waiting quietly

i’ve been in a waiting place over the last few months. i didn’t know i would be in a waiting place. it’s the kind of thing you don’t plan. and it reminds me i’m not in control.

i’m not waiting for any big news. i’m not waiting for anything big to change or happen. i’m just waiting for all the bugs that have been making us sick leave our little home and let us get back into our regular routine.

this year has been full of surgery and sniffles and antibiotics and cozy blankets. and it’s not just the kids, my husband and i have had our share of sickness and stay home days too. it seems we’ve been hit with one bug after another.

our elementary school reports more absenses than usual and the local hospital is running low on open beds. it’s just a bad bug season!

for me, this means a lot of cuddling kiddos, and postponing meetings. changing plans, unread emails and chicken noodle soup. to be honest, it kind of goes against my grain. i’m a planner and i like it when things go according to the plan. if been discouraged this week with all the illness our family has had to face this winter.

so for now, i’m trying to wait quietly until we all get well. i’m trying to cuddle my boys and be patient and be thankful for this time. even though it wasn’t planned.

has your family been sick this winter? how do you wait quietly during these times?

Psalm 43:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

  • http://www.thesoutherinstitute.com Jenny

    This hits me right at home. We have had the same kind of winter… It seems like it will never end, and I have been so discouraged by all of the sickness. At times I just want to cry. As I’m typing this I am sick in bed with one boy who’s recovering from yet another virus, I think his 4th since before Thanksgiving. It’s hard to be thankful for it, but comforting to know that we’re not alone!

  • http://www.amyriep.com Amy

    We’ve definitely had a LOT of bad bugs this winter. We returned stateside at the end of November – and our immune systems had some serious catching up to do!! I’ve tried to make the best of being stuck at home – lots of blanket forts and watching special “movies” on my computer in our make-shift family room abode, lots of new books, lots of spontaneous crafts. But, we’re SERIOUSLY ready for Spring!!

  • LaLonnie

    My husband broke his leg , both bones in several places on Jan 10 this year. We live in a remote mountain community away from family and friends. I am learning to wait, it’s not always easy but the result once it is worked out in you is beautiful. God has big things in store for those who will do things His way.

  • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

    Yes…and yes! I find that often it is this sort of thing that becomes that brings me to the tipping point. I, too, am trying to learn the art of walking through it and counting it grace!

  • http://FeelsLikeHomeBlog.com Tara @ Feels Like Home

    I’m reading this post from a chair in the hospital, sitting next to my 7-week-old baby girl. She has RSV and is struggling to breathe. I needed to read these verses. Thank you for them.

    • http://kingsdaughters21.blogspot.com/ Angela De Souza

      I am so sorry about your baby. I pray God will heal her really quickly.

    • http://livelifeartfully.blogspot.com Jennifer LeBlanc

      Tara, I will pray for your daughter.

    • Lisa Leonard

      oh wow! sending hugs tara! praying for a very quick recovery and peace of mind for you!

    • Mandy Snow

      Hi Tara
      My thoughts are with you…both my twins when they were 8 weeks old were on life support for 2 weeks with RSV bronch…it was a very trying time and I can so understand what you are going through…I am sending you a big hug through this computer aith lots of love in it…my twins are now 9…they made it through my very tricky time as I know your little one will to…xxx

    • Megan

      Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my mighty right hand. Isaiah 41:10. My daughter had RSV a few weeks ago too. It is so hard to not be anxious. I will pray that your remember Philippians 4 as well and dwell on what is true, lovely, excellent, etc. So sorry Tara!

    • http://smilingforgrandma.blogspot.com/ Tamara

      oh tara…i don’t know you, but my thoughts and prayers are with you! when my daughter was just hours old she began to breath with difficulty, not due to rsv, but a strep infection. it was the first time i truly prayed…and handed everything over to god. please keep me posted. peace and love to you and your family.

      • http://bonhomiejewels.blogspot.com kirstie

        praying, tara!

  • http://kingsdaughters21.blogspot.com/ Angela De Souza

    I was wondering if anyone who is waiting would like to read my new book that is coming out on 1st March. I would be so grateful for some reviews from anyone who might be interested. My books are a result of a season of waiting too – waiting to be healed from my past, waiting to become the woman that God wants me to be. I thought I would wait forever but the wait is finally over and my books are the fruit :) Here is the one coming out on 1st March – I would value your reviews.

  • http://gitzengirl.blogspot.com gitz

    I’ve been impatient in my waiting lately, too, Lisa. And I’m usually pretty good at it. :) I’m not waiting for it to improve so much as I am waiting to catch my breath. But you’re right… the best thing to do sometimes is sit in the moment and find the things good in the muck. He never leaves us alone with only bad, but we have to remember to look for it. It sounds like you’re doing that better than you think. :)

    • Lisa Leonard

      thinking of you sweet friend. you are on my heart. xxoo

  • http://livelifeartfully.blogspot.com Jennifer LeBlanc

    Since my diagnosis of a chronic illness last fall I am learning a lot about trust. It’s not so much waiting, but just learning to trust God with it all, my current capabilities and limitations, treatment plans, daily physical pain, and what may come in the future.

    I am learning to be still and trust.

    • Lisa Leonard

      hi jennifer! wow. sometimes life takes a completely different route than we anticipate and we are left feeling like everything is in pieces around us. i am praying for contentment even in these very difficult circumstance. praying you’ll see a glimpse of hope and beauty today. xo

    • Becky

      Jennifer~My heart goes out to you. I clicked over to your blog to get to know you little bit more. You have a beautiful heart that shines Jesus. I was astounded to find that both you and Gitz (from the reply above your own) both have AS. Have you met her yet at http://gitzengirl.blogspot.com/? She’s further down the road in this disease and perhaps you’ll find some encouragement there. I know I have even though I deal with a completely different chronic illness. Know that you’re in my heart and prayers this day. With much love~Becky

      • http://livelifeartfully.blogspot.com Jennifer

        Thank you, Lisa & Becky. Yes, I do ‘know’ Gitz. Interestingly, I found her a few years ago, before we were suspecting AS for me, and she stuck in my mind because my dad has AS too, and I had never heard of anyone else with it.

  • http://Thesestones.wordpress.com Christine Gough

    Yes, Lisa…..no more antibiotics and illness. Makes me want to have a temper tantrum! I needed this post and those verses!
    My 4 mos old (then 2 mos) had RSV in December. Nooooo fun. My prayers are being spoken for you right now.

  • http://10stepstofindingyourhappyplace.blogspot.com/ Galen Pearl

    Oh yes. One daughter got the flu. Second daughter got the flu. I got the flu. Second daughter got the flu again! Why didn’t I buy stock in Lysol and Ricola?!

    One of my favorite Taize chants goes “Wait for the Lord, his day is near. Wait for the Lord, be strong, take heart.”

    So we wait, taking the rest that our bodies are asking for, letting the fast paced world race by without us for a time.

  • http://aplacetoreside.blogspot.com Marilyn

    I haven’t been doing a very good job at waiting. Thanks for the much-needed reminder.

  • http://bonhomiejewels.blogspot.com kirstie

    thanks for this post, lisa! i’ve also been doing some waiting lately, though for different reasons. it’s hard!! ;-) but i’m learning to listen to His voice so i am SOO thankful for that.

  • http://sgoode0@comcast.net Sarah Goode

    Hi Lisa…
    I have just recently found your blogs through Teresa’s BloomingonBainbridge Blog. I love your jewelry and I just love this post. I knew you had a beautiful spirit but now I know the source- God makes us more beautiful! I feel like I’m waiting on spring- we have had lots of snow/cold in Tennessee this year. I’m a first grade teacher and need my students to be in school is complete all the curriculum we have to teach those sweet little babies these days! Hope your family heals up real soon and warm days are around the corner. God Bless and I look forward to more posts:)

  • http://wishesdreamslove.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    We have been very fortunate this winter concerning illnesses compared to past winters but I think that is due to the fact that I don’t think I could handle any more on my plate when it comes to illnesses at this point.

    Thank you for this reminder, the verse was perfect for me to reflect on this morning. As I’m praying for peace. My youngest brother in law goes into surgery March 10th for a heart value replacement and part of his ascending aorta needs removed than replaced with an artifical one. I’m continually praying for my mother in law as I know how difficult this past year has been for her and her family.

  • http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/blog/ Lisa Leonard

    melissa, i’m praying for your brother in law right now–for an uneventful and successful surgery.

  • tiffany

    Hey there Lisa – this is such a good reminder – about a lot of things we are waiting for – whether its colds and flus and other bugs – to go away – there are bigger things too, at least for me bigger things I am waiting to change and its hard to wait its hard to understand why its just plain hard and at times heart breaking!

    thank you for the reminder and for the hope…

  • jessica gardo

    thank you lisa for the thoughts and the photo! i feel as tho’, no, I know, I am waiting too! hope you are well ;o)