Friday, November 19, 2010

Caffeinated Randomness: Making the best of Migraines!

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First up, I found this adorable, funny chart and had to share it with ya'll.  I've been making a lot of espresso lately....for migraine medicinal purposes, of course!

Yes, this has been a week of HORRIBLE...all new level...kind of migraines.  I'm totally thinking they are hormonal.  In fact, I mentioned that since a certain cycle (not washer spin cycle) had started *ahem*...that I thought things were lifting.  HA!  Wrong, wrong...WRONG!  I'm praying fervently that today is better....cuz I got stuffs to do....and I was grumbling about that... all the frustration of laying down and looking through one eye at the stuff I can't get agony every time one of my little peoples shrieked with glee as they played and tore apart the house...*SIGH*...Amid all of that...I was reminded that God's people don't waste suffering.

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.  1 Peter 2:21

That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Cor. 12:10

We identify with Christ...who suffered way, WAY more than migraines.  He took on all my rotten sin...and yours...and died THE most horrible death on the cross.  Now I realize that I am not being persecuted for my faith, or even necessarily disciplined...but I want to put this pain into perspective.  I want to notice that migraines, although they do hurt...are not life threatening, permanent, and I can still praise God and serve Him amid something so....trivial.

It is no accident that I'm reading several missionary accounts, as is my winterly custom.  You can say that I'm affected by the change of seasons, but I just tend to gravitate to bios this time of year.

I just finished The Small Woman by Alan Burgess, recounting the amazing life of Gladys Aylward.  She was beaten severely by the Japanese at one point in her story and then led 100 some children over the mountains to safety...basically on a whim.  She thought of it and the next morning she set out.  She could have laid nursing her own wounds...but she continued on...serving the Lord in a mighty way.  Not a duty bound way...but a mighty, "I've gotta give Him all I've got" sort of way.  WOW...I want to be like that!

Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  Romans 8:17

For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.  2 Cor. 1:5

So, although I was hurting yesterday...I decided to pray about whatever or whoever came to mind.  I figured it was a good opportunity, right?  I'm always saying I don't have time...well, if God allows me time, even time to LAY DOWN...  I also tried to be gentle with my children even though their noise was killing me.  I whispered and snuggled...and they responded beautifully!  They even covered me with a blanket.

Now, I'm not saying that this is what I'd schedule for any given day.  It does hurt...and I'm not a fan of pain.  I would appreciate your prayers that I would not have any major "life must stop" migraines while on holiday.  I'd like to be able to fully enjoy the time with family.  And, when I get back BOY is the Dr. going to get an ear FULL of info.  You know how much I heart lists...yeah...ALL OF THIS info. is being logged!  And she'll also be receiving the clear knowledge that I would like some REAL drugs for these bad boys.  HA!



Michelle said...

I cannot imagine the pain you're going through. I'm so glad that you some some medicinial caffeine though. It's interesting how through all our trials, we start to look to God more. I'll be praying for you that good Dr. listens and gets you some help.

nannykim said...

First of all I read that book this year and watched the movie too. Both were very good. I am now reading Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Rose and about her life as a missionary taken captive by the Japanese. Good book so far too!

I am so sorry for your migranes---hope your doc will find the right meds for you. My hubby used to have terrible ones but for some reason they went away after he had been jogging regularly. Not sure if it is connected, but he never gets them now. ....of course he is older too ;-)

Barbara H. said...

Love that chart -- I'll have to share it with my son and daughter-in-law who loved coffee.

I hope your migraines lift this week and you can get some long-term relief from them.

I LOVE that book!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

Oh, Bobbi. I just prayed for you. I'm so sorry you are experiencing such pain.

I can't believe that through it all, you are able to write such beautiful, thought-provoking words. You are amazing - I love hearing what He has to say through you.

I also love the comment you left on my blog today - I think it must be a wonderfully freeing place to be when people know that you will not gossip. How wonderful because then you are not often in the position to be tempted by it.

Praying for your healing, dear Bobbi.

Bobbi said...

@ Natalie: You know, I thought that “not being tempted” would indeed come from taking a “hard core” stance against gossip...but have found myself the brunt of it...and then therefore inclined to discuss those slandering me. Satan is indeed tricky. I’m glad that I am realizing that so as to be always on guard! I’m a blabber-beak...please do not think of me as better than I am!

I do appreciate your prayers for me. I have a huge one coming on...and have taken the Exedrin and brewed some coffee...but am dreading how it’ll effect our date night tonight. Please pray that it would go AWAY quickly!

Jen said...

I pray sweet relief over you, girl. But, I am so amazed by your words -- they hit me at the very core and give me reason to find joy in the hard times, to know that it causes me to even more deeply rely on my Savior.

Danielle said...

Praying for your migraines! Definitely check out the strengths was really interesting! I would love to start reading some missionary bios with my girls, maybe Christmas break will be a good time to start! Hope you have a great, pain free weekend!