What’s the advantage to valley moments?

Whenever life gets rough, I try to focus on the lesson God has for me in that moment.  Sometimes, things are so uncomfortable, you have to change life, but what happens when you’re stuck for a time and God has you stuck?  Personally, I try to focus on the advantages.

My latest struggle is that I’m temporarily in a one bedroom upstairs apartment with my 18-year-old daughter.  And I recently inherited my sons’ dog.  I should mention that this dog is annoying and has some terrible traits.  For example, she was trained to bite at anyone if you try to wake someone.  My second-oldest liked to sleep in and taught her that.  Cute, right?  Not so much.

IMG_1730Now that son is in the Marines and he’s about to deploy for a long time–so the dog comes to me.  Luckily, my apartment’s owner loves dogs and was very amenable about the dog coming here.  So sweet — and see a complete advantage!

However, the apartment is upstairs and that means I have to take the dog out morning, noon and night.  Which is a pain, but I am handicapped with MS so it FORCES me to get out and walk. Even when my body doesn’t want to.  That’s an advantage!

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It also forces me to be social.  (I could easily be a writing hermit if it weren’t for my daily Starbucks’ visit.) So now, I go to the park and I meet up with other dog owners and I have human connection and conversation!  (Conversation aside from telling my daughter to clean our room and stop buying iTunes.)

When God has you in a holding pattern, do you try to look at the why and be grateful for the advantages?  If Mary could have a baby in a stable and Paul could write the epistles from jail, I figure I can handle a yappy dog in an apartment.  Until my son gets home.

Then, this dog is SOOO his.  I told him this dog will probably live until two days before he’s free.  (She’s already 12!)

 

 

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