Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Word for 2015

The current trend among bloggers is to choose just one word for the year that reflects your goals, your dreams, your passions, your hopes for the coming year.  You can read about my one Word for 2014 here.

As I've pondered long over my word for 2015, I've tried on many good words, and tossed them aside, as one might do when choosing just the right outfit for a special occasion. 

My mind has been whirling with my goals and dreams for the coming year.  It is so easy to become consumed with all the things that we want to accomplish and with everything that we want to change, to do, to become. . .   

None of this is bad. Having goals and dreams, striving to become a better person, hoping for a more productive life, a closer walk with the Lord, or working for improved health -- all of this is good.  Yet, God pulled back the curtains and revealed to me that it was all about ME. I was focused on what I wanted to do in the coming year and what I wanted to accomplish.

God's primary goal for us this year and every year is that we love Him and love others!

Matthew 22:
37 Jesus said unto him, “‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’
40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Loving and serving others is a crucial part of why we are here, and should be woven into our goals for each day and year that we continue to live on this earth.

As I pondered and prayed and reflected, God has given me my Word for 2015 . . . . 

Why hope?!?

I don't know exactly -- it's not the word I was expecting -- but it is the word that He kept putting before me. 

When I take my eyes off myself, I see so many people around me living lives of drudgery and despair.  Many are in bondage to sin with eyes blinded to the truth.  Living in darkness, they are without hope. 

I have Hope!!  I know where Hope can be found!!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7)

Not only do I have hope, but I've been commanded to be ready to share that hope with others!

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.  (1 Peter 3:15)

Not only am I blessed to have en eternal hope because of my relationship with Jesus, I'm also assured that He will never leave me or forsake me as I journey through this life! I have the hope of an abundant life on this earth as I learn to live in His Presence and Peace!

I've also been blessed to discover an amazing company that provides products that are giving real hope to people physically and emotionally!! I am privileged to read amazing, life-changing testimonies every single day!  Consider this testimony from a lady whose life was radically changed:

In May of 2013 I decided my life was spinning out of control. I was working full-time as an STNA and going to Nursing school, as well as had my own family and husband I  loved and enjoyed. I was HIGHLY MEDICATED and I decided the only thing I could control was my weight . . . so I worked my butt off and lost 20 pounds.  I did this by not eating after 4:00, although I worked until 11:00. I exercised and barely ate. It was horrible. 

I was still suffering from all the problems of my PTSD, anxiety, depression, acid reflux, genetically high cholesterol, hot flashes from a hysterectomy, IBS, restless leg syndrome, brain fog, fatigue and the WORST was my INSOMNIA.  I was diagnosed in 8th grade with insomnia. 

In January of 2014, my doctor told me I  might not wake up because of the lethal cocktail I was taking to sleep, which was killing people in Hollywood.  What was I to do?  He had to get me to sleep??  So, I PRAYED!!!

A friend from high school stepped outside of her comfort zone and asked me if I'd spend 1/2 hour with her learning about her products that seemed to help her feel better. What did I have to lose????

I met with her and agreed to try no less than 3 months because 3 months was the least amount of time I would expect to see any results.

After the first day I felt great -- figured it was all in my head. After day 3, I ran to my friend and told her I had to sell the stuff because I felt like a million dollars!!

As of today . . . I am OFF ALL OF MY MEDICATIONS (7 prescriptions and 5 supplements). I'm sleeping through the night and I've LOST an additional 33 pounds!  I have kept off the initial 20 pounds and want to cry every time I think of how amazing it was that a friend from high school approached me!  She saved my life! I don't know if it was Plexus; it could have been Luck, but I will never go back to the life I once had and I will be a Plexus lover for Life!!  Between my friend and GOD, I'm new again!!

I know it sounds too good to be true . . . but there are so many testimonies of similar experiences!!  Consider this amazing testimony from my friend, Jen:

I have struggled with health issues for most of my life, including chronic ear infections, allergies, eczema and more. For the past eight years I have been struggling with severe, often debilitating, adrenal fatigue. Four of those years, including this one, have been spent partly bedridden.

With 8 young children growing up before my eyes this has been such a heartache to me and a great burden on our whole family. The Lord has been so faithful though. We know that all things come through His hands and that He works all things together for our good and that is a comfort we continue to cling to. We also believe that healing comes through Him and that He is the Great Physician. I have been praying desperately for this and for the first time I have real hope that He is answering with a “Yes” and it is time for me to get well.

A little over a year ago I first heard about a “pink drink” that was helping people with a myriad of health issues. I looked at it briefly, but being a little skeptical I did not pursue it any further.

This year, my health plummeted again to the point of being near adrenal failure and mostly bedridden since March. I had days where I was so low I could barely talk, sit up or even open my eyes. I had many days where I was only able to be up for 10 or fifteen minutes at a time, and that was usually shuffling around the house, not even standing upright. The slightest exertion was a huge effort.

In April, we lost the little baby we were expecting. Being so sick, I did not quite know how to even begin to get well. Special diets were not a doable option when I could not even get out of bed to prepare normal meals. I was not strong enough for the hour drive to the nearest doctor and my brain was so foggy and fatigued I didn’t even know how I should figure out which supplements, or combinations thereof, I should be taking.

I had a new determination though, that I had to make getting well a top priority no matter how hard it was. I began to funnel my grief over losing our baby into prayerfully researching some different options. As I began to research, I remembered that Plexus “pink drink” I had read about  last year and decided to give it another look.
I thought it sounded interesting  and the ingredients looked surprisingly natural, so I googled “Plexus Slim and adrenal fatigue”. I found some wonderfully encouraging blog posts from normal sounding, Christian, homeschool mothers and I began to exchange my skepticism for a glimmer of hope.
I decided to give it a try and will be forever grateful that the Lord led me to do so! In the the past 4 1/2 months that we have been using Plexus products my health is continuing to slowly, steadily improve. I am no longer bedridden and I am gaining strength, stamina and energy. My brain fog is clearing away, as well as the depression that I couldn’t shake, and my awful insomnia is improving.
Plexus is not just a quick fix. It is a healing process. Slim addresses blood sugar regulation, which in turn sets off a snowball effect of health benefits. I have had relapses, some days better and some worse, but I am making continual progress. Having been sick for so long, I know I have a long way to go, but I am so thrilled to feel like I am finally on my way.
Living with adrenal fatigue, especially when it is severe, is very much like living with the spark of life removed. I felt like I was dying a long, slow death – not only my body, but ME inside. It has been called by a doctor who is an expert in adrenal issues the state of “the living dead”. That truly sums it up.
I have read many Plexus testimonials where people state that “Plexus gave me my life back”. It delights me now to be able to say the same. It truly is giving me my life back! I feel like “Me” again. As a result, it is giving my husband and children new life as well.
(Speaking of my husband, Plexus has been a huge answer to prayer for him as well for his years of terrible migraines!)
I am so thankful to the Lord for providing me with such a direct answer to prayer; and something simple enough for my foggy brain and sick body to be able to even handle to get started on the road to healing.
If you have health issues and are looking for help, please contact me! My heart so goes out to others, especially mothers, who are dealing with chronic illness and I want to share with you what has been the Lord’s answer to my exhausted, desperate prayer. There is hope.

It is real life stories like these that are motivating me to step outside of my own comfort zone, and to share the amazing Plexus products with those who have lost all hope of ever being well again!  When I know that these products have given hope to so many others with chronic illnesses, it seems selfish not to share!  Once again, I know where hope can be found!!

If you are living a life without hope -- physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially -- please message me!  I have hope and I'd love to help you find HOPE as well!!!  That is my goal for 2015!!!

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