Monday, 11 October 2010

Learning to dance in the rain

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. ~Author Unknown

We have had a lot of rain over the last few weeks. There has been more rain than sunshine, and I find myself dreaming of blue skies again. Rain means that the boys can't play outside as often as they want to. Rain means extra washing for me when they do. Rain means that I can't hang the clothes outside and must use the dryer. Rain means a change in plans.

I have had a lot of 'rainy' days in my health. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease 7 years ago, after Leader Boy Warrior was born. It is an auto-immune disease of the thyroid. My body sees my thyroid hormone as foreign and attacks it. I am on artificial thyroid hormone daily which replaces what my body attacks. The thyroid is responsible for metabolism and energy amongst other things. And mine is faulty. There are days when I feel great and function normally. These are my 'sunshine' days. And then there are days when my energy levels are very low, my brain is in a constant state of 'fog' and my whole body feels like lead. These are my 'rainy' days.

2 years ago, I began to look into my eating habits and have had a great improvement in my health and energy levels, by eating as natural as possible, as God designed us to eat. 2 years ago, I had to make sure I did tasks that required my energy in the small window between 9am and 12pm daily. Because I knew in the afternoon I would have no energy and my body would feel like lead. 2 years ago I couldn't go out at night as it would wipe my energy levels out for days to come if I did. Now, I can make it through most days and I have more 'sunshine' days than 'rainy' days. I can even go out at night with it effecting my energy levels for the following day only, not the rest of the week. My health has improved. But I find myself dreaming of blue skies. I dream of days that were all filled with 'sunshine' in my health.

Having been healed from depression a year ago, I know my King can heal. I believe in healing, I have experienced it myself. But as it stands now, I am not healed from Hashimoto's Disease. The medical world say that there is no cure for this disease. But I know He can heal me. In the meantime, I do everything I can by eating healthy, not planning too many activities on too many days throughout the week and making sure I get enough sleep. I have searched my heart and asked Him if there is any junk in there that is preventing my healing - unforgiveness or bitterness. I have done everything humanly possible. Now all that is left to do is to put my trust in Him and continue to believe that He can heal me.


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about dancing in the rain. ~Author Unknown

Sometimes I get frustrated when I have 2 weeks of 'sunshine' in my health and I think, 'maybe, just maybe I might be healed', only to be followed by 'rainy' days again. On those 'rainy' days it is easy to feel sorry for myself. As I look around my house and see what I could be doing if only I had the energy I feel sorry for myself. When my boys ask me to do something with them and I tell that 'Mummy is too tired', I feel sorry for myself. How do I stop feeling sorry for myself? I choose to dance on His toes. When it's too much for me, I stand on my King's toes, just like I did with my own father when I was a little girl. I dance in the rain with Him. I trust that He will guide my steps and carry me through. It's all I can do to get through those 'rainy' days.


And as I dance He whispers in my ear, "So don't worry, because I am with you. Don't be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with My right hand that saves you." {Isaiah 41:10} And as we dance, I let His strong arms hold me. Then He whispers, "Trust in Me with all your heart, and don't depend on your understanding." {Proverbs 3:5}And as we dance, I put my trust in Him.

Still taking lessons from the King,










16 comments:

  1. Beautiful post Jo.
    And remember... that you can lean on your friends too - that's why God brings us together - relationship xx

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  2. Thanks Jo, this is powerful stuff. We can't only dance in the rain, but sing, shout, jump in puddles. I can believe with you for your complete healing. God is above and beyond what has been researched.
    A quote I read recently from Dolly Parton, of all people,was "If you want the rainbow, you have to have the rain" (or along those lines). His promise after the storm.

    Bless you, am also loving your facebook updates too. Inspiration and encouragement at the right moments!

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  3. Wonderfully written and can see such a heart for Jesus. Beautiful!

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  4. What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I've been thinking about you,Jo. Prayers with you! Yes, God can heal you of that no matter the medical world says.

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  6. It's always good to remember to dance in the rain. I will join you in praying for your healing. <3

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  7. Hey Jo.. can you give me dancing lessons ?lol
    It seems like i have a dark cloud over our lives lately.. its not always raining, and the God does shine on our faces, as he breaks through the clouds, but that darn cloud of trials..just wont go away..
    thanks for the inspiration though.. and I will practice more dancing... inspite of the cloud..
    Great post..

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  8. :) Jo you are such a great dancer I remember well, hehe can just see you in my mind dancing in the rain with you long blond hair flying :)

    Great post you have come so far and I am so blessed to see you grow in him. Lub u

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  9. Rain can be depressing but you are right we have to see past it and what we can do in the midst of it. Love you xx

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  10. I've always loved that saying about dancing in the rain!! Great post as usual Jo! I often have 'rainy' days and 'sunshine'days in my attitude and energy levels.
    Living now in a town that has colder weather , I am so enjoying the warmer days and the sunshine and I have noticed a difference in my attitude and ability to cope with everything.
    I am truly looking forward to the day when I see meet my King face to face and are healed and whole in every way!
    Love Donna

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  11. Beautifully written. I can relate because of hypothyroidism. I have been healed of it twice, but it has come back with pregnancy. I believe God will heal you - and me too! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  12. Hi Jo,

    Your Sunshine and Rainy days sound very similar too mine, although the Doctors have not yet found a diagnosis for me. I was especially encouraged by that second picture and the quote
    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about dancing in the rain. ~Author Unknown"
    I will carry that one with me this week. Thankyou.

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  13. I am so sorry to hear that you have Hashimoto's disease:( I have heard of it but not known anyone with it. By His stripes you have been healed Jo! I will remember to pray for you.....
    BTW, You are doing an awesome job as a mum to your three boys!

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  14. One of my 25 year old twin daughters has the same disease. She, too is controlling her diet vigorously and it is really paying off. Keep it up...it is a challenge!

    Today is the first time visiting your blog. I signed up to follow so I will know when you have a new post and can pop in again! I am having a fun "double" giveaway and would love to have you stop by too! Hope to hear from you there. Stay Cozy!

    Warmly, Carrie

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  15. Learning to dance in the rain is a wonderful thing...and with God as our partner, our steps will be oh so much more graceful! Thanks for sharing this moving post.

    Praying for your healing, Joan

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Jo Princess Warrior xo