Survival Mode

For years now, my family and I have been in this mode. Barely keeping our heads up above water……..just getting by.

Are you here, or have you been here?

Sometimes chronic illness or injury feels like grasping for a buoy and hanging on, barely keeping your head up above water. Then a huge wave of unexpected symptoms wash over your head pulling you under, leaving you fearful and disoriented, trying to figure out which way is up, and struggling to come up for air. Each new challenge, whether physical or emotional, is like an extra weight, pulling you downward so then you struggle even harder to stay afloat treading the deep waters that never seem to dissipate.

Yet, God is our buoy. He keeps us up and afloat daily. His grace never ends and His strength is beyond us. He is the ultimate source for enduring hardships, and fights alongside of us in the deepest, darkest, oceans of trials. His grace is sufficient and His mercy does endure forever.

2 Corinthians 12:9 King James Version

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It may not look pretty……this survival mode. But, we ARE surviving. We still get up every morning to see the sun rise yet once again.

I still see the faces of my darling children every day and here the soft whispers of, “I love you, Mommy” at the breakfast table.

Though for long or short durations life can be tough at times we can still glorify God and enjoy Him forever; because His grace abounds when we are weak, when things aren’t pretty, when bodies fail and life appears to go under. He’s always here, always surrounding us with His loving arms, and he loves us more than our finite minds can ever fully comprehend.

Hold onto Him in faith and never fear because when we are too weak to hold on, He holds us still and always is holding us. God will never ever let go because He promises to keep us, preserve us, and protect us until He calls His beloved safely home.

Much love,

Viv 💖

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Welcoming Autumn

Hi friends! I wanted to share with you my daughter’s brand new blog, Mischief and Mjolnir! So let’s all give this cherished young lady a big huge welcome and follow. She’s an excellent writer and faithfully helps her poor brain injured mama edit her own blog each week. I can go on and on but I’m just going to let you see for yourself.

Welcome to WordPress dearest Autumn!!

Much love,

Viv (Mama)🤗😄💃💃

The Word On Monday: God Of Hope🌷

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:13

Present circumstances may appear hopeless at times, but dear ones, cry out in prayer unto God and watch Him fill you with the joy and peace in believing that He will sustain, bless, and keep you as you persevere in hope.

This verse is a favorite of mine. 💚 My mama gave it to me at the darkest point in my healing and I am forever grateful for her wisdom, love and guidance!

This morning, please share with me a specific verse that comes to mind which really helped you through a challenging time of your life. I’d be delighted to hear from you!!💚

Much love,

Viv 🤗

The Word On Monday: Casting Burdens On Him ðŸŒ»

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 KJV

When my daughter asks me what sustains means she says, “Mama does sustain mean help?” I answer “Yes, God is saying He will help you with your burdens.” It also can mean aid, support, uphold, maintain, assist, buoy, or carry.

Our heaviest burdens are easy and light to God and He can burden the load for us. We’re not meant to shoulder them alone. Sometimes we give them to God only to pick them back up, thinking that we can carry them, forgetting the One who says, “No, no, give it to Me!”

Our strength doesn’t lie in and of ourselves since we are finite creatures but our Infinite and Powerful God gives us His strength to face our trials everyday. He shall sustain thee: that’s His promise to us. He promises never to let those trials move us from righteously following after Him.

Charles Spurgeon says, In Jesus He accepts us as righteous and in Jesus He will keep us also.

Let those burdens roll off those stooped shoulders onto the strong shoulders of the almighty God.

Picture the cross, with your burdens written out ON A BIG PIECE OF CARDBOARD at the foot of the cross and leave them there.

God has got this! He promises to carry you through. Give it ALL to God and watch the fear, worry, and stress melt away. He will sustain and help you. It’s His promise.

Much love,

Viv 🤗🌹

The Word On Monday

My youngest daughter and I are wanting to share with you our favorite Bible verses we have committed to memory and also have gotten us through very trying days and nights.

Each Monday we hope to post one verse that has really touched our souls.

Today’s new verse: Nahum 1: 7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble and He knoweth them that trust in Him.

My little girl is a great teacher! It’s hilarious how she helps my wonky brain memorize these verses. She makes me start all over again if I mess up an article like “an” or “the”. Haha, she knows the importance of getting scripture right and I greatly appreciate her help!

The word of God is living and powerful!! When we treasure and store up His word in our hearts and minds we are better equipped to fight whatever battles come at us, and win.

Much love,

Viv 💚 🤗

Hand It Over

This has become my recent lot in life. Unable to read much, type much, or look at screens . . . . I’ve become used to handing it over. “Can you read this please?” “Will you order this for me?” “Please send so-and-so a message”. . . .

My family remains patient for which I am grateful but it’s not in my nature to just hand things over, pass them off, or ask for assistance. I fight it . . . .

Every part of me wants to be whole, every part of me wants to depend on no one. Every part of my nature desires my will to be done . . . . yikes!

God’s whisper to my heart of late has been to “hand it over.” Some things are just too much. Psalm 131:1 says, things too high for me.

God does not expect me to handle life’s problems on my own. I may not understand His plans but I know He knows best, is in control, and desires for me to have a wholehearted trust in Him.

Hand it over or worry . . . .

When I worry (who else here is a worrier like me?) I’m really in essence saying “I’m in control and God doesn’t know best.” Worry is a demon.

Faith breaks free those chains of worry. Read Matthew 6.

Last night, I was deeply worried about one of my kids who’s been hit with a relentless virus. I felt no rest, no peace, and no ease until I handed it over.

I gave it to God.

With tears flowing down, God’s Spirit, our Comforter, gave me peace and I slept peacefully until morning. Thankfully, I wasn’t up all night stressing, worrying and making myself sick.

God is so merciful.

He tells us in His word, to hand it over, knowing how much we need to give it all to Him, surrendering our wills to His, knowing He is a good, wise, and loving heavenly father who understands us better than we ever can.

He is our strength. Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust in Him.

Just like I hand over that jar of Mt. Olive pickles to my husband to open, because it just won’t budge, we can hand ALL our problems over to God who is our strength. Eph 6:10 Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. He can and will budge those problems, in His time, and promises to carry the load for us and help us if we hand them over to Him.

Much love,

Viv🤗