Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An Explanation for the Title: Meds, Coffee and Prayer

Greetings and Salutations!

There is a saying: First the natural, then the spiritual.

It comes from 1 Corinthians 15:46 (KJV) which reads, "Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual."

I was mulling over different blog names with my sister, and after tossing a few back and forth "Meds, Coffee and Prayer" had a bit of a ring to it.  We were both immediately concerned, however, that the order of words was incorrect in terms of hierarchy; but, "Prayer, Coffee and Meds" didn't pack the same punch.

We let it be for a time when it suddenly struck me: First the natural, then the spiritual!  It was perfect!  I am my best natural self after Meds and Coffee which plows the way for fervent and effectual Prayer.

I am a wife, mother, friend, citizen, pet owner.  I am a homemaker, a military veteran, an athlete, a recreational photographer, an aspiring writer, and I do it all with a flawed brain.

 The diagnoses given over the years don't carry much weight with me.  I concern myself more with treating my symptoms and by the grace of God I have found a medication that works!  (I will touch on the specifics in future blogs.)

My chemical imbalance does not define me but the mind is the spring board from which all human behavior is initiated.  So, it is paramount that I maintain my springboard and keep it in top working order.~Meds~

If you stick with me, those of you who don't already know me personally will come to know my particular brand of humor.  The idea that the ritual of making, smelling, sipping, ingesting and savoring a cup of coffee will make it all better, bearable, decipherable is ridiculously delightful and is a wonderfully accurate reflection of my type of humor....and I really do love and 'need' coffee.~Coffee~

The word Prayer in this blog's title isn't meant as the act of dropping down to your knees, but rather a lifestyle.  I have believed from my age of reasoning in Christ's gift of eternal life.  I understood it, accepted it--I was born into a house that served the Lord, my roots are in the pursuit of godliness, it was built into my foundation.

It tortured me as I drifted from it, but it never let me despair in the dark times because I always knew my Redeemer lives.  And finally one day I collapsed under the weight of the physical burden I will always bear--a broken mind.  It was then that I cried out  to the Lord to rescue me.  And little by little His promise came true.

My lifestyle of prayer is based on these promises: Matthew 6:33 "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto." and  Psalm 37:23 "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way." 

It didn't happen over night, but since February of 2011 I have been seeking God's face and He has ordered my steps and led me into recovery, into healing, into joy and contentment, into peace and a better quality of life.~Prayer~

A handful of Facebook friends have encouraged me to blog for a while, but I have recently been led to share my story because I know that we suffer to help others and to share with them how it was God who delivered us.  (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

So, yes this blog will contain musings, epiphanies, memories, reflections, thoughts, ideas and a wild assortment of general over sharing, but what a joy it would be if just one heart finds its way to the healing power of Christ through my story.

That is all for today, my loves.  I ask that if you have read my blog today, please Holla Back in the comments with: "I hear you, Nyla :)" on either the blog itself or at Meds, Coffee and Prayer on Facebook .

Be blessed until next time! All my crazy crazy love....