Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Just Enough

There have been many times in my life where I have fretted over a circumstance, situation, or future that I ultimately have little control over. Life happens, storms hit, and often figuring out how to adjust or manage can be overwhelming and leave me indulging in self-pity and depression. Yet, as I reflect on God's goodness and mercy, I am continually awed by His provision of "just enough" in our day to day living and times of specific need.

When we began our journey to find and purchase a home. . .He provided just enough.

When we went from two incomes to one many moons ago. . .He provided just enough.

When my father committed suicide and left me wondering where God was. . .He provided just enough.

When the towers fell and the world seemed to be crumbling before me. . .He provided just enough.

When our daughter's learning difficulties brought new challenges. . .He provided just enough.

When we've had more week or month left than paycheck. . .He's provided just enough.

When we've worried over our dd's Epilepsy and how to pay for her meds. . .He's provided just enough.

When medical expenses have overwhelmed us. . .He's provided just enough.

When the cupboards have been empty and we've wondered how we'll get groceries. . .He's provided just enough.

When my heart ached from miscarrying. . .He provided just enough.

When holidays come around and we have no idea how were going to do Christmas. . .He provides just enough.

When I grow discouraged and feel defeated. . .He provides just enough.

When my faith is weak, when I can't see any hope. . .He provides just enough.

"Just enough" comes in many forms. . .comfort, friendship, a smile from one of my children, encouragement, fresh air, rest, His Word, strength to carry on, simple Christmas lists, opportunity, direction, motivation, humility, charity, sunshine, a song, a phone call, an email, and so on. Yes, many, many forms, yet consistently. . .

. . .just enough.

. . .just in time.

. . .just the perfect measure to remind me who's in control.

Ever grateful for His faithful provision of "just enough".

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you." ~ 1 Peter 5:7

". . .Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." ~ John 16:33

"Great is His faithfullness, His mercies begin afresh each day." ~ Lamentations 3:23

Monday, December 6, 2010

Coming Along. . .26 weeks and counting!

Yes, I LOVE, ADORE, CHERISH the end results of this process called pregancy, and I am SO, overwhelmingly grateful for my precious ones, but the "getting there" is. . .ugh, argh, ick.

Among my many ailments. . .

"morning", no make that ALL DAY sickness that last for many weeks - constantly nauseated or vomiting and have NO energy (ZERO, ZILCH!!) and once I vomit up something, I can't eat it again for years!

my palate becomes very quirkly, NOTHING tastes right

if I brush my teeth, I either throw up or have to rinse with warm salt water to try and get rid of the toothpaste taste

can't stand the smell of anything! (perfume, deodorant, cleaners, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, even foundation, etc.)

alternate between a cold sweat and a "whoa is it hot in here?" sweat

terrible heartburn and indigestion

dry bleeding nasal passages oddly combined and alternating with overproductive mucus causing me to constantly need a garbage can and roll of toilet paper handy. Yes, gross, I know! (A spitting, snotty woman is not attractive.)

can't stand to wear make-up or lipstick during the first 5-6 months, I finally found pure tasteless, odorless petroleum to keep my lips from rampant dryness!

insomnia - even in the early months, I wake up and stay awake for countless hours in the night.

general "I feel awful" on a daily basis

And at this point, my hips and arms go numb at night, which brings me to the aerobic tasks of frequently rolling over!

Then last, but not least, just learned I have gestational diabetes again :(

I'm sure there are many more things that are alluding me at the moment, but of course, I can't remember much when I'm pregnant either!

No, I don't need any cheese to go with my whine, LOL!  This too shall pass :)

So, all that to share a pic and news that. . .things are coming along and looking just "beachy" (as in beached whale) here at 26 weeks.

Did I mention. . .I've had a couple of 10 lb babies? 

I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!
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