Bumps In The Road

Last week was one of those weeks. Friday I pulled out my back muscles while trying to spray the mold on the ceiling with my nifty mold removing spray. I was craning my neck and I didn’t realize I hurt myself until minutes later when the pain hit.

At the chiropractor’s office she said my para spinal muscles were cranky and advised me to ice my back and rest.

The next morning my friend Emily texted from the ER. She had fallen and hit her forehead on the steel frame of her wheelchair causing a severe concussion. Her MRI came back ok and no bleed on her brain thank God!

We were talking last night about this set back for her and she said. “I thought I was on the right path. ” she had been pushing hard in therapy and it seemed like her body pushed back. Same with me. I had been pushing myself to try harder, do more, be super mom. My body pushed back.

I told Emily. ” You are on the right path these are just bumps in the road.”

Bumps in the road. It doesn’t mean we’re not on the right path. It just means we need to be more careful. Slow down. Stay alert. Listen to our silly, sorry excuses for bodies because if we don’t proceed with caution, the road will tip us into a ditch.

This bump in my road is not a set back. It’s a gift of learning. God is faithful in teaching me not to push myself because of impatience. He’s saying rest. My body and brain are under construction right now and if I don’t listen to the warning signs, it’s inevitable that this injury will continue to bump me back again.

So, while I have spent a better part of this week in bed, I’m doing exactly what I need to do. And that is rest.

Please pray for my friend Emily. She had a TBI from a massive brain stem stroke at the age of 28 and now just this week another TBI (concussion).

I could use some prayer in this area too. I have a type A personality and don’t really know how to pace myself. With TBI and a bad spine it’s a challenge to rest and be still.

But I must!

Much love,


Author: Vivian

I'm a TBI warrior whose hope and strength comes from God.

72 thoughts on “Bumps In The Road”

  1. I feel that when we have bumps in the road we are on the right path πŸ™‚ The evil one loves a good stumblingblock. They aren’t pleasant but like you said God will use them to teach us something. I ask the LORD to help you and Emily heal quickly, to give you strength and peace as only He can. LORD, please bless Vivian, and Emily. LORD we love You and thank You for hearing and answering our prayers. In Jesus Holy name, Amen πŸ™‚

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    1. Amen Margaret, and thank you for praying with me right here tonight. How blessed we are to have the opportunity to pray and share together here. I greatly appreciate what you said and yes, the evil one sure loves a stumbling block but we are on the winning team.Team Jesus! Much love and thank you so much for this beautiful prayer. πŸ€—β€πŸŒ·

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  2. My dear Sister and Friend I’m just settle down and I read what you have shared about you and your dear friend. I am very much am and will be taking prayers up for you both. I will say also as you shared ” This Bump in the Road Will Not Be A Set Back In The Name of Our LORD And SAVIOR Jesus Christ. You Both Have The VICTORY!! \0/\0/ You both get some the rest. ((Hugs)) Love You Both!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Sweet Betty, how much I value your beautiful prayers! I’m praying for you too dearest friend. Amen. This bump in the road can be overcome by Christ and Christ alone! Yes, I’m taking it easy and laying low. Arms are very weak but my spirits are good! Praise God! Love you sister Betty!β€πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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      1. I’m appricate your prayers..I strongly Agree Christ and Crhist Alone these bumps in the road shall be overcome. You and I and many others we are living breathing Witness too Who He Is. We Shall Allow Him To Use Us For His purpose. That He Is Who and Whom He Said He Is. ((Jesus Christ Our LORD and SAVIOR. \0/\0/ Greater Is He That Is In Us Then he That Is in This World. We Shall Continue Giving Him His Praise!! Amen!! Amen!! \0/\0/

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      2. Greater is He! Amen sister Betty! By God’s grace He had given us both breath to live for Him and be a witness of His faithfulness and love! Much love! πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—β€

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  3. Oh my gosh, please get better soon. I will keep you both in my prayers. I know how boring rest can be but our bodies need it sometimes. I have those coloring books that were very popular a couple years back and sewing by hand little animals and teddy bears. I love sewing by hand. My aunt always says to find a good book and just relax now and then, it’s good for the soul and body. She loves her Christian romances. Hope you and your family have a great weekend and you are up to your old self soon.

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    1. That means so much to me! I just texted Emily and told her many prayers are going up for us both. It’s such a blessing! Thank you for the restful activities you suggested. I just love all of them and hope to find a good book to start soon. Your aunt is very wise. I just love aunties! I’m anxious to start crocheting again, but my arms are weak and I must rest them but crochet and knit are faithful stand-ins when I need to rest. Thank you and much much love!πŸ€—πŸ‘ŒπŸŒ·


  4. Prayers for you and for Emily for good, healing rest and restoration! Thanks for sharing this hope-filled post with us. It was well timed for me because I had the wind taken out of my sails a bit. Maybe some rest will put things right for me, too. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Heather thank you for prayers for me and Emily. Wow! You know, there have been so many times I read a blog post at just the right moment when I was especially low or in need of encouragement that I felt God had put directly in front of me to lift me up. I’m thankful so thankful for that! Yes, rest! It’s a great way to fight off stress and your weeks been pretty stressful too. Much love!πŸ€—πŸŒ»β€

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    1. Melissa, thank you so much for praying! I can feel such love and support from my beautiful WordPress family for which I am deeply grateful. Yes, a learning lesson to grow from and I believe God uses our lessons learned so we can help others who face similar challenges. Big hugs and much love!πŸ€—πŸ™πŸŒ»

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  5. Bless you Vivian, I am praying for you this week, for fullness. The ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full’, kind of fullness. Speed bumps not only slow us to avoid accidents they change our speed and in that moment, life slows down. We see the people crossing the road, we see the passers by, we see the birds in the trees and hear their song. We have time to smile, wave, say hello, breathe. Speed bumps can be such a blessing because they give us an experience of life we can never have at a faster pace. When we are speeding, sometimes all we see is what is hurtling toward us and that makes us anxious. Doubly so because we never have the time to actually do anything about it, because we are never quite there yet, and we are past things before we really know what happened. When we slow down, (or God slows us down) we see in front, beside and behind. We have a view that many miss out on. We have a fullness of life and we have it with Christ who is also felt more fully in the quiet and stillness of our hearts.
    All this I pray for you, my friend. My friend who I would never know but for our speed bumps.
    Lots of love,

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  6. Vivian, bumps in the road can be blessings in disguise. Jesus promised us we would suffer as his followers. Suffering helps us to grow in our faith, to teach us we need to rely on God and not on ourselves and it keeps us humble.

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    1. Oh very true! Yes, I’m learning this more and more, to be thankful for these bumps because it’s right where Jesus wants me to be; to learn, grow and mold me into more of a Christlike character. Thank you Sue. I know you are writing from experience and I appreciate that. Hugs!πŸ€—β€

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  7. Reblogged this on Living with Head (Brain) Injury and commented:
    listening to your podcast, Viv

    Interesting and “hang in there”, as you’ve been through a lot
    thoughts, prayers and blessings from “Sleepy Hollow” (where I’m ” safest”)
    “time for my pill *(to try to make me normal)
    * that’s another story as the nurse says she thought nothing could surprise her any more till yesterday… when I caused mix-up with supposedly “dummy proof pills and presciptio at the doctor and the chemist. Says go back to bed and write, otherwise I’ll be in care!!

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    1. Oh Craig!! Thank you for listening!! That means so much to me!!

      I’m so sorry for the pill mix up. I was going to ask how your new heart meds were working for you?

      Oh dear!😣

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      1. pleasure and don’t worry. Everyone laughs now and I love that… even if I make a total idiot of myself and can’t do much about that. Pills are working great and able to walk much more (and longer)
        thank goodness Thanks
        “early bird” (very) c’
        PS My friends asked if they found a brain after my hospital visit!

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      2. I’m glad for the laughs! I’m learning to also laugh at myself and enjoy joking about my wonky brain with my kids. All in good fun. 😁

        Oh, yes!!!! So glad the meds are helping!! Sounds like you’re getting your energy back!! That’s wonderful news but I will keep praying too!!πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ˜„

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