Hey everyone! I feel it has been far too long since I’ve updated this blog, much to my annoyance as I would love to write every day, but there hasn’t been much to share. Until now! There is a saying that once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. Recently I felt like saying, ‘No, there is definately more rocks under rock bottom and I was clearly buried amongst the rubble.’ I’ve felt like that many a time throughout this year. However, have I got news for you!!!
I have been extremely blessed these last couple of days with what I like to call my ‘Quadruple Blessing Overload’. I had four pieces of good news in a very short space of time.
1) I no longer have to inject myself in the tummy every night! The doctors said the risk of me getting a blood clot now should have gone and I can finally put that horrible experience behind me. Yes, having an injection isn’t fun at the best of times, but it felt like a stinging nettle replaced the needle when it was removed. It really did sting. Hurrah, that’s over, finished, done for, history…..!!
2) I have my job back with the Co-op in town which is such a blessing because I really needed an outlet, something for me to do outside of the house… but I can also get saving for when I return to university or when embark on my next grand travel escapade! It’s such a blessing that the job is so close to home and I can build up my strength again over the next coming year. I also know the staff and the customers so, I should be back in my comfort zone to a certain extent. I think I’ve had enough changes and challenges this year, I am entitled to a little bit of familiarity!
The next two are in regards to my ambitions to be a writer of some description – hopefully accomplished!
3) I got my first assignment back marked by my tutor and she was pleased with it, in fact she couldn’t fault what I had written at all. So encouraging! Obviously I don’t want to get cocky and arrogant. I was shocked that I had nothing to improve. Also, I know that it will get harder and rejections will be inevitable as well as plenty of critisism, mainly constructive I am hoping however! I love my writing and I feel that it is one benefit of having so much time off. I can re-assess what I am passionate about and what I want from life. I really want to use this time to write and try and get a grounding for when I go back to university. I love writing. I cannot stress that enough. If you remember me for anything: 1) I am an ambassador for Jesus (religious nut, bible basher are not appreciated! 🙂 ) 2) I love to write.
4) Recently I commented on my favourite author’s blog, praising his work and telling him how I also wanted to be a writer and what an inspiration he was to me. On the website, he states that he reads every comment but cannot necessarily reply due to the pressures of deadlines. Today, he replied to me! I was talking to my gnome friend Samuel Crossley at the time when I checked my emails. I think we both described my reaction as ‘ecstatic’ although that too would be an understatement! I couldn’t believe it. He is my favourite author and the fact he responded to me has really made my year. It’s really encouraging and he said he would have his fingers and toes crossed for me in terms of my writing! Wow! I may sound nerdy, but I don’t care. I am over the moon and this girl could do with some positive news!
So there you have it! Things are looking up already!
Just to fill you in… I had chemo on thursday, they couldn’t find a good vein for ages so it took four attempts at being prodded with a cannula… then it worked for 3/4 drugs. the final drug burned like a B***H so I had to have another cannula put in. It really isn’t pleasant. I only have to get through this month and then hopefully, prayers will be answered and I will be healed from the inside out. It’s definately been tough and it’s still tough now. However, I must keep looking at the bigger picture. The jigsaw. Not just the tiny puzzle piece at this moment in time. So I start work in the morning… being promoted from full time bum is a step in the right direction I hope!
Finally – check this out (it’s very similar to my ‘Patience’ article. Me and Joyce are on the same wave length would’t you say?) :
Take Time for God
by Joyce Meyer – posted July 03, 2011
Those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
We live in a time-crunched world and just about everything we do seems to be urgent. The enemy has been extremely successful in his scheme to keep people from praying and spending time in the Word by keeping us so terribly busy. We live under incredible pressure and we run from one thing to the next to the next to the next—to the point that we often neglect the things that are really important in life: God, family and other relationships, our health, and building up our spiritual lives.
Then we get more and more stressed out—and the only way to deal with that and get life back in order is to get with God and listen to what He says to us. It’s true; we really cannot handle life apart from Him. We cannot handle the pressure, the confusion, and the stress without Him. Our marriages will suffer, our children will suffer, our finances will get messed up, our relationships won’t thrive—if we do not spend time in the Word and in prayer.
God will strengthen us and enable us to handle life peacefully and wisely if we start praying about things instead of merely trying to get through the day. When we take time with God and listen to His voice, He renews our strength and enables us to handle life and not be weary. But we have to start by using the time we have wisely by always putting God first.
God’s word for you today: Take time to hear God’s voice every day.
Take care and God Bless 🙂
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