Give Up or Get Up


I have shared a little bit about some of the things that have been going on in my life with you here on RWS, but there are also things I have yet to divulge. Some have been going on awhile and also a couple of “new developments.” I will share when I feel the time is right, but now is not that time.

One thing I have shared is my health issues as of late. First the sea sickness patch withdrawals, and now some heart issues. I got a Holter monitor yesterday, and get to take it off today and am also getting an echocardiogram today. The Holter basically monitored my heart for 24 hours with little electrodes stuck all over my chest and sides. Check it out.

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There is one on each side, one right below my bra line then two above. Didn’t think it would be appropriate to show those. Smile Hopefully I will get some answers soon. Also as I sit here and type, I am icing my foot/arch. Not sure what caused this one, or if it has to do with the calf pain I experienced at the Jazz Half marathon. (By the way thanks for all your suggestions! I will be wearing compression socks for Wine and Dine, won’t take GU Roctane with 2x’s caffeine, and will stretch really well….and may wear different shoes, just to experiment.


Anyway, I have had a couple of hard weeks where issues just seem to keep piling up one after the other. I would be lying if I said I react correctly to these things every time. My natural, human reaction is to freak out, cry, and ask God why he is allowing these things to happen. Eventually, once I get the initial anger and frustration out, I am able to slowly look at things from a different perspective. It’s very difficult for me to do, because by nature I tend to look at the worst case scenario.

I have once again attempted to do what I KNOW I need to do (but it’s sssooo hard!) and that is give it over to God, and stop worrying about it. Anxiety isn’t doing anyone any good, and won’t solve any problems. I know, I know….easier said than done.

There have been times….I am ashamed to admit how many, where I have just felt like giving up. Where staying in the bed and covering my head in hopes that it would all just go away seemed like a good idea. I am aware that this is silly and not an ideal way to live life, but the thought has definitely crossed my mind. So, after a lot of praying, I have decided you DO have a choice. Give up, or get up.


I am choosing to make it THAT simple. You can use get up in any sense of the word that fits your life. Get out of bed, get out the door on a run, get up and go to work, get up emotionally and change your attitude, etc. I am not a quitter when it comes to the physical sense, I think I have proven that to myself. Now it’s time to prove just how mentally tough I am.

1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

Are you feeling discouraged? Remember this. Everyone will feel disappointments in life, but you can CHOOSE not to be discouraged by them. You can choose to change your attitude, you can choose to be joyful no matter the circumstances, and you can choose how you respond to adversity. So what will you choose? Will you give up, or GET UP!!

I’m GETTING UP and going to try to go for a run today after my cardiologist appointment. Then I need to GET UP and clean the house!

QOTD: What helps you when you are feeling discouraged?