** Due to the increasing severity of MY ILLNESS, it has become impossible for me to continue to post on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as much as I desperately long to, I am also unable to visit each of your blogs often or reciprocate all the loving, supportive comments many of you continue to leave - even though at times it may appear as though you've arrived at some long ago, forsaken blog! With that said, I really want you to know that I miss every single one of you and that I really am still here! I'm just too sick and too weak most days to be able to sit up long enough to create a brand new post...or even read one. However, I absolutely do receive AND read every new encouraging word you leave (and, often, the old ones, again and again!) and I cherish them now more than ever! I truly appreciate your love, support, and, most importantly, your precious time spent on your knees in prayer for my family and me. It ALL means the world to me and I am truly blessed to have friends like you!
~Hugs and Sister Love, Teresa

FYI: All comments come to my email, which I can easily read on my phone. I also enjoy Facebook on my phone because I can catch up on A LOT in a very short time there. Soooo, if you're on Facebook, come 'friend' me there! {{HUGS}} **

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Welcome to Word-Filled Wednesday! As always, the purpose of WFW is to share God's Word (no famous quotes or other literature, only the beautiful Word of our Heavenly Father) through scripture and pictures. The host for this week is Christy at Critty Joy. Please take a few minutes to visit her and be encouraged!

'Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 ~

The commands in this verse I strive very much to follow. However, I must admit, living with a chronic illness like Dysautonomia often makes it extremely difficult to feel joyful. :0( It makes a lot of things difficult. It makes it difficult to remember to pray as much as I should - or would like to. It makes it difficult to see the blessings the Lord has given to me because of the pain and sickness I am continually dealing with. This makes it more difficult to properly express my thankfulness.

I want to do all these things, I really do! But lately I just haven't felt up to it, not even a little bit! Like a stubborn little toddler, my body has absolutely refused to cooperate. The pain is relentless except for a short window of time after I take my medication, but that only lasts for a little while.
Like literal fog on a dark night, the 'brain fog' I experience makes me unable to concentrate and my memory extremely poor. Nausea is my constant companion and frequent vomiting wreaks havoc on my already aching body. Sleep, like time, has become more and more elusive. I want, I NEED, to sleep so badly, but I can't. I very rarely sleep more than an hour or so at a time. That in and of itself has really worn me down, mentally and physically. When you are exhausted everything is made worse.

Needless to say, it is very hard to feel joyful with so many un-joyful things happening. However, I keep reminding myself that THIS TOO SHALL PASS!! I know that one day I WILL BE healed - if not on this earth, then when I get to my Heavenly home! I will be given a brand new body. One that is completely healthy and completely pain-free. One that can walk and run and dance and play!

Until that wonderful day, I will CHOOSE to be joyful, I will CHOOSE to keep praying and I will CHOOSE to give thanks to my amazing God for all that He is doing in my life because I know that He has plans for me! He has plans to make me prosper and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future! Amen!

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you all have a truly wonderful week.




Supermanslady said...

Being joyful doesn't come naturally for me. It's tough...but once you set in your mind to be joyful and seek God for help in doing it - it can be done and the results and benefits are amazing!

Missie said...

Thanks for sharing your WFW!

Maureen said...

Beautifully written! Thanks for sharing this. God bless you :)

Stopping by from SITS

Stacey said...

You have an amazing attitude!!! I feel like it just makes life so much better to remain joyful even when my life gets HARD- I love the verses you picked:)

Head your head up & faith strong- I will be praying for you!

Deb said...

And you are making some really good choices.

Under really difficult circumstances.

Hang in there, sweet girl.

Prayed for you.

Sweet dreams.

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing your heart so honestly! ;)

Samantha said...

Amen. We must choose to be joyful and sometimes it isnt so easy.
Thank God he is there for us and loves us even when we dont show our joy !
Blessings to you my friend !

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septembermom said...

Wonderful thoughts to share with all of us! Sending joy to you too :)

VKT said...

What a beautiful witness you are to all of us!! Some days it is hard to be joyful. My uncle Grady wrote a book called Count It All Joy. He truly was a joy to be around. He loved the Lord and loved talking about Him even more. He was with the Billy Graham Evangelist team and I know he would have considered it a joy to meet you dear lady!


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