Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Start to the New Year...

Well, I'm continuing to clean and purge.  I started going through all my boxes of Christmas decorations (and there are a lot) before, during, and now after the holidays.  I never realized just how much stuff I owned!  Shocking!  I hauled three huge boxes to the Idaho Youth Ranch, and have the ARC coming next week for more!  I've also set aside some things for St. Vincents.  I decided to spread around the donations since I have so much to pass on.

I have had an amazing start to this New Year.  I decided to participate in my church's annual "Daniel Fast".  I am on a modified version, but have given up Pepsi, pastries, most sugars other than fruit, butter (that's a hard one for me), chips, snack crackers... on and on!  I'm doing lean proteins, lots of vegetables, fruit, tea, and limited whole grains.  Also, I'm spending time each day reading along with the scriptures the Pastor selected for us.  It started with the fast, but we intend to continue reading our study Bibles, completing them by the end of the year.

The most important part of this experience was to set aside time to nurture my spirit.  I spend more prayer time, as well as the reading.  This isn't said as a "pat me on the back" because I'm being so devout.  It's just where I am right now.  I had been neglecting some areas of my spiritual life, so it was time for me to step up and make some changes.

It's like when I neglect areas of my home.  When the maintenance isn't done, things may just fall apart.   Life is hard enough when I remember to do my spiritual maintenance.  Why leave myself even more vulnerable?

For those of you following my MS... I am still not on any MS therapies, which makes my neurologist unhappy.  I am not at peace with the options they have given me.  I do believe in praying for healing, which I do.  I also have people who are constantly holding me in prayer.  I believe in praying for wisdom for my doctors and that's where I am right now.  Praying for their wisdom.  Praying for me to know what the next step is.  Praying that I could still have a miracle of healing.  It is all in God's hands, and that is the one thing I trust in completely! 

Nita Jo


Sally said...

It's sounds as though you're off to a good start! :)

I'm always glad to see when people support ARC - it was a huge part of our lives for a long time.

I pray that you and the doctors will come to the right decisions for you, Nita Jo. Take care, and God bless!

Donna said...

I'm with Sally, Miz NitaJo!

Sometimes though, God sends a boat when we've fallen in the river...It's up to Us whether or not to climb in....

Carol Mae said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog, and many hugs to you, Carol Mae

Nita Jo said...

Sally - Thanks! I love supporting ARC and other charities. They were there when we needed them. It's only right to give back!

Donna - Lol! I'm looking for my boat! Ready to climb in and have some smooth sailing for a while! *Hugs* right back at you!

Carol Mae - Love your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine! *Hugs* to you too!