Life gets crazy and busy in an instant. I'm assuming that statement is true for everyone...at least I hope I am not the only one feeling this way. I never meant to take a four-week break from blogging after I complained about being a Potty Training Prisoner. I'm not a big fan of complaining on my blog, so I'm mortified that my "front page news" for the whole month of August was my negative potty training ramblings and woe-is-me moments in black-and-white for all who visited this site.
The truth is, life has been crazy these past several weeks because I have witnessed so many friends and family going through life-altering changes. Some good, some bad.....
The sadness over the loss of a precious unborn baby by one friend and the disbelief of two lines meaning "you're pregnant!" by another friend. The anxiety of a friend contemplating a life in the marines because her husband feels that is where God is calling them. The pure joy of answered prayer when another friend runs back to Jesus after 3 years in a same-sex relationship. The feeling of helplessness in my family for my brother who has to see a long list of doctors, yet again. The test of patience as my dad awaits to hear God's will for his future. The sadness and anger my patient's family is going through as their sweet baby is suddenly faced with an unexpected diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. The tragic death of another patient's father--a father who was the rock for one very precious but severely special needs child.
My heart is sad. And happy.
This is a season of growing for me...as a friend, physical therapist, daughter, sister, wife, and mother. I found myself somewhat hardened to others' burdens by the time I hit my junior year of college. I had had enough of caring too much for friends who laid burden after burden on my shoulders. I let myself believe that it's more important for me to take care of myself and not get wrapped up in the happenings of others. I was wrong.
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galations 6:2
The problem was the way I carried the burdens of others. I tried to fix everything in my own strength when what I really should have been doing was immersing myself in prayer for those I care about.
I'm thankful for the growth God has taken me through recently. I needed the time away from blogging to grow in Him.
Thanks for sticking around while I was gone.