One Armed Frontline Mama

Lisa Cherry —  July 31, 2012

Fork in the road 505071_a_journeyBy Lisa Cherry

Dear readers, when you read this I will probably be in some sort of an interesting brain fog. I wrote this in advance of having surgery to repair the rotator cuff of my right shoulder on July 30.

ARG! This is not how I planned to wrap up my summer! But after putting up with a full thickness tear for a few months, I am actually ready to be on the healing side of this problem.

Have you ever had an interruption to your mothering that seemed like a bigger challenge than you can reasonably handle? That is what I am facing as I look on the front side of surgery recovery, six weeks in a sling and six months of rehab.

Quite honestly, I have faced some fear over this one. Thinking about my right hand being incapacitated leaves me tempted to feel incredibly helpless and undone.

Time will tell exactly what this mama will look like, but at the very least, a new grace will need to be dispensed over my household. Meals and routines will be altered. Driving will be passed to the teens. And my computer work will need to go to dictation.

I am very grateful that this “interruption” is more of a nuisance than a life threat. But I am mindful that out of the potential trial, I may face many maturing moments. Please pray that I pass my tests!

Moms, just when we think we have our world tamed into a manageable formula, life has a way of throwing us some curves. I think my greatest opportunity this month may very well be my chronic life lesson: Who will Lisa trust?

I have been to this fork in the road before. Perhaps you are at that same fork with me today. My husband, Doug, preached a message on this very question just this week. Deuteronomy 33:27 is our answer.

                         Underneath us are the everlasting arms of our heavenly Father.

Those arms are ever faithful…ever strong…and ever capable. Lord, I lean not on my arms (which is quite smart in my case J), but I lean totally on YOU!

I’ll keep you posted on the progress here. And if you notice a few misspellings coming…..well, it might be my nine-year-old helping me out!

See an update on Lisa's recovery here.

Image courtesy of L. Emerson

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