Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What's on Your Mind '09? - Psalms

Before we get into today's post, I just have to tell you what I did last night. I talked to Edie! Live and in person. It was so cool to hear her voice. She is going to give me a blog make-over, and Monday night we talked for about an hour and a half on the phone. About the blog, and about life.
What a joy for my heart!

OK, we can get to the regularly scheduled post now. But I was so excited to talk with Edie that I simply had to share it with you. *grin*

Well, this writing prompt from Shane for What's on Your Mind '09? is turning out to be harder than I thought it would be. Because I'm afraid there aren't going to be enough Tuesdays in this month to reflect on all the psalms I'd love for us to share together.
But, alas, I must pick just one today.
And so I shall.

I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the LORD helped me.
The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

Psalm 118:13-14

Oh, these verses are so true in my life.
Most recently I have been struggling with trying to understand my little ADHD guy. Homework, and studying for tests are just the pits with him. He hates doing it, even though I have tried so hard to make the work as painless as possible. My efforts are usually met with fighting and crying.
Lots of it.
And many, many times I have been ready to quit. I have been pushed too far and have just wanted to give up trying!

But the LORD has helped me.

Sometimes His help comes in the form of my husband who "takes over" the homework session.
Sometimes it comes from the power of His Spirit who calms mine, when I am about to blow.
Sometimes God helps me keep going by allowing me to see my son's pride, as he shows me his science test that has a big A+ on the top of it. And we're both reminded that the studying was worth it.

I am so thankful for all the ways the LORD has helped me!

Have you ever been pushed back and felt like you were about to fall? How has the LORD helped you?

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Leah Adams said...

Yes, Karen, I have and very recently. Thankfully the Lord knew my 'falling' point and kept sending messages of encouragement to me at strategic times. In fact, He continues to do this.

He is so faithful to us, even when we feel we are just about to tip over.


luvmy4sons said...

Each time my bladder clinic looms on the horizon I get anxious. I have to drive two hours to get there. I am new in this position. I only do it three times a month so my learning curve is slower and I am not perfect at it...but God is so kind and helps me. Without my prayer time on my drive to settle my heart I would never do it! But how blessed am I to have a job I can do three times a month and make such good money for my family!?

I too have issues with ADHD in my home so I understand your struggles and I understand all the ways God reaches in and delivers us! Hugs! That is a great verse to keep in noes pocket.

Jessica Nelson said...

That just happened this morning, actually. Wah! I'm about to post a self-pity party to my crit group about how I just discovered that the plot point in my first chapters is completely impossible. *deep sigh*

About your award, :-), it's for blogs that have Great Attitude or Gratitude. :-)

O Mom said...

Have been at that falling point so much, but He never lets me.

Hope you keep some of your PINK on your blog, it's my fav! :)

Anonymous said...

I am in the falling point as we speak, I have just (August 31) turned over custody of my 12 year old son (he'll be 13 on Thursday)to his father. He wanted to go and be with his father more and I didn't want to be the one to hold him back (I don't want him to resent me for keeping him from his dad)....Anyway, this is been incredibly hard for me (and for him) but God continues to give me signs of His presence both with me and with my son. It is comforting to know that, although I am not with my son every day to watch over him, God (who loves him more than I do ~ which is hard to believe)is with him EVERY second of every day watching him. Thanks, Karen, for sharing this Psalm . . . it is a blessing to me! ~Julia R.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Hi Karen, I discovered your site through Jessica's blog and what encouraging words you have here! I was pushed to my limit earlier this year with some medical issues, but God used the experience to help me discover who I truly am and what my priorities are.

Edie said...

Oh yes, I can think of many situations where I felt pushed back and about to fall. Including one I'm in right now. But he keeps assuring me that His hand is still holding me up.

It was great talking with you too Karen! You are a fun lady!

Love you!