I broke down in tears the first time I read the Spoon Theory of Chronic Illness in 2013. Because of a rare brain disease, I’d just lost my job, I was a fraction of the wife and mother I used to be, and all I knew was migraines and fear.
But I looked fine, so people didn’t understand why I was falling apart. Prescriptions numbed my brain more than the pain, so every attempt to explain myself only ended in tears.
But the Spoon Theory of Chronic Illness gave my desperation a voice. Finally, my family understood the need to balance my activity level like a welfare budget.
Today’s featured post by Jennifer Ross reminded me of the Spoon Theory. Just like anyone with chronic illness, Jennifer is always “on a learning curve with her body’s capacity.”
It wasn’t until 2015 that I began giving my fears to Jesus, but Jennifer knows He is our example of how to balance activity with rest. She shares more in her post Retreat! Retreat!
I love Jennifer’s post because we all need to learn balance. The Spoon Theory explains what it’s like to live with invisible conditions, but Jennifer reminds us of the solution: Jesus.
I love having a cuppa Tea With Jennifer every week. It’s one of my favorite parts of our Grace & Truth Link-Up because it always feels like I’m sitting down with her. Her company is always so nourishing, so refreshing. Tea With Jennifer feels like, well – it feels like a retreat.
So today, I hope you will come along with me and Heather and join Jennifer at the seaside where we plan to put our feet up for some quiet, meditative time with Jesus.
And, please, if you or someone you know suffers from a chronic physical, emotional, or cognitive condition, come back here to learn about The Spoon Theory of Chronic Illness by Christine Miserandino.
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Now For This Week’s Link Up!
Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord…
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