Back to doing what I love

It’s been more than a year since I’ve blogged in this space. Writing has always given me joy, but frankly, I haven’t had much joy in the last year or so.

That’s my fault. Despite the challenges life gives, there is still much to be thankful and hopeful about. Let’s start with the basics. Most of us are up and moving and have our right minds. That within itself is a supreme blessing.

The past 14 months have been filled with battles. I’ve struggled with poor health and depression, experienced challenges on my job and lost a person who was like a son to me. Family members and friends have faced setbacks and serious illnesses. Recently, I learned that I have Type II diabetes: something that was bound to happen after years of being overweight, eating poorly and failing to establish a good exercise routine.

The good news is, the fatigue brought on by high blood sugar levels is lifting. I am feeling better, my blurred vision has subsided, I’m exercising and trying mightily to eat better. For me, that isn’t easy. I love chocolate, potato chips, bread and all things bad for you.

I want to be able to live stronger and better. I want to breathe in and exhale. I want to make more time for rest and relaxation. And most of all, I want to enjoy my family and friends; to play baseball and basketball with my grandson, to swing and play catch with my granddaughter.

Last Christmas, my daughter gave me a Joyce Meyer devotional book. Today’s message: “Invest in your healing,” is just what I needed to hear. “When you confess God’s promises instead of your problems, you are exercising your faith and investing in your healing,” Meyer writes.

This is a powerful testimony. It’s something I need to practice daily to stay encouraged along life’s journey.