Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. (Psalm 103:3)
I have a sinus infection and I'm feeling pitiful. Morning sickness aside, I'm not sure I've ever been this sick since I became a mom. Last Saturday I had that weird tickly feeling in my throat and I knew it was coming. Sure enough, things started going downhill on Sunday. Curt was getting over a cold that wasn't too bad, but had made him very hoarse. I was sure that's what I was getting. On Monday I felt much better, but on Tuesday it came back with a vengeance and got worse each day.
Never mind the baby, I've spent an hour or two awake each night this week just trying to clear my head of all the stuff. Mornings have been rough. I thought I should probably go to the doctor but since I felt better during the day, I always talked myself out of it. Today I could take no more. I had chills and achiness, I was sore from coughing so much, my ear hurt, and my face felt like it might explode with the sinus pressure.
After a quick trip this morning to see my cousin Joe at a firefighter and EMT fundraiser, I went to an urgent care clinic. They didn't take my insurance, but that $120 seemed like pennies compared to feeling better. So now I'm on an antibiotic along with Mucinex, which makes you very sleepy. I took the meds as soon as I got home and conked out. Oh my word. When I woke up it was like I was sleep walking. I kind of wanted to blog, but I was afraid of what I might type!
I'm hoping that on Resurrection Sunday God is going to resurrect my healthy self. This has been miserable. On top of feeling bad, I hate not being able to kiss my babies. Annabeth has a touch of the cold and it makes me so sad that she got it from me.
I've been reading the Gospel of Mark in my quiet times to get ready for Easter. It's amazing how much time Jesus spent just healing people of their maladies. Can you imagine spending your life blind, deaf, or in chronic physical pain and one day you meet this traveling teacher who heals you with a word? Or a touch? How amazing would that be? And how would you feel when you heard that He had been crucified like a criminal? And then how would you feel when you heard the rumors that His body went missing and He was appearing to people. He had risen from the grave! How thrilling it must have been for the people who had contact with Him on this earth. I'm really jealous of them. But Jesus said those of us who had not seen Him, yet believed in Him are blessed. Check out what happened when "Doubting Thomas" saw the resurrected Christ for the first time.
Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:24-31)
I hope y'all have an amazing Easter! We're supposed to have nasty weather tomorrow, but I think it will help me focus on the pure joy of our Lord's resurrection instead of getting all of us looking cute or taking pretty pictures in the yard.
He is risen!