Monday, June 26, 2017

The End of a Chapter in my Life

I have been thinking about this for a while and praying about it a lot. I am quitting the blog. I am so sad about it but feel peace about this decision. God is calling me deeper into Him. I recently gave up Facebook as well. I will be closing that account in a few weeks (I have a couple of events planned through it and have to keep it open for those).

Through the years of blogging, I have enjoyed a lot of what I do. I get to share our lives with you. I get to review amazing books and products. I have met some incredible people through this as well. My homeschooling journey has been written down for you to see. My struggles with chronic pain and the aftermath is here too.

But, it is time to move on to other things. My boys are getting older. My blog has become more of an obligation than something enjoyable. I have reaped many benefits from blogging but life must go on. I want to spend more time away from my computer and the things I "have" to do on it. There is so much life to live and I want to live it to the fullest.

God has led me to these Bible verses in the past few months since my surgery (I will tell more about that later):

"...aspire to lead a quiet life,
to mind your own business,
and to work with your own hands..."
(1 Thessalonians 4:11)
"...that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness
and reverence, for this is good
and acceptable in the sight
of God our Savior..."
(1 Timothy 2:2-3)
"Do not let your adornment
be merely outward--arranging
the hair, wearing gold, or putting
on fine apparel--rather let it
be the hidden person of the heart,
with the incorruptible beauty of
a gentle and quiet spirit, which
is very precious in the sight
of God."
(1 Peter 3:3-4)
Notice in those verses that God calls us to lead quiet and peaceful lives. He doesn't want us so busy that we can't be with Him. He doesn't want us to put things before Him. The first commandment is "Have no other gods before Me." A "god" can be anything from money, success, beauty, fame, family, or anything at all. Even a blog.
I will be focusing on leading a gentle and quiet life that is pleasing to the Lord. I am not going to be blogging anymore. Perhaps the Lord will lead me back down this path in the far future. But, for now, I am closing this blog and will no longer be writing on it. I do want to share with you about my surgery though. I know lots of you have been wondering how it went.
I had a transaxillary first rib resection, scalenectomy, and brachial plexus neurolysis on April 10th. Basically, I had my first rib removed on my right side through my armpit. They also took out my anterior scalene muscle in my neck as well as scraped out all the scar tissue. I have thoracic outlet syndrome due to many car accidents over the years. Scar tissue from whiplash attached itself to my first rib causing my brachial plexus (a nerve bundle in my neck/shoulder area) to be compressed. When nerves are compressed it causes chronic pain.
The pain I have is in my right arm (HORRIBLE PAIN), shoulder, shoulder blade (traps and scapulas), and my neck. I had migraines for several years because of it. The only solution was to have the surgery I said above. I went to Johns Hopkins and it was a great surgery. Yes, it was a very painful surgery but it is over with and I am doing well.
The pain has been cut down about 25% and gets better each day. I have a LONG way to go because nerve take a very long time to heal from being compressed for so many years. I am off of ALL medication. Hallelujah! God has been so good to me. I am still healing and can't use my arm to do much but I am better than before.
Here are a few pictures from the years of blogging. I hope you have enjoyed my blog. I have enjoyed writing and sharing. I am sorry that this is ending but God has much more in store for me.
And one last one taken a few weeks ago...
Boy have we grown as a family since 2011 when I started this blog. I pray this blog has blessed you in some way. I pray that God leads you in His ways. Will you also pray for me as I still have some medical issues that need to be addressed? I truly will miss this so much. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this little corner of the universe. 

1 comment:

SM Simplifier said...

You are doing what is best for you and your family. God Bless all of you