The older I get, the harder I fall… From: Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks for coming by. I love this time of year, when the scent of fall is in the air, the leaves on the trees are trying to change colors, despite in some areas suffering from the confusion of summer heat. And there’s a slight breeze in the air. The only thing left in order for it to really feel like Fall is for the temperature to drop. Come on in and let me share with you how we kicked off the season…

I’m gonna tell on myself right now but maybe you can relate with this. Have you ever volunteered to host something in your home and then use that as the motivation to do something to it, besides clean it, or buy something for it? Well, since the first day of Fall was the day before our Bunco night, I knew I wanted to get my yard and house ready for the season. And this year I was even more excited because my BFF and I had gone shopping at Joanne’s and gotten a grip of fall yard decorations for 70% off! I didn’t really mean to put it off until the last minute, but that’s exactly what happened. A friend and I had started the yard earlier that day after our run – (Thanks, Ginger; it was so much fun!) — Within ten minutes, we had all of the new stuff up, so I went on to do other things that needed doing.

By the time I was able to come back to this fun task, it was almost 5:00 and Bunco started at 6:30. I know, that’s cuttin’ it close! I planned on doing just the outside and I resolved to doing the inside on Saturday. When I asked my honey if he could get the containers down, you should have seen the look of disbelief on his face. “You have company coming over; you can’t do this now.” I smiled at him. This was definitely not one of those “submitting” moments! “Oh, sure I can. I’ve got a whole hour.” Bless his heart; he knew better than to argue and began to help me get the rest of the outside decorations down. I was determined and in a hurry, two attitudes that can be very useful and good.

We were really getting a lot accomplished in a short amount of time. I began to think that maybe, just maybe I could do a little inside Fall decorating, too. With that in mind, I reached for my last two scarecrows and turned and went to charge forward, only to bump into one of the bikes and go flying as hard and fast as I was determined and in a hurry. One of my knees came down on the spikes of the bike pedal, my other knee crashed into the cement with a vengeance, and the poor scarecrows finally learned how to fly. I fell so hard it nearly knocked the wind out of me, but I got up, not quite as fast as I fell, and bent over, refusing to let the tears come, grunting and determined to not give into the pain.

George came running. “What happened?” Silence. “Are you okay?” Silence. “Are you okay, Honey?” I gritted through my teeth a long and winded “Yessssssssss,” took a few deep breaths and winced when I saw the blood and dangling skin. I did a couple of those Lamaz breaths that you do when you’re in labor, stood up and hobbled over to get the scarecrows. I kept on going, finished the yard, and even got a few decorations up in the house. When I finally sat down, the pain caught up with me. I wish I could say that I didn’t let anyone know, but I was definitely wearing pain all over myself and didn’t even mask it one bit.

Fast forward a bit: Now it’s Saturday and I can barely walk. My wonderful chiropractor went ahead and adjusted me despite it being the weekend. I tried to take it easy on Saturday, and actually did pretty good at it. I even cuddled up with my honey and we watched a couple of movies. Sunday morning, I’m sitting in church and the funniest thought hit me: “The ole mule ain’t what she used to be.” I really had to choke down the urge to laugh at myself and that’s when it hit me: The older I get, the harder I fall, but the older I get in the Lord, the softer I fall.

See, this physical fall has caused all sorts of pain and a few other problems. But when I miss the mark spiritually and fall, maybe a slip of the tongue, maybe an unkind word, doing something I know I shouldn’t do, it doesn’t take long before I bounce back up and I’m able to continue on in my journey with Him because His grace cushions my falls, my mistakes. I realize every day how I am truly nothing without Him. I’m so blessed He’s there to “fall” on; He’s my safety net, the one who forgives my falls, my blunders and remembers them no more. Now that is the way to fall into Fall!

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13 Responses to “The older I get, the harder I fall… From: Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

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    O Kim I know you are still in pain and am praying for you…but I had to laugh a little at this because your writing is soo good…I was totally picturing you falling and the scarecrows flying!! Very good analogy, too!

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    I was catching up on my coffee hour lol
    Love You!!
    I just LOVE to hear the wisdom the Lord feeds you!! Thanks for sharing your life with so many!!

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