Living-4-Today – – Strong Like a Tree

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  (The Bible: Jeremiah 17:8, NIV)

The Thought – As hard as it may seem, especially when fighting battles like COPD and/or severe Asthma, the goal we must strive for is to be solid and strong like a large tree.

When you think about a solid, tall majestic tree in your yard or neighborhood, do you not think of the protection it supplies with shade in the hot of the summer and the number of branches it uses to provide and protect those many squirrels, birds and such from weather and life.

We too need to become like a solid, majestic tree that keeps its roots planted deep and steady to the foundation of earth.  Hold steady in your pursuit to find the solutions needed to help overcome any heavy winds of issues that may try and knock you over or completely down.

We too need to become protectors, using our branches of love, hope, faith and grace to protect those around us in our travels of life, showing them the strength we have in working to overcome and endure the battles we face in our own individual travels with COPD and/or severe asthma.

While being strong can on many days seem like an impossible task – it is our own showing of strength and endurance with our own battles that can shine onto others and give them the hope and faith to overcome theirs.

How do we stay strong and majestic like a tree, giving security to those around us – we do it by spending time with the ‘Great Spirits’ in quiet times of listening and speaking, thanking the ‘Great Spirits’ for all they have given us, while listening in silence to the wisdom and guidance bestowed on us to reach the strength found in the four fundamentals of life and happiness, those being of hope, faith, love and grace.

Step up, be strong and envelope others within your world like a large branch offering protection from the elements of life by being secure with your own life, holding your feet firmly to the ground like the strong roots of an Oak tree and protect those around you with the elements of hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we enter our quiet time of meditation, our time to spend conversing and listening to you, ‘Great Spirits’, we say thank you for all that you surround us with in our daily travels of life – and yes we even thank you for those battles we fight as we know they will make us stronger.  Today we seek continued guidance in the four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace, so that we may be stronger and more enduring for those around us who also may be suffering with us during those battles.  We look forward to those days when we can share, prepare and protect all those within our world, just as you, ‘Great Spirits’ protect us.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Living-4-Today – – Being Content

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”  (Philippians 4:11-12, NIV)

The Thought – Unlike many times in life, those who are diagnosed with and must travel with the companionship of a chronic illness and/or disability, being content can be difficult to find.

While it’s hard to stay content when you must constantly be watching for any triggers that could cause difficulty for your chronic illness and/or disability, the catch-22 is that without some contentment life can, will and could stay very unsettled.

The question may be, where does one find the contentment that is hoped for?  Maybe it comes from being grateful about all that is surrounding your travels, despite the troubles that loom within the days from chronic illness and/or disability.

It will be those days of uneasy contentment that one must take a moment and take stock of those simple things that you do have, such as a place to live, food to eat, people that love and help care for you and the ability to be aware of any of the five senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching.

Those days of uneasiness are the days that you must seek the ‘Great Spirits’ with more praise and gratitude for all that you do have within yourself and within the world that directly surrounds you, before even looking for guidance and wisdom.  Another way of helping become more content with each, and every day, will come when you get a steadier grasp of the four fundamentals of life and happiness found in hope, faith, love and grace.

The key is to remember that contentment can be found in every situation if you are willing to observe all that surrounds you in proportion to what you observe as your chronic illness and/or disability.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we enter our quiet time of meditation with you, ‘Great Spirits’, we say thank you for all that surrounds us in our daily travels.  On these days when contentment is being a difficult commodity to find, we seek your guidance and wisdom learn how to find the ability to unveil contentment in each, and every day, and most importantly on those days when our chronic illness and/or disability seems to have all the control of the moments passing by.  ‘Great Spirits’ we seek your wisdom to gaining the ability to gain a stronger grasp on hope, faith, love and grace – the four fundamentals that make up our ability to find contentment in every moment of our days.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Living-4-Today – – Body Healing

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”  (Proverbs 3:8, NIV)

The Thought – One thing that is true for many with a chronic illness and/or disability, they do not take advantage of their own human body to help in healing, and that seems especially true when it comes to the emotions tied to the chronic illness and/or disability.

Over my many years I have heard many say, “turn to the ‘Great Spirits’ for wisdom and guidance to overcome your despairs.”  And while that may be very truthful, it is also necessary to use our own healing abilities to work as well and until we take the time and find the courage to try them, many of us may never know what healing can be done with just our own mind and body.

I remember hearing or reading about using your body to change your mood, and since my realization of living out my human form of life with a chronic illness, I have also found that there is much truth to that statement.

It is invigorating to come to the realization that when I was feeling the most despair over both my own situation as well as those of close family and friends, my body was not doing its part as well – I was not taking care of the mechanical functioning part of my life.

To many this may sound strange, but it is truth – having been established by both physical scientists as well as psychiatrists and students of the human personality.  They have found that when you get into despair the best thing to do is push the body back into functionality as best you can.

Are you in despair today, then try this – stand up straight, stretch your body, take a deep breath or two, throw your shoulders back, lift your chin up, open your eyes wide and say to yourself aloud “Great Spirits fill me with strength to carry forward into this day and zap me with wisdom of hope, faith, love and the feeling of grace.  Close your eyes and slowly reach toward the sky as best you can while taking another slow, deep breath – hold it for the count of five and slowly return your arms to your side while letting your deep breath out slowly.

Now open the eyes and take another slow, deep cleansing type of breath and tell me – did you feel your mood change, can you feel the tingle of hope and the smile of faith that all will be okay because you are doing your best and with the help of the ‘Great Spirits’ and the healing power of your own body, the four fundamentals of life and happiness, which are hope, faith, love and grace, will come forth within your travels and battles.

The Meditation/Prayer –  Oh ‘Great Spirits’, we can’t help but smile and feel joy when giving you gratitude for all the positives that your surround us with in our travels of this time on earth we call life.  We say thank you for giving us the guidance and wisdom of knowing that much of our healing over despair, hurts and pain can come from within our own mushy, mechanical form called a body.  Just as we use stretching and exercising of our bodies to help battle off pain, hurts and despair – may we stretch our minds to seek and grasp the four fundamentals of life which are hope, faith, love and grace.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Living-4-Today – – Importance of Failure

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “In God’s economy, nothing is wasted.  Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is.”  (As Bill Sees It, page 31)

The Thought – No matter how much we are thankful for what is before us in the travels of today, we must always remember that all our past failures were necessary for us to be where we find ourselves today.

Despite the pain and suffering we may have had through our failures, those failures made us better people in how we handle any situation that may present itself in our travels of today.

It was those failures that many of us found the importance of our times of quiet meditations with the ‘Great Spirits’.

It was those failures that many of us found the value of obedience that we have to our self and to the ‘Great Spirits’ guidance and wisdom, the obedience needed to get through those times of possible despair and pain that we find in our somedays daily battles with our chronic illness and/or disability.

With those experiences of failure. we have learned to find growth in how to properly handle any possible setback or bump in our travels of life.

With those experiences of failure, we have learned to be the utmost grateful for what we do have in all that surrounds in our travels of life.

It was the lessons we should have and did learn from failures, that shape our determination to find, grasp and hold on to the four fundamentals of life and happiness – those being hope, faith, love and grace.

Can you look back and see the importance in the failures you may have had, and the lessons learned and earned from those failures?  Can you see the importance and value of failure has in our life in order to find our successes in life?

The Meditation/Prayer – As we come into our quiet time of meditation/prayer with you, the ‘Great Spirits’, we give thanks for not only all the wonders that surround us in our current travels of life, but also for those failures that you helped us pull through and find lessons learned within them.  ‘Great Spirits’ we continue to seek your guidance and wisdom so that any other failures or bumps we find in our travels ahead, that they may continue to be lessons learned as we seek to find, understand and grasp the four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Living-4-Today – – Importance of Sharing

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”  (2 Corinthians 1:7, NIV)

The Thought – Many times when we are traveling along the road of chronic illness, we find ourselves just wanting to be alone, whether it be during a travel of suffering or a travel of good times, we just feel like being along to ourselves.

Yes, there are many moments in which that is a good thing.  But we must also recognize the importance of sharing both the good times and those times of suffering or frustration, because without sharing those who surround us in our travels of life will not understand just what the chronic illness is doing to ourselves and the life we work hard at living.

When we get face-to-face with the ‘Great Spirits’ we find sharing is an important tool to helping find and keep the four fundamentals of life and happiness within our grasp of everyday living – those being hope, faith, love and grace.  Without sharing several of those four fundamentals can and will be difficult to keep a hold of.

And if asked, yes – sharing can and will open yourself up to pain and ridicule from and by those who still do not or will not work on understanding your chronic illness and all that it entails.  But without sharing we also do not allow those same folks to have the opportunity to either understand and work with you as you travel the road of life that has the companionship of chronic illness.

So even in those days that our mind and even our heart may be saying, ‘I want to be alone’, we must remember that many times those days are the most important ones to share with others as those are the days which the ‘Great Spirits’ may open up the avenue of compassion from others to fully understand what we deal with in our travels with the companionship of chronic illness.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we look to you, the ‘Great Spirits’, for guidance and wisdom – may we always remember to first give thanks for all that surrounds us in our travels of life and that is thanks for not just the good and wonderful, but also for the bad and painful, for we learn from them all.  ‘Great Spirits’ we seek guidance and wisdom to always be willing to share our travels with others, with the hopes that by sharing they may better understand our travel companion we call chronic illness.  We also continue to seek and understand the values of the four fundamentals of life and happiness – those being hope, faith, love and grace, with the realization of just what each bring to our life and travels.  So we step forward into our day with continued thanks and appreciation for your guidance, wisdom and understanding.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Living-4-Today – – Unhindered Time

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.” – Dalai Lama

The Thought – One thing we all realize, especially as we begin to fly through those later years, is that time does not stop for anyone or anything.  Time just seems to always be in a mode of cruise and keeps rolling forward unhindered no matter what I do or don’t do.

As with many of us that are fighting a chronic illness, we have had times where we would look back and make the effort to dissect those things that we determined as being mistakes in choices along our path of life and in some of those instances have even tried to turn the clock back and change the outcome.  Guess what – it doesn’t work that way.

Time marches on unhindered, unwilling to give us those chances to fix the wrongs, change the mistakes or undo the harm or outcome of bad choices, and this is especially true with health issues because when you get to that point where your health becomes a chronic problem there is no turning back the clock of time.

The best we can do is realize what those past mistakes make great learning lessons and those lessons should be used to make our present-day situations more livable.

Those who spend time each day with the ‘Great Spirits’ in quiet meditation and/or prayer, most likely have that unique relationship with the ‘Great Spirits’ that give us the opportunity to unload our past mistakes, sometimes many times over, while looking for the guidance to make better use of our today.

When we realize that time moves forward unhindered from anything we may do, we learn to work with our time to make the best of what is available and with that perception we can then work at the four fundamentals of life and happiness – finding hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we step into silent time of meditation and/or prayer, we call upon the ‘Great Spirits’ with much gratitude for all that surrounds us in our current moments of walks in life itself and say thank you for being so forgiving in all our mistakes made in the walk up to this moment in time.  We ask the ‘Great Spirits’ to give us the guidance and wisdom to make the four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace – the focus of our battles not only with our chronic illness, but also the battle we face of time moving forward so fast and so unhindered.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Living-4-Today – – Perception

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “If only you would be altogether silent.  For you, that would-be wisdom.”  (Job 13:5, NIV)

The Thought – When people begin a relationship they should reflect together in silence on the wisdom that Herb Vander Lugt once wrote, “Deep relationships are built on acceptance, understanding, and listening.”

One of the biggest problems in relationships, especially those where you are blending two families together is acceptance of what all is already present, understanding what all is already present and listening to what all is already present.

Several years ago, a couple I know married, the second marriage for both, a marriage that combined two families and four kids, two each for each spouse.  From there a couple of things would happen, either both the kids are all accepted by the families of both spouses or they are not – and a lot of that acceptance may come down to perception.

One of the ‘Great Spirits’ greatest gifts is that of grandchildren and the love bonds that develop between them and the grandparents they are given at birth.  Most folks that are or have been grandparents of little ones know the absolute joy that comes from building that bond of security and love between them and sometimes the perception of that bond can and will be misperceived.

Without knowing it, a child feels the work of hope, faith, love and grace that comes from the ‘Great Spirits’ and a relationship with a grandparent, many times to the point where the grandchild will express that appreciation before the grandparent has a chance to convey it and the parents have a chance to understand it.

The signs of this relationship between grandchild and grandparent can sometimes be misperceived as favoritism, especially to those bringing new grandkids into a blended family environment.

Another sign of misperception can come when someone in the either family becomes ill and needs special acceptance for such an illness, especially when the illness is like COPD and/or Asthma and the signs of it sometimes are very unpredictable.  Can the blended family both accept the illness and the necessary time one of them may need to devout in helping the family member with such an illness, or will they misperceive that need as favoring one family over the other.

When it comes to additional grandkids thrown into the fray of grandparenting, I know most grandparents open the new additions to the flock with very open, loving arms, while leaning on the ‘Great Spirits’ to continue giving them guidance and wisdom on how to heal any hurts the new grandkids may have coming into new, sometimes confusing blended family experience.

This is those times when both the parents of the blended family and the grandparents working at blending equally all grandkids, need to rely on sitting in silence with the ‘Great Spirits’ and finding the guidance and wisdom of understanding how quickly perception and misperception can unglue the four fundamentals of blended family happiness – those of hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation/Prayer –  As we take a moment to rest in meditation, we look toward the ‘Great Spirits’ with much gratitude for all that surrounds us in the walk we call life.  We also ask the ‘Great Spirits’ for continued wisdom and guidance to breaking down the walls of misperception that can tear apart families that find love but struggle with blending their families together despite that love.  May our times of silence with the ‘Great Spirits’ give us time to strengthen our work within the four fundamentals of life and happiness – as hope, faith, love and grace all will be needed to overcome that great barrier of misperception.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)