Busy day! We headed out of the house about 8:20 for homeschool co-op. Unfortunately the youth leaders don't think it is necessary to clean up after themselves and they left a lot of extra work for me this morning just to get a class area ready to go. It did get me far enough behind that I didn't get a couple of other things done in time, but we limped along. Thankfully the day went very smoothly for our first day back since November. One huge hurdle I have crossed is handling all the compliments and questions about my weight loss. I knew they would come, but this is also a very difficult spot for me as one of my main weight gain "reasons" is to hide. When the weight loss is significant enough to be noticed easily it is tough to hide.
After co-op I dropped two more bags of "too large" clothes off and then we came home and I got the emails, etc., done for co-op. Needed to do it so it is off the list for the week and because I had a meeting a church tonight so knew I was short on time today.
The meeting tonight was about the Christmas Village that we did in December. Went longer than I thought it might, but it was time well spent.
Tomorrow I begin the day taking my dad to his doctor appointment (9 a.m.) and then I have my weekly appointment with the Nutritionist at 10:30. School with the kids will come at some point...possibly afternoon. I also need to finish getting an email address changed. Just time consuming, but will be worth it as it will save us about $100/year. We've had a personal domain for many years and it is time to let it go.
"Get a Grip" by Leah DiPascal
"When I said, 'My foot is slipping,' your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy." Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)
We had only been married a couple years when my husband Keith surprised me with a snow skiing trip to the mountains. Although I had never stepped foot in snow, the idea sounded exciting and adventurous.
I spent weeks preparing - purchasing warm, waterproof clothes, reading "how-to" articles, and daydreaming about us zipping down the slopes effortlessly. It was going to be wonderful. At least that's what I thought.
As it turned out, my winter wonderland daydreams didn't quite match up to my wonder-less reality.
Instead of swishing down the mountain together, I struggled in ski school with other beginners while Keith skied alone.
I spent more time slipping and falling then standing upright. My bruises had bruises, and children were mastering the slopes better than me.
After my first day of defeat, I opted out of ski school, determined to overcome my fears and do things my way. Anxiety mounted as I reached the top of the mountain and my skis slid onto the icy snow.
Down to the ground I went–over and over again. Poles, skis, and goggles spewed all over the place. I was frustrated, miserable, and ready to give up.
As worried tears ran down my face, Keith assured me we would make it down the mountain safely. He stayed close by my side. When I'd start to slip and fall, he was right there to hold me up.
Slowly and steadily my confidence grew and when we reached the bottom of the mountain, my heart overflowed with joy.
"Are you ready to go again?" Keith asked. While I wasn't immediately ready to head back up the mountain, my husband's loving faithfulness gave me the courage I needed that day. I knew he wouldn't leave me alone, that he would be there if I fell, and it made all the difference.
It's been years since that trip, but oftentimes I find myself slipping and sliding along the tough slopes of life. Challenging circumstances can leave me frustrated, miserable, and ready to give up—just like that day on the mountain.
Maybe you can relate. Are you facing a situation that seems bigger than a mountain? Do "what if" worries make you feel overwhelmed and ready to give up? Has life dealt you a powerful blow causing you to emotionally lose your footing from what was once a solid stance?
I'm so thankful we have God's promises in Psalm 94:18-19 to securely hold us up when we're unsteady: "When I said, 'My foot is slipping,' your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy" (NIV).
When life's circumstances cause us to feel unsteady we can call out to God for help. His love for us is unfailing and He is always there to support us when our feet begin to slip. Challenges and difficult trials can make us feel uncertain but God is faithful to hold us up as we trust in Him.
Safe within His loving grip we can have the confidence to keep going down the mountain of life. As we pause along the way, let's take time to look back and celebrate how far God has brought us. One faithful moment at a time.
Dear Lord, thank You for holding me up with Your unfailing love when my feet slip on the slopes of life. Help me trust You will be there to catch me. May Your assuring words comfort my soul when I worry and feel unsteady. In Jesus' Name, Amen.