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Five years ago I was blessed with twin boys. Babies 6 and 7 came into the world after 17 hours of fruitless labor which ended in a c-section where the anesthesia didn’t take and the doctor didn’t listen when I told him I wasn’t numb. He made the first two incisions in spite of decided protest from me. But mercifully the anesthesiologist standing at my head swung into quick action and put me out of my misery for the remainder of the delivery.

I awoke confused and disoriented but grateful. However, the toll of a difficult pregnancy, traumatic delivery and a body that was depleted of natural vigor had worn me to the ground. A few days later, I returned home with my arms full and my nerves frayed. The following four years were a constant volley of health crises and doctor’s offices, including an ambulance ride and two surgical procedures.

I was a mess. Hanging by a thread.

Exhausted and desperate, I clung to my desire to find the path to better health. And because we serve a God who hears every plea, my desire was realized. I began studying what true health means and what it entails. I opened myself up to change because without it I knew I was handing over years of my life without so much as a fight.

I want to share with you 8 ways I have spent the last year growing toward improved health and restored vigor. Eight simple ways I’ve taken my life back by the grace of a loving God.

And God said,Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (Genesis 1:29)

This is a big one but it’s also where I slip up the most. Because I am a wife and mother to 8 children spread over a span of 17 years, my time is in hot demand. In order to spend time alone with the Lord, I have no choice but to rise very early. But I also have older teenagers (the oldest will turn 19 this month while my second-born is standing on the threshold of 18) and they tend to open up at night. It’s hard, and probably ill-advised, to turn away from a teen who wants to share their heart with you, regardless of the hour, and many nights I get less than the 7-8 hours of sleep I function best on. But I do make the effort to get to bed as close to 9 each night as I can (earlier if possible though it’s sometimes much later) and I rise somewhere between 3-4am most mornings, depending on how late I was up the night before. I’d love more sleep and I have no doubt my health would improve even more if I were able to get it, but I’m not willing to give up my quiet time with God or to turn my back on kids who want my ear and my heart.



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