a strong hold

Lord, this morning, baby girl fell and hit her mouth on the amp, so i gave her a popsicle to help w/the pain. i know that when i get hurt sometimes, i need a little something to distract me from it. something that tastes good, something that numbs, something that makes it feel better, even for a little while. i guess everybody’s popsicle is different. for some it’s alcohol, caffeine, gambling. for me it’s sugary things like chocolate, or it’s coffee, sleep, or spending which can all be helpful…moderately. i trust you to prompt me when it’s ok to have them & when is enough. & when the hurt is bad, help me to recall the healing power of your word…& make the time for it.

the next thing i heard a few minutes later was this scream-cry from the kitchen. i ran in there & saw that angel had a hold on that popsicle so tight but didn’t know how to let go of it. it was freezing her hand. the very thing i gave her as a treat to numb & distract – in just a few minutes made things much worse.

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give me the wisdom to know how to let go of unhealthy habits before they turn into addictions that can put a thick wall between us. i don’t want anything having a strong hold on me

except for you.

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2 thoughts on “a strong hold

  1. rebekah esquibel February 8, 2008 / 5:49 pm

    That is so true!
    I love comparing our relationship with God to the relationship we have to our children. Sometimes it really helps me understand how He must be feeling, and really: how He can love us SO MUCH even when we act unloveable.
    I love the picture of Angel crying, to illustrate your story. I like to imagine myself as a toddler having a fit whenever I throw myself a pity-party, and that usually gets me to stop real quick!
    Sending Love~~~~

  2. Deenie February 11, 2008 / 1:58 pm

    Every day is a new day and I begin with breathing a prayer of thanksgiving and asking for his wisdom for today’s trials & temptations whether it is with children, friends or just myself.

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