Life Is Busy

Life Is Busy

Life Is Busy

Life Is Busy

If we were having a morning beverage together…

I would tell you about yesterday being graduation celebration day.  There was a graduation, two graduation open houses with an overnight party for my oldest.  Every location was on the opposite side of the city (and I live in Indianapolis – not exactly a small place).  Life is busy!  Let’s just say, there was a LOT of driving – hours of driving.  I really wish I had another driver in the house…hint, hint oldest child!

Life Is Busy

God Watching Over Us

If we were having a morning beverage…

I would tell you that one of my brothers is staying at our house for a bit until he starts a new job.  It’s been nice.  He’s helped a lot, we’ve had fun talking and picking on the kids as well as he has spent a lot of time with my youngest.  My youngest has really struggled since his dad died.  He craves time with adult men who take an interest in him.  I hurt for him.  He has an uncle that sees the boys two or three times per month and my brother has had time to spend with him now when he’s not working.  I wish there were more men that could pour into their lives, but I’m thankful for what they have.

I love the verse Psalm 146:9 where it states, “The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked.”  I feel Him watching over and caring for us all the time.  However, the verse James 1:27 is a little harder for me.  It states, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”  I know people have so, so much to do with their jobs, families, churches and so on, but, there are times when I wish this was something that was practiced more often.  I understand, life is busy, but to have others checking in on us on a regular basis with offers to help would be life-changing.  But I rest in the promise that God is watching over and caring for us.

Hope you don’t mind that I went a little serious there, but friendship covers both the good and the bad.  Thanks for listening.

How are you?  Have you had a good week?  Anything happening you’d like to talk about?

~ Joanna Lynn

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3 thoughts on “Life Is Busy

  1. Hi Joanna,
    Thank you for sharing what’s on your heart. You shouldn’t have to hide your thoughts and concerns away. I have had a chronic heath condition for the last ten years and there have been times when things have been very touch and go. I’ve also had extended periods where I haven’t been able to be there for my kids and my husband has carried the load…and my parents. My kids both do Scouts, which gives them time with other more energetic adults and gets them doing activities I can’t manage.
    I am surprised at who helps us and who walks past blindly but I try not to get upset, angry anymore although sometimes, I succumb.
    One of my friends lost her husband when the boys were young and her boys have grown up into fine Christian men. I find that encouraging that although losing a parent is devastating, that children can overcome. That said, I also see quite a few performers on these TV shows like the Voice and X-Factor who dedicate their performance to a lost parent and the emotions are very raw and painful.
    We’ve been through enough grief just facing that possibility. It’s a very challenging road.
    While I might appear to be contradicting myself there, I think those sort of contradictions are inherent in those difficult, challenging and awful life events. We might move forward. We might gain strength and character but there is also the pain, the anguish and those things can co-exist. At least they do for me.
    I hope that helps.
    Love & God Bless,

  2. I agree with you. I generally don’t think about the help or lack thereof. It’s only on rare occasions that it comes up. I mostly am concerned about the boys having Godly men in their lives, especially for my youngest.

    I will pray for your health. I know how hard it is to try to parent around an illness – not an ongoing rough sickness like yours – but it took a month for me to heal from a perforated appendix and when my husband was hit and then run over by a semi, there was almost two years of working around his illness. It’s not easy and I’m sure it is heartbreaking for you when you aren’t able to be fully present for your children.

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