Daily Devotions – July 27, 2016 by Teresa Smeigh


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He Died on the Cross For Us

By Teresa Smeigh

Clean Heart!

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Psalm 51:10 NLT

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

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Do not ignore God, rather humble yourself before Him and confess your transgressions and ask for forgiveness.

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Dear Father,

Thank you for forgiving me as I humble myself before You.

Amen

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! I Corinthians 6:23

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Daily Devotions – July 26, 2016 by Teresa Smeigh


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He Died on the Cross For Us

By Teresa Smeigh

Patience!

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Luke 8:15 NKIV

Those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

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Do not rush to a decision. God will guide you when the time is right and all pieces fit together. Have patience.

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Dear Father,

Help  me to have patience and wait for your guidance.

Amen

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! I Corinthians 6:23

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

New Anti-depressant…old, but new


Today my psych nurse decided that I should try Wellbutrin again. The last time I tried it was in the 90’s and they didn’t use mood stabilizers to keep bipolar patients from going into mania.

I agreed to try it again since I am on a mood stabilizer now. Been on the same one for 3 1/2 years though she did just increased it a few weeks ago due to my losing touch with reality.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Daily Devotions – July 25, 2016 by Teresa Smeigh


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He Died on the Cross For Us

By Teresa Smeigh

Filled with Faith!

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Hebrews 12:1-2

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.

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You can always place your trust in Jesus. You can trust him to guide your steps.

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Dear Father,

I am confident you will lead me in the best way possible.

Amen

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! I Corinthians 6:23

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Eating Healthy with Fibromyalgia


Many people don’t realized just how hard eating healthy can be for someone with Fibromyalgia. I can’t just go grocery shopping and shop the whole store. I can only handle a quick trip which means it is harder to keep fresh, healthy food available without making multiple trips to the grocery store. Too much shopping can cause a flare.

Those of us with Fibromyalgia tend to rely heavily on convenience foods and frozen meals to make food preparation easier to handle. We don’t have the stamina for long grocery trips or cooking large meals and then cleaning up. Fast food becomes more frequent.

Of course our diets may enter into the reason why we have such bad flare-ups. There are some foods that are definitely not recommended for people with Fibromyalgia. Sugar is one of the major ones and if you have a gluten allergy, you have to watch the foods that contain gluten which is in a lot of convenience foods. Foods that we tend to eat a lot of due to the convenience and not wanting to up our pain by over-exerting ourselves.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Daily Devotions – July 24, 2016 by Teresa Smeigh


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He Died on the Cross For Us

By Teresa Smeigh

Thirsting for God!

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Psalm 42:2

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

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The Father, at times, allows you to face time without him so that you will do what you have to draw him back in. He creates a thirst in you. A thirst you must quench.

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Dear Father,

Quench my thirst for you. Help me experience your love and guidance.

Amen

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! I Corinthians 6:23

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Fibromyalgia and weight loss


Many of us with Fibromyalgia have a problem with weight loss as well. They don’t know if Fibromyalgia (and sedentary behavior) is caused by weight gain or if the weight problem is caused by Fibromyalgia.

Now for me I have been overweight most of my adult life after I had children. I didn’t exercise when I was younger. I was against it. I admit to laziness and disinterest even as a young adult. My arthritis started kicking in while I was in my mid-twenties. It got worse at a fast rate and so I have suffered from chronic pain since my late twenties starting with arthritis and degenerative disk disease. My spine is now close to halfway full of herniated discs or maybe worse by now.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2010 when a major flare was caused mainly by tension and stress of a job I couldn’t handle mentally. The pain in my body flared up. I had a pinched nerve or actually several. I went out on short term disability that eventually turned into SSDI permanent disability. The symptoms had been there all along it took that major flare to bring it into a diagnosis.

With Fibromyalgia we have to worry about over-extending ourselves and causing a major flare up to start. Fibromyalgia flare-ups come and go as things in life affect us. I do not have major pain everyday. Most days, but not every day. However it is easy to over-do and have to live through a severe flare.

Most of us can’t exercise without over doing it and the fact we’re sedentary doesn’t help our condition, but the pain causes the need to be sedentary to avoid as much pain as possible, a vicious circle.

I am currently in a bad flare. Thankfully the long walk through the outlet stores the other day didn’t put me down fully. I did have to stop and sit quite often though. I am in severe pain, but trying to at least get up out of bed for part of the day.

My chiropractor wants me to walk 5 minutes a day. Seems simple enough, but for someone with Fibromyalgia it’s not that simple. Granted I have other disorders going on as well and that affects the pain level and my ability to walk and climb steps. Curbs are difficult and I easily fall on them as I lose my balance due to my knees being in pain and locking up.

I don’t have access to a warm pool, but warm water exercising is another suggestion they have for exercise with Fibromyalgia.

Watching your diet is one way to try and lose weight, but usually has to be accompanied by exercise to work. My weight goes up and down. I don’t want to push through the pain to exercise. I haven’t found it beneficial, though it might help some.

I have been told that I have given up on life and am no longer a fighter. Well I might have given up at this point. It comes and goes with my moods from the bipolar, but I am a fighter or I wouldn’t have gotten this far in life with what I have been through.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com