On the Mend: There’s No Time Like the Present

Praise the Lord that although I’ve still got a ways to go, the slow but steady road to recovery has finally revved its engine! 

Healthy or otherwise, the below verse gives welcomed instruction on how to try to behave at all times (the operative phrase being “to try“):

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

Can’t Catch a Break

Right now I’m suffering from many non-contagious very unpleasant symptoms. The joys of being a person affected by cancer treatment side effects: no immune system to speak of. No defense against germs or anything causing ills.

(For the above reason, I just cancelled my plans today & will most likely end up canceling future plans with friends too.)

No one is to blame but it’s very hard to try to have a positive attitude with all this crap thrown at me. (That’s why I love seeing my nieces & nephews, to get a fun break.)

I was never told years ago at the time, the risks or possible outcomes of fighting my fourth relapse with leukemia. My current harsh reality is a lifetime of never-ending ills. I don’t even think the docs knew what could happen to me, since I was their first ever patient to survive after undergoing years of cancer treatment torture. It’s not good.

For that reason I’m taking an undetermined-amount-of-time break from my blog. I need it. Please pray for me-I need that even more.

#JimmyFallon

Every Thursday Jimmy Fallon, on his tonight show, reads the replies to the hashtag he posted on Twitter the night before. In just 20 minutes, this particular hashtag

– #IGotCaught –

was a trending topic on Twitter. From Thursday night, a funny response from somebody who wrote in is underlined & shared:

My Mom walked in my room when I was crying in front of a mirror so I could see if I looked cute when I was crying or not.”

Ummm . . . #StraightUpDork

Of course, we’ve all been caught in straight up dork moments, so here’s a couple of mine:

R0ughly 12 years ago I tried to imitate the cool way I saw a kid on television moving his head forward & saying “Hi!” to someone by practicing in our half bathroom mirror at home with the door wide open. I had no idea I was being watched saying “Hi!” repeatedly to myself until my Dad, in full view straight across from the bathroom sitting in the recliner chair in the family room, started laughing & asked,WHAT are you doing???

As a young girl I first fell in love with my all-time favorite film, The Sound of Music. I tried to imitate a scene in the movie where governess Maria (Julie Andrews’ character) grabs her hair in 1 hand after hearing some bad news & says “Ughhh!” Not knowing the reason I was acting that way, my Mom saw me clutching my hair & letting out a distressed moan & asked me what was wrong. I was too embarrassed to tell her the truth, so I don’t know what lame excuse I made up at the time to explain my behavior. Sorry, Mom.

That 's me 2nd to the left in the cool pants, around thevtime I first saw

That’s me 2nd to the left in the cool pants, around the time of the 2nd shared caught experience.

BOOYAH!!! On the upside, however, I never once got caught by anyone returning home when I was 13 during the many times I was home alone dancing on stage (actually in my family room with the stereo blaring) with the Backstreet Boys. Lead singers Nick Carter & Brian Littrell were major crushes of mine & always needed me to accompany them during their concerts because they couldn’t survive a second performing a show without me – OBVIOUSLY.

A time when I was soon-to-be in teenage girl love with The Backstreet Boys.

A time when I was soon-to-be in teenage girl love with the Backstreet Boys. I can still rattle off all the 1st & last names of all 5 Backstreet Boys members – & ‘N Sync, too.

 

Two Good

Verse eight’s first sentence is my favorite part.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

Raw

An overwhelmingly difficult, to the point of being nearly unbearable, time I often face in life when illness seems to come as regularly as the air I breathe & as stressful as nothing I can compare.

Having barely an immune system to speak of after 8 years of being pumped full of lethal drugs that hospitals label as lifesaving “medication” will do that to you.

Yet, turning to Scripture led me just this morning to this truth I desperately needed to hear. Life isn’t hopeless after all, even when constant health struggles never seem to give you a break. Apply this to your own kind of struggles & feel the boost in your mood.

In John 15 verses 9-11 Jesus says,

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

So, I am reminded that joy doesn’t come from life’s good or bad circumstances, but from remaining hand-in-hand with our Heavenly Father.