I have a confession to make: I am not a super woman! There I have said it! That is right! I am not! I can’t handle everything. I try, but can’t. I am in another process of waiting on the healing of my heel. I injured it about four days ago now. When I realized that it really did hurt, I did what I knew to do. Ice it, bandage it: there! Now it will get better instantly! Yep, that is my expectation! It’s what I need right? Coupled with the Word of God!
As I inquired of the Lord, I asked what else I needed to do? Call your daughter in law. Oh, I can do that. I am better now, so what I need to do is find out how to strengthen it. Exercise! It will help in the healing process. I am still believing for a quick recovery!
Called her. She is so good at her profession! She said, “Momma, you are not going to like what I have to tell you.” My response? “Don’t tell me I will have to ice it?!” “Yes, for about a week.” “What????” “And you have to stay off if it for two weeks.”
Two weeks??? Really? Does she not know how busy I am? I have a garden to weed and water. I have a flower bed that needs attention. I have to clean, network, etc., etc., etc….. Sound familiar? I have to ask for help?
How often do we get caught up in those things that revolve around us? I am not saying they are not important. I am not saying they shouldn’t be done. I am just saying that paying attention to my body and listening to what needs to be done to be healed is a process. Rest happens to be a part of that process.
I have discovered a few things while talking with others about my “condition”.
1. I have to change my mind. That’s right. I have a mind set that deceives me. I think that I can do it all. Why? Many reasons probably but the biggest one has to do with trust and expectations. I take people at their word. So when I do get disappointed, I take on their responsibility. (Need to change that.) I need to hold them accountable.
2. I believe in miracles. I have seen them time and again. They are wonderful. I am expecting a quick work where my heel is concerned. I also know that the Lord is interested in the process that this will work in my heart. I have to rest. Give my body time to heal. There are things that I can do from a seated position. Prayer for instance. I have become aware of several needs that need prayer. Reading, cross stitching, sewing, writing, coloring to name a few things that will help me relax. Hobbies I haven’t picked up for a while.
3. Learning to ask for help. I can get so caught up in doing “stuff” that I forget, I am not a “one” woman show. I need others just as you need others.
4. Learning to just be quiet. This is probably the hardest. Quiet: making no noise, silent, free from disturbance, motionless, free from disturbing thoughts, not busy or active.
Scripture says to be still and know He is God. I want to know Him more. I learn this in the quiet, secret place.
5. The consequences of not heeding this time. I could further injure with the possibility of surgery. It happens and then the time would be longer.
Two weeks? I will submit my self to this. Why? Because He can do His work in me when I am surrendered. So I choose to surrender to this work. His work of not just healing me physically, but allowing Him to show me where in my soul needs healing as well.
Please share with me that you have learned.
While outside today, my thoughts were rambling about gardening and business practices. So here are a couple of things that came to mind while weeding.
1. When planting a garden, make sure you plant the size you are capable of handling. Gardening takes work. Just like your job. It takes work. Because most of the work out there is performance based, we try to impress when we don’t have either the right tools or enough knowledge to perform. Most of us won’t even acknowledge that we either don’t have ability or it is more than we can handle thereby getting in over our heads. Ask for help if necessary!
2. Work with nature. Rain is a great necessity for plants. It also makes weeding easier. The soil is more workable. Sometimes you just have to work with what you have. However, look for the rain. You know that unexpected something that comes along. It just could be that it is the very thing you need to complete that project.
3. Know those with whom you are working with. Have an understanding of those who are partnering with you. There is a community garden. Several families have committed to help work it. Sometimes life just steps in and those commitments aren’t kept. Know what your part is and what you are willing to do and not do. Don’t feel you have to do it “all”. Ask for help.
4. Bugs! They are every where. The question is what will you use to get rid of them? Organic? Pesticides? There will be things that “bug” you. Know how you will respond/deal to each situation.
5. Right tools. Need I say more? All I have is a hoe and what I need is a tiller! Big difference. When starting anything, make sure you have all the tools you will need. Whether it is education or training – get what you need. Be equipped.
6. Weeds! There are so many kinds! That’s right! You have runners and stand alone. You have tall, short, fat and skinny weeds! They take a lot of work! However, if you tend to them quickly, you won’t have much stress. Whatever weeds show up, ensure that you tend it quickly. Sometimes you can take care of it yourself, sometimes you will need that boss or co-worker to help you take care of them.
Hope this has been helpful. We are not islands to ourselves. We need one another. Let me know what you think. You may just help me “weed” out things that no longer belong in my garden!
Where do I begin? It is interesting how technology has snuck in and taken over. I mean really. We are so used to having it now! Quick, easy. Only to find that when you don’t have it, you are stuck. That is how I have felt since our router went out. Yep. Ka-put. Nothing. Having to switch from one little knob to another. But you both can’t be on so……..
It has been frustrating, I must admit. I didn’t think that I was so “conditioned” to this internet thing. I mean, after all, I have an iPhone, right? Well, unless you can get wifi which comes from your house, that doesn’t cut it either. Unless you are just playing games, which I have been because nothing else was working. I have paired down to three. Not that I had that many, but everything got paired down. I had to be selective. What was really important on my phone?
Personally I don’t like typing on my phone. It just takes too long. Sorry, but that is just the way I am. I could speak into it, but then there is no punctuation and you have to add it otherwise you would have a long run-on sentence. (How English comes into play!!)
So for the last several weeks, I have not been able to communicate with those who are tied to their computers. Emails, Instagram, Pintrest, videos, Facebook, etc. I mean I can only say so much with the tiny key board that pops up! You know I didn’t think I had “fat fingers” but it seems that going for particular keys, well, I have deleted myself I can’t tell you how many times! It has been frustrating.
So the good news is we have a new router! Yep! I get to test drive it. See if it is going to work. At this point, there is 133 pages of reading that needs to be done in order to operate it. Hum……guess what I will be doing this evening!