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“If you do not fight, you will not win.”

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A recent message from my young adult pastor really moved me spiritually, but it also has had an effect on my life outside of my faith in Christ.

John Mark reminded us, in the war of life, “if you do not fight, you will not win,” and it struck me that this comes into play with our health, too – especially those with chronic illnesses. If you choose to “give up,” you can never actually “win.” If you choose to educate yourself, give yourself material to fight with you can learn the best methods to “fix” the problem. While you may never have a cure, you can find treatments, support and other options besides giving up.

When I heard that I might have fibromyalgia, instead of just accepting it and moving on knowing that I have an incurable syndrome, I did a ton of reading. This reading lead me to believe I *didn’t* have fibro! I approached my doctor, encouraged him to do some more studying of my body and he realized that I was right. What I do have is ankylosing spondylitis, which is no more curable or stoppable than fibromyalgia, but I know now different treatment methods. I chose to fight, I will choose to win.

I just wanted to encourage you today to keep that line in mind … “if you don’t fight, you will not win.”

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Things I’m thankful for, I

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As I mentioned yesterday, this week I’ll be sharing a list of things that I’m thankful for. I hope that you plan on participating with me!

  1. GOD – He sent his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus died to breach the rift between me and GOD. Without the love of Christ I would be nothing. Above everything else I am thankful for the sacrifice that He made for me. He made it for you, too.
  2. My family – as I mentioned here, they love me no matter my kooky habits. My parents raised me to be a strong, independent and smart woman. I work every day to make them proud of who I am. My sister makes me laugh. She and I have had a rocky relationship, but we are growing to really know one another as adults and it’s a blessing.
  3. My friends – everyone says this, but I have the most amazing friends. My Christian friends love in Truth, and my non-Christian friends love me even though I talk about Jesus all the time. When I have a problem, I call friends. When I need a hug, I call friends. When I need to do some laundry, I call friends. And they still love me unconditionally.
  4. Coffee – it wakes me up, it comforts me, it calms me down (weird, yeah, I know), it makes my house smell good and it connects me to people.
  5. Sunshine – Oregon doesn’t see sunshine enough, and so when I see it, I know to be truly thankful for it. Today it was cold, but for a brief moment, the sun was out. In winter months, it is such a blessing to see the bright orb in the sky.
  6. Living in the US – while I may not have been a happy camper politically for the past eight years, I am thankful to live in a country where I can speak my mind, share it on the internet, and not be in trouble for the books I read.
  7. Straight teeth – my parents paid for me to have braces and I am so thankful for this. Teeth make a person … I kid you not. I stare at teeth and know that they are included in a first impression. Mom used to tell me “smile and show me my new car,” and thinking back it really means a lot that my Mom would have rather me have beautiful teeth than her have a beautiful car. Thanks Mom!

What are you thankful for?

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