Spirit of the Phoenix: Trish Robichaud and Carol Shinde

I’ve had health issues as long as I can remember but doctors would just conclude that my illnesses were due to depression and mental issues. I knew I had depression but I never believed that my health issues were in my head. Married for almost 9 years to a man who was emotionally and physically abusive at times, I didn’t believe I was being abused.

Carol Shinde is now a divorced single mom who has allowed herself to mourn the loss of the life she once knew. Today, she recognizes the possibilities for growth and renewal that have come her way through the painful process she has had to endure.

Join us and hear her story that mirrors that of the Phoenix. She was burned-out and feeling lifeless back then; now she is soaring with a mission to draw others into a life of hope and renewal through her unfailing faith and spirit.

~Trish Robichaud~

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4 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

~Mark 4:1-26~

I love this passage. It speaks so closely to my life. This is such a perfect example of Jesus’ love for each and every one of us. He loves us just as we are and where we are. No matter how sinful our past or present, Jesus still offers Himself freely.

He speaks so plainly to the woman at the well. He doesn’t judge her. He ministers to her where she is and gives her the future He has to offer her.

I long to show this same kind of love towards others. Jesus set such a clear example and I want to be an example too. Sometimes our lives are complicated because of circumstances outside of our control but that doesn’t change the love Jesus has for us.

I want to value others the way Jesus valued this woman at the well…the way He values me. I want to value myself this way as well.

“Dear Heavenly Father, help me to more consciously value all people, even myself. I want to give daily of myself so that I can improve the day of everyone I meet and so that every day can be my best day. Amen.” 

~”Make Every Day Your Best Day” First Place 4 Health Bible Study Series~

Winter Blues

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

~Ecclesiastes 3:1~

It’s already mid-March and yet another storm is on the way…ugh! I sure wish winter was over.

Does anyone else experience more pain in the joints and muscles when the pressure changes in the atmosphere? I know I do. I also experience more dizziness and falling episodes.

What are some things you do to get your mind off the pain? I write and surf the web. Sometimes I’ll listen to music and I will catch up on Law and Order episodes on Netflix while I lay down on the sofa or my bed.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says there is a time and season for everything. I guess my activities during these times are to wait it out and rely on God to give me the strength to get through the moment.

I remember a time when my grandmother was still with us. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia way before the time it was even accepted as a real disorder. There was the stigma that it was all in her head and her depression caused the pain in the first place. My family never took her seriously about her illness. She was in so much pain and people just shrugged their shoulders and chalked it up for hypochondria. It was so sad.

In 2002, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the reality of this disorder hit me like a ton of bricks. I was constantly tired and the pain I experienced was excruciating. Unfortunately, it hasn’t changed much over the years. Some flare-ups are worse than others. I certainly have much more empathy though and my family is much more compassionate as well.

So, despite the weather, I’ll continue to trust God in His infinite wisdom. I’m not just saying this. I have the privilege to experience life through a godly perspective through His Word and through prayer. I am able to be thankful for the pain as well. I’m not a masochist. If I had a choice to live without pain, I would take it in a heartbeat. However, I haven’t experienced a miraculous healing yet. Who knows?! Maybe one day I will but until then I will be thankful in every circumstance I am given and count if a joy to take part in Jesus’ suffering.

So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. It is beautiful and I am blessed to have a warm house to live in and a wonderful family to experience my life with. In the meantime, I’ll just focus on other things to keep my mind off the pain.

  Storm Charlotte: My home during the snowstorm. You can’t even see the truck.

My house during the Blizzard of 2013

My son standing next to my car in the driveway.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you to Cheryl for this award (Wings Like Eagles In the Desert: A Journey Through the Wilderness of Chronic Illness). I have LOVED reading her blogs. She is full of insight and truly understands life with chronic illness. She is an inspirational blogger herself. Check out her blog if you haven’t done so.

Rules

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

7 New Things About Me

1) I am TOTALLY addicted to Sims Medieval.

2) I graduated from high school with one other person (I attended a private school and my class was made up of 6-12 grade…it was a small graduating class :o).

3) My favorite color is red but almost all my shirts are turquoise…go figure.

4) My favorite sport to play was volleyball. I used to play it every Friday at the church.

5) I lived in Germany for 6 months.

6) I have been to all but 2 states; Oregon and Alaska.

7) I love watching Ghost Hunters.

15 nominations

I am new at this, so don’t follow too many blogs yet. Here are some I am following that I enjoy reading:

1) Wings Like Eagles In the Desert: A Journey Through the Wilderness of Chronic Illness-

http://wingslikeeaglesinthedesert.wordpress.com

2) Lucy by the Sea- http://lucybythesea.wordpress.com

3) The River Walk- http://tworiversblog.com

4) Morning Story and Dilbert- http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com

5) Daily Dose of Scripture- http://dailydoseofscripture.com

6) From the Fog- http://fromthefog.me

7) Jon Lilley- http://jonlilley.com

8) A Day in the Life of Shareen A.- http://shareenayoub.wordpress.com

9) Unshakable Hope- http://unshakablehope.wordpress.com

10) My Journey Thru M.E.- http://myjourneythrume.wordpress.com

11) Knocked Over by a Feather – http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

12) Transform Your Chronic Life – http://transformyourchroniclife.com/wordpress/

13) Counting my Spoons – http://fibrokitty.blogspot.com/

14) The War Within: My Battle With Lyme Disease- http://thewarwithinmybattlewithlymes.wordpress.com

15) A New Kind of Normal – http://www.anewkindofnormal.com/

This blog spoke directly to my heart and reminded me of the importance of “living” in the moment and not allowing chronic illness to define every aspect of my life. This is a hard balance to obtain when faced with illness head-on and non-stop. I’m thankful for the family and friends who are a living example to how it’s done 🙂

Wings Like Eagles in the Desert: A Journey through the Wilderness of Chronic Illness

You have just been diagnosed with a chronic illness. It is not the end of the world. Life will go on. It will be different, but it will go on. It will not be normal, but you never really wanted to be normal anyway, did you?

As you start this journey, you will think that things are mostly the same, you just have a new diagnosis. Should I tell you otherwise, that they are not mostly the same? Will it help you to know that with each passing year you will realize how much more different you are than the healthy people in your midst? That you will not have the same opportunities available to you, but that you will still have lots of opportunities? I don’t know if I should tell you that one. But it is the truth, and I really do wish I had known it a…

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