What you need in times of transition?

As we move from summer to fall and back to school, we might be feeling the stress of transition. I know I am. I moved two children to college this August, one for the first time (my baby!). I must say I am not feeling quite myself today, as the parts of my life are moving to yet another place.

DURING TIMES OF TRANSITION, WE MUST COUNT OUR BLESSINGS NOT OUR STRESSINGS!

There are other changes in the lives of close family members in my life that could have huge implications on my happiness and joy, if allow it.  Happiness is a choice not a given. I choose happiness. Life happens and we must find happiness no matter what turn our lives take. 

Here are my current life blessings:

I have a husband that loves me very much. He does so many dishes at our home that I actually beg him not to do the dishes. What? It is his way of giving me an "act of service." What woman can say this about her husband? I would like to hear from you.

I have amazing children that I will mother until I die. They are growing and maturing into productive adults and finding their way in life. They still need me and I like that. With their maturity I have more time to work my plan for life and continue to grow.

My in-laws are struggling at age 90 to live safely in their own home where they have lived for 45 years. My mother-in-law has fallen twice in 6 weeks: one head injury, one fractured right hip. They are trying to clear out old possesions and move into assisted living but there are waiting lists in many of the places they are interested in. Amidst this stress, I can find ways to show my love for them with all of the ways that I can help them.

Another close relative is in a rehabilitation facility trying to recover from addiction. He has made amazing strides in 6 months and I am so thankful for this miraculous change and chance to start over. In all of this, he has brought me closer to God and my faith, because faith is all he has right now. He is healing.

I was at the cardiologist with my father today. He takes over 12 prescription medications each day and we are managing his doctor visits. I try my best to introduce him to ways to "change his life with food" but alas, he is 87 and I think he rolls my eyes when I leave. I am blessed that my Dad trusts me to manage his life in the absence of my Mom. It has given me a chance to have a much better relationship with my Dad than I have ever had.

My eldest son has Aspergers and we are still in the process of detox and therapies to help him have the best life possible. The recovery has been amazing with a total elimination of gluten and dairy as the starting point. With all of the healing we have accomplished over the last year, I can honestly say that my 23 year old son trusts me because of the results--woo--hoo!

Today I ask that you write down what is stressing you and find the silver lining. It will impact your health dramatically.

"Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles."


Maltbie D. Babcock


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