Push, just a little push

It is snowing here, along with sleet and freezing rain. And someone somewhere will need a push. And this is what the youngest needs too. Not a big hard shove, but a gentle push, just to get him started. So this week I have been gently pushing the idea for him to contact the facility which does a live-in program for people with serious mental health issues. Not for an interview, just for a tour, a look-see about the place.

Right now the youngest is doing well although he is still way too firmly attached to me and needs more independence. So I push just a little and I encourage and I pray a lot. After all push stands for PrayUntilSomethingHappens. I remind him each time he says “I can’t” that he has indeed succeeded so I think the “I can’t ” may instead mean something like “I am fearful, or shy or scared” not that he actually can not do whatever it is he attempts because he can and does accomplish things. Like this week we got the guitar tuned and he can play a few notes on it and it is very melodic and soothing. His blood pressure is down and his pulse is also down. Though he was nervous a bit yesterday – probably due to the Jonas storm which sits upon us now spitting out sleet and freezing rain.

It it reminds me of the verses which speak about being an encourager and watching our words so that when we speak we are lifting up and not putting down. So a little push, a dash of encouraging words and some more independence with a lot of prayer and we get unstuck – everyone needs a little push now and then accompanied by encouraging words and a hug – yes we all need these things. So for today my prayer is that I will speak with encouragement, give a little push and know that wherever I am is holy ground  and should be treated as such.



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