the cold shoulder

3:30 p.m. Sunday "I just feel headachy."

10:00-6:30 a.m. Sunday / Monday "I can't breath...if I don't go to sleep in five seconds, I'm going to die."

9:00 a.m. Monday "I think I slept in a little late."

10:00-6:30 a.m. Monday / Tuesday "If I can't breathe through my nose one more time, I'll never go to sleep. I need some water."

7:00 a.m Tuesday "I am a miserable creature."

9:00 a.m. Tuesday "BAILEY!! Tell me I don't have to do math!"

8:00 a.m. Wednesday "good morning mom."

Okay, my writing style needs polish because I suppose you got nothing out of what was written above. It's called the common cold. I can't decide which is more terrible, sleepless nights and scratchy throats or turning into a pill bottle from all the medication. The climax of today is that my cold is slowly subsiding and left me hoarse and grump caked.

Throughout my four day illness, I don't remember smiling once - - shucks, I didn't feel like it. I mean, it's the one time in a lifetime where I can forget about others and being joyful and just focus on getting better! Really, who feels like smiling when you feel like a frog hit by a Ford Escape?

So, what can I tell God? Hey, I was joyful and still praising You when everything was joyful and praiseworthy. What about that verse, "giving thanks in all circumstances?"

Oh. That verse?

It's a turkey brainer that we aren't going to be joyful in all circumstances. Especially when you feel like a frog hit by a Ford Escape. But what's the point of giving our all for God if we give only if it comes easy? Anyone can do that.

Look at Job. Tough. He had it a little worse than feeling like a frog hit by a Ford Escape. He was probably close to death (his only regret was that he couldn't die). Yet so often, he'd burst into a song of praise.

This cold season, don't give God the cold shoulder. Embrace your cold as a challenge and overcome it joyfully and happily, whether you can talk or not.

Note to Bethany Grace B. Remember this post during your next cold when you will hypocrtically forget it.


  1. Oh, Bethany, we're going through the same thing. Almost our whole family is sick right now...including me. This morning, while thinking (about who knows what, probably how un-fun being sick is) the thought came to mind "You know, here is an opportunity to rejoice." The Lord has been showing me recently the need to rejoice in all circumstances. It's such a short verse, but so hard to actually obey. How easy it is to complain about things!

    "Rejoice Evermore" and "Give thanks, in ALL circumstances"...are two passages that come to mind.

    Thank you for sharing your struggles, Bethany. I'll be praying for you! Love you!

    *big hugs*


  2. Colds seem to be going around. (Our family has taken the froggie's position. ;)

    It's important to remember that God is still good in the bad times. He has plans that we don't understand.

    Praying for you!


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