No one likes to be sick. Even a cold can drag you down and just make you feel horrible. And unless you just hibernate and stay indoors...you’re going to get germs. Like the staying goes, “Wash your hands and say your prayers cause Jesus and Germs are everywhere.” Yep! Yep! Yep!
We do elderberry. We use oils sometimes. We take vitamins. We wash our hands and we try to keep the fingers out of our kids noses...I mean! What is so appealing about the nose when you’re a toddler??Haha! When you figure out why they love that hole so much, please let me know!! Shew!
Wade had the stomach virus a couple of weeks ago and was a very sick little boy. It took him over a week to recover and it was scary at times. And the weird thing was none of us ever got it. So, we were concerned thinking maybe it wasn’t a virus and had he him examined to make sure. Turns out that viruses can sometimes take that long, but it was horrible. He was pitiful and it was just a hard week.
And this week.... On Christmas Day Vaughn had a headache which we didn’t think much of because, who don’t have one. We’re always crazy busy and usually out late the night before, but it actually turned out to be a virus or something. I got it the next day and Wade ended up throwing up again that night but seemed better the next day. So, who knows what it was...and MJ is still in the clear. Germs, germs are everywhere.
Now I’m saying all this about sickness to say...I wish I was strong and didn’t break down when my kids are sick or anyone is, but I do. I just can’t stand to see them sick. I mean, I know no one does, but it just rocks my world. Everything becomes effected. Our schedule, routine, and I’m an on the go type momma...ahhhhh! It just makes my anxiety and all my emotions come out and it’s just horrible. Horrible! I just become a version of myself I really don’t like.
Do you get like that?
It’s hard for me. Not sure why, but all I know is... I panic and want them all better right then. I want to take it from them and make them better.
They have this book that MJ got for Christmas about boo boos. And I wish it was that easy when they were sick to clean it, kiss it and bandage it... all better! It’s not! And that never changes. Even when they get older you still want to hold them and doctor them. Make it better!
I am reminded during this season of Mary, Jesus’ mother. Knowing that she had found favor with God and would be with child, and not just any child...God’s son! Talk about anxiety. I can’t even imagine.
I know for me while pregnant, I was terrified that anything I did would cause something to happen. And then when Wade got here...it was even scarier. I was/am responsible for him. To raise him, teach him, correct him, help him,etc. Pressure. Tons of pressure! And MJ’s pregnancy was the same. It didn’t change!
And just like our job of being a parent, Mary’s had begun at birth too. She would watch him grow up, make no mistakes (no sin),and one day watch him go to the cross for all people.
I still remember watching The Passion of The Christ and where she is watching him be beaten and go to the cross, but it flashbacks to him as a little boy falling down and her running to help. She watched it all take place. I’m sure she felt broken. I’m sure she felt helpless. I’m sure she wanted to take his place. I’m sure when the people were yelling at Jesus, she wanted to yell back. I’m sure she felt a piece of her was gone when he took his last breath and they pierced his side. She was human. She was a mother and I’m sure she had or experienced the same feelings as us.
We are human. We’re going to have emotions and feel certain ways. But we can’t let these over take us and control us and allow them to win. That’s the enemy and he loves to stir up trouble. And when we allow him to invade that’s when we become the person we don’t know or like.
Panic, fear, anxiety, sadness, happiness, being proud, excited, worried...all words we feel as a parent! And it never changes, no matter how old they get.
God tells us in his word these things.
Let us say these words given to us and proclaim this in our lives when we feel weak, stressed, and panicked.
cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you." Isaiah 41:13
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
My heart and mind to be reminded that peace comes from God and I must pray for it. That help comes from him and I must pray for it. That I need to give all my worry, fear, anxiety to him. He cares and hears me. And he wants us to cast all this on him.
So, if you’re like me and you lose who you are when your family is sick and just get lost in it. Remember the one who heals, protects, loves, and holds you through it all, Jesus!
Love and Prayers,