Friday, March 30, 2007

Confession to Thankfullness to Praise to Happy Dance

This past month has been, shall we say, interesting. To be totally honest, it's been horrid. I mentioned here that I had hurt my back and here I jokingly theorized what could be causing the back ache. But in all honesty, it was no joke. It was awful, horrible 24/7 pain that really knocked me for a loop. And I don't know about you all, but I don't do "sick" very well. Especially extended sick. I didn't even take a day off work, even though I could hardly move. Now before you all pat me on the back and say what a brave soul I am, I have a confession to make. I was totally walking in fear and disobediance. Ya, I was.


After I had gone to the doctor I really felt in my heart I needed to take care of this and listen to my doctor who had actually told me to take at least a week off. But for those of you who don't know, I run a dayhome. Six little ones. And I immediately started walking in fear. I didn't want to do that to the parents. Leave them in a lurch like that, didn't want to let them down. So instead of trusting God, I didn't even take one solitary day off to let my back heal. I called in a sub for a few hours for a couple of days and that was it. Well, needless to say, more than 2 weeks later, nothing had changed in the pain department.


Finally, last Thursday, through the pain and my emotional state of mind, God finally got through to me. I needed to do something about this or risk permanently injuring myself. So I told the parents I had to take Friday off. And they were precious. Every one of them supported me and were gracious and kind.


So Friday and Saturday, I decided I was not going to do anything at all. Not a solitary thing. I'd dreamed of a day like this since it all started. Here it was. Can I say it was the hardest two days ever! Not because of pain. But because as I lay on the couch blogging, reading and watching t.v. I started to notice all the things that needed doing around the house. The carpet needed cleaning, the walls need washing, the media cabinet needed organizing, etc., etc., etc. Do you know how hard it was laying there while all this stuff was screaming out at me now that the house was in silence without 6 little bodies running around it? Yeesh. Am I strange or what? (Okay that was rhetorical, you don't have to answer that one. )


Anyway, after foisting upon myself two days of total rest, after church on Sunday I went up for pray, to let the elders of the church pray for me, according to James 5:14. And now here is the happy part: PRAISE GOD and all glory to Him, my back has gotten progressively better since. I have not had to take any Tylenol 3's since before church that Sunday. And each day has been more pain free.


I give all thanks and praise to God. And I want to thank all of you too, who prayed for me and emailed with me through this to ask how I was and to pray. I totally believe it was because of your prayers that the Lord was able to get through to me, through my hard headedness (is that a word?) and I was able to see I was actually being disobediant and needed to repent. And then through your prayers and getting myself still, the Lord was able to bring that scripture before me so I could be obediant to what the Word says to do when you are sick. So thank you for all your concern and comments and prayers. You truly are a special group of women I am so happy to have found.


So today, I'm just feeling great in comparision. And while I'm not quite yet ready to hit the dance floor with this guy, I am doing my own private happy dance before the Lord.

30 comments:

Shalee said...

Doing the happy dance for you too!

gail said...

Yay, happy for you too! Hope it continues to improve.
And if you do hit the dance floor with him, we must see pics!

Chris said...

Praise God!

I am glad you are feeling better!

PastorMac's Ann said...

Oh Susanne, I so glad that you're feeling better - your heart & your back. ;0)

I'm not much of a dancer, but for you I'll do my best.

Don't do too much too fast.

Katrina said...

So very glad to hear that you're doing better! Praise God!

GiBee said...

Yay, God!!!I love it when His miracles rock our world!

momrn2 said...

Rejoicing and Praising God with you!! You just lay yourself back down on that couch and let me do the happy dance to God for you. (A mild one mind you lest I throw my own back out!) :-)

Seriously, what a challenge for us all to take the time to be quiet before God. Sometimes I think He has to allow something to happen to get us there. I've been doing a little learning of the importance of quiet myself lately!

Thanks for the reminder and the continued challenge in my own heart of the importance of this!

Peach said...

So glad you're feeling better. God is good all the time!

Chappyswife said...

Oh yay, Susanne! I am so happy you are feeling better. I had a little feeling you weren't resting...

Can't wait to hear that you are fully recovered and DANCING! :-)

Barb said...

I'm so glad you finally sat still for a couple of days and gave your poor back a chance to get better.

I seriously have no idea how you chase six toddlers all day long. One toddler is doing me in, not that I EVER talk about that on my blog. :-)

And that John Travolta's just a hunk, isn't he? Cute picture. LOL

org junkie said...

Praise God!

Back injuries are the worst, I'm so thankful that you have taken the time you needed to rest. Please continue to take it easy...it will be hard because you are feeling better but just don't rush things just yet....slow and steady.

I love that you do a happy dance too!

Many blessings to you my friend,
Laura

Melanie said...

I am so glad you are feeling better! Praise God!

momrn2 said...

I just wanted to let you know I have bestowed upon you an award!
:-) Head to "My Quiet Corner" to read more about it

Linda said...

Oh Susanne - I love hearing praise reports like that. It is so encouraging. I'm so glad you're feeling better.

Jen said...

Praise the Lord
Im so glad your back is getting better

Kim said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better! I'll be praying!

Kim

Mandalyn said...

I'm glad you are feeling better!

annie said...

Praise God! That is wonderful that your back is well. I woke up the other morning with a back thing (lower back shooting pain ... not good!) and I just prayed to God, "I cannot have back pain, I haul Izzy around all day long not to mention her thousand pound stroller chair in and out of the car." I asked that my back be well and by noon it was. It is wonderful to put God's word into practice like you did with James 5:14. There is power in the Word of God and power in prayer. Thank you for writing about this tonight, it was a refreshing encouragement.
blessings~
♥ Annie

Kathryn said...

I'm so glad that you are feeling better - back pain is not fun.

I'm also glad that you are being good to yourself - resting and taking care of yourself. That's not always easy to give ourselves permission to do that. I know all about it.

Thanking the Lord with you for the relief that you are feeling. And I'll continue to pray until you're up on the dance floor busting a move :)

Susie said...

So happy you are feeling better and you are praising God through it all.

Andrea said...

Susanne--
Glad you are "Stayin' Alive"--tee hee. Bad joke.
Seriously, glad you are feeling better.

Tammy said...

Oh, Susanne...this is so wonderful. I love how God is patient and merciful even when we're slow to listen to Him! :) So glad you are feeling better!

Barbie said...

Wow Susanne, sounds like a rought few weeks. I too am praising God with you for His grace of healing. May He cont. to do so.

And by the way, I completely understand about not wanting to take off work, and then when you did wanting to clean everything you can't because little ones are always running around! Your not weird:)

Kelly said...

Dancing with you! Praying continued restoration of your health.

You are a blessing to the blogging world!

Jenny in Ca said...

Susanne, really happy to hear you ae feeling better. Take care..don't do too much dancining!

Linda said...

I'm so proud to be your friend.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

That is awesome! I have a disco ball - come on over!

Janice said...

Susanne,
I am so glad you are feeling better. I understand everything you have been through. When I hurt my back in November 2005 I just tried to keep going at first and then ended hurting myself even more. I had to totally quit my job. I was off for nine months before I was able to go back to work. But during the nine months I found God again after being away for about 15 years. It was the worst and best 9 months of my life. I finally went back to work full time last July but recently had to working only part time due to the injury. I still hurt some. But I know God will get me through this. I can't begin to tell you what amazing things God has done for me through my injury. I thank God for what I have been through because it bought me so close to God.
I really am glad to you are doing better. I will continue to pray for you to get better.

Lisa writes... said...

How great is our God, He who is faithful to heal, or sometimes to sustain, whatever His good and perfect will may be...He is worthy of praise (not to mention a praise dance!)

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

I'm way late in learning about this - nothing like back pain - hurts everywhere and theres nothing you can do without pain. And taking it easy is about all that will fix it. Sorry to hear you had such a hard time.