Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Autoimmune Disorders that Affect the Hair and Skin


I was listening to an audio book by Dr. Don Colbert and he was grouping autoimmune disorders together by the part of the body they affected. I decided I wanted to continue that learning experience with a series of posts. Autoimmune disorders are broadly grouped into two categories –
  • “organ-specific” means one organ is affected,
  • “non-organ-specific” disorders, multiple organs or body systems may be affected.
Here are some examples of organ-specific and non-organ-specific:
  • Diabetes (Type I)– affects the pancreas. Symptoms include thirst, frequent urination, weight loss and an increased susceptibility to infection. (Organ specific)
  • Graves' disease– affects the thyroid gland. Symptoms include weight loss, elevated heart rate, anxiety and diarrhea. (Organ specific)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease– includes ulcerative colitis and possibly, Crohn's disease. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal pain. (Organ specific)
  • Psoriasis– affects the skin. Features include the development of thick, reddened skin scales. (Organ specific)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis– affects the joints. Symptoms include swollen and deformed joints. The eyes, lungs and heart may also be targeted. (Non-organ-specific)
  • Scleroderma– affects the skin and other structures, causing the formation of scar tissue. Features include thickening of the skin, skin ulcers and stiff joints. (Non-organ-specific)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus– affects connective tissue and can strike any organ system of the body. Symptoms include joint inflammation, fever, weight loss and a characteristic facial rash. (Non-organ-specific)
  • Multiple sclerosis– affects the nervous system. Depending on which part of the nervous system is affected, symptoms can include numbness, paralysis and vision impairment. (Non-organ-specific)
With so many autoimmune disorders being “non-organ-specific” we will probably see the different disorders showing up in other groupings.

Autoimmune Disorders that Affect…

Autoimmune Disorders that Affect Hair and Skin - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorder/disease

The Hair

  • Lupus. Lupus can cause the hair on your scalp to gradually thin out, although a few people lose clumps of hair. Loss of eyebrow, eyelash, and beard and body hair also is possible. In most cases, your hair will grow back when your lupus is treated. But some people with lupus develop round (discoid) lesions on the scalp.
  • Hashimoto's Disease. Hair loss is a distressing symptom experienced by women with Hashimoto’s. For women, our hair represents our femininity, and losing our hair is a constant reminder that something is off and that we are not well. Iron deficiency is one of the most common reasons for hair loss in pre-menopausal women. People with Hashimoto’s often have poor levels of stomach acid, which is required to extract iron from foods.
  • Alopecia Areata describes an autoimmune disease caused by the body's immune system attacking the hair follicles. When white blood cells attack hair follicles, they interrupt hair growth leading to small round patches of hair loss.

The Skin

  • Scleroderma. The skin is just one area that is affected by scleroderma, which is actually a widespread condition that affects all of the body’s connective tissue. Since this autoimmune disorder extends throughout the body, patients can experience not only skin changes, but also symptoms in blood vessels, muscles, and organs. A localized form of scleroderma results in patches of thickened skin, while systemic scleroderma is the form that has the greatest impact on people’s lives.
  • Psoriasis. This is a chronic autoimmune disorder that manifests as skin redness and irritation. There are five different types of psoriasis: guttate, plaque, inverse, erythrodermic, and pustular. The most common is plaque psoriasis, in which raised, red skin patches are covered by flaky, silver-white patches of dead skin, known as scales.
  • Dermatomyositis.This autoimmune disorder is primarily muscular in nature, but because dermatomyositis also affects the skin, it is sometimes categorized with skin-related autoimmune conditions.
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa. There are many forms of epidermolysis bullosa, but only one, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, is considered autoimmune in nature. All forms of epidermolysis bullosa causes fluid-filled skin blisters to develop in response to injuries that don’t normally warrant that type of reaction. For example, gentle rubbing of the skin or even an increase in room temperature can cause blisters to form.
  • Bullous Pemphigoid. This chronic autoimmune disorder involves skin blisters that range in severity. In some cases, the patient may experience only mild redness or irritation of the skin, while other, more severe cases involve multiple blisters that can break open and form ulcers.
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa. PAN is a multisystem disease that may present with fever, sweats, weight loss, and severe muscle and joint aches/pains. The disease can affect nearly any site in the body, but it has a predisposition for organs such as the skin, kidney, nerves, and gastrointestinal tract.
  • Lichen’s Sclerosis. This autoimmune disorder can affect the skin on any part of the body.
Action Step: Many of these autoimmune disorders in this post are new to me and probably new to many of my followers. Please share your experience with how your hair and skin are affected in the comment section below.  

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

What can I do to avoid a Raynaud’s attack or provide quick relief?

What can I do to avoid a Raynaud’s attack or provide quick relief?

Quick relief for raynauds
  • Dress warmly, and in layers.
  • Wear a hat when outdoors in cold weather. Try to stay indoors during cold weather.
  • In cold weather or when exposed to air conditioning or cold temperatures (in the refrigerated section of a supermarket, for example), wear gloves. Mittens are even better protection. Use these even when handling frozen or refrigerated foods.
  • Carry hand and foot warmers. One form of warmers, Charcoal packs, heat up when they’re exposed to air. Others have a metal disk that must be bent to activate the heat, caused by a resulting chemical reaction.
  • Use insulated drinking glasses or mugs. Place a napkin or insulating material around them to protect your fingers from becoming cold.
  • Place hands under warm (not hot) water to warm them up quickly.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking narrows blood vessels even more, and makes Raynaud’s worse.
  • Swing arms around in a windmill fashion to get the circulation going quickly.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Living with Scleroderma

What is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.

  Living with Scleroderma Video - brendamueller.com

Contact The Scleroderma Foundation if you want to learn more about this debilitating disease.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month - Part 2



I found these two great videos on Scleroderma and thought they would be perfect for a "Part 2" about this disorder. Scleroderma - Breaking down this autoimmune disease - brendamueller.com
Scleroderma - Dealing with and Treating this Disease - brendamueller.com
Scleroderma - Nutrition for Patients - brendamueller.com

I love these types of videos! They are so informative and easy to understand.
Scleroderma - Patients and Newly Diagnosed - brendamueller.com

Patients and Newly Diagnosed

A new diagnosis of scleroderma doesn't have to be overwhelming, even though the disease is complex. The symptoms of scleroderma vary greatly for each person, and the disease's effects can range from mild to severe. The severity depends on which parts of the body and to what extent in which they are affected. A mild case can become serious if not properly treated. Quick and proper diagnosis and treatment by qualified physicians may help minimize the symptoms of scleroderma and decrease the chance of irreversible damage. Scleroderma is not contagious, an infection, a cancer or malignant. There are an estimated 300,000 people in the United States who have scleroderma. About one-third of those people have the systemic form of the disease. Since the symptoms of scleroderma are similar to those of other autoimmune diseases, diagnosis is difficult. There also may be many misdiagnosed or undiagnosed cases.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month Part 1

What is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma is the chronic hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. (Also called Crest Syndrome)

Quick Overview

  • Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year
  • Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
  • Requires a medical diagnosis
  • Lab tests or imaging always required
  • Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
  • Scleroderma is a group of rare diseases that more often affects women. It commonly occurs between the ages of 30 and 50.
  • Symptoms include tightening of the skin, joint pain, exaggerated response to cold (Raynaud's disease), and heartburn.
  • Treatments include medication, physical therapy, and surgery.
What is Scleroderma? - brendamueller.com

A Closer Look

Symptoms

Scleroderma's signs and symptoms vary, depending on which parts of your body are involved:
  • Nearly everyone who has scleroderma experiences a hardening and tightening of patches of skin. These patches may be shaped like ovals or straight lines, or cover wide areas of the trunk and limbs. The number, location and size of the patches vary by type of scleroderma. Skin can appear shiny because it's so tight, and movement of the affected area may be restricted.
  • Fingers or toes.One of the earliest signs of scleroderma is an exaggerated response to cold temperatures or emotional distress, which can cause numbness, pain or color changes in the fingers or toes. Called Raynaud's disease, this condition also occurs in people who don't have scleroderma.
  • Digestive system.In addition to acid reflux, which can damage the section of esophagus nearest the stomach, some people with scleroderma may also have problems absorbing nutrients if their intestinal muscles aren't moving food properly through the intestines.
  • Heart, lungs or kidneys.Scleroderma can affect the function of the heart, lungs or kidneys to varying degrees. These problems, if left untreated, can become life-threatening.

Causes

Scleroderma results from an overproduction and accumulation of collagen in body tissues. Collagen is a fibrous type of protein that makes up your body's connective tissues, including your skin. Doctors aren't certain what prompts this abnormal collagen production, but the body's immune system appears to play a role. In some genetically susceptible people, symptoms may be triggered by exposure to certain types of pesticides, epoxy resins or solvents.

Risk factors

Scleroderma occurs more often in women than it does in men.

Complications

Scleroderma complications range from mild to severe and can affect your:
  • The variety of Raynaud's disease that occurs with scleroderma can be so severe that the restricted blood flow permanently damages the tissue at the fingertips, causing pits or skin sores (ulcers). In some cases, gangrene and amputation may follow.
  • Scarring of lung tissue (pulmonary fibrosis) can result in reduced lung function, reduced ability to breathe and reduced tolerance for exercise. You may also develop high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs (pulmonary hypertension).
  • When scleroderma affects your kidneys, you can develop elevated blood pressure and an increased level of protein in your urine. More-serious effects of kidney complications may include renal crisis, which involves a sudden increase in blood pressure and rapid kidney failure.
  • Scarring of heart tissue increases your risk of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias) and congestive heart failure, and can cause inflammation of the membranous sac surrounding your heart (pericarditis). Scleroderma can also raise the pressure on the right side of your heart and cause it to wear out.
  • Severe tightening of facial skin can cause your mouth to become smaller and narrower, which may make it hard to brush your teeth or to even have them professionally cleaned. People who have scleroderma often don't produce normal amounts of saliva, so the risk of dental decay increases even more.
  • Digestive problems associated with scleroderma can lead to acid reflux and difficulty swallowing — some describe feeling as if food gets stuck midway down the esophagus — as well as bouts of constipation alternating with episodes of diarrhea.
  • Men who have scleroderma often experience erectile dysfunction. Scleroderma may also affect the sexual function of women, by decreasing sexual lubrication and constricting the vaginal opening.

How is Scleroderma diagnosed?

After a thorough physical exam, your doctor may suggest blood tests to check for elevated blood levels of certain antibodies produced by the immune system. He or she may remove a small tissue sample (biopsy) of your affected skin so that it can be examined in the laboratory for abnormalities.

Medications

No drug has been developed that can stop the underlying process of scleroderma — the overproduction of collagen. But a variety of medications can help control scleroderma symptoms or help prevent complications.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

5 Steps to Take After You are Diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disorder


I know what it is like to get a diagnosis that you have an autoimmune disorder. Each autoimmune disorder comes with its own set of symptoms and ways that it will affect your body. Therefore, I know that having a plan of "next steps" that you need to take after you get a diagnosis can be extremely helpful.
  5 Steps to Take After You are Diagnoses with an Autoimmune Disorder-brendamueller.com

Step 1. Learn all you can about your disorder.

Knowledge is power and this is not the time to put your head in the sand. You need to learn about how this disorder may or may not affect you. When you take the time to read about your disorder, don’t focus on the worst case scenarios. If you are getting your information from the internet, you may come across horror stories about autoimmune disorders that are scary and could make you fearful. Don’t fall into that trap. You have already had symptoms that led you to a diagnosis. Learn more about the symptoms you currently have and deal with any other symptoms that may develop in the future as they come along.

Step 2. Choose wisely who you will share your diagnosis with.

Choose a good friend who is a confidant, wise and a cheerleader. I have found that when I need to share information I preface it with this statement, “I need to tell you something and I just need you to listen.” Don’t tell someone that you know is a Negative Nancy. Negative Nancy will respond to you with how bad things are for you now and how bad they may get in the future. No, only speak with someone who will lift you up and speak positive words about you and your situation. I was reminded of this verse and it stuck with me all day yesterday and I woke up thinking about it this morning.

Psalm 1:1-3 (NIRV) Blessed is the person who obeys the law of the Lord. They don’t follow the advice of evil people. They don’t make a habit of doing what sinners do. They don’t join those who make fun of the Lord and his law. Instead, the law of the Lord gives them joy. They think about his law day and night. That kind of person is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time. Its leaves don’t dry up. Everything godly people do turns out well.
  Psalms 1:1-3 -brendamueller.com

Step 3. Clean up your diet.

Every illness on the planet can be improved or cured by eating healthy. I have been posting foods that will help with different autoimmune disorders. Many of the foods you should and should not eat are universal for living with autoimmune disorders and reducing flares and inflammation. I recommend The Whole30 Diet or the Paleo Diet. These are wonderful programs that will help you get rid of the foods that will increase your inflammation and put you on the path to a healthier you.

Step 4. Exercise!

Exercise is so important for you mind, body and spirit. There are many benefits to exercising and it is more important than ever after you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Exercise will…
  1. help with weight loss.
  2. help relieve stress.
  3. help combat depression.
  4. help you be creative.
My exercise of choice is walking. I have walked hundreds of miles with Leslie Sansone and this exercise makes me feel really good. If you have never walked with Leslie, you are missing out. She is fun, encouraging, inspirational and has a great walking program that is good for whatever level of fitness you are at.

Step 5. Start reducing your stress.

Stress is an enemy to autoimmune disorders. When you get stressed you will increase the inflammation in your body which you may not see. Flares that are brought on by stress you can see. My flares are canker sores, thrush, itching, rashes, and extreme fatigue. Your diet in step three will also help reduce stress. So, as you can see you have work to do. But, don’t give up hope. I have a community of great ladies who are living with autoimmune disorders and we encourage and support each other. You are welcome to join us, so we can support you too. Here is the link to my Autoimmune Disorders group on Facebook.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

3 Ways to Change Your Mindset

We need to be careful of cultivating a negative mindset when we are diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Here are three ways to start developing a healthy, positive mindset.

I will not live in fear!

It is so easy to be fearful when living with autoimmune disorders. We can be afraid of what will cause the next flare. We can be afraid of the results from the next blood test.

We can be afraid of what our future may look like. We have a choice to live with a fearful mindset or a faithful mindset.  2 Timothy 1:7 says The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control. I love that. His spirit is a source of power when we feel weak, a source of love when we feel unloved and source of self-control when we feel out of control.

If you choose to live in fear this is how a fearful mindset can affect your body in a negative way.

Digestive Problems Diarrhea and the sudden need to empty your bladder are both side effects of fear. Your body sends blood away from the digestive tract, causing it to spasm, resulting in diarrhea.

Sweating Sweating is your body's common reaction to fear. It's caused because adrenaline brings blood to the skin's surface, causing the pores to open and allowing sweat to pour out. This is in response to your body's natural desire to run from dangerous situations.

Rapid Heartbeat You may describe the rapid heart rate associated with fear as feeling like your heart is going to explode; but, in fact, your heart is just working diligently to provide as much blood as possible to help your body deal with the fear.

Weakness Weakness is sometimes a fear response, causing your body to be unable to move or to move only with wobbly knees. This is because of the "fright" response, which causes your body to want to play dead in an effort to make it unappetizing to a predator. Weakness will usually occur only after flight and fight responses are in place and your body has perceived them to not be working.

3 Scriptures to Claim Victory Over Fear - brendamueller.com

3 Scriptures to claim victory over fear

Romans 8:15 (ERV) 15 The Spirit that we received is not a spirit that makes us slaves again and causes us to fear. The Spirit that we have makes us God’s chosen children. And with that Spirit we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:31 (ERV) 31 So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us.

Psalm 118:6 (ERV) The Lord is with me, so I will not be afraid.  No one on earth can do anything to harm me.

I Choose not to be Offended

We can spend a lot of our “spoons” of energy being offended. We have to work on having a forgiving mindset towards those who offend and hurt us. This is so much easier said than done. Can I get an, Amen? I know when I choose to be offended by someone, then I have those stressful feelings that well up inside every time I cross paths with them.

I think the next time someone says or does something to hurt or offend me, I’m just going to forgive them and then think to myself, “Well bless his/her heart”, and walk away. That little saying kind of minimizes the sting of the insult and it can even make you chuckle.

In 2016, Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, received extensive press coverage for saying the phrase “Bless you heart” in response to an attack by presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Think about this, whether it’s a simple spat with your spouse or long-held resentment toward a family member or friend, unresolved conflict can go deeper than you may realize—it may be affecting your physical health. The good news: Studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for your health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression and stress. And research points to an increase in the forgiveness-health connection as you age.

Remember everyone has the right to free speech, but you have the right not be offended.

3 scriptures to encourage a forgiving mindset

Psalm 119:165 (NASB) 165 Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.

Matthew 6:14 (ERV) 14 Yes, if you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, then your Father in heaven will also forgive your wrongs.

1 Corinthians 13:7 (ASV) 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.

I will Live in the Present.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bil Keane
Do you live in the present of is your mind going in 5 different directions at once? We need to be mindful of living in the present. So how do we do this?

5 Ways to Live in the Present - brendamueller.com

5 ways to Live in the Present

Spend at least five minutes each day doing nothing. Don’ you love the thought of just doing nothing? I do. Just being able to sit for five minutes without the TV, internet, radio, or anyone talking and completely rest is a little taste of heaven.

Stop worrying about the future. Worrying never solved one problem. In fact it causes more problems than it fixes. I love this saying, “Children use their imaginations for creativity, and adults use their imaginations for worry.”

When you're talking to someone, pay attention. Don’t let the phone interrupt your conversation. This is a pet peeve of mine. I hate it when my husband and I are out to dinner with friends and we have to stop our conversation because an uninvited guest has called and we all have to either talk at a lower volume or stop speaking all together so a private conversation can take place. Real pay attention. Don’t be thinking of the next thing to say. Listen and then thoughtfully respond.

Eat slowly and savor your food. We take the time to create a fabulous meal and then when we put it on the table we rush through it. That is the worst thing about the holidays. We plan out this grand meal and it takes hours to prepare. Then when it is finished we put it on the table and everyone digs in and the food is gone in less than fifteen minutes.

Do one thing at a time. Don’t multi-task. Don’t try to do housework while you are eating. When I am writing a blog post, I need to just write and not do laundry at the same time.

3 Verses to Remind You to Live in the Present

Psalm 118:24 (KJ21) 24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  
John 10:10 (CEB) 10 The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.

John 15:11 (CEB) 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete.

Action Steps: Out of these three things which one will you put into practice today? Please leave your comments below.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

10 Reasons to Give up Sugar


I know I feel so much better when I don't eat sugar. When I cut the sugar, my energy level increases! I also know that eating homemade meals and not prepackaged foods are a huge part of it. I used the Whole30 diet to remove the sugar from my diet. When I don't eat sugar I have a lot more energy. I'm waking up ready to go. I'm not feeling achy in the morning which is a huge improvement. I think my determination is keeping the sugar dragon at bay. I'm not craving the bad things like peanut butter cookies or cinnamon rolls. I'm looking forward to chicken stir-fry, roast beef dinners and hearty, healthy meals that are satisfying.

10 Ways in which eating too much sugar can affect your health

10 Reasons to Quit Sugar - brendamueller.com 

#1 Diabetes - new research has shown that sugar has a contributory effect to diabetes, beyond the calories that it contains.

#2 Impaired Learning and Memory - fructose can impair the ability to learn and remember.

#3 Tooth Decay - There is significant evidence that maintaining your intake of excess sugars at below 5% of your diet will help to avoid cavities.

#4 Asthma - The greater the consumption of soft drinks, the more likely an individual is to suffer from one of these respiratory conditions.

#5 Heart Disease - Individuals who consumed 25% of their calories in the form of sugar were found to have double the risk of heart disease vs those whose intake was 7%.

#6 Imbalanced Gut Flora - Research shows that switching to a high-sugar diet can alter the consumption of your gut flora within 24 hours.

#7 Obesity - Studies in both adults and children have demonstrated a link between sugar sweetened beverages and weight gain.

#8 Increased Risk of Cancer - Sugar consumption had been linked to increased risk for ovarian cancer, espohageal cancer, and endometrial cancer, among others.

#9 High Cholesterol - Increased sugar consumption increased sugar consumption increased several risk factors for heart disease.

#10 Faster Aging - It has long been know that diabetics age faster than other people. In the video below you will see how going without sugar for thirty days made the participants feel.

  no_sugar

Action Step: Share the benefits you have had when you cut sugar from your diet? Please leave your comments below.

Friday, June 2, 2017

I will not Survive, I will Thrive!


Survive or thrive, what's the difference? Surviving means, “to continue to live or exist,” while thrive can be defined as “to grow or develop well, to prosper or to flourish.”

I will keep a healthy mindset even though I am living with an autoimmune disorder. I will not give up on my dreams and I am not going to settle for an unfulfilled life because I have an autoimmune disorder. I know that one touch of God’s favor will set me up for a future of thriving. I will thrive today, tomorrow and in the coming weeks.

Do you have a surviving mentality or a thriving mentality with it comes to your autoimmune disorder? I have a thriving mentality. I told myself twenty years ago that my autoimmune disorder was not going to get me, but I was going to kick its butt. I don’t want to just survive, I want to thrive.

Surviving vs Thriving - brendamueller.com

This is what a survival mindset looks like:

If I can just get to this weekend…

If I can just make it to the first of the month…

If I can just get to summer vacation…

If I can just finish this project…

If I can just beat this sickness…

If I can just make this payment…

If I can just get the kids through college…

Living with a survival mentality will keep me from God’s best and being my best. I definitely don’t want that. The word “thrive” means to grow vigorously, to prosper, to progress toward or reach a goal. You know how vigorously babies normally develop. The apostle Peter challenges us with the following, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). And we are promised that we will prosper when we go God’s way. “They shall prosper that love you” (Psalm 122:6).

I want to unpack these “thrive words” in the verses above:

  • Flourish - to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant
  • Prosper - to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects; thrive;
  • Blessed - divinely or supremely favored; fortunate: to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends.
  • Favor - friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
  • Increase - to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to:
  • Success - the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals

5 Verses on Flourishing - brendamueller.com

5 verses on Flourishing

  •  “If you accept my words and store up my commands within you…you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:1, 5).
  • “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).
  •  “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3).
  •  “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” (Proverbs 16:20).
  • “He who cherishes understanding prospers” (Proverbs 19:8).
5 Verses on Flourishing - brendamueller.com

My Final Thought

I love these verses. These are thriving verses. They give us a look into our future because we have favor with God. I want you to meditate on them throughout your day and when you have a flare that raises its ugly head.

2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 (ERV)

17 We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles. 18 So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see lasts only a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever. Here is my version of this verse: 17 I have small troubles, flares and inflammation, for a while now, but these autoimmune issues are helping me gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory that is waiting for me is much greater than my autoimmune disorders. 18 I will think about what I cannot see, my new body free of illness, flares, inflammation, pains and aches, not what I can see, the scars, the rashes, the dry eyes. My autoimmune disorders lasts only a short time. They are a blip on the radar of eternity. What I cannot see, my new body, will last forever!

Action Steps:

Rewrite this verse to fit your “small troubles.” 17 I have small troubles, ________________________________, for a while now, but these ______________________________ are helping me gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory that is waiting for me is much greater than my _____________________________________. 18 I will think about what I cannot see, ___________________________________________, not what I can see, ____________________________________________. My _________________________________ lasts only a short time. It is a blip on the radar of eternity. What I cannot see, ________________________________________, will last forever!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

3 Scriptures that will Bring You Joy!


I'm writing this post to get my week started off on the right foot. I want to have a week of joy and not anxiety. I want this for you too! Keep these verses and the promises in mind as you go about your day, and I'll bet that you will see improvements in your mind, body and spirit.
  3 Scriptures that will Bring You Joy Pin - brendamueller.com

Proverbs 17:22 ESV 

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
This verse is such a good word picture. Joy is like a good medicine. Don't you feel better when you are doing something that gives you joy or when you are around someone who brings you joy? I feel joy when I get to spend time with my horses. I feel joy when I am helping my students master a piece of music or putting together a video for a science project. I feel joy when I have a great conversation with my husband. I will take joy any day of the week over a crushed spirit. Who wouldn't? I need to be mindful of how I speak and interact with people. It can be very easy to crush someone's spirit by speaking harsh words or having a critical spirit. "But a crushed spirit dries up the bones" just about sums it up. I know how I feel when someone speaks harshly to me or is so critical, it zaps all of my energy.

Psalm 94:19| NIV

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
I love this verse, but I believe the only way we can feel comforted is if we give our stress and anxiety over to God to handle. 28 “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. 29 Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. 30 Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (ERV)  Verse 28 sums up how we feel when we are stressed. Our energy is taken and we feel weighed down. And sometimes we feel that we are forced to carry the burden. But look at the instruction and the promise that comes in these verses.
  • Come to me = I will give you rest.
  • Accept my teaching. Learn from me. = And you will be able to get some rest.
  • Give me your heavy burdens and I will give you a light load.
Stressing over a situation doesn't do you or me any good. It doesn't accomplish anything. Ask yourself about the last time you spent worrying over a problem, what was accomplished? The only thing I can think of is we end up spending time thinking about things that "could happen" or "might happen". And when it is all over, those things we thought about didn't happen.

3 Scriptures that will bring you joy! - brendamueller

2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
This is a great verse to end on for today. Giving to others because we want to not because we think we have to is a wonderful thing. Not only will the recipient feel good, but we will feel good. I like that this verse also singles our giving out. It says, "each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give". There could be ten of us who have all heard about someone in need. We all decide to give. Because we are individuals we will all contribute to the cause but in a different way. Usually the giving comes from our own talents and gifts. Each gift will be unique, but, giving because we want to and not because we feel an obligation is where we are united. I hope these verses bring you joy as you meditate on them. Think about them when you start feeling your stress level start to rise. When that happens speak these words of truth,
  • "I am feeling anxious, but I'm giving it to you, Lord."
  • "I am claiming Psalms 94:19, When stress is great within me, your comfort brings me joy."
  • "I'm feeling weighed down right now, but I'm giving it to you, Lord."
  • "I am choosing joy instead of anxiety."
  • "I am choosing joy as my medicine, today."
  • "I will learn from you, Lord, for you are my teacher."
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