Living in the Unknown

“Our destiny is only defined by how we deal with the chance elements to our life.”
Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump

We live in the unknown everyday of our lives but we may not realize it. We may be consumed with the here and now of working, family, illness, just going through the motions of life. Life will trap and paralyze you but the unknown is full of so many possibilities. I think back to all of the times I sat down reading my bible searching for something, something meaningful to grab onto, to get me through many days. Every single person that is included in scripture lived with the unknown, sometimes trusting God and other times, going their own way. Noah, who built an ark, had never seen rain before but was giving a task, he trusted and did what was asked. David threw a stone and didn’t know the plan that laid ahead, but he trusted. Paul, started out knowing his direction in his life until one blinding day on the road to Damascus. He was quite content with all of his hardships and weaknesses but still went through many struggles. Jonah wanted to set his own path in life but got swallowed by a whale, but it was not the path intended for him.

We make many plans for our lives in hopes of accomplishing them. Sometimes, our path is not the path intended for us and we are blindsided with the unknown. It is a time we need to search for guidance and direction and trust there is a purpose. When we are stopped in our path, we can either become consumed with our situation, sit in the dark in a pit of despair, look for the positive, allow it to give us strength, allow it to give us hope for what lies ahead, or trust there is a better plan for our life than what we originally thought.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings,
Lynda

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Life’s Journey

It amazes me where life can take us. It has been a long time since I have written but so much has happened this year with my health. I have had several milestones this year, I turned 50, celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary to an amazing man, and I finally have a diagnosis after living with an undiagnosed illness for 21 years.

I now have a name for all the unusual symptoms but I still have so many questions. We all live with so many questions that go unanswered but we live on faith that one day they will be answered or we live on faith that everything is okay and God has everything under control.

For the last 21 years, my life has definitely been a puzzle and filled with many doctors visits that ended in frustration, misunderstandings, and disappointments. I believe some physicians want to truly understand their patient but find it frustrating when all tests come back negative. It amazes me that there are so many people fighting unknown diseases. I had been blessed with several doctors that knew something was going on and admitted they had no clue but advised me to wait and see what the disease did. I have known all along that it would take just one doctor and the right one to know exactly what was going on and that finally happened this past August. It was such a relief to hear my new doctor has 30 other patients just like me. It was a relief to finally have a few answers.

I have a condition that is called P.O.T.S, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. I have the primary form. My sympathetic nervous system is over activated, I have to much adrenaline in my system. I still have many questions as to why is this happening. For 21 years, I have had relapses and remissions. This last relapse has lasted over a year now, my longest, and it escalated this past June with severe adrenaline spikes. The attacks had sent my blood pressure and heart rate soaring. Trying to figure out if this is the new normal for me. Too much adrenaline means blood vessels constricting, causing pain, fatigue, and many other symptoms. It was best described to me as someone pulling a gun on you 24/7. The only problem is when the adrenaline spikes, the heart rate shoots up, heart is pumping overtime, arteries constricting and it feels like you are having a heart attack. What a relief to know that my heart is in perfect condition, in fact I was recently told that I have a heart of a 20 year old even though I am 50.

My next journey begins, finding the right medicine to help with these adrenaline spikes. I began this journey at age 29 and it continues. Very thankful some questions are answered and I am on the right path to healing.

What I would like for you to know today is: do not give up hope in searching for answers, do not give up hope in whatever you are dealing with today, patience is the key to living. Everything will happen in the right time and the right place. God is walking beside you today and always, He has never left you!

Until next time my dear friends…..

Lynda

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The Unexpected

In our lives we will encounter many surprises. No one really prepares or plans for those unexpected things but they still happen. There are many people in the Bible that had unexpected situations to happen. Mary, mother of Jesus, had many surprises in her life; how Jesus was conceived, the birthplace, Jesus teaching in the Temple at age 12, and his death. Since it is Christmas season I want to visit Jesus’ birth. Read Luke 2:1-40 for the full account of Jesus’ birth. While Mary was due at any moment, the Roman emperor ordered a census and required everyone to pay taxes in which individuals had to return to their ancestral cities. Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem because they were descendants of King David and this was David’s ancient home. They traveled 70 miles to reach their destination. Now 70 miles may not seem a lot to us today but back during their time they did not have automobiles. So, they had to travel by foot and donkey. I can only imagine traveling that distance on a donkey and nearing the end of my pregnancy but it had to be done because it was required. When they arrived, there was no room at the village inn for them so they resided in a stable which was dark and dirty. Mary gave birth while they were there. Having to travel, stay and give birth in a stable was something Mary did not expect to happen. Most women would prefer to give birth in the comfort of their surroundings and with family close by. This was not the only surprise Mary would have in her lifetime but she did depend on God to handle everything and give her the strength to survive what may come her way.

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 1 Peter 5:10

We celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. It can be a joyous season for some but for others it may be a time of stress, sadness or depression; due to loss of a loved one, missing a loved one, loss of a job whether current or ongoing, illness, or struggling financially. I imagine for Mary and Joseph the birth of Jesus was a time of stress because they had to travel far away and couldn’t find lodging while Mary was very pregnant but it was a joyous time as well for them. God provided for their needs when they were so far away from home. Unexpected situations can be a minor or total disruption in your life. We are not guaranteed a comfortable life when we are living our life for God. We are promised that everything has a meaning and is part of God’s plan for our life. We all have surprises in life but we need to trust God that everything is under control. Something good can flourish no matter what our situation is. We must be patient for God to act. Joy in the season comes from deep within and peace is found abundantly in God’s love. Remember you are never alone in your journey. So no matter what you are experiencing this Christmas season, you can find joyful bliss by looking to the only one that can provide it, our Heavenly Father. Unexpected circumstances will continue to happen in our lives just as they did in Mary’s life but trust in your faith in God and he will give you strength and peace for your journey.

May God bless you abundantly with peace and joy during this Christmas season.

Blessings, Lynda

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Hesitation

We are each called to do something in life including surprises that may arise in our day. It can be exciting, joyous, frightening, uncomfortable, or we may just feel under qualified or unsure. There is a path we must all take and it is different for each of us. Sometimes the destination is not in view but we need to be willing to trust this path in where it will take us. We must look at our actions; are we hesitating in God’s purpose for our life? Are we hesitating in helping others and instead doing what we want? Are we purposely choosing not to take a path that has been laid out for us? There are many things we actually hesitate in; some may be minor but others may have had an impact on someone’s life. We may also hesitate when it comes to clearing out sin in our lives. Our sin may seem harmless to us or even seem attractive; making us feel good. But if we don’t get rid of the sin correctly the first time, it may become much more difficult to get rid of (Numbers 33:55). This type of hesitation can destroy our lives and our relationships. We must not hesitate in getting rid of sin that so easily hinders us and our progress in life.

Hesitation can turn into missed opportunities. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “you snooze, you lose”? But at other times, hesitation can be a wise decision. Having that uneasy feeling that we should not do something makes us hesitate. If we had followed through with that choice or decision, we would have ended up on a road of bad or severe consequences. God gives us uneasy feelings for a reason but at times we decide to ignore them because our action gives us pleasure and excitement from our dull lives. Including God in our daily lives and living for him will help us to listen to those uneasy feelings and hesitate before making a bad decision or to not hesitate when God presents something in our path that we must do for him.

There were many people in biblical times that hesitated. In Genesis 19:16, we find that Lot hesitated. After hearing that God was going to destroy the city completely, he still hesitated to leave. Lot wanted to cling onto his comfortable lifestyle that included wealth and people looking up to him. He did not want to leave the place he called home. God was merciful towards Lot and his family, he allowed the angels to seize their hands and take them to safety. At times, we are not as fortunate as Lot. We become hypnotized by the pleasures of our culture and fall prey to sin only realizing later on how far away from God we have become. Jeremiah was reluctant (hesitating) to follow through with what God was calling him to do. His reason was not because of lifestyle choices but because he felt under qualified.  Jeremiah felt he was too young; the Bible does not mention his age. God told Jeremiah, “For you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you” Jeremiah 1:7-8. We often struggle with self-confidence; feeling inadequate to do what God has called us to do. We should not let these feelings hold us back and keep us from obeying God. He is always with us.

I can relate to Jeremiah because I felt under qualified to write the words God was putting in my mind and heart. I hesitated in writing a book and then I hesitated in starting this blog. But God had mercy on me and waited for me to take that step of faith. Since following through with what he wants me to do with my life, I have fallen in love with writing and spending time with him. Reaching out to others and encouraging them in their journey has become my passion. As you travel along in life, accept cheerfully the task God has given you and do it with diligence. Do not hesitate on his will for your life because he may find someone else to fulfill the task at hand. If God has not yet given you a specific task or assignment, seek to fulfill what all believers should do; love, obey and serve God daily. He will guide you to the right path set out for your life in his timing. May God bless you in your journey.

Lynda

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