A Great New Read ðŸ“š

My dear friend Kim has recently published her second book called Learning to be Content now available on Amazon!!

Those of us with chronic illness are no strangers to intense suffering on a regular basis. Kim writes out of her own painful experiences using scripture filled truth from how believers can gain contentment while in the depths of suffering. Her book offers so much comfort and hope that I look forward to re-reading it again!

Here’s a glimpse of truth from her book:

The faith that trusts in Jesus’ sacrificial death as payment for sins is the same faith that humbly looks to God in all circumstances.

Kim’s book has amazing interactive questions following each chapter which would be perfect for small groups or Bible studies for everyone!

Each chapter will bring blessing to your life and help you draw closer to the Lord as you grow in godly contentment in Him.

Here is the link to purchase her book!

In case you missed it, here’s her first book!

May God bless you as you gain deep comfort from this wonderful book!

Much love,

Viv 🤗


Baby Steps

Hello my beautiful blogging family. I pray you are all well and safe. 🤗😷

I’m continuing to slowly heal. The pace of healing is not anywhere near what I would like it to be, however I am seeing positive signs and focusing on them instead.

I guess it’s the walking that’s gotten me down both literally and emotionally. My legs feel very sluggish and they hurt. They don’t want to move much or else my whole body trembles. It’s going to take TIME as my Dr. informs me which is the challenge.

In God’s good timing, I’m just going to have to take baby steps and allow my nervous system to rejuvinate and heal slowly.

I’m praying for patience. This road is very windy with lots of bumps and potholes and yet with our God all things are possible.

He is near. He is good and He is in control.

Much love,

Viv 🤗

~And Jesus answered and said unto them, have faith in God. Mark 11:22

Wearing the mask my daughter sewed for me when I go to my appointments.

Pray for me

Due to loud logging trucks slamming me with noise 5 weeks my CNS has taken a beating. I’m barely able to walk and very weak so I can hardly do a thing. My blood sugar has gotten touchy and sleep isn’t great.

I NEED PRAYER PLEASE!!

Much love,

Viv

God Bless You This Christmas

Allergy proof tree!🤣

Our Christmas branch holds so much meaning for me this year.

Isaiah 11:1

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Oliver’s Lego Santa

My gorgeous mountains

In case y’all forgot what I look like!😅

Finally finished the kids’ crocheted Garfield characters….whew!

Christmas kisses from Moo Moo. ❤

Love and miss you all!! ❤🎅🎄🎁

Much love,

Viv ❤🤗

Out Of Order

Dear friends,

Unfortunately, due to severe neurological issues, I will not be able to post on my blog for some time. The more I am on any type of screen, whether phone, tablet, or computer, the harder it is for my eyes and brain to cope. I need to allow adequate time for them to heal. I hope to be back to blogging once I’m feeling significantly better, but I don’t know when that will be. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love,

Viv 💚🙏

A Birthday Tribute to My Mama

I had planned on writing a Mother’s Day post prior to my one month sabbatical this past spring and am now getting to it as we near my mama’s birthday here in November. Better late than never!

My mama is my very best friend and closest sister in Christ. Every Sunday morning she phones at precisely 10:30 a.m. for our weekly visit and chat. I can’t begin to relate how much her love means to me, but I humbly will attempt to as I blunder my way through this seemingly inadequate post.

“Mama”, as I call her, was the oldest of four girls with a single mom who reared them up in the age when being a single mom was shunned and frowned upon.

When my mama was a little over one year old she suffered a high fever that left her with a rare case of cerebral palsy. So, my grandmother had four small girls to bring up by herself with a handicap to try to figure out and understand which road of proper care was best.

Doctors assured my grandmother they knew what was best and convinced her to put my mama in an institution. (In those days, group homes and in-home care didn’t exist.)

While at the institution my mama was put into a padded room with no books or toys and left alone in seclusion. When grandma discovered this tragedy she wanted to pull Mama out of that dreadful facility but it wasn’t so easy to be done. Amazingly she ended up kidnapping my mama out of that horrible place and never looked back!! How she did this, I don’t know, but I do know she had help orchestrating and carrying out this desperate plan of getting back her precious little girl.

My mama (left) and her sister in the mid-1950s.

My mama was a few years old by now and had to relearn talking since the months of seclusion ripped away her ability to verbally communicate. She did very well and went on to becoming a well educated student and staple in her family of five. Her mom and sisters loved their “Mel” and she enjoyed a happy adolescence and many fun memories growing up.

Fast forward to her college years where at San Francisco State University she met my dad, the handsome, funny, Hispanic guy who won her heart and led her to Christ. In the late 60s they married and in the 70s had my brother, a rainbow baby, which is a baby after a miscarriage. Four years after suffering another miscarriage, they had me, another rainbow baby.

Mama at the Philadelphia zoo, feeding the animals.

Mama told me I was always a fighter since 4 months into her pregnancy with me she started bleeding. Her doctor told her, “If you want to keep this pregnancy then you need to rest!” So rest she did! “You hung in there” she later told me…..lol, I still am!

Mama would stay on the sofa all day and then fix dinner for my dad when he got home. How she managed with a four year old boy is beyond me but I see God’s hand in every part of her life as I still do now.

Mama is a trooper and a fighter and one tough cookie!! She is such a powerful example of what it means to persevere in trials. She never complains and is always more interested in others’ lives than she is in going on about herself. She lives in a lot of pain due to over 70 years of cerebral palsy and presently is battling adrenal fatigue otherwise known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Yet, she continues to minister to me and other ladies while enduring these crosses and faithfully speaks the truth in love from God’s word.

Nine years ago. My parents with me holding my youngest.

For years my mama led the women’s bible study at her church and was a prayer partner to the pastor’s wife. She knows how to pray and I believe it’s her prayers that have kept me alive to this day. Her example of godliness has had a powerful impact on everyone she meets and she is loved by many.

I’m so thankful and blessed to have you in my life dear Mama and I love you beyond what these feeble words can express. Happy birthday to you and thank you for your love and for being the amazing woman and mother that you are!

Much love,

Your Vivie😚🤗🍁🍂

The gang taken in 2018. Mama is in front with her two sisters behind her, then me and my four kids.

Answers

For years I went with an undiagnosed brain injury that almost ended my life in 2016/2017. The months following my close shave left my brain unable to understand or process the changes taking place in my body. My brain couldn’t even form relevant questions to ask my doctor that a uninjured person would find easy to articulate. Over the last two years, I’ve done a lot of research and studying of the human brain and nervous system. My determination for answers regarding why my body nearly shut down was and is the driving force behind all my extensive studying.

My prayers have been that God leads me to someone else who has also experienced near death due to nervous system collapse.

Yesterday my mama related to me having met a young lady in a wheelchair while she was at her chiropractic appointment who told Mama of her health journey. This lady mentioned having five kids, and a central nervous system issue/disease (I’m not clear on that) that almost shut her down because she had entered into the dreaded unhealthy parasympathetic state. I have never met anyone who had gone through the same horrific trial and couldn’t believe my ears! In 2017, after an extensive hair analysis test, results came back stating my nervous system was indeed in the parasympathetic state known as the “rest and digest” state of the body. This state can be good but in extreme cases the unhealthy parasympathetic state is dangerous which indeed I was in. The two branches of our autonomic nervous system, sympathetic and parasympathetic, work together to keep us alive. My sympathetic was pretty much gone and my body was struggling hard to stay alive in the parasympathetic state.

This lady was probably more far gone than I was because she had lost the ability to swallow. But here is the good news: she started going to the same specialist as I am and now she too is recovering!!

This news is so hopeful and encouraging to me as I’ve not encountered anyone who nearly kicked the bucket from nervous system collapse. Or who has gone through these cranial adjustments either which is not very well known of.

I want to meet her. I’m thinking of leaving a note for my doctor to give her so she can contact me. I know with doctor/patient confidentiality it may not work but I hope so. God may indeed use this lady to give me some much needed answers!

Much love,

Viv