me are:

2 trips to Brazil one with a group from church and one to teach English at a univeristy

1 trip to Mexico with a group from church

Studied Spanish for one year

Studied Portuguese for one year

Began and continue to teach in a specialized program- Family Literacy

Had a mentoring/study group for young people from Vietnam

Low points for the Lord has helped me with

Found our I have Celiacs Disease

Found out I have Fibromyalgia

Waiting to find our about another autoimmune problem

My questions for those I am tagging

1- What was your favorite song or songs from this past decade?

2- What was your favorite movie or movies from this past decade?

3- What was your favorite book from this past decade?

If they wish to participate, I am tagging

Purple Rose

Sharon

Deborah Marie

Jenny

Garden Faith

Sarah

Joy Cottage

Nikita

Noah

Angelica

Reflecting on 2019 Challenge

A blogger I follow, Kim of fearandovercome.wordpress.com shared her reflections on 2019 in a good post to read- 2019 Reflections. In her post she asks the following questions that I felt would be good ones to answer to reflect on this past year.

  • What was your biggest blessing this year?
  • How did you show compassion for others?
  • What did you accomplish this year?
  • Who are two people that influenced you the most this year?
  • What do you need to release in order to move ahead in 2020?
  • What are you most grateful for this year?

So I will answer the questions but also want to challenge fellow bloggers to also reflect with these questions. If you do, please share the link the Kim’s post not mine.

1- My biggest blessing came after my biggest down point. In the summer, I had a sudden drop of income which caused a lot of problems. In September and October God moved in a big way as help came from former students, my church, and an anonymous donor. I was amazed and overwhelmed. I will never forget it.

2- God helped me to show compassion to my refugee and immigrant friends in various ways such as helping to arrange assistance and being a friend. I also hope my blog posts encouraged others who have chronic illness or depression/anxiety.

3- God accomplished a lot in my life. Some examples- my Spanish improved, the opportunity to help others be ready to pass the citizenship test, teaching classes, seeing my blog continue to grow, and pay off some bills.

4- The new pastor at my church has influenced me a lot through his teaching and also our interaction. Another pastor at my church helped me during my down point.

5- I still have medical bills to pay off. It is a bit discouraging that when I seem to make headway that I get more because of chronic illness.

6- First and foremost I am grateful for Jesus for his love. I am also grateful for my friends and my students. I am very grateful for those who follow my blog and comment on posts.

Goals for 2020- Spotlight on a New Blogger

Alathia of alathiahayes.com shared a wonderful post about her goal for the New Year. It is- My One Goal for 2020. In her post she shared about wanting to give grace to herself.

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That has been a similar thing on my mind as someone who lives with chronic illness but is also in ministry. I tend to want to forge ahead and push through the fatigue and other symptoms.

However, especially in the past few years, I have come to realize I need to temper my driven self a bit. So I plan to incorporate a little down time each day for relaxing instead of waiting until I can’t possibly go any further. That may mean focusing on quality not quantity.

So one theme verse for me from the bible will be in Isaiah 40:31-

“but those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Relax in the presence of Jesus listening to worship music each day in the afternoon. Even take a nap if I have to.

So that is one of my goals. What are some or one of yours?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.