Monday, 11 June 2012

One Step Forward, Two Naps Back
I was patting myself on the back on Friday. I'd got the service for church on Sunday written, and even with the powerpoint presentation ready, and I'd gone out for lunch with a friend.  And of course, I'd had the obligatory morning and afternoon naps. I had achieved heaps.

Of course, to do that, I didn't do any dishes and I missed hydrotherapy.  I've missed dishes a few days lately, and never quite catch up.  There's a whole lot of things I miss, so the undone work always seems to outweigh the done work.

There's a house inspection coming up in a couple of weeks. I haven't been able to tie kids down to help clean because they're in the middle of exams and assignments and are precariously balanced on the borderline between frantic and manic. Fortunately for me, one of the ladies at my church is a professional cleaner, and says she can fit in helping us catch up - for far less than a regular cleaner would charge.

It's a wonderful thing to have the support of a church family.  My lunch today was a delicious home-made chicken and vegetable soup - not made in my home because the smell of meat cooking has been making me sick. One of the ladies from church gave it to me. All I had to do was reheat and eat. (I'm very good at doing both of those things.)

Another lady (a member of the weight loss group) regularly gives me low-GI potatoes when she buys them for herself.  You can't get them just anywhere, and not at the shopping centre that's right near my home.

Those practical gifts make a of difference. One less thing to think about or worry about, one thing off the "to do" list, makes a huge difference when energy is so scarce.  But it does a lot for me emotionally and spiritually as well, to know that not only do these wonderful people accept me as I am - but that they love me and want to help.

There may be things I miss out on in life.  But God has given me some great compensation, in the form of some of the most amazing, loving people in the world.

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