Friday, June 29, 2012

Scripture & A Snapshot

© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.

I only had a blood test this year.  I figured my body was tested thoroughly last year.  It turned out that my blood was positive for an auto-immunity disease.  Yikes!  My doctor sent me to a rheumatologist (after recommending ibuprofen and a chiropractor).  What I have is arthritis, which the young rheumatologist was excited to point out.  She kept asking, "Does this hurt?"  

I'd reply, "No."  

"You have arthritis here.  I'm surprised it doesn't hurt."

I was also diagnosed with Sjogren's (sho-grin).  Problem is, I don't have the symptoms (dry mouth and eyes)...  So that's a mystery.  If symptoms show up I'll know what to do.  

The next few days I spent thinking about how my knees, elbows and wrists hurt.  "...distracted by so many things," I felt pain.  Then I realized if it didn't hurt before it probably isn't that painful now.  So I rode the bike for 20 minutes.  Pain gone : ) 

Sitting and worrying is one of the worst things to do.  I wonder if we're too smart for our own good these days...  Martha was worried about fixing dinner for Jesus and the disciples. Her sister Mary sat at Jesus' feet listening to His every word.  Jesus was most pleased with Mary.  This prayer has been attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr.  

Serenity Prayer

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Sort of puts things in perspective.  I prayed for wisdom as to what to do.   Today, I walked on a local trail and lifted weights, "accept the things that can't be changed... change the things that can..."  Exercise and prayer are great medicine.  Focus on the Lord, read and listen to His Word.  A little chocolate helps too : )

Challenge sponsored by Katie Lloyd Photography.


  1. As far as chocolate goes...if a little is good a lot must be better? LOL!
    Praying for you that your symptoms do not manifest...the mind is strange that way, if we dwell on something, it will soon overtake us...dwell on Jesus, imagine the body He wants you to have, and continue to live for Him, and you will have victory over this!
    By the way, this pep talk is not just for you Karen, I think I needed it too ;)
    ~God Bless~

  2. Thanks Lisa : ) For everything! God bless!

  3. I like what you said at the last part: Focus on the Lord, read and listen to His Word. A little chocolate helps too : )

    Haha that's funny. Great post too! God bless ya Karen!

  4. Thanks Joy! So glad you enjoyed it. Chocolate is an awesome gift from God! God bless!