An organic community of Christians who encourage one another to LIVE whole and holistically for Christ in spite of chronic pain.

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We are so glad that you have found our little corner of the Internet. It has become a church home for many of us. We hope you, also, will soon find this to be a safe place.

Our special community is a place where we offer Christian love and genuine encouragement to others who, like ourselves, desire to LIVE WHOLE in CHRIST and holistically in body in spite of chronic pain and illness. We are a network of friends who are on a common journey in life.

We are people who will really "get you”.  We can promise to sincerely listen to you with our heart and then we will share our own stories all the while healing with you. We can inspire you, pray with you, and hope for you!

REBUILDING WELLNESS BY SUE INGEBRETSON - click on the title to read more

Do You Find Nutrition Ridiculous?

Ten years ago, I read that proper nutrition had the power to heal chronic health challenges including fibromyalgia. I said, “Pshaw!” After all, my rheumatologist said to my face, “It doesn’t matter what you eat.” That was good enough for me.   I so, so, so, wanted to believe that.   But, as I researched […]

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Healthy Weight Loss Secrets Summit

Have I told you lately how important your health is to me? I’m grateful for every member and visitor of this Rebuilding Wellness community! That’s why I’m sharing this information about weight management and weight loss with you today. For those with health challenges including fibromyalgia, keeping fit and healthy is critically important.     […]

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TIP ON USING BREATHING AS PAIN CONTROL

To prepare for any chronic pain coping technique, it is important to learn how to use focus and deep breathing to relax the body. Learning to relax takes practice, especially when you are in pain, but it is definitely worth it to be able to release muscle tension throughout the body and start to remove attention from the pain.

Coping techniques for chronic pain begin with controlled deep breathing, as follows:

Try putting yourself in a relaxed, reclining position in a dark room. Either shut your eyes or focus on a point.

Then begin to slow down your breathing. Breathe deeply, using your breathing like you are filling a glass of water into yourself. Start filling your belly with the breath and then into your chest and then emptying it from your chest then emptying your belly to get a full breath so you can get more oxygen into your blood system. As well as getting rid of any stuck stagnant air all the way out.

If you find your mind wandering or you are distracted, then think of a word, such as the word "Relax," and think it in time with your breathing...the syllable "re" as you breathe in and "lax" as you breathe out. Another word that is better as it focuses on Christ is the name of God by breathing in YAH and breathing out WAH (Yahwah).

Continue with about 2 to 3 minutes of controlled breathing.

Once you feel yourself slowing down, you can begin to use imagery techniques. Such as closing your eyes and imagine Jesus sitting beside you holding your handand comforting you, or holding your heart. Angels surrounding you or even asking the Lord to give you a vision that he chooses to comfort you to focus upon.

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Tough Thanksgiving Lessons on Gratitude

Are you struggling to find something to offer thanksgiving about? Vicki shares. “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7). This Thanksgiving will you, “Eat what they’re serving and be grateful”? That’s what my grandmother would remind me. Back in the […]

Is Jesus Enough to Get You Through the Lonely Moments?

Is Jesus enough? If you are starting to wonder Lisa hopes this will touch your heart. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” (Isaiah 40:28) Considering […]

How to Handle the Holiday When You Have Nothing Left to Give

When your holiday is less than you hoped it would be, what do you have left give? Shelly shares. “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:16-17). Thanks and Giving. Not the first two words that come to mind […]

"ENCOURAGING WORDS" ~ DENI'S DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR LW

The Bread of Adversity

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And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.  And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.  Isaiah 30:21

When I was little, I used to have these dreams - nightmares really - where I would get lost.  I might take a walk away from my house - turn around to come back and find a maze of unfamiliar streets.  It was a recurrent dream that woke me feeling fearful, lost, and alone.

I’m realizing just how much this current journey I am on feels  the same way.  When I look for where to go next - I find myself in an unfamiliar world.  A scary world.  I feel much like a boat at sea that has lost its rudder and is being driven every which way the waves decide to take it.

As I was journaling today, it dawned on me that the feeling beneath the feeling is one of having no control.

I’m in charge of little now.  My home, my ambitions, my health, so - so many things.  And it is not a feeling I like.

The more I write, the more I realize that this is exactly where God wants me.  I have nothing else to rely on.  Everything else has been stripped away.  There is no vestige of “I can do it myself, thank you very much” left inside of me.

What a frightening place.

Yet, what a glorious place.  It is ironic that the place where I am closest to God is when I feel the most frightened, lost, and alone.  

Bible verses mean so much more to me.  My prayers become more sincere.  I become honest with myself.  I can take a good hard look at me and realize I don’t like the “me” that I see, and am so grateful that God sees me as I will be and not as I am.

So, while I look at the challenging maze ahead of me, I realize I need now, more than ever to listen to that still small voice that tells me, “This is the way - walk in it.”

There is an old saying: “When the student is ready, the Teacher appears.”  With tears in my eyes I realize just how true this is.  God has made me ready, and my Teacher hides Himself no more.

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