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

Startle Reflex and Fibromyalgia

Do you jump out of your skin if someone unexpectedly taps you on the shoulder? Do you scream, shriek, or yelp like a banshee at sudden loud noises? If so, welcome to the club. You may have an exaggerated startle reflex. The question is, did fibromyalgia cause this problem?   I believe that question is […]

The post Startle Reflex and Fibromyalgia appeared first on Rebuilding Wellness | Sue Ingebretson.

Your Fibromyalgia Summit Solutions

Have you ever wondered what causes, eases, or contributes to fibromyalgia and all of its symptoms? What triggers pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances and more? Or, have you ever wanted help in explaining it to others? Discover what YOU need to know at the Fibromyalgia Summit!   Coming soon – starting May 12th – you’ll be able […]

The post Your Fibromyalgia Summit Solutions appeared first on Rebuilding Wellness | Sue Ingebretson.

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It will change as members post new things or when other members post to a different members page, blog or discusstion. I invite you to Check these members below out and encourage eachother in support and love.

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Scriptural promises for hard times

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Troubles with Ambien

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TUCKER THE TRUCKER

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THE TUCKERS UPDATE

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April 29th will be Living Whole's 8th Anniversary! Planning a chat for that evening! Trying to figure out the best time that will work for everyone. Will keep you posted.

 Jack, Patti, Joy and Val

Healthy tips, idea's and info

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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Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals

Be Slow to Anger Despite The Pain of Chronic Illness

/>Despite how insensitive comments may feel, Karen reminds us to look closely at the intention of hope or help that they were said. “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15). Through this chronic illness journey, I have learned a few things. One […]

When God Puts You in a Holding Pattern

Lisa is having foot reconstruction surgery today and will be hospitalized just 24 hours and the resting, elevating, and icing in coming weeks. She will do her best to respond to messages but may be delayed a bit. When you keep asking to land and have a life outside of your circumstances, and God says […]

Are You Watchful of How Far You Wander From God?

Chronic illness can become all-consuming and the result can be that we sometimes spiritually wander too far away from God. Diane asks “are you aware of just how far you are going?” “Some wandered in the desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle” . . . “Let them give thanks […]

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

A House of Cards

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From the 2012 archives

But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” Luke 6:49

I've been realizing something about myself lately.

Sometimes, when things fall apart around me, my tendency is to find the broken shards, sweep them together, and begin to build again.

I've been rather proud of that aspect of myself. Once, when I was practicing freestyle routines when I used to skate, someone commented that I was resilient.  I'd not let failure stop me.  After every fall, I'd get back up again.  If I performed poorly at a competition, I kept working for the next one.

Something to be proud of, right?

Not necessarily.

Yes, I can be resilient.  Yes, I can sweep the pieces up and start again.  

Yet, I've noticed this as I look back at my life:

Often times, the pieces I swept back together to build on were pretty shaky.  And I could build so far - only to have the pieces fall down again.

My foundation was wrong.

It doesn't matter how many times you try to build and rebuild if the basic foundation  isn't solid.

I guess I wouldn't be thinking about these things if it weren't for the fact that my health has bottomed out again.  I've a lot of fears that want to surface.  I keep holding them under, but just like trying to hold a beach ball under water, the further I push them down - the quicker and higher they rise.

I'm trying to do this on my own.  Again.

The foundation I'm building on?  

My own strength.

Yes, I know I say the right words, I can encourage others, but sometimes I just don't do the things I write about.

I try to almost will myself to be better.  I do everything I think I can to be ok.  I do my exercises.  I try to eat right - drink enough water - avoid the stresses that I know can trigger me.

But that isn't enough.

As long as I am building on my own resilience, my own foundation, I am no better off than a house of cards waiting to be swept away by the next bout of heart irregularities.

As I sat with myself, I realized how tense I become.  How fear reaches out its tentacles to attach itself to me.

I know that I need to look back to the foundation on which my life is built.  Am I relying fully on God?  Am I paying attention to what He tells me in His Word?  Am I trusting Him with my life?

Usually the answer is no.

How humbling.

And I cannot do a "patch and repair" job on that foundation.  It needs to solidly built.

And the only foundation I can build on is that of Christ Jesus.

I know that.

I just need to make sure I am building on that foundation each and every day.

Father God, I pray that you can use the times when I am afraid to teach me that, when I recognize those feelings, I am not building on the foundation You have laid for me.  Help me to remember that, when you are the foundation of my life, I can face each event with You at my side.  Amen and amen.

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Your comments are both welcomed and encouraged! I so appreciate hearing your thoughts and getting to know you through them!  I do read them and am so blessed by them. Please let me know if I can be praying for you.  If it is a private request you can email me from my contact page.  (There is a place to mark in the comment section if you wish to be notified of replies.)

For my email friends - have you visited the  Encouraging Words  website?  You can find devotionals listed by topics, visit the archives, and leave your thoughts on this post (or anything else you'd care to share!)   Just click on the link.  :) 

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