Here in the Hippie Hut, we had several nifty things going on over this past weekend.
Saturday morning, Sara and I got to go to a book signing and meet the senior pastor of our church, Pastor Chris, which was so much fun:
Then we took Henry, the service dog/wonderpup to see Santa:
And, of course, Sunday was Church Day!
It was Legacy Sunday at our church and Pastor Chris preached a wonderful sermon about hope:
And I got to serve and see my sweet babies too. 💛💛💛
After church, I usually go home and lay down for a few hours – I’m always out of steam by the time we get home – but yesterday I needed to go see the production of High School Musical that Joey has been working Tech on:
So I went straight to the high school after church. And the kids did a great job:
I was unattended and kept nodding during the second half and the good word according to my son was that I actually napped through more of it than I stayed awake (as I was exhausted). #fixitjesus #mamatried 😂😂😂
So I came home and slept for several hours.
Recently, no matter how hard I’ve tried, I’m finding that my body just hits “the wall” of extreme fatigue – not to mention the pain – and I’m just done.
From the activity this weekend (which wasn’t much by a healthy person’s standards), I woke up today, hurting and exhausted. I expected to be pretty wiped out though – Mondays usually are tired days – and had planned nothing today (In fact, I’m in the process of reworking my schedule to have many more “nothing” days.).
After I got moving and got everybody situated, I sat down on my bed to begin schoolwork. And apparently slept sitting straight up for about an hour and a half.
Then I was woken up to do some kid stuff so I was up for a few hours.
I sat back down around 12:30PM, again to do schoolwork. And, without warning, I again slept sitting straight up for two and half hours.
RA fatigue and exhaustion are no joke.
And, at night, my pain is often so out of control that I frequently can’t sleep.
So I am thankful that I am able to be home during the day. I would never make it through a nursing shift these days.
God’s timing is always perfect. As I was feeling pretty awful, I checked my email this afternoon and discovered this:
Just when I was starting to feel super bummed, my credentials to start seeing nutrition clients came today. Such a blessing.
As I was thinking about the timing of this, a verse came to mind:
Ephesians 2:10 says that God has prepared good works in advance for us to do. As He is all-knowing, He did this knowing exactly what our circumstances would be and chose to use us anyway.
So, as long as I am breathing, He has plans for me. He prepared good works for me to do, even with RA. He prepared good works for me to do, even between RA naps. He prepared good works for me to do and then wants me take a few days off to recover to stay healthy when I have to.
None of this is a surprise to Him.
And I am still useful.
Be well, everybody, and have a happy week!
Grace and blessings. 💙❤️💚💜💛
writer. holistic nutritionist. disabled nurse. wife. kid & fur mom. Follower of Jesus. Spirit Junkie.