I have had one of the biggest trials of patience that I can remember and I must admit I completely failed at waiting and trusting God to pull me through. Now here comes the but….But because it had to do with one of my kids that made the situation exponentially worse!
I never in a million years thought it would be so difficult to apply for a UK Visa from Hong Kong for an American kid to study in the UK. Well, suffice it to say that we had a fault in the process but (there it is again) I was pretty disappointed in the process. Not going to point fingers at anyone because that won’t do any good. My take away from the situation is I am so thankful for my faith and I have a lot of room for improvement when handling stressful situations involving my kids.
My dearest sister in Christ and I have leaned on each other for years when it comes to our now young adult kids. I was talking to her, at about week 5 in the process, and was like “you know that saying, you are only as happy as your most miserable child”? We had said it many times over the years. She said that a friend of hers had recently told her that she shouldn’t think that way because it undermines our trust in God and thinking like this is the enemy. DUH! What an epiphany that was for me! I immediately began to shift my thinking from negative thoughts to MY DAUGHTER IS GOING TO GET HER STUDENT VISA! And what do you know? She got the Visa!
I don’t understand fully why we had to go through such a stressful 6 weeks but I do know that God sent me signs of his love for us all along the way. Unfortunately, I would thank him and then go back to being negative and stressed about the situation. In doing so I wasn’t always a great role model for trusting in God for my daughter.
This is how I am going to do better next time, think BLT (you know how I like to eat:)
- Be at Jesus’ feet – If I am at HIS feet always I can get through anything
- Let go and let GOD – If I stop micromanaging HE can do the work
- Thank you – Continued thanks always!
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him –
BTW, I must add that I have been listening to Spotify, free version, while writing this post! The playlist Praise and Worship by Justin Reid is fabulous and God has been right here guiding me with these songs! It has been amazing! The last 4 songs have been Jesus in Disguise by Brandon Heath, The Proof of Your Love by King and Country, Need you Now by Plumb, and Overcome by Jeremy Camp (seriously this song is playing right when I am about to hit the publish button!)
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
You couldn’t have paid me to eat these as a kid or until I was about 45! But now, I love them. This is a super easy quick recipe. You really don’t need all that bacon that most recipes call for when cooking Brussel Sprouts. The sauce is optional but it really is good. If you are leery of mayo then try substituting mashed avocado or a pureed bean with the siracha.
10 Brussel Sprouts
1 1/2 T Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 T mayo
1/2 t siracha sauce
Preheat oven to 425F
- Cut the end of the Brussel Sprouts off and cut each in half, rinse and pat dry very well
- Put Brussel Sprouts on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then just jiggle the pan so Brussel Sprouts get coated with oil and salt and pepper
- Bake for 18-22 minutes until a bit crispy and brown (shaking pan half way through)
- Mix the mayo or your substitute with the siracha and serve with cooked BS