Last week was my first encounter with the term or diagnosis “failure to thrive.” Failure to thrive is defined by The Institute of Medicine as weight loss of more than 5%, decreased appetite, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity, often associated with dehydration, depression, immune dysfunction, and low cholesterol. Failure to thrive is not a single disease or medical condition; rather, it’s a nonspecific manifestation of an underlying physical, mental, or psychosocial condition.
What was so personally striking for me about this illness, was, it is the opposite of me at my core. I have been accused of being too joyful lately. Apparently, I do not know how to “sit in my pain” when it comes to grief, loss and sadness. However, because of the promises of God, I do have a hard time exploring and examining my pain. I am learning how to work on it though because I feel I will gain and grow in my self-awareness so hope to share my progress some day. Which brings me further to the realization that life is hard. And, sometimes it can be just downright, seemingly unbearable.
God wants us to focus on good goals and reach them. “Be like the runners in a race–run with all your might toward the goal!” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). The book of Proverbs is filled with sound advice on how to flourish:
- “If you accept my words and store up my commands within you…you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God” (2:1, 5).
- “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (11:25).
- “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (16:3).
- “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” (16:20).
- “He who cherishes understanding prospers” (19:8).
Think and pray about these passages. Then write down several things you are going to do in the days ahead to ensure that you will thrive. https://www.guideposts.org/faith-and-prayer/bible-resources/bible-verses-to-help-you-thrive
You make me whole
You take the pain away
I’m so in love with you…..
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (email@example.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.