Monday, May 21, 2012

Ahh! Ahh! Ahh-Choo!

Matthew 8:13
Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go!  Let it be done just as you believed it would."  And his servant was healed at that moment.

One thing I could always count on when I teach is getting sick.  At least twice, if not three times, a year.

Exposed to hundreds of children carrying millions of germs.  Sneezing and coughing without covering their mouths.  Touching me to get my attention.

There isn't enough hand sanitizer in the world to stave off the onslaught.

And, here comes the cold.  The sore throat.  The congestion.  The coughing.

The misery . . . 

Where minutes turn into long, tedious, lethargic hours.

No energy.  No appetite.  No pill does the trick.

Suffering . . .

With the Kleenex box as my constant companion.

Grumpy.  Growling.  Groaning.

I stagger through my illness.  Hoping.  Praying.

That at any time.  At any moment.

I'll start to turn the corner.

Begin to feel just a tidbit better.  Experience a tad of relief.

To assure me I'm on the mend.

And, give me hope that soon.  Very soon . . .

I will be healed.
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When you get sick, what kind of patient are you?

Will you join me in prayer?
When we fall ill, Father, help us to remember that You are there to hold us through the struggle.  May we recall the many healing miracles performed by Jesus and trust that we, too, will heal in time.  Give us the strength to persevere and the courage to endure.  Amen.

Readings
Psalms 89:1-18 or 89:19-52
Joshua 1:1-9
Ephesians 3:1-13
Matthew 8:5-17  

24 comments:

  1. Hi, Martha.

    Those lingering colds are awful...hope you feel better soon. There's one word for me when I'm ill, and that's obstinate. I think I've laid in bed once in my entire life, for half an hour. It doesn't matter that I know rest is necessary, for some reason I can't bring myself to do it. Mind you, I'm a workaholic in every aspect of my life, so that fits.

    Hope you're on the mend soon.

    Take care,

    Casey

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping in, Casey!
      Oh, wow, you sound like nothing, not even a cold, can keep you down. You're a lot braver than I am! :)
      Blessings!

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  2. I know exactly what you mean. I constantly got colds when I was teaching and also earlier when I was working in a bank. Now I don't get them so often. The last time I was really ill was with malaria. I'm not a bad patient in general - but a cold can be sometimes more irritating than something more serious!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Corinne!
      Malaria??? Wow, that would truly be frightening! And, yes, colds are more irritating than anything else; so glad I haven't had one in a long time.
      Did see your earlier comment on "Rock On" and responded. So sorry to be late, but for some reason, my comments don't always show up and I have to check posts one by one. :(
      Blessings!

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  3. God Bless and I hoped you turned your head away loll

    sometimes you just need to wait it out Martha, hoping you do not need to wait to long. Be well my friend !!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jim!
      The good news is, I'm not sick! I just wrote about previous experiences that laid me up for awhile.
      Thanks for the well wishes, though.
      Blessings!

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  4. Complete bed rest young lady :P Keep yourself warm and drink plenty of fluids. I hope you feel better :)

    I escaped two to three a-choo episodes because I took antibiotics for my tooth infection :P

    I'm not a very gracious patient. I know that too well. I become very irritable. And I just wish peace and quiet :P

    I pray with you. May I be reminded of my vulnerability in times of sickness. And may God grant me the humility to accept my illness as a time to be cared for and loved by other people.

    Lots of love and warm hugs dear friend :*

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    1. The good news, Melissa, is that I'm not ill, just wrote about how it feels. :) Thanks for the advice, though, as that's exactly what one should do.
      And, looks like your in my club with the irritability factor - I'm such a grump - lol!
      Thanks for sending love and hugs and praying with me!
      Blessings and love!

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  5. Aww, get well soon, dear Martha! I know how much discomfort a cold causes. I take vitamin C, fruit juices, and bed rest whenever I catch a cold.

    Do take care of yourself... God bless <3

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Irene, and for the great advice. As I told Jim and Melissa above, I'm fine and well - just reflecting on times I wasn't.
      I try my best to stay well!
      Blessings!

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    2. Oooh, so glad to know you're not sick, Martha! Stay healthy! <3 :-)

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  6. I personally am a lousy patient, I whine and get angry, but I muddle through. Have to keep going and I do. I hate allergies though, this is my first year experiencing life with allergies, it is not a fun occurrence. great post...<3

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jan!
      Yep, join the club! Often, I had to slog through it when all I wanted to do was stay in bed.
      So sorry to hear you have developed allergies - not fun at all!
      Glad you enjoyed today's post.
      Blessings!

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  7. I rarely get sick but when I do I consider it my responsibility to focus all my energy toward healing myself. For someone, like me, who believes that I create my reality with my mind, the worse part of being sick is feeling guilty that I've created such a BAD reality -- haha! Easy to laugh now that I'm in perfect health -- PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks for coming by today, Linda!
      I know you have been through the wringer lately with health issues and am so happy you are feeling 100% again. We do need to thank the Lord for healing and for keeping us healthy!
      Blessings!

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  8. Hi Martha:
    I usually get walloped once a year w/cold. Up until a few years ago I would ride out the sickness alone and NOT get medical attention. Now though after a few days where I'm nit improving I go RIGHT to my doctor. This year I wound up in the ER. I became so incapacitated that I could hardly breath w/so much congestion built up in my chest. I wound up having six nebulizers. Pretty scary stuff not being able to breath properly.

    Now when I'm not feeling better ny the 3rd day I get myself directly to my Dr. Not about to fool w/sickness anymore.
    --
    Chris

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Chris!
      I'm glad you no longer take chances, my friend, and that you get yourself to a doctor. My husband, who had severe pneumonia years ago, does the exact same thing when it comes to any sort of congestion.
      That must have been scary winding up in ER - not a place any of us want to be . . .
      Blessings!

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  9. Hi Martha, this was the first time in 12 years that I got the flu. We had visitors from England and one of the guys had it and both Andrey and I ended up with it! It was terrible and I hate being sick. We survived...until we came to Moscow and now Andrey started with symptoms all over! I have the tingling in the throat but so far I am still ok! Let`s hope it stays that way ;)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nelieta!
      Oh, dear! I do hope you are not getting the flu again! :( We get flu shots every fall to stave this off. But, even the shots can't fight a cold if one happens to bite.
      Hope Andrey and you feel better soon!
      Blessings!

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  10. You know I had read somewhere if you feel a little bit sick with light fever and flu which is not more than 3 days - be glad your body is reacting to some infection. It is scary if it does not for a long time.

    Your post and prayer reminded me of this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Me!
      Yes! I used to wait to take myself or give to my kids fever-reducing meds unless the fever really spiked. It is the way our body fights back the infection.
      Blessings to you!

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  11. Dear Martha,

    I am sure by this time you are completely cured of your cold. I have been blessed by health. I rarely fall sick but when I do it is almost like being bed ridden. I am not cranky, I just enjoy all the pampering fro Ron and my mom.
    God bless you

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Rimly!
      Truthfully, I wasn't sick when I posted this, just recounting how I felt when I was. Being away from the children at school, I have stayed much healthier. Nice to know that you get pampered when you are ill! :)
      Blessings to you!

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