Progress can be slow

I’m not sure about where you are, but in south Texas March came in like a lion. Colder, way colder than typical temps and just generally very overcast days. I am thankful that no snow fell around us, but I know of friends who are still shoveling themselves out of that white stuff. Y’all can have that, I’ll be enjoying the temps being in the 60’s-70’s for the time being.

The downside of all that cold and dreariness is that the sniffles and crud seems to cycle between myself and the kiddos, the Mister even got a touch of it briefly. (oh for a non-compromised immune system) The pediatric office is a familiar spot for us lately as Munchkin has had four ear infections since last November. Our last visit also led the doctor recommending an appointment with a local ENT office to discuss adding tubes to help Munchkins ears drain better. (oh boy)

What’s been awesome is that Little Miss seems to bounce back from anything she gets with minimal downtime. What’s not awesome about that is she’s a bundle of energy while I’m not feeling the greatest. Any little cough she has she says she’s got a “bad cold” and needs medicine like her brother gets. Monkey see, monkey want.

Through this all, there’s been progress, even slowly, that he’s getting better. We hope that the ENT intervention will help his ears clear easier and limit the infections he might get in the future. Also, he is able to tell us what hurts and when it hurts versus the random uncontrolled crying that babies tend to have since they’ve not learned how to talk yet. So there’s that. Thankfully.

A perk when I was sick is that my appetite wasn’t really there. I try to log my food intake in a phone app and there were days when the log was under the suggested amount of calories and despite being sick, I was glad that the bar graph wasn’t in the red. (small victories) Now that I’m basically better, my appetite has returned, for better or worse, and I have to be more mindful about what I eat. It’s harder to reign in my eating when I have a low blood sugar then overreact in treating the low by eating half the kitchen. Those days on the graph aren’t good.

Progress can be slow sometimes towards a goal. You might need to rethink your steps towards a result or even reevaluate the goal you were aiming towards, but the biggest point is that you don’t quit.

The kiddos have a show on Netflix that is a toy detective. He goes around the toy world and tries to solve mysteries. The problems are usually simple to solve, but to extend the episode they add a few bumps in the path to solve the mystery. Often the main character, when stumped, expresses how frustrated he is and how hard the problem is. When that point in the show comes up I initially rolled my eyes at his frustration, but then lately realized that’s often what we do when we encounter a problem we didn’t expect. Any reason to quit on a hard project and we’re there like a frat boy to a kegger.

Before the end of the episode, the mystery is solved and all is right again in toyland, but in real life that’s not always the case. Sometimes problems come and go, other times we feel completely and utterly stuck in a problem that doesn’t seem to have any way out. I know, I’ve felt like I was there too. No matter where you are right this moment hear this and take it to heart:

Don’t give up.

Progress towards a solution can be a small as; counting to 5 before replying to your child in frustration or letting that phone call from a family member or friend who’s trying to provoke you go to voicemail so that you have time to prepare yourself for whatever they want to tell you. It could be you’re struggling to lose weight and you feel like the weight is piling on versus jumping ship like you wanted it to do yesterday. Take a moment each morning to remind yourself of what you CAN do and stretch that encouragement throughout your day.

No matter the issue or problem you’re facing, you’re not alone. God has given His children the Holy Spirit for encouragement, strength and perseverance.

And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:3-5 [HCSB]

Progress can be slow, but aim to go forward, even if it’s just a step that day. It’s still forward motion.

Daughter of the Most High God. Well cared for and appreciated wife of an amazing man. Female, Christian, mother of an adorable & imaginative son, sweet & feisty daughter and a furry house pony, type 1 diabetic, slightly geeky, married to a most wonderful man who treats me like a queen, youngest of three, created in the 80's, lover of Christ; history and languages, animal lover, outspoken, caring and just down right cool. ;-)

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