If you have ever been in a place of waiting on a blessing, a sickness to end, relief from a busy time at work or school then I am speaking to you. For the past several months I have been suffering from a horrible bout of morning sickness (all day sickness is more accurate) and even though I know in a few short months a blessing is waiting to arrive this has been a difficult time for me and our family.
With my first child, I now realize how spoiled I was and although had a few days and times of sickness I had no idea the tidal wave of nausea and throwing up could bring day after day. Everyone likes to reassure you that it means you are having a healthy baby and pregnancy, but despite the joy and hope in those thoughts it has almost consumed me into a state of depression. Trying to raise a toddler, work part-time, do a little around the house has all been a serious effort. For anyone who has not experienced it just imagine waking up every day with a bad stomach flu, if you are lucky it may disappear for a few hours only to return at night or the next day again. Oh and about an hour after you recover from throwing up you are starving and need to eat everything in sight. Rinse and repeat.
This has been my tough journey, but I know everyone faces hard times. My husband and many of my family members are accountants and this is a brutal season of working and exhaustion that many don’t see an end in sight until April 15! How do we struggle and get through these difficult days? How do we find little pieces of joy?
Knowing it can’t last forever! Just like in a pregnancy or a cancer treatment or a strenuous time at work…there is an end in sight. Keep your eye on the prize!
Seek quiet time in any spare moment to be with Jesus. As hard as it is in these circumstances when the bed seems like the only place of refuge or a funny show on TV I have found the hard way that Jesus is truly my only source of refreshment. He will encourage us and keep us going in ways we can’t fathom. This can be in prayer, Bible reading or a devotional before bed. Some days all I can manage is the daily reading in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young before bed. I know it can’t always be my source of time with God, but when I just need to get sleep to stop being sick it grants me a peace to know Jesus is with me.
Seek joy. I am currently reading a book called “Fight back with Joy”. It is a great read and I will do a more in-depth summary and recommendation at a later time, but this book has been a sweet spot to my soul. As silly as it may sound, but even re-runs of old TV shows have brought joy and humor when all I can do is lay around and eat Saltines! We all have something or someone that makes us laugh and surround yourself with these things during these hard times. There is joy and laughter still to be found.
My prayer is you are not currently on a tough journey and just trying to get through each day, but if you are know that there is One who walks beside you. You are not alone and you will make it! If you have been through a tough season what do you do to cope and get through? How do you fight back with joy?