Optimistic by nature.

 I have been trying to remember for months when it was, or better yet, what it was that prompted me as a child at the end of the day to review the day’s events? It became my bedtime ritual and something I have to do even to this day or I cannot fall asleep…I must take the time to review what I am gratefully for that day.

It is not something I have ever question or thought peculiar until this past summer while in Charlotte, NC at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference.  There I found myself in a banquet room with six hundred and fifty women, seated with Helen (my conference assigned roommate who is an Aussie living in my home town of Calgary, Alberta, Canada) at a of table strangers listening to the only other Canadian in the room speak about her book.  Perhaps you’ve heard of her? Her name is Ann Voskamp and her book is “one thousand gifts”.  The bustle of the banquet room quickly transformed into the serenity of a flower meadow nestled in the Rocky Mountains and as Ann began to speak, I felt my shoulders relax as I exhaled and I realized not everyone shares my bedtime ritual.

Have you ever noticed that the only thing in life that you can control is your response to the situation?  I continue everyday to work on being present and making conscious decisions to embrace an attitude of gratitude. I hope you will join me every Monday and Wednesday as I walk with Ann and the rest of the ‘Multitude Monday’ crew and the ‘Walk with Him Wednesday’ crew .

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, Ephesians 1:16

  1. A husband who knows I like my pizza reheated in the oven and not the microwave.
  2. Friends I consider family and family I consider friends.
  3. A weekend filled with children’s laughter.
  4. Dog and cat kisses.
  5. Peace in my heart.
  6. A car that starts and gets me to and from.
  7. My improving health.

Living with passion,

Melody

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About Lyme Lives EveryWhere

Angola Inmate Hospice volunteers taught me to trust God and the power of forgiveness. I have always been fascinated by how people 'discover' their gifts/callings. As a coping mechanism for a complicated home life; I liked to run outdoors regardless the weather. After University my running was curtailed due to mystery ailments that would flare up on-and-off for decades. Intuitively, I have been soaking in epsom salt baths ever since I became a runner. Perhaps that is what kept my immune system functioning for so long. In 2005, my mystery ailments returned. After a decade of suffering and symptom flare ups, I was told by health care practitioners to learn to live with what was ailing me. In 2013, my immune system shut down and resulted in a health crisis; ultimately saving my life. Tired of being sick and tired, by divine intervention I found an amazing advocate in Dr. Amanda Lea; an osteopathic physician in Zachary Louisiana. Two days before I found her, a friend put me on her church prayer list as I searched for answers. Dr. Lea was setting up a new practice and worked me in the day after the prayer chain started. She listened to my health history uninterrupted for 45 minutes. After my diagnosis, I went to see a Lyme experienced MD, the head of infectious disease at a large hospital in New Orleans. She opened the office door, walked in and proclaimed that "Lyme disease does not exist in Louisiana". That day my passion for Lyme awareness, education and advocacy was revealed to me.
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