Thursday, July 26, 2012

I am a Rock...I am an Island

Simon and Garfunkel's lyrics speak of someone who has been hurt (by love) so he or she retreats away from the world for protection.

We have had the attack of a nasty cold/flu virus in our household which has left me feeling like a shut-in for the past two weeks (aside from doctor's appointments). To top it off, we have been seeing a pediatrician for Addisyn's weight. Although all is positive (she is just long, lean and extremely active), I am feeling the pressure for both of my peanuts to put the poundage on, which of course I only have so much control over. I am feeling island-like. Isolated.

My friend from Arizona visited and was excitedly discussing her anticipation of the opening ceremony for the Olympics. Olympics? I had actually forgotten they were occurring.

I am hoping my isolation (or should I say quarantine) is over for a while and that I can have more of a Kanye West or Kelly Clarkson approach the hiccoughs in our family life. I am learning to live in the storm rather than look for away out. The a storm is not a bad place to be. Jesus was sleeping on the boat caught in a storm. I am feeling rock-like. Stronger.

I am grateful for friends and family who helped me feel connected despite my isolation the past couple of weeks.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone
What doesn't kill you makes you fighter..."
(Kelly Clarkson's Stronger)

Bible Reflections:

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
"6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

I am learning that there is nowhere I can go, where God has not gone ahead of me. I am learning that when we are isolated by trials it is in order that we may draw near to Him. I am learning that we must not stay in isolation, so that we may out pour His Love with genuine connections to others.

"You are my strength when I am weak, You are the treasure that I seek, You are my all in all."
(You are my All in All)

Didi and Daddy after a walk in the rain, she stayed dry and fell asleep...
...the rest of us got soaked all in the name of getting Daddy some chocolate milk.

 (We could have driven the car, but walking with the chance of rain seemed more exciting).

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