Monday, January 4, 2016

SO. MUCH. BETTER.

This morning I wasn't sure I would be able to write a blog for y'all.  You see, I suffer from many health ailments, but one of the very worst is when my severe migraines knock me down HARD.  This is when I can't sleep or get comfortable.  When I can't stand simple odors or sounds because they are all too intense.  And especially, when I can't look at ANY light.  Mind you, on normal days I already deal with an inherited light sensitivity in both my eyes.  In fact, nine times out of ten, you will usually see me wearing sunglasses instead of my contacts or regular specs.  But on migraine days, even those beloved sunglasses are unable to make the world dark enough for my stressed out eyes.  My neurologist says that I suffer from a condition of ongoing migraine headaches and poor blood flow.  Meaning, I'm usually always fighting some form of headache behind my eyes and tightening in my neck each and every day.  YUCK!  So, it is normal in my home, for me to rate my headaches on a 1 to 10 scale, so my family knows what I can handle any given day.  (Ten being the most severe of migraines.)

OK, so anyway... last night my family gathered to watch a television show together and my eyes started having trouble looking directly at the light of the TV screen... classic migraine trigger.  Immediately, Momba ran to get my meds and Chuck massaged my tightening neck.  Their quick and kind response allowed me to make it through the evening at a migraine level 4, and we all enjoyed being together.  But then, in the early hours of the morning, my headache suddenly returned - this time in a massive way.  At an intense level 10, I couldn't see straight in front of me, and I felt like throwing up my body weight.  I immediately took more meds to reduce it's severity and hopped into the bath tub to try and relax.  Thankfully, I was able to make it through the night without having to be rushed to the hospital for a Morphine shot.  (Which is usually my only option at a migraine level 10.)  But praise the Lord, I was able to sleep the night through and am just now starting my day.

Chuck, who was already up working in his home office, came in to check on my status.  We hugged and kissed like usual and ran through both our plans for today.  Mine, of course, starting a bit later than anticipated due to my difficult night.  Then, he asked me if there was anything he could do for me, and I said no, but thanks.  Then I mentioned that I had a craving for potatoes.  I know, sounds weird... but it actually is normal for me.  You see, for whatever reason, potatoes have always helped me through my migraines.  Immediately, Chuck headed to the kitchen and made me a small bowl of mashed potatoes and then returned.  Two bites later, and I feel SO. MUCH. BETTER.  Better enough that I can look at my computer monitor and type this blog entry to you!  YAY!

And this brings us to now.  As I type out today's thought for the day....  as I think about the love of my family and the simple efforts they offer to me to try and make things better... to make US better... I am humbled at their ongoing sacrifice and genuine love for my well-being.  And, I have to say, I truly believe that their example is what the body of Christ is all about.  To lift one another up and do all we can to encourage one another out of our most wretched sicknesses... to care about each other in both word and deed while trusting and allowing Jesus to repair and restore us into His full health.  This is how we are to love... by feeding one another the meat and potatoes of Scripture regularly, daily, hourly so that every ailing sinful nature is medicated with holiness... so that broken sensitive eyes can see God's light again.  So that our weakest link may grow strong once again and give God the glory.  We are to be living parts of His solution in order to strengthen US as a whole... to make US better in Jesus' Name.  And there is such power in His Name, isn't there?  We are God's family... God's beloved... God's chosen.  We are to love one another as if we were loving for ourselves.

So, as I am now able to pay forward the love that my dear family has given me... I would like to share with you some healing encouragement from God's perfect Word.  May it motivate you.  May it give you hope.  May it heal you so that, in turn, you might also be motivated to help and uplift another brother or sister in need today.  For Jesus is able.  Jesus is King.  Jesus will heal and restore!  I believe, that with Him, we are SO. MUCH. BETTER!  Don't you?...

"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." (John 12:46)

"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12)

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:25-26)

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 47:1)

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. " (Isaiah 43:1b)

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:27-28)

"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands." (Deuteronomy 7:9)

"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." (Jeremiah 29:12)

"The LORD will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." (Psalm 121:7-8)

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." (John 15:9-11)

"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads." (Deuteronomy 11:18)

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)

I love you, family!  Be Blessed... Be BETTER!

~Victoria

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