SEASONS (Change is Necessary and Required)

When I think of seasons, many thoughts come to mind such as: the time of year, holiday seasons, significant life changing events, etc. Some may think of seasons to describe a time in life when they experience sickness, heartbreak, financial struggle, or abundance.

Living with a chronic illness, disease or disability can be a challenge for both the patient and caregiver and you may experience various seasons. The last six months were extremely challenging for me in many areas. Making smart choices in meal planning, diet, exercise and diabetes management were at an all-time low. The result was significant weight gain!

The feeling of failure can be frustrating, especially when you know better. My first thought was how can you encourage others in diabetes management and not practice what you preach! The truth is, “it happens.” Sometimes we “slip up.” The key is to recognize it, own it, and GET BACK ON TRACK!

diabetes-592006_1920 (2)I share this because I know I’m not the only one who has experienced a season of setbacks. I am back on track now and want to encourage you to do the same. A setback does not mean failure, nor does it determine our final outcome. Attending a diabetes support group or consulting with a nutritionist may be helpful in identifying creative ways to enhance your journey. I would love to know what has worked for you. Consider sharing!

By Shirley Owens

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and Innovations Ministries Director. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University.

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