As much as we enjoy the times when efficiency is our middle name, life is bound to happen. Sometimes it’s a minor glitch like catching a cold, and sometimes it’s a major disruption like the whole family coming down with the stomach flu. And those are just the illnesses.
The fact is, we don’t live life in a vacuum. Anybody can do well when life is uneventful and the pantry is organized. It’s the unexpected detours that will test our resolve and attitude.
Figure out the simplest ways to do life. Use paper plates and disposable cups. Gather all the sick kids in one room where you can keep an eye on them while you work. Since family life is part of your vision, don’t resent the imposed restraint. Serve with a smile. Stay home and slow down.
Don’t underestimate the value of prayer and don’t be afraid to ask for the prayers of others. You don’t have to be fake and pretend to be perfect.
When illness or a difficult situation shows up, don’t get caught in the trap of making a sweeping statement like “Oh, great! I might as well give up!” or “Now I’ll NEVER get this work done!” or even “This ALWAYS happens to me!”
The next time you hear, “Mommy, I don’t feel so good,” shift gears and look for ways to adapt. Keep going, persevere, and stay focused. Take care of yourself and your family during this short season. Soon you’ll find that things have settled down and you will be all the better for it!