"I know God is preparing me for my husband's health to fail that is why we got this recent medical
scare." What? I asked perplexed."I know God is preparing me by helping us see how precious each day is with each other."
See my friend Karen's husband had always had borderline bad health. If it wasn't for all the nutritional products he took like NingXia Red and Young Living essential oils I do feel he would be in much worse health today. But this recent scare was serious. Serious enough for them both to put their life in perspective and appreciate every day they have together.
And that is what they are doing. Taking trips together that they never did. Enjoying quality time together. And praising God for their life.
Sarah also had this same awakening with her husband. He was a diabetic in poor health and high stress. He too took a lot of nutrition and NingXia Red to support his health. But when Sarah and her husband's awakening happened they spent many weeks searching for the best treatments, praying for a miracle, and loving each moment they had with each other. God granted them a miracle and removed the urgent life threatening health challenge. But after a few months they forgot about that miracle and went back to their busy, overworked, stress filled lives. Their thoughts were, we will work hard for a few more years so we can retire together and enjoy life.
About a year into this thinking she soon realized this was destroying both of their health. They were not enjoying life they were just running. Waking up to one night next to her husband after he had a diabetic seizure helped her begin to see how their poor choices led them back to a very scary place.
How many years have you said; When I do this then we can; go on vacation, spend more time together, take the family to Disney World, and so on…
The time is now. Stop waiting for some day and start today.
But But But I can hear our excuses now…. I don't have that option I need to pay the mortgage, I have to put my son through school, I can't just stop my business, I am on a deadline.
Here are a few ideas to help you find the time, money and peace about enjoying your life and family.
Downsize your life:
Ask for reduced hours. Going from full time work to retirement can be just too much for a physical and emotional health. But think about starting to reduce your hours for a year or two years as they can be beneficial for both employers and you.
Start a direct sales or networking business…. Why would I give you this advice? Well because I know that if you can find 5-10 hrs in your life that aren't family or work time, like TV time you can created a residual income that will fund an early retirement, being able to stay home with your kids, or go back to school like you always wanted.
I know this to be true because I did it. It allowed me many 'freedoms' in my life including being able to take an entire year off when I had my first baby and working now and being able to control my schedule and work part time and not have my son in day care.
Let go of obligations that are taking too much time away from your family. Whether it's church choir practice, or the Quilter's Association assess if that obligation is stressing you more than helping you. Remember God wants strong families not ones that are apart more than they are together.
Let your younger children know that their activities will be limited and when they are expected to spend time with their family. By framing what is expected and living to that standard yourself your children will grow to not see workaholism as a standard but family first as a standard.
Get rid of some stuff? Do you have boat or RV you barely use? Are you paying for it every month still? If you can't sell it think about renting it. Everybody loves stuff you would be surprised who might be looking for your stuff.
Have you ever thought about what life might be like if you lived in a house that was $50,000 less or even an apartment.
My friend Dani was convicted to simplify her life and downsize from a huge home with tennis courts and 5 bathrooms to a small 5 room home that barely fit her family. She was convicted by God that her stuff was controlling her life. When she obediently put her huge house on the market in a down economy only they ended up earning almost $100,000 more. In that small house she learned to be humble, to spend quality time with her family and trust God.
Today He has made her a hugely successful multi-millionaire. You can see more about Dani at America's Secret Millionaire.
I personally have learned a lot from Dani about living life to the fullest. She although very busy in her career guards her family time very carefully and plans trips to see her extended family often. Dani appreciates and loves life to the fullest! She has taught me to appreciate life a great deal more, downsize to upsize my life, and live life to the fullest. I hope this blog will help you reconsider areas in your life that might be taking away versus adding to your precious life.
I hope you know how precious I think you are. I don't want to see you hurting, struggling, or finding yourself in a divorce because your priorities were wrong. It's never to late to change. I believe in you, let our resources help you, and let God direct you. Your life will be OUTSTANDING if you do!
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Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.
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