|'Streams in the Desert' by kretyen|
So many of you left comments on my post in which I briefly mentioned the trouble I've had with this mid-season of my life. Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement! I was at a very low point when I wrote that last week, and the assurance that I'm not alone (and not crazy!) helped me tremendously.
In the week since that post, one special friend has corresponded with me by email and has been such a blessing and help. She has walked this way before me, and she has given me so many practical tips and wisdom for this stage of life, as well as the assurance that "this too shall pass!" And she pointed me directly to the Lord, first and foremost, which is exactly what a real friend does. Thank you, my friend!
I've been to visit my doctor, and he has been a help as well. He has worked out a plan for me to help with the physical side of things, so hopefully that will begin to improve soon as well.
My husband has been a wonderful refuge for me the past week. He knew I was struggling, but he didn't know to what extent. As soon as he realized how deep the struggle was, he began to do things that let me know that he loves me - for always - and we will get through this together.
My Heavenly Father has also been so real and such a comfort to me as well! Once I realized how badly I needed to run to Him, He was there with words of comfort from His Word. Part of my inward struggle was that I was not staying as close to Him as I needed to be. And we know He doesn't move, don't we? So it was I who had moved away from Him; not so much outwardly, but in my heart I was allowing worry, frustration, and anxiety to rule rather than turning to the Lord for strength.
Although I know I still have years of this season ahead, most likely, I believe things are moving forward. I want to encourage you, if you're in the changing years of mid-life, to seek medical help if you need it, let your husband and family know what you're going through and how you need them to help, and flee to the everlasting arms of your Savior! Don't even try to go through it alone, like I was. I thought if I just stuck it out I'd be ok. But I needed help. Help is available, so take advantage of it!
Thank you again, sweet friends, for your prayers and encouragement!