Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In This World You Will Have Migraines

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.  John 16:33 NIV

It’s tough being a parent.  To be a parent with a chronic illness makes circumstances even harder.  I have been dealing with debilitating migraine headaches.  It’s something I have dealt with for 20 years; but they come in cycles, and when I’m in a cycle, I have them daily for a long period of time. 

I know that God gives me these migraines as a way to test my faith.  Not only are they testing my faith, but they are testing the patience and faith of my daughter as well.  Evie has special needs, and one of those needs is high-anxiety.  When she sees me not feeling well, she gets very upset.  So, I have to do everything I can to keep things as normal as possible for her.  This is a very difficult thing to do when I’m in the middle of an intense migraine.  

I hold fast to the verse from John above.  “In this world you will have troubles.”  Oh, yes, I am experiencing one of those “troubles” right now.  I have scaled back on many activities.  My personal blog has gone un-touched for several days.  I have stopped packing for our move in June because I know that when Evie is at school, I should be resting.  I have been going to bed shortly after she does because my body is so tired from fighting the migraine all day.  I am experiencing those “troubles” of which Christ spoke.

“I have overcome the world.”

Yes.  I make this verse my own; as if Christ is speaking directly to me.  “In this world you will have migraines.  Take heart, Tammie!  I have overcome migraines.”  Of course!  If I believe that Christ died, and conquered death, then certainly he has the power to overcome migraines. 

For now, I will make adjustments in my life that allow God to step in and show his strength in midst of my weakness.  I’ll let him show me what is important and of what I can let go.  I’ll let my writing be “less thought out” and more “from my heart,” because I’m letting God take over.  I will let God help me to overcome the trouble of this world.

Pray:  Lord, help me to stay focused on you as you shepherd me through a season of pain.  Keep me from trying to do too much; help me to lie down in the pasture to which you have led me.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness. I had migraines when I was birth control in my early 20s. They were simply awful. I can't imagine having them so often... with kids in the house... and with special needs kids in the house. You have a great attitude about your struggle. Be comforted!