Adjusting to Change

24 10 2012

Who loves change? Does anyone even like it? Not me. I tend to resist (never embrace it!).

What I DO love is autumn. I can’t seem to get enough of trees splashed with vibrant colors. I’ve taken over 200 pictures and plan to capture more of their beauty while they last.

Recently I wrote a devotional about how the gorgeous fall foliage spoke to me. Changes in temperature reveal the hidden beauty of the leaves, colors that were there all along. Changes brought on by MS have revealed the beauty of God’s faithfulness that was there all along.

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled “The Trees Sing for Joy With Promises of Fall” and was posted October 24th.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).





Pressing VS Important

14 10 2012

Photo shoot in Kutztown, PA
on Oct. 13, 2012

Do pressing responsibilities crowd out important activities in your life? Things that demand our attention smother our opportunities to stop and chat with our child, drink in God’s awesome creation, and reflect on His Word.

The fireworks-painted leaves beckoned me, “Come bask in our beauty.” Unable to resist their cry, I dropped everything and did a photo shoot. Got some good pictures, but none could capture the breathtaking beauty that stopped me in my tracks. All I could do was stop and stare. Wishing the moment could last forever.

It was like a massage for my mind. So relaxing.

But it wiped me out to walk from one rainbow-splashed tree to another God-painted panorama. I knew I’d pay for it. Anyone like me, with MS, would know there’s a limit to energy. We can’t walk for hours without ending up exhausted.

I knew I’d pay for it, but it was so worth it.

I recently wrote a devotional about the need for rest. It’s kind of ironic that my devotional was posted just today…as if I’m chastising myself. Vicki, you still haven’t learned to slow down. You should know better. Now, it’s time to stop and rest.

As I argue with myself, I rationalize, “Yeah, but doesn’t everybody overdo it? Wouldn’t everyone wish they could stop and smell the roses? Just once?”

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled “Help Wanted: One Who Will Need to Rest” and was posted October 13th.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).





Colorful Leaves Made Simple

7 10 2012

Young toddlers barrage us with their favorite question, “Why?”

Rebellious teens debate us with their challenging word, “Why?”

No wonder we cringe when we hear it.

When released from the mouth of an inquiring young mind, it’s a word to be celebrated. The child hasn’t ceased from wondering.

Robert Fulghum wrote the bestselling book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. In it, he included this important piece of advice: Be aware of wonder.

It’s a challenge to us when life is so busy. There’s too much to do to stop and wonder…must go shopping, must get to sports, must make dinner, must get homework done…

I loved when my second graders inquired, “Why do leaves change color?”

Answering that simple question challenged me to explain it in the simplest terms.

Here’s what I taught them. We practiced saying it over and over so they could tell their parents.

Warm sun + less light + cooler temperatures = no more chlorophyll

No more chlorophyll – no more green color = hidden colors (there all the time)  

                                               

Click on the link below to see a 51-slide PowerPoint slide show I created using the advice from Robert Fulghum’s book. The Bible verses were added by me (not included in Fulghum’s book).

Learned All in Kindergarten with verses