Chronic illness and the need for rest.
These two things seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?
As someone who has suffered from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, and a whole host of other chronic conditions, I understand how deeply those of us facing chronic illnesses NEED rest!
We need rest for healing, and we need rest just to get through our days.
But what happens when life is so overwhelming that we don’t seem to get the rest we need? What happens when we feel a little better so we stop prioritizing rest in our lives?
Well, sometimes when we stop planning for rest and start trying to take on all of the things we couldn’t do when we were as debilitatingly sick, we find ourselves backtracking in our health. At least this is what’s happened to me over and over again.
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The Year 2016 has gone nothing like I thought it would.
I had high hopes.
I always have high hopes.
That’s how things go when you’re a dreamer – when you’re someone who won’t settle for just okay, but wants to live a life that’s real and full of purpose.
I spent my New Year’s Day encouraged. This was going to be the year that things would fall into place.
I had finished college and had spent the prior couple of years working a number of different jobs, including living overseas teaching in China. All of the transitions were a lot of fun, but I was ready for some stability. I craved stability. I finally had a full-time job in communications and had my own apartment with new furniture that I had picked out myself. I felt accomplished, like I was on the right track.
It wasn’t just about the material things, though. My goal was to budget and plan so that I could give more away. After reading David Platt’s Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and Francis Chan’s Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, I was excited about living out my faith by being a good steward of all God had given me.