Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baby Shots.....Ouch!

If you're a Mama, you know what I'm talkin' about....Baby shots.  Awful, right?  We get ourSELVES so worked up before we even arrive at the clinic, that I'm not sure who should be more medicated, us....or the baby?  To make matters worse, we are also instructed to strip our innocent little one down to nothing more than his/her diaper....Now,  I'm not sure about you...but this caused some MAJOR distress in it's own right for all three of my angels...then came the dreaded Needle...
Look Familiar?

At this point in the dance, I'm not sure who's crying more.......the baby, the mama, or the nurse, or nurse(S) if you're like me and have a fighter on your hands...
But despite the pain, despite the tears (ours and theirs!), and despite the redness & swollen little limbs....we go back in a few months to do it all over again.
Because it is the best way to STRENGTHEN their Physical Immune Systems.  The best way to provide them with what they will need to fight off diseases and infections. 
Does it hurt?   Yes.
Does it require some extra love & patience?  Yes.
Does it help them in the long run?  Yes.

Our FAITH is our Spiritual Immune System.
It is often strengthened through the Shots we endure..........
The shot of a Lost Job..........Ouch.
The shot of a Loved One's Death.....Ouch.
The shot of a Sick Child.....Ouch.
The shot of Betrayal.......Ouch.
The shot of Addiction........Ouch.
The shot of a Broken Friendship......Ouch.
The shot of a Hurting Marriage........Ouch.
There are more.  Lots more.  The shots that pierce our spirit the same way the needles of immunizations pierce our flesh.

But take heart ♥
It is through these 'shots' that our faith has the opportunity to be STRENGTHENED. Preparing our Spiritual Bodies for future battles of this world, infections of the heart, diseases of the soul.
Will they hurt?  Yes.
Will they require some extra love & patience?  Yes.
Will they help us in the long run?  YES. YES. YES. 

And just as our babies scream "MAMA!" at the most painful, tearful moment,  we too can call out "ABBA!" , resting in the confidence that our Father hears our cry ~

I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
   he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
   I will call on him as long as I live.
  Return to your rest, my soul,
   for the LORD has been good to you.
 For you, LORD, have delivered me from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling,
 that I may walk before the LORD
   in the land of the living.          Psalm 116:1-2, 7-9

Strengthened Bodies ~ Strengthened Faith.  Thankful for the Shots that Save. †

Sweet Blessings my Friends,

The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever....Psalm 138:8

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