I am so excited for this coming weekend. I am headed out on a road trip with my travel buddy. We try to make a road trip once or twice a year. We are long overdue! We are going to catch Joyce Meyers while out and about. I cannot wait!!!! We are also working on our trip later this year to Kentucky to visit the Ark and the Creation Museum. I am very excited about this. We had planned on going last year, but it did not work out. She makes all the travel arrangements. I just show up and pay. You cannot beat it!
Update on my journey to better health: If you remember correctly, I ashamedly shared with you the other day how I could only dance for 12.30 minutes. I was so embarrassed to share this with you, but if I truly desire to be an encouragement to others, then I have to be transparent. It is so hard to share our failures with others. We always want the world to perceive us as strong and independent, but no one can always be those things. Yes, I love being able to do for myself but I have come to realize I am only good and able when I rely on His strength and not my own. My strength will carry me for awhile ... long enough to deceive me at times into thinking I can do this alone ... only to burn out and leave me high and dry. When I focus on Him daily, I can endure though the journey is not always easy.
So, with His strength, I came back on my second day to dance again. I set a goal of doing what I had done the night before or to improve. Get this!!!! I improved! YAY! I actually went 14 minutes. I was so happy. I realize to some of you reading this it is probably so overrated on my end. You must be saying to yourself, "Is this lady for real?" My answer would be a simple, "Yes!" It is taking everything in me to begin now ... at my age and with my disabilities ... to try to be healthy once again. Fourteen minutes of continual dancing is a lot for me. I have every reason to shout out with glee. This is a big accomplishment for me right now. I know to many it would be the same. It is to them I am speaking, and it is for them I am sharing. As for the rest of you, cherish your good health ... keep taking care of it as though it were a prized jewel, because, believe me, it is!! I am very proud of you for being wise enough and smart enough to not allow yourself to be where I am. Watch out though because I am coming for you ... LOL!!!!! I may have to run twice as hard, cry many tears, push through many bouts of depression and discouragement, but I am coming!!!!
Last night I did not dance at all. I went outside and cut grass with a push mower. I thought that was exercise enough. Believe me, I was sweating and I knew I had worked out when I was done.
Today I ask you to keep me in prayer as Thursday is my day of fasting. I struggle with this also because going without food is not what I want to do. Food is a big challenge for me. Eating right and changing my eating habits is a daily battle. I win on most days, but then I fall down. When able, I simply wipe the dirt off and get back up. I refocus and move ahead, bruised but not beaten. Remember, and I have shared this many times, we are only failures when we stop trying.
My son's dad lost his sister unexpectedly this past week. I can remember her from the days when him and I were together. I have many happy memories and some not so happy, but she was a very caring individual. Her and my son's dad were not really close then, but over the last few years they had grown pretty close. He has been there for her through health struggles. I know he will feel the void of her absence. Please keep this whole family in prayer.
Ok, I have to sign off. I do not want to be late for work. I am so enjoying my new job. The people are great. The work is challenging, but this is good. It keeps my mind young and active. I enjoy the drive as it is very peaceful and scenic. Quite the change from what I was accustomed to in past years.
Have a great day,
Blessings to you all!
Janet Molton Nicholson