The last seven months have been a very intense experience for our family as we have adjusted to Caleb’s Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. It has lead to huge lifestyle changes for all of us.

T1D Looks Like Me

I have struggled to explain and help others to understand what it is like to live with this illness. I have been overwhelmed by how much is involved in managing the illness, how difficult it is to “manage” it, and how it’s impossible to truly control the illness as every day is different.

The first ever narrative film about Type 1 Diabetes. Their description about the film does a great job at capturing what Type 1 Diabetes is and the lifestyle changes that it means …

My son has an “invisible” disease. Type 1 diabetes isn’t something a person wears openly for the world to see, and quite frankly, even if they did, unless you are truly familiar with the disease, you wouldn’t have any idea about how dangerous it is.

Managing Type 1 Diabetes is EasyA normal person’s body has systems in place to regulate glucose levels. A person with type 1 diabetes has to manage this on their own, and it’s not easy. There is a small range where a person’s blood sugar levels are safe for a human. When a person’s blood sugar level is low, they are dying. Yes, that’s right. I’m not exaggerating, they are dying. When a person’s blood sugar level is high, their organs are breaking down at a molecular level- that means their insides are being destroyed.

Well then, just manage those levels, right? It’s that easy, right? I wish. The variables for maintaining a good blood sugar level can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. There are so many factors that can affect glucose levels; weather, hormones, pain, physical activity, medications, alcohol, hydration, sleep, food, stress and much more. Let’s just look at stress for a moment. How many of you deal with stress daily? Now imagine if that ordinary stress wreaked havoc with your body and mood every day?

And speaking of stress. The stress of managing diabetes weighs on a person. Just going to bed and wondering whether you’re going to wake up at all. Yes, there are people who die in their sleep because their blood sugar goes so low, they never come to. I know that I go to bed with this thought every day, and have done so for the last eight years.

Remember, there are people living with struggles that you don’t know about because the crosses they have to bear are invisible.

The Film is called DxOne, and their Facebook page is here.

Look Also After Your Own Interests

In addition to looking after others, and ministering to them, we also need to take care or ourselves …

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:4)

Missionary Coach ShowWe need to look at our own interests, and not dismiss them. In considering what we do, we should first consider others better than ourselves (Phil 2:3), but also we should look at our own interests (Phil 2:4). Too often we do not consider our own interests and needs, often to the detriment of ourselves, others, and our ministry.

Life, and serving Christ and others, needs to be a balance of considering the interests of others and ourselves. If we neglect others, we are being selfish. If we neglect ourselves we will be ineffective in serving others, ineffective in our ministry, and also could burn out …

T1D Parent Researching Breakfast Meme

Committing our plans to God does not guarantee success and blessings. We need to be seeking God to find out what He desires from us, line up our plans with Him, and then commit those plans to Him.

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To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
The Lord works out everything to its proper end – even the wicked for a day of disaster.
(Proverbs 16. 1-4 NIV)

We need to be walking in obedience to what God has for us and into the plans that He has laid before us to achieve success that not only has a earthly impact, but also has an effect in eternity, and in establishing God’s Kingdom.

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Happy Easter

Easter is always a time to remind us of why I am serving as a full-time volunteer with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) with the Circle 18 team.

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Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5)

Having been in full-time volunteer missions for 17-years I am often challenged about what I am doing, and why I am doing it. Easter, more than any other time of the year, is a good reminder of why we do what do as Christ’s final command on earth to His followers was:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

During Easter we remember Christ, His gift to us, and His command to go into all the world …

Missionary Coach ShowToday on episode 1 of The Missionary Coach Show we’ll be talking about overcoming the impostor syndrome.

David Jackson from Feeding My Faith and the School of Podcasting often talks about the need for us to overcome the “Impostor Syndrome”. While he is referring to the need to do it to begin a podcast, we need to overcome the impostor syndrome to step out in our walk with God

Have you ever been labelled as any of the following:

  • Fake
  • Fraud
  • Failure
  • Hypocrite

If so, you need to cast those thoughts aside, and instead, commit yourself to God, and what He has called you to do

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