Shine it on Me Jesus!

DBT (Dialectic Behavior Therapy) tells us we can regulate our emotions (the unwanted ones) by accumulating positive experiences and be unmindful of worries. I have also heard this called Emotion Management, but I like to call this Emotion Leveling. This can be done by regularly participating in pleasant events. By doing this, you can build up a bank of happy things. It helps you to get out there and enjoy something. But you don’t even have to leave your house! Do fun things at home, by yourself or with others. Just do things you like to do or be creative with new things!

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I wonder if, when we are at our lowest, that is when God shines us with realization of creativity or potential. He shines up the spirit we have inside of us to do new things, new talents. My Dad was ill for a few years with emphysema, he was later healed, which I will tell you about later. His name was Marvin, a self-employed accountant, and in his late sixties his disease hit him like a ton of bricks. He couldn’t breathe without oxygen tied to his back and he was so exhausted he didn’t work much.

My Mom was a stay at home so she had no money coming in to supplement the household. I am the youngest and I was out of the house, so they didn’t have any children to support, but it was very difficult for them. Their church and their friends were amazing! Often times my Mom would find anonymous cards with money inside in their mailbox. Looking back, I don’t know how they did it!

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When my Dad was sick, he began to putter around the garage and started to make wooden plaques from scraps of board. He would find these odd shapes and somehow, like a puzzle, put them together to become a picture. Then he would stain them. He didn’t sell them, but gave them away, so this didn’t increase their income at all, but it gave my Dad a sense of accomplishment and the realization of a talent he never knew he had!

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God did that!

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Later, we found my dad’s typewritten testimony in his Bible. It was all about being positive and focusing on the good. God healed him, and he felt that the grace God gave him to have a positive outlook and a sense of gratitude was instrumental in his healing. He later died of an unrelated illness- Diverticulosis.

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My brother Robb started wood working and making lamps from pipes when he was coping with his Leukemia treatments. He now has a huge workshop with all kinds of fancy equipment! He created a beautiful memory plaque inscribed with my Dad, Mom and son’s epitaph together engraved on wood. Having this outlet, this woodworking, allowed my brother to do something other than focus on his disease and treatment.

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God did that!

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I am writing. Something that has always been my passion. I feel like God is guiding me, inspiring me and, yes, pushing me, to create this memoir that could possibly help others who are grieving, depressed and lost, to find Him again, like I did. And I am so excited about writing! Somedays I can hardly wait to open up the laptop and pluck away at the keys!

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