Summer has quickly come and gone, and now I am finding myself trying to adjust to the busy schedule of work, school, and kid’s schedules. Oftentimes this task can be overwhelming and leave a person exhausted. I am often trying to find time to fit in time with my husband, time with my kids, and time for myself. At the end of all of this chaos I often feel very empty. I keep telling myself in time it will get better, but the truth is the to do list never ends. I am ashamed to say I have felt this way a lot lately. I have always felt that when I reach the extremes of various emotions, God has a way of talking to me. Often this is through exposing me to various situations that help me realize that I spend way too much time focusing on things that in the end are not very important.
As many of you know, I am a Licensed Physical Therapist. With that being said, I encounter a lot of interesting situations, especially in the Pediatric World. I have met many awesome families who have the overwhelming responsibility of not only parenting their child with disabilities, but also having to be their nurse and caretaker. Many of these families have to be with their special needs child 24/7 for the child’s safety. Some of these parents even have to sleep in the same room as their child for pulmonary or cardiac reasons. When I talk with these parents, we are able to carry on conversations just like I do withmy friends at church. I am always amazed at how much responsibility lies on their shoulders, and they are not complaining. That is just the way their life is and they are very happy to have this time with their child. These families help to remind me what is important in life; and that is my religion and time with my family.
It is sad that I have to be exposed to somebody else’s struggle to remind myself to take time and breathe. My best days are when I start in devotion, followed by Christian music as I feed the kids prior to school. By the time I leave for work I feel I am at peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27. I pray that you have peace within as you go about your daily life. If you do not have daily peace, I pray that you will find the time to dig within the scriptures, and that it can fill your life like it has filled mine.
Becky Aragon, GSLC President