Friday, July 27, 2012

Where's the Easy Button?

Today, I guess I'm just continuing some thoughts from my last post...

Wondering why is it that life sometimes seems so hard? I was thinking today about what my husband and I have been going through with his health, and why things seem to be such a blasted "process". Why can't things be easy? Then in my spirit I saw that "Easy Button" that was a commercial for Staples a while back.

[ You need new ink cartridges?...push the button. You need to get organized?...just push the button. How about starting a small business? got it...push the easy button, and everything you need magically appears]

Except this is real life, and although God does anoint certain tasks and plans, generally speaking, He's not in the habit of handing out "Easy Buttons". Believe me, there have been situations and projects that I've worried and stewed over, then finally turning it over to God, only to have Him effortlessly pull it all together without a hitch. Easy. Yes, He made it work, I trusted Him and He did it without breaking a sweat. But it seems that there are other times, times when it's me that He's working on, that it would be so much better...if it was just easy!

Out here in blog land you get to know so many people...people that you would never know if it weren't for the good ol' Internet. Funny how I can "meet" and get to know the daily ins and outs of so many wonderful women...young and old. Women with young families and struggles, who make me think back on how what I've walked through and how I've handled things. Then knowing that I could have done so much better, been a better wife and mother, friend, daughter, sister...

But I guess that's part of what we call "life". It's a learning process. Wouldn't it be great if we would have known instinctively when we were younger how to react; behave; what to say...what not to to have patience. How would life have been different if we would come "pre-packaged" with perfect skills, attitudes, emotions, and belief systems? Thankfully, God doesn't leave us on our own to figure it all out. He's with us if we just ask Him to be. He can take impossible situations and make them work. He can take our sorrows and turn them back to joy, our heartaches and mend them.

As I said last time, it's been a long process with my husband's health situation. We haven't had much help from doctors or professionals. When it comes down to it, we have to put our trust in God for our health. Yes, He uses doctors and medications, but we can't put them above our faith in God's ability to heal us. Nothing my husband heard from the doctors has helped, so as I said last post, we started praying for wisdom about what to do to get a handle on this inner ear problem. It turns out that there are several "diseases or conditions" that are similar and even though he didn't have a diagnosis we decided to implement the dietary changes that are suggested for Meniere's Disease, which is a deterioration and fluid build up in the inner ear. Finding out about food allergies and then doing the diet for this which includes not only low sodium diet, but no alcohol, no caffeine, no chocolate, and a few other "no-nos". Anyway, after 3 weeks he's been without an "attack" of vertigo and is starting to now feel so much better. God has the answers to our needs and problems. It may take a little while, but He will share those answers with us.

 My point is this, do everything you can do in the natural, but then pray for God's supernatural wisdom and guidance. And then here's the biggy that I've learned...realize that He DOES have a plan to free you of what you are going through. It may not be easy , but if you keep trusting Him, He will walk you through it. Be willing to do the things He might ask you to do, even if they seem hard. I can guarantee you that He'll ask some tough things from you along the way, but honestly, in the long run it will be for our good. Just like physical growth, from babyhood to adulthood it's a process, not easy, but His plan.

Becoming closer to God, learning more about Him; walking in the Holy Spirit, and listening for His voice in our busy lives. Thank you, Lord. You're with us on the journey.

love in Jesus,


  1. When I read this, my first thought was coconut oil. Look what I found:
    Your husband is in my prayers!

  2. i hope you find success in your husband's ear problem. you're in my prayers...

  3. Hi Debra,
    This post is full of wonderful wisdom and truth. God never said it would be easy, did He? Or that we are here to be "comfortable". I know for me that my faith has grown the most when I have HAD to trust Him amidst the trials of life. I love seeing His provision, and perfect love and care during those tough times. Praying that He will continue to heal your hubby, and that this trial will soon be nothing but an inspiring testimony of God's deliverance!

    Hugs to you my friend!
    You shine so brightly for Him! :o)

  4. Your post is wise, and I hope your husband's inner ear problem will heal quickly. God is the Great Physician, plus finding the best medical advice, of course.

  5. I love your post. Truly, constant prayers and communication with God is very important for guidance and well-being. He is omnipotent and omnipresent.

  6. This was such an interesting post to me Debra as I too suffer from occasion from vertigo and it is completely debilitating. I will look into a diet change.

    This past 6 months have rocked our family to the very core and there have been many times I wished for an easy button. I am beginning to see why certain things had to happen and truly believe we are growing in the way God wants us to be.

  7. Enjoyed that, Debra! I know you wrote it a while back, but I just got around to reading it. Needed it, today. Overwhelmed with life.

  8. Debra,
    My husband has had something like this. His workplace sent him home and told him a virus can do it. It can also be from seasonal allergies. it can be so frustrating not to know the cause! I have had similar problems with seasonal allergies being bothered by foods that are similar to my allergies. That is called oral allergy syndrome. It has been horrible this last two years. I hope I grow out of it! LOL

  9. Hi Debra... I am so happy I read your post today... and I am praying that your hubby is feeling much better by now... my sweet little niece who is only 28 has Menieres Disease... I had never heard of it before she was diagnosed... you are such an inspiration and your words here help me immensely... I will think of this spiritual blog of yours as my "easy" button... xoxo Julie Marie

  10. Hi Debra, I just stumbled on your blog from pinterest. We have been on this 10 year journey with my husband's inner ear disease (Menieres). It has been a rough road but after 10 years and treatment to kill the nerve in his ear, he is finally almost vertigo free. So much better! Just when this got better we learned of our daughter's rebellious life. Oh the pain, this is by far the hardest journey to date. I sure would love an easy button just this once. Can't there be just one freebie? Any how we are pressing on and into the strong hands of God. It's not always as easy as it sounds though. God bless you and I'll pray for your husband tonight.

  11. I just realized you have this other blog. Am I the last to know? We've made major dietary changes too, and cooking is much more work when you are eliminating certain ingredients or trying to minimize processed foods. I'm making a meatloaf this weekend, but couldn't find any French onion soup mix, which the recipe calls for, without MSG. So, I'll be carmelizing some onions and adding that instead. Certainly not the "easy" button. It's amazing though with God, nothing is impossible. Where I sometimes my circumstances dictate that I should worry or be fearful, I'm not because I know I'm in the palm of His hand.

  12. So sorry your husband is dealing with those kinds of issues.I too went through an issue like that about 9 years ago the Dr's said it was just vertigo! ok now what, they had no answers.I took all kinds of vitamins my oils and lots of D then it just went away.Amazing! I did lots-n-lots of praying myself trust me.I am hearing that mushrooms are amazing for you and I also know turmeric does wonders itself.Prayers and blessings, Kim

  13. Praying for both you and your husband. We too are finding ourselves surrendering health issues and life issues to GOD and trying our best to leave it there!
    Hugs, love, and prayers, andrea

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  15. So lovely and beautiful post, love it

  16. God spoke to me today through your post. It is a sweet blessing to feel understood and encouraged. Thank you.


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