Thursday, September 11, 2014

4 ways to protect yourself and prepare for trials

My week this week can be narrowed down to one word "flood".I have felt a flood of emotions and also,had my basement flood, due to a monsoon like rain.

First, I was exhausted from my Saturday.I had too much on my plate and none of it was getting my house in order.All of it was good and we had a great time but my house remained in its current state of messiness.In addition my baby is still struggling with eczema on his face,and rubbing it on the carpet.He can even say "itchy" or "ouchey".My poor guy!

My daughter has also had stomach aches. She is stressed it seems,and doesn't want to go to school.Her best friend is in a different class.It is like her world is coming to an end!She has been tired and defiant. The dreaded "I hate you" and "you are the worst Mom ever" have exploded from her sweet lips.My heart has been breaking!I felt like the worst Mommy ever!

Next,I had a very sweet experience on Sunday.This person asked me all the questions I had so desperately been praying for.It was as if my loving Heavenly Father was speaking to me,reassuring me!The tears were streaming down my face as a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Tuesday like Winnie the Pooh's blustery day,the rain came down down down.I found water in my basement and the tears came again.Again,I felt I couldn't do this on my own!My fingers rapidly dialed my neighbors.Just like the rain came pouring down,so did my neighbors.They came and helped in anyway they could.By the end of the day a big bowl of peach cobbler had my name on it!I might gain 10lbs just from this week!!

I believe that the protection used for floods can also have relevance in protecting us from overflowing with stress or sadness.Don't get me wrong,it is important to work through your feelings and allow time to do so.I am merely suggesting trying to avoid the overload, where we are no longer in control.There are 4 ways to protect ourselves in case of a flood.

1.Most dams are used for flood control. They are kept at a certain level in anticipation of a heavy rain season or snow melting.If we can figure out and keep our lives from being too full to the point we might break;then we can be more prepared when the torrential rains of life pour down.Like the famous quote says "when it rains,it pours".Find areas of your life you may have too much going on.Is there anything you can change or eliminate.

2.Canals are also a well known way of flood control.These canals divert water as our thoughts can be diverted.We can divert negative thoughts into positive ones.As we divert these negative thoughts our mind is at less of a risk of flooding with too much emotion.A pen and paper is a great canal for our minds.

3.There are various systems,gates or barriers whose job is to act based on the water levels.I wish there was an automatic way to know when life is getting to be too much.I think that is where family and friends come in to play.They are ready and waiting to help.We just have to ask,which is really hard to do!

4.Sand bags are very effective and can protect our homes.These sand bags can be things we do daily to stay strong.Our spiritual "sand bags" can be prayer,scripture reading and spending time with family.

Whether it is a flood because of a natural disaster or a trial in life ;we need to protect ourselves and stand strong.We need to do this individually and as a family.It is a lot harder to take care of damage to property or to our heart and psyche.

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