25 In Glimpses

Come Receive // Glimpses Link Up

Happy Monday friends. I’m feeling somewhat like a broken record. I’m exhausted. EXHAUSTED. Once again life is happening around me and well, I’m just going along for the ride.

My mother fell on the 4th of July and severely broke her arm. She was on the only floor in her house without carpet and somehow slipped. She also cut her head pretty badly. Last week my sister took her to the ER because she just wasn’t herself. Come to find out, she has a small bleed on the outer part of her brain. We are pretty sure it was caused by the fall. This is scary, as my mother had a massive brain aneurysm about 20 years ago and nearly died. However, the Dr. assured us this will heal on it’s own in a few weeks and that my mother is not at risk of further complications.

While at the hospital, we found out my mother also had a pretty severe UTI which is now being treated with heavy antibiotics. This is also scary as my mother was just about 30 minutes away from death brought on by Sepsis about a year ago, caused by a UTI.

I headed out to Tracy today to visit my best friend and received a call that my mother was taken back to the ER with severe bowl issues. Come to found out, she was severely dehydrated and required 3 bags of fluid. The stool issue is likely caused by the antibiotic, but the Dr. does not want to stop it so we deal with the other.

My sister has taken a 30 day leave from work to care for my mother and me and my other siblings are getting a schedule together so that we can help my sister. My mother was diagnosed with dementia last year, early stages. Needless to say, we will be having to make some hard decisions in the future concerning her care.

So I am pretty much emotionally and physically exhausted. My younger two kids leave for camp tomorrow and I am looking forward to not having to fight any teen battles for a few days. My heart is longing to sit and be still. I want to allow the river of His love to wash all my worries and cares away.

Tonight I want to share with you a song that is ministering to my heart so much right now. It’s a call to come. It’s a call to taste of the goodness of the Lord. It’s a call to come and receive all that we need. When we are weary and in need of rest, we can come to the river and be refreshed.

Will you come to the river and receive all that you need today? #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #531-540

531. God’s wisdom concerning my mother’s health.
532. Family who all live close and can be available to help.
533. My mother cracking jokes in her hospital bed.
534. Cable TV in the hospital so my mom doesn’t miss her game shows.
535. New hospital socks.
536. Caring nursing staff who care for my mom.
537. My mother’s hearty appetite for hospital food.
538. My dad who sits with my mom at the hospital all day.
539. A walker and other equipment that will help my mom in her daily living.
540. Nurses who visit the house to check on mom.

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

It is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply link back here.
2. Link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find each other’s posts.



25 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosann Cunningham
    July 17, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Oh Barbie! I am sending a giant hug your way today. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I know all too well how stressful and emotionally exhausting it can be to watch our parents suffer with failing health. My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family as you all navigate this very hard season of life.

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you so much Rosann!

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    Michele Morin
    July 17, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Barbie, you’re under so much pressure right now — thanks for sharing your heart with us here, and for leading us to the One who can help us with all our burdens.

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Michele.

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    June
    July 17, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Oh, sweet friend. Dealing with aging parents is a challenge and extremely stressful. May God hold you close and give you and your sister wisdom and discernment for what lies ahead. Praying that you get some rest for your mind and soul while the kids are away. Praying for healing for your mom. Blessings on your week, Barbie.

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you June. I so appreciate your prayers.

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    Lisa notes
    July 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I’m so sorry about your mom, Barbie! 🙁 It’s so difficult, not just physically but emotionally, when our parents transition to needing our help. Praying for your dad, your siblings, and you as you work out a schedule to help your mom. {Listening to this song as I type…beautiful!}

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      So glad you liked the song Lisa! Hope you’re having a great week.

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    Susan Shipe
    July 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

    THose times we need to “stay in the river”, amen?

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      So true Susan!

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    Amy Jung
    July 17, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I’m tired too, Barbie. After reading your post, I decided to listen to the song you posted and having a short quiet time even though I feel I don’t have time right now. Thanks!!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      I hope the song drew you right into His presence. Blessings Amy!

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    Ruth @ plantedbylivingwater
    July 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Hi, Barbie! Hugs to you and a pat on the back to ease the tension. I’m sorry to hear about your mom falling and all the problems she’s having right now.
    I understand the dementia part; my mom has it also. It felt like such an unknown for quite some time. It’s not something that I had ever received training in. But over time the Lord has reminded me that He has this under control also. It’s not mine to control. One day He opened my eyes to see that Isaiah 46:4 is not just a promise for me someday; it is also a promise to my mom. That gave me comfort to know that He has borne her up all these years, and He is still the same and is still doing so.
    May the Lord lead you and your dad and siblings and the doctors and give you all wisdom and peace in Christ.

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you Ruth. My mom is not yet saved so she does not understand the love of God yet. I know He’s looking out for her even so. Blessings!

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        Ruth @ plantedbylivingwater
        July 20, 2017 at 8:51 am

        Yes, Barbie, He has watched out for her all these years and even now extends another opportunity for her to understand and believe His love for her revealed through the gospel message. I pray that she will do so.
        Love in Christ,
        Ruth

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    Gayl
    July 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Barbie, I can understand how you would be emotionally drained. I pray God will fill your cup with his love and peace and give you rest and refreshment.

    Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks so much Gayl!

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    Diana
    July 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Wow. Your mom’s issues are so eerily similar to my aunt-in-law’s. I’ll be praying for your mom and everyone involved in her care and decision-making.

    Totally understand the exhaustion as I live it daily.

    Hugs and blessings to you, friend!

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you Diana. Will be saying a prayer for you as well my friend.

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    Natalie @messymom
    July 18, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Girl, I am with you. I am feeling more physically and emotionally exhausted than ever! Thanks for that encouraging song and the reminder that there are glimpses of beauty all around.

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Natalie!

  • Reply
    Donna Reidland
    July 19, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Barbie, I’m sorry you’ve had such a challenging week! It’s so good to know that we can come to that river and rest in Him.

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      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      AMEN Donna! Blessings for a beautiful week!

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    Melissa
    July 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    So sorry to hear about your mom! Your family is in my prayers.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks so much Melissa!

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