Friday, July 22, 2011

Holding It Together

It has been a tough couple of weeks, preceded by a tougher couple of months, preceded by a fairly difficult couple of years.  No, I am not exaggerating.

Please do not misunderstand me - I am personally in fairly good health and so is the LOC*.  And even Holly, our 12 year old Lhasa Apso is doing pretty well.  (*Lovable Old Coot)

But as I sometimes say, "Life bunches up on you."  And lately, well, my bunch has had its share of challenges.  So tonight I am remembering what they teach in AA, or so family members who were involved in 12-step programs always told me, "Don't try to make decisions when you are hungry, angry, sad or tired."

There is some acronym that goes with that saying, but I don't recall what it is.  And I probably don't have them in quite the right order, either; but the principle is still valid.

Kind of like life:  sometimes we forget the "clues to the principles" and sometimes we don't have them in quite the right order, but they are still valid.

And here is one of the best principles of all - while I am trying to hold it together for those in greater need than I am, the fact is that I am not the one ultimately "holding it together."  Thank goodness! 
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"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."  Colossians 1:17 NIV

Until next time ... Marsha


  1. Thank you for this Marsha, it is very apt for me too. It is so true, that we should not make decisions or statements, if possible, while, hungry, angry, sad or tired. Yes Thank goodness, Thank God, and Thank Jesus, who holds our hands through it all.

    God Bless - Nita.

  2. I'm sorry that life is bunching up on you (good description). I'm so glad we don't have to worry about holding things together and can leave it in God's hands!

  3. Sorry to hear life is hard at the moment. I hope you soon can get it together and run with the wind and stop to smell the flowers.

  4. sorry things are coming at you all at once, so glad you know the one who promises that when we are weak He is strong! I can hear the children's song in my head, reinforcing the truth that we don't need to have it together, we just need to know the one who does.
    I am preaching to the choir I know...and myself.

  5. Thanks to each of you bove. Your encouragement is much appreciated. My son is beginnng what they say will be a 3 to 5 month recovery from the emergency surgery of last Sat. We are thankful.
    Another family member was diagnosed with yet another medical challenge this week, and we are praying about that. Thank you for your kindness. ....Marsha

  6. So sorry to read that so much is going on at once for you. Believe me, been there and done that too. But as I've been learning; take one moment at a time.

    Love and prayers,

  7. I do remember that acronym - H- hungry, A- angry, L-lonely, T-tired! HALT - a German word for STOP! It is good remember that decisions made during those times are too impulsive and can hurt us even more. I'm sorry to read that things have been coming in waves - bringing in a lot of debris! Good to know that we do have a heavenly Father who will bring us through it! Blessings!

  8. Sending hugs and prayers your way. I love the advice to not make decisions when you're HALT (as Karin described it). Good advice for life in general.