The Reading Road To Recovery

There are times when the body and mind are so weak and weary we need to soothe our hearts with light easy reads. Nothing heavy, nothing super intellectual, or challenging. Just simple goodness wrapped up in a favorite book with a puppy nearby and some lavendar tea. Sounds pretty good, huh?

When I was in phase two of my recovery, and no longer bedridden, but chair ridden, I stumbled upon my set of Mitford series that I hadn’t read in years.

As I traversed the pages of the delightful story of an Episcopalian Priest who lived for God and helping others through service, something magical happened. My mind shifted focus from the hard experience I was living in to the everday life of the small town folk of Mitford. I had light, happy, interesting things to entertain me, yet not too heavy for my struggling brain to process. It was a sunny little resort from the hard and broken to a mind more at ease and peace.

Sometimes light, simple, beautiful, peaceful thoughts are very healing to the mind and can bring healing especially with chronic illness or injury.

In Phillipians 4:8-9 God tells us what to think on, what to dwell on, and what to fill our minds with.

Philippians 4:8-9 King James Version

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.


Filling my mind with peaceful, happy and restful thoughts has been a step in my healing process. Reading the Mitford books, looking at art, beauty, birds, flowers, and dwelling on thoughts of God are so very healing to my mind, body and spirit.

Here’s a glimpse of the fun, typical Mitford bantor from Jan Karon’s Mitford book called Light From Heaven:

“Three,” said Willie Mullis.

Willie stood at the kitchen door, bareheaded and mournful, holding forth a battered fedora containing the day’s egg inventory.

“Three’s all we need,” said Father Tim, reaching into the hat. “We thank you. Think the laying will pick up come spring?”

“Yessir.”

“Good! Think we’ll be having any more snow?”

“Nossir.”

“Your arthritis coming along a little better?”

“Yessir.”

“Looks like a nice, warm day. The temperature could soar into the high sixties, don’t you think?”

“Yessir.”

“Need any help at the barn?”

“Nossir.”

“If you do, just give me a call.”

“Yessir.”

He (Father Tim) put the brown eggs into a bowl on the table, observing them with satisfaction. With a little grated cheese, a tot of cream, a smidgen of onion. . .

“Was that Willie?” asked his wife, coming into the kitchen.

“Three eggs,” he said, pointing. “The laying will, of course, pick up come spring; we won’t be having any more snow; the temperature will probably be in the high sixties today; and his arthritis is improving.”

“My goodness,” she said, “I never get that sort of information from Willie. He’s a perfect chatterbox with you.”


Having read this delightfully fun book series was a great way to heal for me. My fifteen-year-old also enjoyed reading the books recently. She devoured all 13 books in 9 days (we don’t yet own the 14th)! I highly recommend finding the series if you haven’t already or maybe re-reading them again like I did. They are fun, light, and full of Biblical truths that actually run deep. And they, as my daughter would say, are “awesome!”

Reading scripture verses, and journaling has also become quite healing, as well as writing with a pen which heals my motor skills by working my right hand left brain connection.

Setting our thoughts on what is pure, lovely, noble, and true is an active exercise in and of itself to battle off negativity, anger, and other emotions which only stifle our joy and bring sorrow.

It’s amazing because in verse 9 of Phillipians 4, God says it will bring peace. How lovely! Just think, God whispers to us in His word, “think on THESE things.”

Mindfulness is a struggle for me. Fighting off all those negative thoughts that plague my broken brain is a battle. Yet, God is fighting, helping and working alongside to help guard my heart, mind and thoughts. He wants me to think on Him, His blessings, His truth and rest in His endless love.

His beauty is a wonderful thought to set my mind on each and every day.

Much love,

Viv πŸ€—πŸŒΌ


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Author: Vivian

I'm a TBI warrior whose hope and strength comes from God.

44 thoughts on “The Reading Road To Recovery”

    1. Oh no Ryan, yes you were in my spam. 😒
      True, fixing our eyes upon Jesus our only hope and thinking excellent, praiseworthy thoughts are very important. Why is this so hard? Maybe the illness? Sins? But, God’s grace extends to us especially in our weakness. I continue to look unto Him.

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  1. My name is Delores and I am an American living in Sweden. In 2012 I experienced a TBI and have continued to struggle with assorted problems since then. Firstly, I would like to say how encouraging your blog is for me! I have no one to talk to about TBI problems so have signed up for 4 different blogs with TBI injured writers. Your blog is always encouraging to me, and I am grateful that you make the effort to write about your experiences! Secondly, I would like to mention that homeopathy has been a huge help for me with my uneven emotions ever since the accident. I have a Doctor in Oregon (where I am from) and we have worked out different remedies over the years as my brain has changed and improved. I can highly recommend this route to see if it might help your negative thoughts etc.
    Wishing you a day filled with joy from a beautiful summer’s day from our 300 summer house beside the Baltic Sea. Delores

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    1. Good morning Delores! It’s always so nice to hear from my email subscribers!πŸ˜ƒ Thank you so very much for your comment. I’m so happy to hear that my blog brings encouragement to you. I’m sorry about your accident in 2012 and fully understand the lasting effects of TBI and the isolation it brings.

      Thank you for taking the care and time to tell me about your homeopathic treatments. That means so much and I will definitely look into that. My doctor is a naturopath, is that somewhat like homeopathy? I’m not sure but yes, my body is going through changes and based on my age (40) and the age my mom and aunts were for changes, I think I’m premenopausal which makes things a bit rocky. I’m so grateful for your caring comment and oh, the Baltic Sea sounds heavenly!! God bless you always and many hugs to you across the miles!

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  2. 15? I thought #14 was the last. Goodness I have trouble keeping up. We,my mother and I, read Mitford years ago when Victoria introduced us to Jan Karon. Oh how I love her writing. Just plesant reading with little bits of wisdom around every corner. Having lost touch after the first 8 books I recently found out about the others. How could anyone not enjoy these books? Reading them you just feel like you are there and part of the community in NC. So glad you have been part too.

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    1. Lol, goodness I had to do a hand recount and yes, it’s 14. I don’t know why I got so mixed up but thanks, I’ll go edit this now. Oh yes, so much fun. I just loved Uncle Billy and his sometimes funny jokes! I cried buckets when he died! The folks are like friends to me. Much love Beverly!!

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    1. Oh how wonderful dear Wendi! I’m glad you enjoyed them too. I can’t wait to read the last one which I hope to get soon. I can read better on real paper then on the phone but I’m very hard on books so hardback is best. 🀣 Hugs!β€πŸ€—

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  3. Thank you for this post Vivian. Phillipians 4:8 is a verse that I framed for Andrew, but I’ve needed it so much too. I’m working on lightening up my blog and focusing on the lovely things. I, as you are, am struggling to fight off those negative thoughts. The Lord really does fight for us…so much, doesn’t He? I keep saying to Him, I can’t do it without You, Lord. I need your help.

    Thanks for being real on your blog. It’s people just like yourself who the Lord uses to help me out of my ruts, and make me more useful for Him. ❀ I'm thinking about checking out your prayer community. ❀

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    1. I’m so glad you also cherish this verse. My friend gave it to me last weekend as I was struggling so much and I’m so grateful for the reminder. My daughter says she will help me memorize it because of the length so I can, in harder moments, recite it’s truth to my soul and meditate upon it. I can’t do this either dear Tina! It’s terribly difficult and I keep begging God to take the hurt and make it into what He is trying to reveal to me. I want to sit at his feet like Mary and learn but my spirit frets like Martha.
      Oh, thank you for encouraging me by your words. I am very real which I fear leaves me opened to being vulnerable and yet, I pray my openness blesses others, so I’m thrilled it does you!
      I hope you join in! I just started it a week or two back and pray it can be a place people feel free to join in and come to whenever they are hurting.
      Hugs!!β€πŸ€—β€πŸ€— much love!!

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  4. Aww, this is so good and true, Vivi!!!

    On Mon, Jun 17, 2019, 7:59 AM God’s Whispers of Truth wrote:

    > Vivian posted: ” There are times when the body and mind are so weak and > weary we need to soothe our hearts with light easy reads. Nothing heavy, > nothing super intellectual, or challenging. Just simple goodness wrapped up > in a favorite book with a puppy nearby and some l” >

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    1. Good morning beautiful friend! It’s such a gift to wake up and get a loving comment on my blog from my best friend who is the sweetest thing ever!! Love you!!!❀❀❀❀

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  5. What a great idea, Viv! I remember reading one of the Mitford series books (seems like a long time ago). Sometimes I can be too serious and intense and need to lighten up. I am definitely going to the bookstore to get a Jan Karon book. I just happen to have a gift card! Thanks for posting. Blessings, my friend!

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    1. Oh, that’s wonderful Cindy! I hope you do. We just received her latest, which I think came out last year, To Be Where You Are, and I am looking forward to reading it right now! I understand how it is to just rest our minds from the intensity of life and curl up with a good book. Blessings back! β€πŸ€—

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    1. Oh my goodness are you British? My friend Michelle M. is British and I love the accent so much! Yes, cat would be nice but she (poor kitty) stays outside for she gives my hubby terrible asthma.

      Yes, reading on the beach sounds about perfect, the waves, birds, salt air…..I agree!😁

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  6. Oh my gosh Viv! You have up books of my favorite author! I read through all the Mitford series last year via the library. Because I loved them so much, I purchased them all, had my dad make me a book shelf and am going through them again this year. There is no much to learn from Father Tim (and the rest of Mitford crew). I’m so glad to also find another reason to love you some more. Keep sweet, keep focused on Jesus and remember, β€œHe’s got you!”

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    1. Awwww, wow! I’m so glad we have this in common sweetheart!! They are so wonderful aren’t they? I am just now getting to number 14, my daughter read it first and LOVED it. We just got it!!! Thank you precious friend and I love your new photo. Your smile is beautiful and makes my heart happy whenever I see it!! πŸ˜„β€

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      1. Giggles….thanks Viv! May your heart always be happy and filled with joy my love. Oh you will enjoy this book, probably shed a few tears too but that’s okay, every now and again we need to let it go, let it go.

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      2. I look forward to it. I’ll let you know when I’m done how it was but I’m a very slow reader due to my eyes and brain. Yes, shedding tears would really help my numbness! Love you!

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      3. Yes please…no need to rush at all. Take your time and savor. Enjoy all the words on the pages on line at a time. If you want as well, you may be able to get a copy of the audiobook from your library so when you lay down and rest your eyes, someone can read the pages to you to soothe your mind and help to stir the flames of your heart. You are loved very much from this girl over in NJ ❀️

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      4. Anytime beloved. I’m now listening to β€œIts not supposed to be this way” by Lysa Terkeurst courtesy of ta-da, the library.
        β™₯️β™₯οΈπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

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  7. “13 books in 9 days”?! Wow! That’s some real enthusiasm!
    I’m grateful for books (and other resources) which guide our thinking into good, healthy, God-honouring places. πŸ™‚

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    1. We just received the 14th book and I let her read it first. She’s done with that too! Yes, God is good to guide us to wholesome resources that bring our minds peace. God bless you Emma! πŸ€—

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  8. Reblogged this on Thoughts of my good friend, Lindsay, "the prophet and the prayer-warrior" and commented:
    Just been trying to fix mirror on my scoooter (fell over after leaving in mud). must be the “messiest and most disorganized fixer” who ever lived
    Nowe going to walk over to the nurse about my latest “escapade”, but NOTHING ever surpizes her
    Take care Viv
    Oh well, as my friends (including Lindsay),say, least I can put smiles on people’s faces, even if I make a “total idiot” of myself

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    1. Hi Craig! Thanks for the reblog! I hope you get your scooter fixed. My dad used to drive a Harley Davidson and it was loads of fun. Oh no, I hope nurse isn’t too mad. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Blessings Craig and thanks always for the smiles!πŸ˜ƒβ˜ΊπŸ€£

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