Friday, February 7, 2014

A Matter Of The Mind!

Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?"
"Outstanding," Fred replied. "They taught us all the latest psychological techniques - visualization, association - it made a huge difference for me."
"That’s great! What was the name of the clinic?" Fred went blank He thought and thought, but he couldn’t remember.
Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, "What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?" "You mean a rose?" "Yes, that’s it!" He turned to his wife and said, "Rose, what was the name of that clinic?"

Mark 13:31 Jesus said: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."

Last year I suffered a mild form of dementia due to personal circumstances that were out of my control. I immediately went to see a doctor and a psychologist to see what I could do to save my sanity and my mind. It was a very frightening time for me and for my husband. Fear became as much a physical problem as it did emotional.  Fortunately, I have a wonderful support system of family and friends that were able to help me stay on the right course to get the help I needed.

My physician explained that in life some times when things happen that affect us in a very stressful way that the mind does stop because it is the only way to cope with that particular difficulty. In time he said, it would process the situation and be able to function as it once did if I took some necessary steps to overcome the physical damage. My psychologist validated my feelings of helplessness and kept me accountable in keeping my focus on what I needed to do in overcoming the emotional damage. My family and friends had to adjust to my being more dependent on them in some areas of my life. It was a new journey for me and one that I learned more about the love I need from God and the love he showed me through others.

Fortunately, there has been much recovery and more understanding of my limitations. I recognize now what is happening and when it is happening and know what to do. I have learned that God has a purpose for me even when I am weak physically and emotionally. I have learned to trust Him in the midst of my fears and that he will take care of all that I cannot control. I don't beat myself up like I did when this first began but instead trust God to make right all that I have gotten wrong along the way. God's Word was not just a comfort but it gave me hope when I would lose all hope!

There is only one thing in this world that will never perish or fade away and that’s the Word of God!

 This picture was taken on a trip through Georgia, December 2013.