Life after “brain surgery” has allowed me to experience a new…NEW. ~ My dad was here for a whole month and drove us everywhere! There was a point and time where I needed to get back into the saddle …behind the wheel….and begin “life” again. We took “baby steps” with the whole driving thing and.. now I am even driving at night! It is still not my favorite…but.. I can do it! I am dealing with a “fuzzy head” …so I went and purchased new wind shield wipers for those rainy days..my old wipers just needed to go…..I don’t need any extra “blurr”…AND!!!
Since old habits are hard to break….I bought a wheel cover… Let me explain! Before surgery…my car used to be my “phone booth”! ~Anyone relate???
It was my habit to reach for my phone when I am driving. I CANNOT do that any more! I don’t do well…looking at anything other than the road…SO! I bought this comfy…squishy…wheel cover, with a lining of light pink, to keep both of my hands on! It is a tactile reminder to use BOTH hands and to leave the phone tucked IN my purse. I will have my kids answer when it rings…. and they know NOT to give it to me. I talk now.. in parking lots…
SOMETIMES …. it takes proactive measures to change old habits! I feel confident and happy about my firm decision. I hope it will carry over into the forming GOOD habit for my children. (( Grant, my son, and I drove around an empty church parking lot yesterday… he is 15 and just got his permit… GULP!…maybe the brain tumor came at just the right time to LIVE this habit out!))
There are other things I have had to adjust… Handrails are my friend!! …. and If we are ever on the same bleachers…don’t be surprised if I use your shoulder…unannounced! … So, to the people I have scared…. I am so sorry!! 😉 Balance is a challenge …
I find this kinda funny… One Sunday morning, I dressed in dress pants for church….. you know the kind that is extra long and requires special heeled shoes….. ..and I absent mindedly put on the boots I ALWAYS wear with those pants… the boots have ~heels… Dumb choice! What was I thinking? Well…that has not happened again! did I tell you I was balance challenged??
Once a change has been revealed … we must adjust!~ Otherwise we are walking “wonky”….Handrails required!
This makes me think of a Scripture… James 1:23-25
Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and , after looking at himself , goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives FREEDOM , and continues in it- not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.
Whenever I share… this verse , I love to put pudding on my face….and look into a mirror…! People love it…especially kids… and I say, “OH, Lookie, there! I have pudding on my face!!!” I put the mirror down and continue with my talk…. until the obvious! I have to do something about the mess on my face! When Scripture reveals it…. DO something about it! ~ sometimes…..sometimes….. it may take a “REAL” friend to lovingly tell another friend… that that they have pudding on their face….~
~ People may respond gratefully…. “a real friend will let a friend knew if there is a big chive in their teeth or pudding on their face.. ~ “OH…thank you so much!~ OR… They may respond indignantly…
However… if it is done in love and in the Spirit… then it is not up to you HOW that person responds. We are called, as Christians, as Parents….and I am talking to myself… to spur each other on to LOVE and good deeds. It is MORE than just that…Iron sharpens iron! We are living in a day and age where compromise sets the standard….
~ But whoever LOOKS intently into the perfect WORD/law that gives FREEDOM , and continues in it…not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it…they will be blessed in what they do.
Life is Always Changing….our culture is always molting…new trials are always on the horizon……Scripture stays the same!
My prayer is that we navigate wisely…. finding true freedom… it may require that we proactively change old habits!
Here’s to FREEDOM and “safe travels”!