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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Slow Down

I had a couple of good days this week. My physical therapy appointment was on Friday.  After my session, my therapist and I planned to go to dinner.  It is very difficult for me to make plans now, because I never know, if I will feel good enough to keep them.  Since my Interstitial Cystitis (IC) diagnosis, I have had to slow down on everything. I am thankful that I did feel good enough, on that particular day, to go eat with her.

I told her that she still acts like such a “newlywed.” She has been married for a couple of years already. She told me how she longs to keep that "newlywed" feeling. But as we all know, people change. However; we talked about how marriage is a commitment and our love should grow stronger over the years. She inspired me to do things that will help the bond in my own marriage. I enjoyed my time with her so much. I am so thankful for my good days!

Earlier in the week, I went to the doctor. On my way home, I stopped by the pharmacy. I happen to be walking in at the same time this dear, sweet couple from my church. I said “hello” to them and she said “hello” back to me. She was not overly friendly, but I thought maybe she may not recognize me. After all, I had on my shorts and running shoes (purely for comfort...not running, lol.) and not my dressy clothes.

They were also picking up a prescription, but they had to wait a bit. As I turned to leave, I wanted to tell them “bye.” She said “Barbara, I want to apologize to you for being mean.” I didn't think she had been mean at all!

Just from his actions, I have known that her husband has Alzheimer's disease. No one has ever told me for certain, but I recognize the behavior. My Dad had Alzheimer's and I have had a small glimpse of what the primary caregiver goes through and it is not easy!!!

I told her that everyone has bad days. It broke my heart to think of the struggles that she might be going through. I sat down and talked with her a few minutes, because I know she needs encouragement. As we finished our conversation and I walked away, I thought about how all my troubles seem so small compared to what some people are going through!

This couple has been going to my church, since I was a young girl. They seem like such a sweet and thoughtful couple. They walk hand in hand as they leave the church...oh, so sweet!

It really amazed me that she cared enough to want to apologize to me. After all, I can only imagine what she is going through on a daily basis. I felt her love and compassion. She is always with her husband to hold his hand and to guide him. I believe God was showing me through this woman that He is always beside me to guide me no matter what.

The song below is about finding faith in every day life. If we don't feel Jesus beside us, then we have moved. He isn't always found in the obvious...oh no my friend.!  Sometimes we have to lift our eyes up and focus on Him. Sometimes that means we need to slow down our busy lives and have the faith to trust in Him. He is always there for us and will always be there for us, if we only take the time and look for Him.

 "Jesus In Disguise" Brandon Heath

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