Good Monday morning, friends! It’s so good to be among the living, and that means that you’re still in the fight of your lives. You already know the enemy’s MO — to kill, steal, and destroy. Here’s how we counter his strategy and fight:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.14 Stand firm then, with the belt…
This is our little hometown in NC…Pineville. We love it here. The downtown area has been revitalized after being boarded up for many years following NAFTA. There are a few boutique furniture stores, a cafe, barber shop and a coffee shop.
The park where Evelina and I walk King Bentley is only a few blocks from here which makes the downtown a convenient stop.
Having MS is sh*t. There is no two ways about it and no one will convince me otherwise. Has it made me (mentally) stronger? Perhaps. But I would happily trade a ‘strong’ MS mentality for a weak, blancmange-like one, if is meant that I didn’t have to deal with this.
One of my biggest worries is the idea of my kids getting it. One of my earliest symptoms (though I didn’t know it at the time) was the feeling of water dripping down my back, when nothing was there. So, when my daughter talks about pins and needles, or my son appears tired and exhausted, I panic. My sensible brain tells me it is normal kids’ stuff; my neurotically worried mother brain tells me that it is just a matter of time before one or both of them are diagnosed. My son is 5 years away from the age I…
THERAPY TODAY WAS A DISASTER WE TALKED ABOUT THE UPCOMING BREAK AND I GOT SO ANGRY WITH EILEEN BECAUSE I DONT WANT HER TO GO ON HOLIDAY NEXT WEEK I FEEL LIKE WE HAVENT REALLY PREPARED FOR IT I TOLD HER I THOUGHT IT WASNT FAIR THAT SHE’D ONLY HAD A WEEK AT EASTER SO WHY DID SHE NEED ANOTHER SO SOON? SHE KEPT SAYING IT WAS OK FOR ME TO BE ANGRY AT HER THAT SHE WOULD WALK THIS JOURNEY WITH ME, THAT ONLY MADE ME MADDER. I TOLD HER HOW MUCH THE KIDS ARE STRUGGLING, SHE ONLY SAID ME AND CAROL ANNE AND THE OLDER INSIDERS WOULD WE TRY TO SUPPORT THEM WHILE SHE WAS AWAY SO THEY WOULD NOT BE ON THEIR OWN? OK, BUT WHAT ABOUT US? WE’RE FEELING LIKE WE’RE ON OUR OWN TOO? SHE KEPT TRYING TO GET ME TO TALK ABOUT MY UNDERLYING…
Me and Dizzy had abit of a stressful week last week. For the first time we’re facing possible redundancy and it’s got us thinking about employment and MS.
Having MS has always made me feel vulnerable when it comes to work. I’m one of those people that worries far to much about letting people down and I’ve always worried what my employers would think. Would they think I was too unreliable? Not fit for the job? This is partly why I kept my condition a secret at work until recently. As it turned out they’ve been amazing about it! 🙂
Loads of positives have come from this and it’s made me feel so much more secure in my job. Until this. First I sat and worried about whether my condition would effect their decision and then I also started worrying if I am made redundant what do you tell people at an interview?! I know it’s illegal…
So I’m not the only author who is terrorised by the very character she created! And what do we get for this? Abuse, boasting, unreasonable demands and every inch of the spotlight with never a thank you to the very writers who created them. My advice to all authors reading this is to kill off your main character at the end of book one and show them who is boss!
Over to Sarah.
I guess if you’ve met Michael from reading any of the Royal Command series you’ll know who really writes “Sarah Stuart’s” books. I plot: he does exactly as he likes, I sort his latest disaster. In Dangerous Liaisons, he gets his daughter, Lisette, pregnant. I, with the help of his wife, Lizzie, hide the birth and contrive a happy ending; it was supposed to be one book.
Oh no! The Diamond Superstar – he has grand ideas…
This past Saturday, I woke up to a cold and rainy morning. My bed was warm and it sounded great to stay home and curl up on the couch with a book and a cup of coffee.
But I had to get moving. This was the day of the NAMI Walk, rain or shine. I’d heard about this fundraiser since I started volunteering almost a year ago, and was excited to finally participate. What a perfect time, since this is Mental Health Awareness Month.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country. There are hundreds of NAMI chapters throughout the United States. The 5K walks are the largest fundraisers of the year.
NAMI uses the money to offer free classes and programs to those affected by mental illness, and also to their families. I’ve seen the benefits of their resources firsthand. I…
I believe having goals and having dreams are two separate things. Dreams can be goals, but not all goals are dreams. For instance, a dream can be to one day live at the ocean and this can also be a goal. But a goal could also be to earn a six figure income, but that doesn’t necessarily mean six figures is a dream. It is easy, however, to see how the six figure income could be a vital part of eventually fulfilling the dream of living at the ocean.
I don’t encounter many adults whose dreams are still alive, who are also actively working and living toward those dreams. I’m not sure why. Maybe people have dreams they just don’t talk about them? Maybe they once had dreams, but somewhere along the line they stopped aiming their life at those dreams.
Do you have active dreams to which your life is solely focused?