Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery and Word for 2016

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Last year at this time my husband had just gone through two surgeries; one hernia repair and one rotator cuff repair. Little did we know that 2015 would hold some of our greatest challenges ever. God knew better than to give me a glimpse because I would have pulled the covers over my head and stayed there until 2016!

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2016 is already racing to make a name for itself as well. Today I’m having carpal tunnel syndrome surgery on my right hand. It’s not a big deal surgery but there’s bit of a recovery time.

Since so much of my job involves the computer I don’t really know what the next few days will look like. Of course, being a home school educator for over 20 years I’ve researched and prepared myself as much as I can.

I type 90 words per minute so my patience will certainly be tested as I tippy tap away with one hand and some slowly recovering fingers. I’m also a doer and not a “sit around and take it easy” kinda gal (although I probably have 50 magazines from this past year begging to be read) but I’m determined to allow myself time to recharge.

At the beginning of each year I choose a word that I feel God leading me to that will encapsulate my goals and desires for the new year. Last year the word was unafraid. I wrote: “I am trusting God with my future, unafraid, feeling no fear or anxiety in His presence. The verse I’m claiming? Deuteronomy 31:8 ‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

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I always say God has a sense of humor! I had plenty of reasons to be afraid last year because of the many different crisis we endured but we survived and God was with me, sustaining and holding me each step of the way.

What’s my new word for 2016? I’m almost afraid to speak it into existence, but I feel led to the word purpose

Purpose as a noun means the reason for which something exists, the end, aim or goal. Purpose as a verb  is to set as an intention or goal for oneself, to resolve to do something.

I feel like I have been lost this past year in discovering my purpose in both my personal and work life.

I am passionate about the business of blogging and helping to support my family with this income.

I love ministering to moms through my writings on faith, adoption, parenting and life.

I know my role as wife, mom and nana is still vital to the health and strength of my family.

I just haven’t figured out how to balance it all.

Anyone else feel my pain?

I struggled in 2015 as my personal life warred with my work life and the need to help provide for my family. I was stressed, powerless and swimming upstream feeling inadequate most days. 

God carried our family through and I give Him all praise. It was a year of great heartache but also tremendous growth. 

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We are not the same family today and I thank God that we are stronger and more resilient than ever.

Yet I believe God is asking me to breathe and take the time to discover His purpose for my life at this precise moment in time.

Beginning today I’m going to purpose to use the next few days to take care of my physical needs as I recuperate from surgery. I’m also going to spend time listening to God and  revisioning the direction  of my blog.

Of course, since you guys know I share most everything ~smile~ I’ll be writing about my experience with carpal tunnel (I know so many folks use the computer as much as I do and may suffer as I have) and my recovery from surgery as well as my journey this year to redefine my purpose personally and on my blog journey.

Thank you for being faithful readers and friends. Do you have a word for 2016? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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  2. I had carpal tunnel in both wrists many years ago, and I had an adjustment done by a kinesiologist and it went away. Highly recommend the non invasive way as the healing process is quicker.

  3. Will be praying for you. My Word for 2016 is : Acceptance ( which is the beginning of Peace).

    My Goals to achieve that are:

    -Getting Well.
    -Reading and Rest.

  4. Purpose just might be the ‘word’ for me. As of now I serve NO purpose on this earth ! I do not know why I am here; why ‘HE” keeps me here. I am not a wife nor a mother, I do not work, I do not contribute anything to society. I mean I don’t even go out and do anything or go anywhere. I am 47 years old…at 46 I had a heart attack (6 actually) and he didn’t take me then….so to figure out MY purpose would be good; because for the life of me….I can’t. Wasted human space and wasted oxygen as far as I am concerned.

    1. You have a purpose! I was in the same place a few months ago. I lost my job when I got kidney disease. I had a transplant 2 years ago and I haven’t worked for 2 years. I took care of my mom off and on for a year until she died. Anyway to make a long story short I started volunteering and I have a purpose and I feel so much better. It gets me out of the house and out of bed. There are so many opportunities to volunteers. And God has a purpose for you. I pray you find yours. Blessings to you.

      1. Thank you for your kind words and words of encouragement. Without going into grave details….my position does not even allow me to volunteer. I want to believe I have a purpose…..but I truly have little faith in believing. But I have not given up yet. Blessings to you as well.

  5. Marty, I pray for a speedy recovery from this surgery you are having. I’m sure you will feel much better. We started off in 2016, getting things in order for our children when we pass away. I know it sounds grim but it needs to be done. We went to the funeral home (Ugh) yesterday to just get the forms filled out as to what are wishes are. Very strange feeling but the man we talked to had a way of making us forget where we were!!!! We ended up talking about our camping experiences!!!! Needless to say, we are all set and our daughters will know exactly what to do with everything!!! I will be praying for you and can’t wait to hear how you are doing!!!

  6. Good luck Marty with the surgery. You picked a great verse for your word, love it. I’m going to pick one by weekend.