Well I’m not sure about your family but mine has had the stomach bug and it was no joke!
I have been finding and choosing JOY even during this nasty stomach bug.
Yes, it has been hard. Very hard!
I started off all the fun on Wednesday for our family.
Then baby Grace (8 months) was sick with it on Thursday.
Chandler (2) was sick on Friday.
Gavin (almost 15) was sick on Sunday.
Cecilley (13) was sick on Monday.
Scott (hubby) and Chandler (2 year old) was sick on Tuesday.
It was a nasty stomach bug for sure. It lasted all day for me and was pretty extreme. (I lost 4-5 pounds in one day.) The two littles did have vomiting but didn’t seem to have it as bad as I did thankfully. Gavin was a little worse than the littles but not as bad as I was. Cecilley had been sick a week and a half before so she didn’t get really sick at all just a little. Scott had just a touch of it thankfully not the full blown thing. Caroline (14) has been very lucky and has not been sick. I think the older you are the worse it is. Yuck!
It would have been very easy to get down and out. I was wore out from being sick and dealing with having kids. Two being little and wanting mommy. One that likes to sit on me and climb and jump. The other does all those things but also likes to nurse every couple of hours and has to be held and carried everywhere. So, it made things a little worse probably but I am very thankful for the big kids helping and daddy stepping in when he got home from work because I was wore out.
Then as each member of our family came down with this nasty bug I thought, “really?”
I could have let it get to me and just sit and cried. Don’t think I didn’t think about it a couple of times. But instead I decided I would find JOY. I had to look really hard at times to find the joy in the situation. Finding joy in puke and poop is not always fun. I had to make myself smile and yep I had to put on my big girl panties a few times.
As I searched for JOY and found it I choose to express it. How you say? How could I possibly find joy in a stomach bug?
Well, I thought about all the things I had to be thankful for.
Things I Was Thankful For Which Led to Joy:
The health that I do have. I am normally very healthy and do not get sick often. I could be a person that is sickly, has cancer, heart issues, auto immune disease, or just low immune system and catches everything.
The fact that I have children. I could have been upset that I had to take care of my blessings while I was sick. I could have been upset that my blessings got sick when I was still not up to par. I could have been upset that everyone needed me. But I choose to be thankful for having children. Not all women are blessed with children, some have lost children, and I am blessed with many.
The mess. I could have been upset that Chandler had diarrhea and threw up in his carseat which led to me having to take the carseats out of the car, take them apart, and clean them thoroughly. I could have been upset that there was diarrhea on my carpet even after I put a diaper on the potty trained 2 year old, but even it was not stopping it. Instead, I chose to be thankful for having a home that we could stay warm and felt comfortable in while we were sick. I was thankful to have carseats for my children that keep them safe and really they needed to be cleaned anyway. I was thankful for my rainbow vacuum cleaner and the fact that it has a carpet shampooer on it so I could shampoo my carpets right then. Yep and the fact that my carpets needed to be shampooed anyway didn’t hurt.
The laundry. I could have been very upset that there were multiple loads of laundry to do everyday and everything seemed to keep piling up. But I chose to be thankful for clothes and bedding. I was thankful for a washing machine in my home so I didn’t have to take my laundry somewhere to wash it.
My energy. I could have been very weak and could have had a hard time getting better but I didn’t. I had my energy thanks to my supplements that I take and was ready to tackle the day each day that a family member was hit with this virus.
The length. I could have been sick for days and I could have still been sick when my children were getting sick but I wasn’t. I was thankful that due to my amazing supplements that help me stay well I wasn’t sick but a day. I know many people had this bug and just couldn’t get over it for days.
During hard times like stomach viruses it is easy to get down and out, to be frustrated and upset, to feel alone and sad. It is easy for you to just give up and not want to get out of bed. We have to decide to find and choose JOY in these situations.
Now is when we have to let the Lord guide us. We can get down and out or we can let the Lord take control, take each moment for what it is, and move forward. Some people ask God, “why are you letting me go through this?” But instead think look how He is bringing me through this. No, a stomach bug is not the end of the world but it is my example for how we have to choose JOY in everything we do even the bad.
What is going on in your life right now?
How are you finding and choosing JOY?
Finding and choosing Joy during the stomach bug was not easy but it was done with the help of the Lord.