There are days when you just need someone to grab you by the hand, and tell you don’t worry, everything works out okay

Days when the kids are finally in bed and you can process the over-the-top post-toddler tantrum that happened earlier in the day, and you’re fairly certain that you need to call in an exorcist. Days when you have to listen to your child explain why another child threw a football at his head in reaction to your own child's impulsive act that was meant as an extension of friendship.

Days when the only thing you can do is breathe deeply as you try to understand.

Days when outsiders look at you with their judgy eyes and tell you what they would do in your situation, when deep down you know it’s not that simple. It’s not that easy. Days when you’re afraid to ask for help because you don’t want your child labeled. Days when you’d do anything to help them but you don’t know how, because you don’t know what’s wrong and no one else does either.

Days when deep down, you know something's not right, and you prepare your heart for the worst, long before you get a diagnosis. 

Days when you look at your checkbook balance and you look at the bills in the mailbox that you know there isn’t enough to cover. 

There are days. 

There are days when… when “special needs” classes help, but not enough. There are days when you just don't answer the teacher's emails because you're just so weary.

And there are days when you wonder just how long the storm will last, because you’re not sure if you can last.  

There are days when the only place you can look is towards Him, because if you stop long enough to look at your circumstances, the wind and waves will drown you. 

It is on those days that God sends a friend along to hug you, lift you up, and say, “me too.” A God-wink to encourage you. A reminder that you’ll be okay. A mama to say, “I don’t have the answers, but let’s turn to One who does.” 

And in the quiet, from miles away you remind each other that it is well. That the God who loves you is still in charge. He sees. He knows. And He has a plan. And on that day your heart says, 'Don't worry, heart. I have a feeling everything works out ok."

Because we know He’s got it covered, we can find peace to still our hearts and truly say, it is well with my soul.  

We hope these lyrics help you this week as much as they've helped us. Because through it all, our eyes are on Him. Through it all, it is well. 

Shine On,

Hilary (aka Mama Shine) and Karen (ShineBlog Editor)

 

 

It Is Well:

Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me
Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can't see
And this mountain that's in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
The waves and wind still know His name