Monday, February 11, 2008

To Laugh or To Cry

That is the question... Thank you for all the love from the "blogging world." I very much appreciate your support and your prayers. Today started off a little rough in that I woke up with what appears to be a sinus infection, but fortunately I had some left over meds from the last time I was sick and they kicked in with no side-effects. The kids seemed back to their "old selves," so I dropped my 4 year old off at Pre-K and got some grocery shopping done. However, when I went to pick her up, she had just started crying that her ear was hurting. She was very upset, which was unusual for her and thankfully I was able to get a doctor's appointment within an hour. Sure enough, she has an ear infection. That makes three ear infections in three weeks and hopefully the last of it.

Often times people who know about my current situation express admiration for my being able to do what I do. I feel I must set the record straight. This deployment, child-rearing, crisis-dealing, is not done on my own strength. I'm not that strong, and I give the total credit to God that I haven't already been "commited." The Bible says that God won't give us more than we can handle WITH His strength. The following verses have been great sources of comfort during these "challenging" times whether is an obstinate toddler, household full of sick kids, craziness of life or worries about the safetly of my husband or of family members.
"No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it." 1 Cor. 10:13 (The Message)
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday." Ps. 91:1-6 (NLT)