Saturday, May 17, 2008

My yoke is easy

God often brings to mind the verses in Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." They're my "theme" verses for this time in my life, I think. My friend, Trisha, told me to think of it like Jesus is taking the brunt of the weight of the "yoke," and all I need to do is walk beside Him and learn. I'm practicing the walking and learning.

My problem-or at least, ONE of my problems, is that the scope of taking care of Annie has so many layers, I don't know which one to peel off first. I've been focusing on this ketogenic diet for the last three months, but her seizures are just one layer. There's the relearning to walk part, and walker/gait trainer that was ordered 6 weeks ago didn't magically appear, so I need to follow that paper trail. Then there's the eating thing that's stalled again, because her nausea and vomiting is a major roadblock to me helping her try any new food-that's-on-the-Ketogenic diet.

Before I go on too long, I have to say that this week HAS been better than last week. She had an alert, productive week at school, and her seizures are way down--I may have seen one today. She has been protesting more about anything she doesn't like, though, which I guess is a good thing. The down side to that, though, is that she is downstairs yelling about something or other, and I can tell I had better sign off for now!



Anonymous said...

(((((Jean)))) sending you a cyberhug. Thanks for posting. I know I can't begin to imagine all you are going through but I DO CARE and keep you in my prayers.

Sue Powell

Anonymous said...

Prayers for clarity, for focus on the 'right' layer at the time... prayers for peace through each layer.


Gretchen said...

Bless you for sharing your burdens, not only with Jesus, but with us. Let us know if you need anything, Jean. Of course we're praying.

In my own experience as a mom raising a kid with some special needs (not to compare, but just to empathize), I totally understand the peeled onion analogy. Another one (less pretty, I admit) is peeing on fires. Truly. Which one is burning fiercest and brightest at the time. And priorities change within the child as needs change--nearly constantly.

No wonder you need that verse. We all do. In fact, it's one of my life verses--probably also because I tend to have an anxious personality.

Sending love and hugs, and later this week, turkey enchiladas.


aunt rebecca said...

Plus - there's more than one onion in the house...yep, that's me - just trying to cheer you up ;-)

And to think that I was fretting because I forgot to water the roses when I watered my other plants...

When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We'll sing and shout the victory!