For several years, I have felt like I have given myself an emotional brain injury, by constantly trying to answer questions regarding my infirmities to people, begging them to understand, offering blog posts to read, and health articles, and striving to gain acceptance in a very unaccepting world. At times it’s figuratively felt like beating my head against a brick wall of judgement, ignorance and unsupport. Hence, I have felt defeated and almost like giving up because my rare case has left me in a constant state of being on the defense and exhausted.

So, last week after my Good Eyes, Bad Brain post, a dear blogging friend Renee said three of the most powerfully supportive words I had been hoping to hear.

She said, ” We all understand”

Renee used her insights specifically to encourage my heart by saying that my loving blogging family all understand and I don’t need to worry about keeping up if having a tough time of it. I felt sincerely understood and isn’t that what we all hope to gain? There is such comfort and peace when the body of Christ says that they understand. It’s a genuinely priceless gift!!

If you are not following her awesome Blog, “Heart Tokens”, I strongly encourage you to do so immediately! She has a very unique perception on life and people and uses her wisdom while she writes beautiful posts from the heart.

What a wonderful encouragement three little words brought to my heart!! They were actually three very big words and dearest Renee, I am so blessed and thankful for you. God used YOU to encourage me last week and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful, thoughtful, heart tokens!!

Has someone’s words comforted or encouraged you lately? A fellow blogger? A family member or friend? I’d love to hear about it.

Much love,

Viv 💚

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A Grateful Heart

Lately, I’ve been struck by the realization of how ungrateful my wayward heart has been. Seeing the glass half empty, or even worse, seeing no glass at all! Not taking thought of or appreciating what’s been given to me by my loving Heavenly Father, instead dwelling, and fuming about what I lack.

Some ladies from church blessed me and my daughters with piles of clothes that were much needed since I can’t shop outside the home easily anymore.

I wasn’t grateful. Instead, I was overwhelmed by so many clothes I didn’t have room for. I was exhausted digging around in six trashbags full of clothes, sorting and trying them on. I had been trapped in an ungrateful mindset and it was displeasing to God!!

I realised I was acting like a spoiled child that wouldn’t be content or happy unless it received what it wanted, when it wanted it.

It struck me; God sent those clothes, it was through those dear ladies but really an extension of His giving hand and I wasn’t thankful. I found myself rationalizing that since I’m unwell, I can complain about being overwhelmed by those clothes and put on that nasty old victim mentality; No one understands, no one gets it, blah blah blah. It’s so easy when you feel poorly for so long to become trapped in wrong thinking.

Yet, our Faithful God opened my eyes to see all the blessings around me: a warm house, four lovely children, a hard working husband, loads of pets, food on the table, and yes, tons of clothes.

I am grateful.

I’m grateful for all the blessings God gives but even more for Him waking me up to see just how thankless I’ve been. I’m grateful for Him and for giving me salvation through Jesus which is the greatest gift ever!

Being thankful is worship. Having a thankful heart is an act of praising God.

Psalm 50:14 “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High”

God delights in His children when we are grateful for the big and little things. The sunshine, the sound of the winds, the smiles of loved ones, cans of tuna for lunch, and any delight we take in daily. Tokens of His love, and showers of His grace.

Today, I’m seeing the glass completely full because I know I have the only thing I really need and that is Jesus.

What are you grateful for today? I’d love to hear from you!

Much love,

Viv 💚