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Thursday, October 15, 2009

The JOY Challenge: Day 40

I am linking with Holley from in(courage) on her 40 day journey to choose joy. Won't you join us? If you would like to jump back to day 1 of my journey, click here. Or, to jump back to day 1 of her journey, click here.

I can hardly believe this is Day 40! My goodness, where has the time gone??? I am so glad you have joined me on this journey, and I want to tell you, it doesn't have to stop here or now. Each of us can continue to choose joy in all the blessings God gives us every day. I know that I am going to continue choosing joy. From here on, I am going to finish each of my posts, regardless of the topic, with the way that I am choosing joy that day. I hope that you will continue to join me. I've discovered that while choosing joy does not necessarily change my circumstances, it does change the direction of my eyes. It helps me to focus on the positive, rather than just the negative. It helps me to see what God is doing. It causes my problems to fade into the background. It causes His blessings to come into the LIGHT!

To update you on my life... yesterday, I finally gave in and went to the doctor. I said there was no point, but I did it anyway since my vision has been bad for well over a week. I did, however, choose to go to my eye doctor instead of the neurologist. I wasn't really up for a lecture on shot-taking or to pay for yet another MRI which typically shows exactly the same thing every time. So, off I went to the eye doctor, who by the way, was the person who first diagnosed me with MS anyway. I figured if this wasn't my MS, then he would be able to tell exactly what it was. So, guess what it is? Come on, guess! Yep, you guessed it. It's nothing. At least nothing that can be visibly seen upon a pretty intense examination. That's pretty typical for me. He was certain that it is not my MS because I don't have some of the symptoms that typically accompany the visual disturbance associated with MS (headache, pain upon movement in the eyes). He also asked me if I am stressed. Um, yeah... but not really any more than usual. So, who knows. It will go away eventually. It always does. He did offer to refer me to an ophthal-neurologist (sp?). Yeah, 'cause I think that's exactly what I need right now. A combination of two doctors that I already have. Sense the *sarcasm*. I guess my body is just telling me SLOW DOWN! Yeah, that's it. Slow down! :-) I did drop my class for this next term the other day, so that gives me two months of FREEDOM! Boy, am I looking forward to that! Oh, and I've written almost 4 pages of this last assignment. Only 11+ to go! Woohoo!!!

Today, I am choosing joy in the personal insight He is giving me as I finish this last assignment for class. It's a paper explaining my personal theory of counseling, and I find it very cathartic (*big word* :-) I think I am tired from writing last night and amused by the smallest things. Hehehe!). It helps me to step back and view my life and the things I have experienced from a bigger perspective. His perspective. For me... For others.... For His glory.... and I am grateful.

How are you choosing joy today?

Living in His JOY, HOPE, and PEACE...

***Don't forget to pray for someone today!


-stephanie- said...

What a wonderful 40 day journey. I am encouraged to choose joy no matter what is going on with my day. Thanks for sharing your joy walk.

Sheryl said...

40 days already??? that is amazing to me. time is just flying by and i sure hope i am making the most of it.

joy really is a choice too, isn't it?? glad that you are going to get a breather from class. hope that helps with the stress level.

love to you.

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