Are you ready to step out of debilitating pain?
The other day I went for a walk with my youngest son.  He wanted to bring our 3-year-old Corgi dog, Bo, along with us.  As we started down our driveway, Bo started darting back and forth, and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with him.  
Finally, it dawned on me that a member of our family must have put his shock collar back on without me realizing it.  (Just so you know, I love animals and we wouldn't have a shock collar on him if it wasn't necessary to keep him safe...we live very close to a small town and we would be devastated if he got run over).  My 9-year-old son was determined to bring Bo with us on a walk, but Bo kept running back to the house and cowering.  It wasn't until he had tried several times that I took Bo by his collar, came along side him, and encouraged him across his boundary line, and after that he was happy to come along with us and explore.  
This got me to thinking though about how I used to live like I had a shock collar on with debilitating migraines and acute and chronic illnesses I had for over 20 years.  They had kept me in such a small place.  A place where I would feel such intense pain I would go back to my comforts of pain meds, cold packs, and isolation that I knew would at least give me some minimal relief but staying in this place kept me stuck.  It kept me small.  

It wasn't until someone came along side me when I was at my darkest point that I was ready to push past my boundary line so I could see what was on the other side of it and find healing for my body, mind, soul and spirit. 
 Have you hit that point yet?  Are you looking for answers in the same old places or are you ready to look outside of that box you're in? 
I can't help but think about why people stay in boxes.  Is it because we've been programmed to believe a certain way and that is the only way? 
All I know is that being in a place of dis-ease, debt, stress, and anxiety is hard, and it was also hard to change my mindset so I could come out of all of that.  Pick your hard!!  I believe you can do anything you set your mind to.  I tell my son to say this when he says he can't do something, "I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength." 
I believe that you can do hard things, and I would be happy to come alongside you.


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