Oh, how I love the ocean. It is my happy place. This is where I go in my head when times seem tough. I picture the vast expanse of water, I hear the rush of the waves and sway with the pull of the tide. I can smell the salty sea air, I feel the humidity on my skin and the breeze blowing through my hair. The ocean beckons me to live on it's shores and frolic in it's surf. I am more than willing to oblige.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2012
I am at peace here. I can hear the voice of God so clearly, no static. My soul comes alive and flourishes with newness. I am reminded of all that is precious and wonderful. I am grateful for life and experience.
I want to tell you about a very special person. She is young, like early 20's young, and she has a dream--no-- a vision. It's a vision she has turned into reality. This girl has persevered through so many trials on a daily basis I honestly can't believe she hasn't packed her bags and flown the coup!
This is Rannah. She has a calling on her heart to serve the deaf children of Uganda, Africa. This passion began as a high school teen in a small town located in the panhandle of Texas. She dreamt of providing a boarding school for the many children who are deaf due to the malaria medicine in Uganda. Because of the lack of education and the poverty levels, deaf children are often considered cursed, worthless and unable to learn or earn wages for their family. Most are never taught how to communicate. They have very little value if any if they aren't able to help provide. Many are mistreated, ignored, abandoned and even discarded.
You know in the Bible where it talks about anointing with oil for healing of physical ailments? To be specific: Mark 6:13 and James 5:14 are just a couple of them. Anyway...turns out, it's true. I know, imagine that.
I have a good friend who has been singing the praises of essential oils for about a year now and all the amazing things she and her family have experienced because of them. **Here's where I'm going to reveal my prideful, know-it-all, ugly self. It's not pretty and I like to pretend that I do not have this in me but I do.** I was truly happy that she and her family were having such great results like not getting sick as often as before, no one has needed antibiotics for infections and they are getting real relief from allergies. All of which is awesome but like I said, the ugly part of me surfaced and was whispering in my ear that no one in her house has a chronic illness or chronic pain so really, how effective would it be for me?
Um, yeah... so the thing…
This month has been filled with lots not so OK days. I've struggled with chronic pain, achy joints, abdominal cramping, nausea and extreme fatigue.
Here's an example of my not so OK day today: Struggled with insomnia last night so I got about 5 hours of sleep total but not all at once.Tummy cramps and nausea awoke me this morning.I lay in bed for about 30 minutes willing myself to get up but afraid the nausea might win.Took the handful of prescribed meds, vitamins and minerals needed to make my body function. Also added anti-cramping and nausea meds to the cocktail (not pictured). Ate a small gut friendly breakfast (not because I'm hungry--trust me, I'm not--but because the meds need it) and my 1 cup of coffee (more than 1 cup = more cramping + nausea).Sat in my comfy chair and caught up on social media and reviewed today's TO DO list to figure out what MUST be done today and what can be postponed. This may seem a bit lazy to most however, it is my way of adulting wi…