Perspective

April 28, 2015

Hey guys, hope you’re all doing well. This past weekend, we experienced a bit of a curveball in the Min household. 

20150427_161159Yup that would be Emmy… in a CAST! So rewind back to Friday afternoon, this little one somehow fell down a few steps on the stairs and broke her tibia bone. There was absolutely no swelling or bruising but she couldn’t stand up and she was in pain whenever she moved her leg. We decided to wait another day to see if she was just sore but on Saturday, she woke up at 5 crying and I knew she wasn’t really doing any better. I am so thankful to have a close girlfriend who is also a pediatric nurse. She advised us to take Emmy that day so we scheduled an appt at CHOA urgent care near our home. They took an X-ray and lo and behold, there was fracture across her tibia. My mama heart sank and I literally starting crying. Poor nurse, poor x-ray tech guy, poor Jimmy. lol! None of my kids have broken a bone so this was all new to me. They put a splint on her and she was a super champ. 

20150425_185312Everyone who knows Emmy knows she is usually good to go if she is eating something yummy. 

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Umm… lady, you’re not supposed to be taking out the cotton part of your splint! #whatevermom

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Needless to say, we’ve been doing a whole lotta nothing. Ok, that’s not true. We’ve been doing things just not moving around very much. Since she can’t get around, we are confined to doing very few activities. Thank goodness she loves Elmo, drawing, eating and playing in her kitchen. Obviously, it has also put a halt on my plans for the next couple of weeks. Everything is a bit more difficult with a child in a cast now. She literally wants me either to hold her or sit next to her. I’m trying to take this from the Lord as a time to let go of my plans and just be. It’s a discipline for a busy body like me but definitely necessary. 

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

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As you can see, I am never alone!

Isn’t that life though? We have our plans and things we are committed to and then life happens. It doesn’t always go as planned. That’s not to say bad things happen all the time so God can get our attention but I do believe God can use these times to help reevaluate our perspective. He can use any hardship to help us fix our eyes on him in the midst of our present situation. I’ve been reading the news on Baltimore and Nepal. It’s not only heartbreaking but really changes my perspective on things. Oh how we need Jesus desperately!

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:5

When I was at the urgent care, I started thinking about how grateful I was that we have such easy access to great medical care. Then my heart really hurt for all those in Nepal suffering from such a tragedy. I can only imagine the pain of a mother’s heart when her child is suffering and there’s nothing she can do about it. 

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In the past few weeks, I’ve discovered 3 friends whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer. Cancer sucks. It really really sucks. It’s hard to see where God is in the midst of all that. As a believer, I know and trust that God is everywhere. Sometimes, it’s just hard to see his hand working his redemption and glory through such trials. 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah. 55:9

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If you’re going through hardship, I just want to encourage you with these verses. Ask someone to be praying for and alongside you. God cares for you and loves you with an everlasting love. As always, you can email me with prayer requests too and I will intercede on your behalf. 

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:22

Press on brothers and sisters!

<><yuni

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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