What have I learned in the last two years?
The doctors tell me that my Myelin Sheath that protects my Spinal Cord is progressively degenerating at the level of my C-spine (slowly-praise God!). We don’t have a diagnosis for the cause, and I won’t go into detail here about what symptoms I deal with, but feel free to message me if you want to know anything
-I’ve seen the beautiful body of Christ minister to us so sweetly and generously time and time again! Our families have been incredible! While we were still homeschooling, other families stepped forward to help so we could keep the kids home as long as possible. And we had an amazing college student who nannied for us that first semester I was so sick when I had to go to bed every afternoon. And the list goes on and on!
*I learned humility in accepting help from others when I really didn’t want to need help.* James 4-“God gives grace to the humble.”
-When we swapped to the public schools for our older two kids, we had a very selfless neighbor who picked our kids up and brought them home every day and – get this- waited in car line at BOTH SCHOOLS. Now that’s a fabulously selfless friend! We had so many sweet people who checked on us throughout our transition to make sure our kids were adjusting well, that it made my Momma’s heart overflow with peace that the Lord knew what He was doing.
*I learned that God is the Perfect Parent and that He was writing their story. I could trust Him.* Jer. 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust IS the Lord.”
-My dear, sweet husband has been a patient and loving friend through it all. Our marriage isn’t perfect, but God is perfecting us through this. We strive to keep God first, then our family, then everything else falls under that. My health doesn’t dominate us anymore. We’ve adjusted to the abnormal, as much as possible, and we’ve just had to accept there are things I cannot currently do.
*Proverbs 3:5-7 has come alive to us through this time and guides our steps: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones!”
I’ve learned that EVERYONE is going through SOMETHING and if you’re not currently going through something, you will at some point. So, please know that I am here for you! As someone real that you can talk to. I have bad days and good. I’m not always, “Praise the Lord!” Sometimes I just want to stay in bed and not be positive about our situation. But God is merciful and I’m so thankful that His love for me isn’t based on my day to day performance or acceptance of the “hand that has been dealt me”. We are all in need of His grace – above all, His eternal saving grace, and how sweet that grace is! My greatest need has been met through Jesus! All other needs we have here on earth are secondary to our need for our sins to be forgiven by him so that we may meet Him on the other side of eternity. It would be my honor to pray for you or to help show you in God’s Word some bit of comfort or peace in your time of need.
Psalm 130:7 “O, Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him there is plentiful redemption!”