So where do I begin 🤷🏼♀️? 2019-2020 has been a pretty trying time. Through it all, I know God has a plan. Through it all, my Faith has not wavered. As Mother, we have to pivot in so many areas of our lives that trying times is just another curve ball being thrown our way where we have to be prepared with our gloves ready to catch the curve balls.
So to the readers that may not know me, I have a full-time career, married, a momprenuer, Life Coach to Momz, blended family, 5 kids, and a few additional roles- that’s just a quick snapshot.
Every morning or evening, I take out time to write in my grateful journal, I listen to my worship music, and I pray (read scripture) and spend time with God. During my time spent, God revealed to me that he was equipping me and preparing me for some upcoming storms.
Now I would ask God what specifically is he preparing me for? He would always just whisper to me to keep your Faith and Trust him. Two of my favorite scriptures Jeremiah 29:11 and Ephesians 4:13 I would repent them daily. So boom: The COVID-19 hit!
That in itself came with several challenges. First, I had to pivot (like majority of us Moms) to homeschooling. Secondly, the organization that I am employed with started telecommuting from home. Third, I had to share a workspace with my spouse. All of these things are happening at once. (Thank you to all the essential workers that continued to work during this period) This brought about scheduling conflicts, fighting for time alone, and fighting for quality time being spent together. Let me just say this God sat us both down: although we already pray together, we started doing couples devotion daily and that has blessed our relationship tremendously. We have even learned new things about our children.
A few weeks later, after getting a check-up I get the news from the doctor that I needed surgery to have some abnormal cells removed. For the most part I have had a clean bill of health so this was a shocker. So I’m talking to God, like God what’s going on? I am a woman of Faith but hearing the news brought about all these different emotions. I immediately start telling God, “like I need to be here for my kids and for my family”. I was allowing my emotions to get the best of me because not once did I get any news that I was leaving the earth 🤦🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️. I was assuming my destiny versus allowing God to position my destiny.
So Fast-forward, I have the surgery about two weeks later. After my surgery, my doctor informed me that I shouldn’t bleed for no more than two weeks and if the bleeding continues or became heavy, I should go to the emergency room. So after week one of my surgery, I was still bleeding pretty heavy and I was feeling lightheaded and just could not stay awake (basically I was loosing too much blood). So I call my doctor to inform him of the symptoms and he informed me to come in immediately. So I go back to the doctor and they attempted to stop the bleeding three times that week in the office. The bleeding would not stop; So the doctor scheduled me for an emergency surgery because I’m literally bleeding out.
Now this is my second surgery within a three week time frame. But right before my second surgery my mom and dad fly into town because they wanted to ensure that I was resting properly. They knew that their daughter was not resting 🤦🏼♀️. And because I informed my parents that I had seen an Angel (I really did). They got on the next flight ✈️ smoking.
Moms we are normally the one to take care of the up keep of the inside of the home; having reinforcements to come to my home so that you can rest properly was a Blessing. I literally felt like the woman with the issue of blood because I bled for a long time. The Woman with the issue of blood was healed because of her Faith. Again, my FAITH never wavered because I know that I am nothing without God in my life. I know that God sent my Mom and Dad because although I was having surgeries, I was still trying to clean dishes, do laundry, sweep, fold clothes because I did not want to get behind. He sent my Mother and Father (My Reinforcements) so that I could totally rest (mind, body, and soul) and heal. God knew that my husband needed help.
I know that there are some Moms that can relate to not wanting to fall behind on household duties, so you still try to push yourself even when your body says no. That was me. I had to get rid of the Superwoman Cape.
About a week after my surgery, our household refrigerator broke and then a rain storm came and flooded our entire basement five days after that!!!! All of the carpet had to be removed, some of the doors removed, and the walls had to be taken out: a real live construction 🚧 site going.
This is another unexpected pivoting moment that us Moms have to face and be prepared to face. I know that God is still in control and these are just mini tests of Faith. I think some people have this notion that just because you are a Christian you don’t go through tough times or have struggles, Chile so not true. We as Moms, we are equipped to pivot and bounce back from many curve balls being thrown. Moms are graced to endure and overcome through faith and tenacity.
Through all of my pivoting moments, my husband has been battling with me: praying, teaching, taking care of me while I heal, and just been that voice of reason- I am forever grateful for my friend/husband. (And he took care of the kiddos 5 of them)
I had friends, additional family members, my church family, and my Pastor offer support and I really appreciate it. Our basement is currently under reconstruction. Let’s keep the Faith Moms and know that you too can get through your life challenges.
Here are some TIPS for getting through stressful times: 1. Keep Self-Care as a Priority (take a walk, a bubble bath, listen to a positive podcast). 2. Meditate/Prayer Daily 3. Daily Journal 📓 entry 4. Work out 🏋️♀️ or bike ride 3 times per week. 5. Drink plenty of water 6. Talk to your Best Girlfriends for encouragement and support. 7. Get some rest
Signed, A FaithChick