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Topic: REDUCE (11/05/15)
- TITLE: Looking Back
By Lisa Hudson
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As I reflect on this past year, I am finally finding a bit of peace following many changes and adjustments to my life as a whole. The year of 2015 started out a bit shaky, so much so that I felt I needed to seek professional guidance to help me through it. To put it bluntly, on top of going through the wonders of menopause, I had a nervous breakdown. I have been working on where I need to reduce the stress in my life, and even go so far as to cut off any of the toxic relationships that were causing me anxiety, which included ties with one of my own children. For a time, I even feared that my marriage was at a crossroad, and I was contemplating ending that as well.
This year included making a change to our home church that we have attended for over ten years. We had done many things with this church, and we left with a full heart, knowing we needed to move on. That church had been through many ups and downs and we stayed to see it through, but it was time for a change. We moved in to town, so we sought a church closer to home. Ironically, we actually found two churches that we dearly love. One provides a contemporary service on Sunday mornings, but has no Sunday evening service, and the other has a more traditional service on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Both pastors are incredibly anointed. We joined the contemporary church so we had a place to pay our tithes, but we have found two new church homes.
We are proud to have been self-employed, running our own business for the past eight years. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to make the choice to close our business. This process is taking some time. After all, we didn’t start it overnight, so it won’t be over and done overnight. My husband is tying up the loose ends that he needs to, and in the meantime, he has obtained a consulting position for another company. I have just begun working for our state in a very comfortable and challenging position, of which I feel very blessed to have. By God’s grace, we are very near to making the same income together as we did as business owners. We just might have to trim a little extra fat here and there.
As if all of these things weren’t enough, I made the decision to have gastric sleeve surgery, in order to help me lose the extra pounds I have carried on my body, and on my self-esteem for way too long. The surgery was performed just about three weeks ago, right before I started my new job. I experienced a little pain and had to fast for quite some time, but I am glad I made this life-changing decision. I start each day with a new hope for what the future holds. I am happy to say that I have managed to reconcile with my estranged child, at least as much as I am able. And I know I love my husband very much. He is my best friend. He always has been, and I pray he always will be. For now, I am so happy to say that my cup runneth over.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 (NKJV)
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