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Battle of the Mind

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Yep, I fell off the face of the Earth.  Figuratively, of course, but now I’m back. (insert sigh of relief  here :)) The last two months have been filled with doctors visits.  Thankfully, to God be the glory, everyone seems to be getting better. For years I have suffered from Migraines and frequent headaches.  I know many people, especially women, struggle with them as well.  Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, I started getting a new type of migraine, Ocular Migraines.  The first time it happened I had numbness in my face and then floaters in my vision.  The second time was much worse and I lost some of my vision for almost an hour.  My husband had to rush home from work to watch the kids, since I was unable to.  It was scary, and over the next few days, I had more scares with frequent vision issues and sever head pain.  I was loosing the mental battle, fear was setting up camp in my thoughts.  I worried about being able to care for my kids, would I be able to continue staying home with them?  Would I loose my sight entirely and miss seeing them grow up?  All kinds of thoughts were tormenting me.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trust in you.”  Isaiah 26:3

This verse helped me quiet the crazy thoughts and instead focus on Christ.  I realized I had lost my spiritual sight, as well as, my physical sight.  God wasn’t any less in control, He wasn’t any smaller just because some bad things were happening.  If I lost all or part of my vision, I could still trust God to take care of my family.  God is always God, God is always good.  I forget that sometimes.  I look at what “I” can control and then feel overwhelmed by what I can’t.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

I pray these verses would encourage you, and if you have lost your spiritual eye sight, that they may direct your eyes back to our heavenly father.

Why and Why and Why

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“Mommy why did you stop the car?”  “Because there is a stop sign.”  “Why do we stop at the stop sign?”  “Because we have to so we don’t get into an accident.” “Why?” “Because we have to.” ”But why?  “I don’t know! We just do!”

Conversations like this are a non stop occurrence in my house, car, and shopping cart.  Wherever my toddler is, a never-ending stream of questions is not far behind.   I know these are teachable moments but they can also be trying moments.  I feel like I need a Google widget at my disposal 24/7.  Then when a construction truck drives by I can say, “that’s a giant excavator” instead of “hey there goes a scooper digger thing.”  Although, for the record, I am well versed in all things construction thanks to extended viewings of Bob the Builder 🙂

I know that as my kids get older they will out grow the “why” phase.  They will still have questions, but will stop looking to mom for all the answers.  That is a scary thought, not because I have all the answers, but because I can decide what they are exposed to.  My earnest prayer is that I can equip them to find answers in the right places.  Somehow, in spite off the craziness of our days, I want them to see me living a life full of Jesus.  So they will turn to Him first when they are seeking answers.

Lord help me show grace and forgiveness to my children just as you have shown it to me.  Help me model your love and joy to them.  I pray when they have questions and are seeking, they seek you first.

 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.  -2 Thessalonians 3:13