On the Lysol Days…

Lysol Days

Last month the principal called because a certain-someone’s-child threw up all over the entrance to the school auditorium.

And I started this post after 7 days of children with stomach-bug-fever-coughing-virus-nose-wiping.

And yes.
I fed them juice, jello, applesauce, yogurt drinks, and..
Because that’s all they were keeping down.

And now I’m finishing this post a month later after we also went through a round of chicken pox (even after the vaccination).
And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out there carrying around a tub of Lysol wipes.

It can be frustrating when schedules have to change, parties are cancelled, Bible study is missed, laundry starts to pile–
And sickness interrupts plans.

Especially my plans.

But that’s what I’m trying to learn…
What I need to learn–

“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.”
~C.S. Lewis

I want to make the best use of each day God gives me,
“…making the best use of the time.” ~Colossians 4:5
Because He is the Sender of my days.

So when those seasons of sickness hit, how can we best use the time?

1. We can remember that the pause is a gift from God–
A time to slow down and examine where and how we are using are time, spending our moments.

2. We can reclaim the time at home for building relationships with our children–
Sometimes that will mean piles of books read aloud, or Fox in Sox read thirty times in a row (that book “is dangerous” you know).
Sometime it will be drippy popsicles and coloring books at the kitchen table.
Or mugs of hot chocolate shared while watching episodes of  Word Girl.

3. We can use the time to accomplish something–
Clean out a cupboard, write a letter, email a thank you, start a new Bible study, deep-clean a bathroom, read a novel, bake some cookies, weed the garden, make a phone call of encouragement.

4. If we start to get discouraged, we can ask God for His perspective–
For global perspective.  For eternal perspective.  For a reminder of others who are struggling-hurting deeply.
We can ask God to take our eyes off self and to lift them back up to Him.

5.  We can ask God to help us make our home a real place of shelter, solace, and comfort. We can show His love to our families.

Thank you God (and Edith Schaeffer ) for the reminder:

“What is a family?  A family is a well-regulated hospital, a nursing home, a shelter in time of physical need, a place where a sick person is greeted as a sick human being and not as a machine that has a loose bolt, or a mechanical doll that no longer works– to be shoved aside because it is no more fun, nor is it useful…

For some people the memory of illness carries with it the memory of loving care, cool hands stroking the forehead, sponge baths in bed, clean sheets under a hot chin, lovely-flavored drinks, back rubs, medicine given methodically by the clock, flowers near the bed, curtains drawn when the fever is hurting the eyes, soft singing mother’s or father’s voice during a sleepless night…

When illness hits we should remember that this period of time is part of the whole of life.  This is not just a non-time to be shoved aside, but a portion of time that counts…We are to recognize that to waste this time is as much a loss as wasting a time we might think of as the height of productivity.

The opportunity to do something practical about making your family remember their sickness with a feeling that yours was the “best hospital in the world” is very real, and becomes the challenge that gives purpose to some of the drudgery. It is a time when each of us can have the chance to be practical about the command in Matthew 7:12…During sicknesses we can both literally and figuratively ‘wash feet’ as we do the messy jobs that someone has to do, and then say, ‘Thank you, Lord, for giving me a glimpse of what it is all about…

…What is a family?  A family is a blending of people for whom a career of making a shelter in the time of storm is worth a lifetime! Yes, it is while we are in the land of the living that the family is meant to care for each other, and to be a real shelter–“

~Edith Schaeffer What is a Family?


May God bless our families with good health, but on the days when the Lysol wipes are sitting on the kitchen counter,
May God bless us with kindness and compassion and patience and strength, so that we can show His kind of lay-down-self-love to our families.


Kara @ The Chuppies

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  1. Olivia Johnson says

    Thank you so much for this! It has been an awful month at my house, starting with losing a pregnancy, and progressing to a puking toddler, sick husband, and now sick me. I am not the sit around type, and it’s easy for me to get depressed when I do, so thank you for the reminder to be patient, trust in the Lord, and make my home the place my family wants to be when they are feeling crummy.

    • says

      Oh Olivia…
      I’m so sorry.
      It’s so difficult to be wading through the deep heartache of miscarriage and still have to just keep on keeping on in the midst of it all (I share that loss of a child with you (our Selah died when she was 5 months old)…and I know it is so raw and painful, especially in these early days).
      Stopping to pray for you tonight. You have my promise.
      I will pray you can cling to Him and pour out your heart to Him (Ps. 62) and find the strength and encouragement for those days when so much patience and loving-kindness is needed to care for others.
      Love, K

  2. Olivia says

    Thank you so much for this! It has been an awful month at my house, starting with losing a pregnancy and progressing to a puking toddler, sick husband and now sick me. I am not a person who enjoys sitting around, and it’s easy for me to get depressed when I do, so thank you for the reminder to be patient, trust in the Lord, and make my home the place my family wants to be when they are feeling crummy.

  3. Cathy says

    We have a friend who can read Fox in Sox backwards, with a straight face, and never hesitate or miss a word. Just thought I’d share that with you. :D

  4. says

    Great Post! I truly have a phobia of germs… especially the stomach flu. It is out of control and I’m trying to pray through all my anxiety because with four little ones puke is bound to happen. I am bookmarking this post because it will minister to me for years to come. Thank you!

    • says

      Thank Darby…
      And I’m with ya.

      In fact, I was watching my brother’s kiddos for the past week (ages 3 and 5) and they picked them up last night at midnight to drive back to Seattle. About 20 min. out of Portland, my niece threw up all over the car. Poor baby. :(
      But when he called and told me this morning, I had to smile because of the near-miss. Now we’ll see if our crew gets whatever bug that was.

      It never hits at an opportune time and I realize that I need to have my heart pre-prepared to be ready for sickness.

      I do realize though that you’re talking about a deeper phobia and anxiety. And while I can’t relate to the germ-phobia-part (not that I like germs ;) ) I can relate to the worry/anxiety part. I battle fear and worry over the health of our kiddos on a regular basis.

      I’m going to paste in a post more related to that from a couple years ago…I love your heart to want to turn the battle over to the Lord. Thank you for the encouraging comment.
      Love, K


  5. Becky Godby says

    I had a professor in college who used to say to “take every interruption as an opportunity to minister and be a blessing to others.”
    Wonderful post and a great reminder to stop and see what God is doing doing life’s little interruptions.

  6. says

    This has been our lives too lately. Oh how I can relate! Thanks for helping us gain a proper perspective on these interruptions. And I love the Edith Schaeffer quote.

    • says

      I need the reminder over and over…a little M. Lloyd-Jones-preaching-to-myself ;) It can get discouraging. Me too (the Edith Schaeffer quote)! Thanks Christina for stopping by and taking the time to comment… Love, K


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