No Concussion 👍

Today, I took my kids skiing / snowboarding, my first time since I fell last ski season & got a concussion. So today is wonderful! Fun with my boys & fantastic runs!

Sometimes we have to get back on the horse & keep riding when we get bucked off, learning the appropriate lessons that go w the fall 🙂
Of course there’s a time to quit, but let’s do that when we’re succeeding & not when stuff is going poorly.
Keep on, keeping on!!

Awful to Awesome


Here in Cambodia, I get to experience awful all the way to awesome & usually all in the same day. This particular trip is even more interesting on the heels of recovering from a concussion. I don’t like that my memory isn’t as reliable, I don’t like the sleep challenges that are more difficult than usual, I don’t like feeling my brain get tired & I don’t like feeling like I’m in continual slow motion. 
But here’s some awesome: I’ve never travelled with a more surrendered group of people committed to expressing Jesus, full stop. I’m experiencing heaps & heaps of grace that keeps me in a perpetual state of gratitude. Finally, I feel like I’m on the cusp of some explosive opportunities that God is about to open. 

Seems to me that redemption is all about take the awful & God turning it into awesome – for you life to be sure!!

Spiritual Therapy

In the last year, I’ve “enjoyed” two kinds of robust, daily therapy. Last year I did a few months of physical therapy to recover from some shoulder surgery. This year, I get to try brain therapy, which is helping me recover from a concussion a few months back. All of this has made me think about the whole concept of therapy (a word that comes from a Greek word for “heal”).  
Some of the things I’ve learned about therapy are super relevant for our spiritual growth & not just physical / brain therapy. Consider the following:

  • Consistent – doing exercises everyday is essential to getting better / well (growing in our spiritual life happens best when we are most consistent & daily)
  • Small victories – don’t belittle nor shame incremental progress; recovery is often a journey & not just a sprint (sometimes spiritual growth isn’t blatant & obvious)
  • Accountability – my wonderful family has been super encouraging to help me stay the course & not quit (church family & small groups come to mind in relation to spiritual therapy)
  • Constant improvement – seems to me that we either grow or we regress and the idea of treading water isn’t helpful

Let’s keep growing & doing our exercises, physically, mentally & spiritually!  
Our spiritual exercises include daily prayer & Bible time, along w consistent community / fellowship 🙂

Can’t See Well

I’m learning in the concussion recovery process that sometimes I don’t see well. Indeed, on Monday I visited an eye dr who specializes in vision help for people with brain injuries. My appointment showed me some interesting problems with my vision that I wasn’t aware of – my peripheral vision is messed up, my depth perception is off & sometimes my visions gets blurry because my brain is tired. All of these difficulties have come from hitting my head really hard. 
Sometimes I think there’s a parallel truth that happens in our lives. If we go through a traumatic event, let’s be really careful that our perspective doesn’t get changed in negative & debilitating ways. Let’s be sure to keep our eyes on Jesus & our hearts tenderly in love with Him, being fully confident that He is working out everything to be a blessing & not a curse to us – Rom 8:28 🙂

Feel free to pass this along to any friends who might be in s difficult season!

Quick Fix

Several weeks ago, I sustained a concussion from a snowboarding accident. I’m learning that a concussion is an entirely different recovery process than the dislocated shoulder problem from last year’s snowboarding fun. In the grand scheme of things, the shoulder thing seemed to get fixed faster than this concussion stuff. When you think about it, that makes sense because a concussion is an injury to the brain & most of us use our brains a lot, even when we don’t realize it. This is all to say that I’m a quick fix kind of person & I don’t relish a slow nor tedious recovery process. I think most of us can often think in quick fix terms: We want a quick resolution to our finances, an overnight solution to an addiction we might struggle with, or a fast answer to the summer swim suit challenge. 
While I totally know that Jesus can do the quick fix miracle, there’s immeasurable value in settling into a mindset of following Jesus as a lifestyle. Jesus wants us to be disciples & not merely converts or consumers. Seems to me that being a follower of Jesus is a steady diet of daily surrender more than an erratic transaction for consumer purposes. Maybe we start out with Jesus in a quick fix relationship, but let’s commit to growing deeper & in love with Jesus more & more 🙂

Do We Need a Reason?

On my last day of snowboarding this season, I took a really hard fall, landed on my head & sustained a concussion. A concussion is an injury to the brain & I’m learning that the brain recovers at its own pace, regardless of my impatience. Of course I’m praying & trusting God for my recovery. In the meantime, I find myself more sympathetic & compassionate toward people, even when I don’t know why they might be acting poorly. Something inside me (most likely the Holy Spirit) tells me to be gracious because I likely don’t understand what’s happening in that person’s life. Same goes for me in this concussion recovery: I can look my normal self, but truth be known, I’m struggling with energy & sometimes my thoughts are fuzzy. 
Many times I find that we are compassionate most often when we learn about a struggle a person might be going through. I would like be compassionate without a reason but because that’s who I am, a reflection of our compassionate Heavenly Father. 

Concussion Writing

Recently I had a snowboarding accident, landed on my head and got a concussion, despite wearing a helmet.  Clearly, this is not a pleasant experience and the recovery feels slow, to this fairly impatient person 🙂

Writing with a concussion is an interesting experience.  I find that my thinking is slower than normal and sometimes it feels like my writing is murky.  So here’s my solution:  Heavenly Help 🙂

Truth be known, in some ways this concussion experience has helped me lean into the Holy Spirit like I’ve never done before and the results are super encouraging!  For example, last night, I attended a school function with one of my kids where I’d normally be super insecure and awkward.  Instead, last night I felt lots of strength and confidence from the Holy Spirit and left the event not only relieved but also very pleased and secure in the Holy Spirit’s very practical help and strength.  This whole concussion thing can really help me grow deeper in my relationship with the Helper and that, my friends, is the best thing in the world!

Concussion

Recently, I was snowboarding, fell & got a concussion. Needless to say, this isn’t in my top five exciting experiences. Recovering from a concussion requires rest, again not in my top five exciting experiences. Furthermore, I’m not supposed to concentrate for long amounts of time, again not in my top five exciting experiences. So I’d rate the concussion thing at a 2 because there’s a little up side with people being more patient & kind, generally. All that being said, I wouldn’t recommend this adventure. 
But here are some things I’m learning from God that might help you as well:

  • Being still & quiet can be a massive opportunity to experience supernatural peace
  • Being strong & independent doesn’t help us to be close to people or God
  • God is big enough to handle stuff that can feel overwhelming
  • I can trust the Holy Spirit to take better care of things than when I try on my own

Have a really excellent weekend & don’t forget to grab your copy of Heavenly Help!

Concussion

Recently, I was snowboarding, fell & got a concussion. Needless to say, this isn’t in my top five exciting experiences. Recovering from a concussion requires rest, again not in my top five exciting experiences. Furthermore, I’m not supposed to concentrate for long amounts of time, again not in my top five exciting experiences. So I’d rate the concussion thing at a 2 because there’s a little up side with people being more patient & kind, generally. All that being said, I wouldn’t recommend this adventure. 
But here are some things I’m learning from God that might help you as well:

  • Being still & quiet can be a massive opportunity to experience supernatural peace
  • Being strong & independent doesn’t help us to be close to people or God
  • God is big enough to handle stuff that can feel overwhelming
  • I can trust the Holy Spirit to take better care of things than when I try on my own

Have a really excellent weekend & don’t forget to grab your copy of Heavenly Help!