September 22, 2017

Dear Friends and Readers

My thoughts are kind of jumbled right now.

I’m thinking about insomnia, seeking wisdom, the need for daily Bible reading, focusing on the right priorities, training the mind, learning another new normal, praying for others, the hard work of publishing, and I’m not sure what else.

Mostly, I’m just tired.

But for good reason! I’m almost hesitant to say this, because I think I’m afraid I might jinx myself, but my health has actually been a little better lately. I still don’t have much energy, and am still on all my medications. But my labs have been improving, and we are decreasing dosages again, and (insomnia aside) I haven’t had too much debilitating fatigue lately. So I’ve been adding more activity, and pushing myself to do a little more. In other words, learning another new normal.

It’s much easier said than done. In fact, God has provided an opportunity to do some work with an amazing company (they connect authors to social media — so it’s right up my alley!). I’m really enjoying the work, but I’ve been struggling to put in 2 hours a day.

That probably doesn’t sound like much to you. But when your brain is addled by medications, and your body worn out from fighting illness, every hour of concentration is a challenge. Even watching a full-length movie is difficult some days!

With enough practice, however, things can improve and eventually become more routine. {Side note: Who doesn’t love routine?? Seriously?}

Touching the HemIn addition, I’m still working towards the official book launch for Touching the Hem. I’ve got a study guide in progress, which I think (I hope) you’ll find beneficial. And the marketing aspect takes a lot of work, too. I’ve definitely gained a new appreciation for other authors through this publication process — and a whole lot of gratitude for good publishers!

{Side note #2: check out the newly revised webpage and the Amazon link!}

Anyway, I guess this is my apology for not focusing much on blogging lately. Honestly, I miss this space. I miss writing, and I miss interacting with y’all.

But it’s “one of those seasons.” It won’t last forever… in fact, as things wrap up with my book release, life should calm down a little (I hope!). And I don’t know how long these “good health” days will last — flareups and fatigue are pretty much expected with Wegener’s — but I’m taking advantage of the ones I do get!

Maybe my thoughts are a little less jumbled now. Because what I’m really trying to say in all this, is…. I cherish you all. I love getting to know you, and your comments (here, fbk, twitter) completely brighten my day. I feel like blogging has falling down the ladder a few rungs, but it’s still hanging on near the top. This publication process has felt like a long series of sprints, but the finish line is in sight.

And so, for those who have been cheering me on, and for those who have hung in there: THANK YOU.

 

Now it’s your turn!

What’s been happening in your life? Anything exciting? Anything we can pray about?

Leave a comment below!

 

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I’m still reading through the Bible in 2013!
Want to join me this week?

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 26-28, Proverbs 28:15-28
Wednesday: 1 Samuel 29-31, Proverbs 29:1-14
Thursday: Philippians 1-4, Proverbs 29:15-27
Friday: 2 Samuel 1-3, Proverbs 30
Saturday: 2 Samuel 4-7, Proverbs 31
Sunday: 2 Samuel 8-10, Psalm 72
Monday: reflection or catch-up

 


Comments

  1. Elizabeth, I totally understand where you are coming from. I suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Yesterday, I had somewhat of a semi-normal day..so thankful for that, but I never know when I will be in the throes of fatigue again. Your blog is such an encouragement, and I can’t wait to read your book. Praying that God gives you His strength to tackle everything you have going on right now!

    • Yes, you do understand! The uncertainty can be so frustrating sometimes, can’t it? Thanks for your encouragement! And I’d love to hear what you think of the book 🙂

  2. the white wave says:

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better, no matter how long it lasts. Believe me when I say I know all too well the mixed emotions that come with a chronic illness, and the fear that comes when everything seems better and you SHOULD be happy . . . but it’s hard and scary. I am finding that there is a lot of fear in my life when I think of the future, so I think I need to study belief (isn’t fear just a byproduct of disbelief?) and trust, and how to think Biblically about the time we’re given. I need to rein in my thoughts and think about what I know to be true.

    • I’m sure you DO understand. You start getting excited, and making plans, and then – WHAM! – a bad day/week/month hits you out of nowhere. It really is scary. I find myself afraid to try for more, because I don’t know what the future holds. But as I write that, it makes me realize – even the healthiest people don’t really know what the future holds, so maybe it’s good to think like that, just without the fear.