Traveling and a mother’s FEAR!
I have my computer back and am able to BLOG!!!!
The Women’s Conference was a great success! We hope to have one every year with a variety of speakers. So, keep checking back here and through the Southern Middle TN Weston A Price Foundation. We will have the Nourishing Women’s Conference DVD ready for sale in the coming weeks (before Christmas is the goal). I would NOT miss out on the info in this DVD, as many women have told what a blessing it was to them and how it has helped them with their health and the health of their family!
So, here’s what’s been going on in our household!!!!!
My husband has been traveling a lot lately to cool places like California, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Washington state, etc. I have traveled a bit also. Once to Maine for a 10 year high school reunion and once to South Carolina, with the children, to visit family. Going to Maine was the first time I have traveled alone (like TOTALLY by myself) since having my first child seven years ago. It was a great time to reconnect with old WONDERFUL friends, see the place where I lived 20 years ago (I didn’t actually graduate from HS there, but have kept in touch with people….thank you Facebook), and step outside of my comfort zone. After returning home, an important truth, that I already knew in my head….. became REAL to me (which, BTW, are TWO different things): That, when this life is over I will be standing before God by myself…. not with my husband, not with my parents, not even with my children. I will be alone, and I, alone, responsible before Him.
While I WILL be held responsible for how I treated the aforementioned people according to His instructions…… my identity is not wrapped up in them. My identity is my own before Him. I know this all sounds obvious but it has HUGE implications. When my husband is grumpy (rare) – it doesn’t necessarily have to do with ME. When he is not happy with something, it doesn’t reflect onto my own worth or standing. As my children age and begin to make their own choices – those choices are their’s alone. Not mine. I won’t have to pay for them or answer for them. Same goes with my husband. It is quite freeing when you *really* think about it. It also helps me do better in the jobs I have as homemaker, teacher, business partner, etc…. much less to take offense about when you really think about it. It makes me see people as their own autonomous creatures also…. and respect each of my children’s unique identity – as they also, will stand before God alone & responsible for themselves and the choices they have made.
This may sound crazy, but before leaving for Maine I was scared of dying and leaving my children motherless. I am not afraid of the death part or what comes after it, but I was afraid for my children not having a mother. Those fears forced me to think about this “What is the most important thing I can impart to my children???” I came up with these two:
1. I want them to KNOW that someone is going to have to pay for theirs sins committed against God……. and it’s either going to be THEM paying for it – or Jesus. I am reminded it will be their choice to take the free covering Jesus offers OR to reject it – and try to stand on their own “good works” when judged….As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27.
2. God never promises continual physical safety and comfort – but He does promise that He will be there with us in all circumstances (good and bad). So, don’t strive for the comforts of the world, which will all turn to dust. Strive for the things which have eternal value.
Now onto my physical health……
My Hashimoto’s treatment is going well. I am definitely the tortoise in this race! As, every 3 months my thyroid antibodies decrease. When I started this process in March/April of 2011 my bad TPO antibody numbers were at 3,000 & now they are at 1,004. The other bad antibody numbers (TGaB) are now normal!!! I am needing to take half the thyroid medication I took in 2010! So, great news! Who said there are no known cures for autoimmune diseases???? OH!!! And my most recent adrenal test showed NO ADRENAL FATIGUE. My dear little adrenals glands have rested and recovered. I can tell that I can handle stress better. Good thing for the people I live with!!!
I am still working on ridding my body of Candida…. as I retested and I had some come back. Being less strict my diet and being able to have Cane Sugar (in small amounts) is probably what made it return. Soy-free chocolate bars are quite a weakness of mine! It knows my name and calls to me, sweetly, each evening!
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