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.

15 thoughts on “Back to doing what I love

  1. What a beautifully written post. Thank you for sharing your testimony! Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability. You have always been a blessing to others. May God bless you, dear Angela.

  2. Interesting…same boat, but I haven’t started blogging again — yet. πŸ˜‰
    I was diagnosed with a form of adult onset Type 1, so I take insulin shots 4x/day. But I have lost 20 pounds and am getting in better shape. I have more energy and I’m glad to know what’s wrong. I had to really lean in to Jesus, more than ever, and at first I was very angry at God. Now I view the diagnosis as one of the best blessings He could have given me.

  3. You will start blogging when it’s time. Such a diagnosis is huge to process. Insulin shots 4 times a day, wow. I’m taking oral meds right now. How did you know that you had it? How long have you known? We must get together for lunch soon to chat more about these health challenges. They will not defeat us! I’m doing so so with my eating but keeping my numbers in check. Twenty pounds is great. You go Patty! I too am glad I know what is wrong because I was really struggling.

  4. Woo hoo! You’re back! And it’s good that you’re dealing with the diabetes instead of feeling awful. You can control a lot of that with diet and exercise so hang in there. You’ll get better with a little work and patience. So nice to read you again.

  5. Soror!
    This was definitely something I needed to read. I’ve been here and somewhat still here. We must stay encouraged and not beat up ourselves when we mess up but to acknowledge it and keep on moving! You got it Soror! One day at a time.
    Praying for you and the family!
    Love you all!

    • That’s the key. Have to keep pushing through the hard stuff. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Keep being the impactful and purposeful young woman God designed you to be!

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