Friday, November 17, 2017

Thankful Declarations

This is a new twist on an older post of mine. I wanted to take these statements and the declaration and make them thankful ones. So let's start our day in a thankful way!


I have been studying how positive thinking and speaking relieves stress and gives us peace. I have been putting the things that I am learning into practice and I am seeing a change in myself. Those changes are creating a more peaceful home for me and my husband. I’m sleeping better. My days are more productive. I’m paying attention to the blessings that have been coming my way because of it. 

Thinking and speaking positive words and affirmations is nothing new. I’ve heard it all before, but I’ve never really put it into practice. I’ve always told myself, “You’re a positive person, you’re always upbeat, and you don’t let things get you down.” However true that is there is a difference of being those things naturally and putting these things into practice every day.

At the beginning of the day I am choosing to start my day off with this declaration:

“I am thankful that this will be a great day. I am thankful that I have God’s favor. I am thankful that He is directing my steps. I am thankful that I will succeed in all that I do today and I will have peace.” 

That statement alone gives me energy. Let’s break this down.
  3 Thankful Statements = 1 Thankful Declaration - - autoimmune disorders/diseases

I am thankful that this will be a great day! This is a choice. From the moment we get up we can decide whether or not today is going to be a great day or a bad day. We can choose to be happy in all the things that are going to happen in our lives today, or we can dwell on everything that may not go right during the day. We can choose to focus on our problems and not count our blessings. And don’t forget the people around us will know what kind of day we are having. It will show on our face in our body language and in our speech.

I am thankful that I have God’s favor. How awesome is this? Say that again, “I have God’s favor!” What does that mean? The favor of God can be described as “tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord.” What does it mean when you favor someone? You want to spend time with that person. You want to see them succeed. You enjoy their company. That is how God feels about you and me! Favor is closely related to grace in the Bible. Those who have received Jesus as their Savior are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9). They know the favor of God. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), but those who have saving faith in God’s Son are declared righteous (Romans 4:5; Philippians 3:9) and live in God’s favor. The most basic answer to “how can I get God’s favor” is “believe in the Lord Jesus.”

I am thankful that God is directing my steps. Proverbs 16:9 says that we can make our plans, but God will direct our steps. I love knowing that he can see what lies ahead. God loves us and is wise. As a loving teacher he will give us the instruction we need. If we are open he will teach us the best way to accomplish our goals.

I am thankful that I will succeed in all that I do today and I will have peace. God wants us to be a success. He doesn’t want to watch us struggle and feel defeated. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11. I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. (CEB)

While you are going about your business today, I want you to keep this verse in mind. Remind yourself throughout the day that God is thinking about you. He is rooting for you to succeed during your day. He wants you to have a day that is peaceful when everything feels like it is melting down around you. He gives us peace that passes all understanding. He will give you hope for today and tomorrow.


An Instruction and Promise - - autoimmune disorders/diseases Philippians 4:6-7 (KJ21) Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The instruction: Don’t get stressed out. Give thanks to God for everything that is going on your life. He knows what is happening in your life, but he wants you to come to him and tell him.

The promise: God will give you peace. This is a peace that we don’t understand. This is the peace that a person who has a terminal illness but still has peace about their situation. The peace that comes from being in a right relationship with God is not the peace of this world. The world’s peace depends on having favorable circumstances: if things are going well, then we feel peaceful; when things go awry, the peace quickly dissipates. Jesus made the distinction between His peace and the world’s vacillating peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (John 14:27).


My thankful declaration for you - - autoimmune disorders/diseases

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Are You Choosing to Worry?

Will the holidays bring you worry or joy?

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and tis the season to be jolly are familiar lyrics to a favorite Christmas carol that we are hearing in the stores as we head into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season and this can be a season of worry and stress. Look at the lyrics to "Deck the Halls": "Deck the halls with boughs of holly". Are you worrying over your house being decorated for the holidays? "'Tis the season to be jolly". Are you jolly when you think about the family members that will be arriving to eat at your table? Does it make you jolly thinking of those loved ones or are you picturing the Griswold's Christmas vacation? I have good news for you! “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) Verse 6 tells what we are to do: Be anxious for nothing. With thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Tell him what is causing you stress and worry with a thankful heart. Be grateful that he is there listening, he understands and he has the answer you are looking for. Verse 7 gives us a promise: The peace of God, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. We all have choices when it comes to handling stress in our life. We can:
  • Worry
  • Choose to ignore it
  • Relax and trust God
The Bible says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” How can we trust God and worry at the same time? We can’t! If we say that we trust God and then go about the business of worrying about everything, then we aren’t telling the truth. By worrying we are saying that we don’t believe that God will do what he says. The Affects of Stress on the Body - - autoimmune disorders/diseasesBy making the choice to worry we are asking for trouble when it comes to our health. Worry will fan the flames of inflammation when we are living with autoimmune disorders. If you choose to worry this is how the stress can affect your body when it doesn’t have an autoimmune disorder:
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Stomachache
  • Insomnia
  • Heartburn
  • Tense muscles
  • Depression
When we are living with autoimmune we can have these flares brought on by stress:
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased physical stamina
  • Brain fog
  • Swollen glands
  • Fever and chills
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Muscle aches, pains, or stiffness
Along with eating a healthy diet, we need to make sure that worry and stress isn’t eating us. If you are worrying about tomorrow, you will feel it in your body. We are reminded in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Isn’t that the truth? 10 Things Most of Us Worry About - - autoimmune disorders/diseases Most of us worry about these things:
  1. Money
  2. Health
  3. Getting older
  4. Work stress
  5. Gaining weight
  6. I need to find a new job
  7. Paying rent/mortgage
  8. Worried about my physique
  9. Wrinkles or ageing appearance
  10. Financial/credit card debts
Matthew 6:25-34 tells us why we do not need to worry. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. The next time thoughts of worry start to creep in and you feel your stress level start to rise, remember to worry is a choice and you can control it. Living with autoimmune disorders will give you enough things that you cannot control that will affect your health. Here is the good news: You can control the amount you worry! Control the amount of worry in this blessed holiday season, and you will have a wonderful time with family and friends.

Action Steps:

  • How have you seen worry impact your physical health?
  • What area in your life is causing you worry and you are struggling to trust God?
  • Do you have a favorite promise from God that you declare to help you trust him more and worry less?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Make it Happen Monday! Focus Your Thoughts on These Things

Philippians 4:8
From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.

Philipians 4:8 - autoimmune disorders/diseases

A positive mindset really is a choice and it is something that I believe has to be renewed every day.

It is so easy to get caught up in the negative thoughts when things aren't going our way. Getting an autoimmune diagnosis is one of the things that I could choose to spend my time thinking about in a negative way. It can be very easy to get depressed with thoughts about living with an autoimmune disorder. I could choose to spend my time thinking about these things:
  • What will my life look like five or ten years from now?
  • Is my health going to deteriorate rapidly or slowly?
  • Will I be able to continue doing all of things I can do right now?
  • Is there really no cure for what I have?
  • How will this affect my husband and family?
You get the picture.

I do not believe we are to bury our head in the sand and live like nothing has changed. Autoimmune disorders are serious and they should be looked at in a serious way. Once you have asked yourself questions like the ones I have listed above, and thought them through, don't dwell on them.

The scriptures tell us: Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 Ain't that the truth? Today will have it's own set of challenges, so we should not add to them by dwelling on the negative. 

When you have a negative thought come into your mind, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Where does this thought come from?
  2. Where will this thought lead me?
  3. Will this thought get me to where I want to go?
Here is a change-your-mindset-worksheet to help you work through those negative thoughts and change your focus.

  3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Have Negative Thoughts - - autoimmune disorders/diseases

These are the things that I have chosen to focus on:

  • I am blessed to work with horses.
  • I am blessed to work outside where I can view the beauty of the mornings with God's favorite colors lighting up the sky.
  • I am determined to do everything I can to live a healthy and productive life.
  • I will always be truthful with my husband about how my body is being affected by my autoimmune disorders.
  • I will answer honestly when I am asked about my health in an upbeat way. I will never have a "woe is me" attitude.
  • I am bless to have a husband who loves me and accepts me with all of my flaws and disorders.
  • I'm going to remember that my flares come to pass they do not come to stay.
  • I'm gonna dwell on everything good!
This is one of my all time favorite songs: "Everything Good" let this be your theme song today.

When do negative thoughts enter in?

There are certain times of the day when negative thoughts enter my mind. They are always when I'm alone and when I am not distracted. I find the best defense is to listen to music that is uplifting and audio books that are on topics that interest me. These two things can keep my mind working in an effective way so that my thoughts are focused on the positive.

When is my best time to dwell on the positive?

I have mentioned in other posts that I have horses. I have two of the most beautiful draft horses. Their names are April and May. They are half sisters. These two girls are a great source of joy to me. It's because of them that I believe that I am so healthy.

One thing you don't know is that my work at the ranch consists of shoveling horse poop! I shovel a lot of it. I shovel enough each year to fill ten to twenty semi-trucks. I have the arms and the shoulders to prove it. While I'm shoveling this is the best time to work on my mindset and to listen to great books and music. Not only do they help pass the time, but I find that my attitude is so much better. I have a better outlook on everything when I can think things through with clarity and without distraction.

Action step: When do you find the negative thoughts creeping in and when is the best time for you to focus on changing your mindset. Please leave your comments below.

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