I'm in the midst of one of the most difficult stages of my life. Granted, many of you have faced much worse in your day and I mourn with you, but it's still tough for me to make it through each and every day.
My Bible study group has been doing Loving God with all of your Mind by Elizabeth George this year. It is an excellent study! Every week the chapter seems to fit my life circumstances perfectly. The last two chapters we covered were on "Enduring Difficult Times" and "Bearing Fruit in Difficult Times." I want to share here the formula she came up with for getting through trials. It's based on the Israelites' captivity, described in Jeremiah 29.
A-Acknowledge God's Hand
B-Bloom Where You are Planted
C-Count on God's Promises
D-Do Something Useful
The next chapter then explores the circumstances of the apostle Paul and Joseph and also modern-day saints like Madam Guyon, Mrs. Studd, and Hudson Taylor. She talks about doing God's will in hard times. What is God's will?
1. Delight yourself in Him
2. Indulge yourself in God's Word
3. Commit yourself to the Lord
So, how does this apply to my situation?
A-God allowed me to experience morning sickness for a reason. He will not give me more than I can handle. He has not left me without the grace to endure this trial. He is with me and He has a purpose in this.
B-I'm a wife, mother, friend, daughter, niece, aunt, sister, mentor, etc. I have many tasks throughout the day. I need to focus on fulfilling the responsibilities I have to the best of my ability.
C-I need to write some encouraging promises from the Bible on index cards and post them around the house. I need to listen to more praise music and my SEEDS CDs more often to remind myself of God's presence with me.
D-Even when I'm constantly nauseous, I can find ways to move through one tiny task at a time and also to encourage others. Send folks a little card or just a facebook message, praise my kids for their heartfelt efforts at being Mama's big helpers, call a sick grandparent, pray for a family that's enduring difficult times, write a blog post to inspire others, help plan a baby shower, etc. I may not be able to tackle the huge pile of laundry today, but I can throw one load in this morning and maybe one in this afternoon. I can't keep the house spotless, but I can put the dishes in the dishwasher, and then rest, knowing the kitchen is a little cleaner. I can read many stories to little ones on my lap or just sit and watch videos of their favorite animals on youtube with them. One minute, one little task at a time.
I need to commit each day to the Lord, remembering that my true satisfaction comes in Him, not in being physically healthy. I need to indulge myself in His Word, showing my kids that it is a huge priority in my life, and make time to teach them the Word and read it to them at mealtimes.
May God bless you and be with you in the midst of your difficulties right now. I'd love to hear about them in the comments so I can pray for you. Please keep me in your prayers as well, that the sickness would end very soon!