A Gift in Disguise

Yesterday morning, I was awakened by another migraine.  “Umph!” I thought.  My special diet wasn’t working … yet!  I took medicine, and went back to bed.  When 7:00 rolled around, I felt much better, but still not ready to go to work, so I phoned in and said I’d be late.  At 7:45, still on the upswing, I got myself out of bed and stumbled to the kitchen to get some breakfast.  By this time, everyone else in the family had gone to work or school.  When I sat down in my husband’s easy chair beside the window with my coffee and almond milk, I reached for the remote control to turn on the news.  Something stopped me.

I felt God inviting me to spend some quality time with Him.  I looked sheepishly up at the picture of Jesus hanging above our mantle, and gave a half-smile.  “I’d love to spend some time with you,” I thought.  So I read the morning readings and prayers in my “Magnificat” magazine slowly and pondered them as I looked out into my backyard through the window.  Not surprisingly, the Word of God really spoke to my heart.  The Lord knew that I needed to hear it.  The reading was a continuation on the vine and the branches theme from John’s gospel – saying that if we stay grafted to God, we will not thirst or whither.  Wow, did I feel withered after a couple of weeks of burning the candle at both ends!  I needed to be attached to the Vine once again.

What started out to be a terrible morning, because of the headache, was actually refreshing, because it afforded me a bit of extra time for stillness – to listen to God.  He knows what we need when we need it.  He truly is a loving Father – so kind and so gentle – constantly inviting us into relationship with Him.

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About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 7, 14 and 21. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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