As mentioned in my last post, a couple months ago I fell which resulted in a concussion. Concussions are serious and recovery is no joke. The first couple weeks were spent in a dark, quiet room with little to no outside interaction. No computer, phone, television or any type of screen time was allowed. No reading or cognitive activity was allowed. The only thing required was to rest. For some this may sound like a really simple thing to do. It may even sound like a ‘vacation’. To me it seemed like a punishment or mild torture.
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Merriam-Webster offers these synonyms for ‘outraged’: angered, enraged, fuming, furious, incensed, indignant, inflamed, infuriated, irate, livid, riled, ticked, teed off. Outrage can also be defined as impassioned anger.
For the last couple months I have been on an extended intermission from life both online and in the immediate world outside my door. I have been recovering from a concussion. It has been a scary time, a trying time, and a very enlightening time. The Lord didn’t cause the accident that resulted in my concussion, but He certainly used it to clean up my perspective. So this begins the series of Post-Concussion Discussion. …THE REST OF THE STORY
It’s been a little while since I have written. I apologize. Sometimes it seems there are so many thoughts running through my head that I can’t seem to organize them enough to sit down and write. And sometimes, I’m in the midst of all the facets of life I previously wrote about that I can’t seem to find the time to write. …THE REST OF THE STORY
Recently, my life has been a whirlwind. Between huge professional projects, business travel, family vacation, a pesky cold, and ministry, I have been spinning, spinning, spinning. In the midst of it all, I had this amazing family vacation. While preparing for it was part of the whirlwind and stress, when we arrived at the beach, we had a lot of down time. We enjoyed quite a bit time on the beach under the umbrella. We chatted and reminisced. We snacked. We napped. We read. And sometimes we just quietly watched the waves roll in and the families around us interact. Spending nearly seven days on the beach leaves a lot of room for thinking and general contemplation. One thing I have learned is that when you’re sitting in front of an immense part of creation, you suddenly feel the smallness and the vastness of life all at once. It’s totally contradictory. You see the vastness of God’s creation and just know how small you really are. In contrast, you begin to think about the small world that is your life with all its aspects, and suddenly your small world seems so big. Maybe big isn’t the right word. I believe multifaceted would be a better word. Perhaps you can’t relate at all, but I feel like my life has so many facets. I am living a multifaceted life. How about you? …THE REST OF THE STORY
The other day I was at a restaurant with my little family. It was just the three of us, my husband, my teenage daughter and me. We were waiting on our number to be called to pick up our food at the counter. I looked over as I heard a number called and saw a little girl maybe 4 or 5 years old go up with her mother. The mother handed the little girl the tray of food, and told her to go back to their table while she got their drinks. The little girl wobbled as she carried the tray. The tray leaned and the food slid. She was concentrating, but she was so small behind this big tray of food. It was a lot for someone her size to carry. I kind of held my breath as I watched her come toward the area we were sitting. I spoke quietly to my daughter, “Oh no! She’s going to lose her hot dog.” My teen daughter looks at me and says, “Mom, just let it happen!” The little girl teetered and tottered, but kept her balance and made it safely all the way to her table with the food intact. I sighed with relief. …THE REST OF THE STORY
Overwhelmed & Uninspired
My life has come at me hard and fast lately which is one reason I haven’t written for a couple weeks. No excuse, I know. I’m sure you all understand what it’s like to get caught up in the whirlwind of life. Because of my current circumstances, I found myself looking for some of my old writings. I thought since I’m feeling overwhelmed and uninspired that maybe I could share with you all some of my past writings. As my husband and I agreed this morning, most of the time I share from a place of ‘lessons learned’, and I’m just not there yet. I like to share some grand epiphany I gained from a situation or experience. I’m still waiting on that grand epiphany. Right now, I’m still in the ‘learning’ phase of my situation. So I set out to find the folder that held some of my old writing. (I won’t even get into what it took to find it. That’s a weird story in and of itself.) I had a particular writing in mind. It was a writing called “My Cup Runs Over” and it was written for an invitation I had received to speak at a church on a Sunday morning where ladies would be facilitating the entire service. …THE REST OF THE STORY
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
~2 Corinthians 12:9-10
OMG! I can’t even! We hear these words from the ‘millennials’ all the time. For whatever reason, I seemed to hear this phrase in my head now. It usually comes to mind when I’m facing something I feel completely inadequate to deal with. Let’s face it! There are always issues of life that just seem impossible.
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My family and I recently went on a vacation in the mountains of Tennessee, specifically Gatlinburg. We love Gatlinburg. I often refer to it as my “happy place”. It is one of my favorite places on earth. I love the mountains, the friendly people, and the slower pace of life. My husband and I were just there last October, which is the typical time of year we go. This year we decided to go and to take our daughter for her spring break. September/October is a great time to go, but it turns out I love Tennessee in April as well. This was one of the best family vacations we have ever had. Any opportunity to bond with your teen is a great opportunity. The little moments meant the most. …THE REST OF THE STORY
Memories…they come and they go. Some stick with us forever (or so it seems). What we do with the good and bad memories helps define who we become. Good memories can spark a bit of nostalgia and even cause us to long for what once was. However, if we choose to not long and just be thankful that we had the experiences, we can feel warmth in our heart and spirit unlike anything else. Bad memories can cause us to feel anxiety, pain, or even depression. Choosing to look at bad memories from a different perspective, though, can lead us to also be thankful. Thankful that we had an opportunity to learn, and thankful we had a growth opportunity, a chance to grow stronger. …THE REST OF THE STORY
I began a new chapter in my life a few weeks ago. I felt like it was a great opportunity to start something else new…this blog. Timing is so important. We often want what we want when we want it. Well…not often…maybe more like always.
Tuesday (a few weeks ago) was my last day in an office outside of my home. It happened suddenly and unexpectedly. A few weeks ago my work situation/environment completely changed, which required much thought and action by myself & my co-workers. For me, it was an opportunity to embrace a change and to experience a completely different work environment. I spent the next several days really thinking about what all this means for my co-workers and what it means for me. There was a form of “survivor guilt” that was really weighing me down. …THE REST OF THE STORY