Monday, January 5th, 2015
Each year, I find more to appreciate about my mom. 2014 was no exception! This past year held a lot of changes for our family. I graduated from college and Dad started spending less time at the animal hospital and more time managing the chickens and investing in the grandkids. However, the most noticeable change came because of Mom.
Our family uses Christian Care Medi-Share for our medical insurance. For the past several years, we’ve qualified for a “health incentive” discount on our monthly fee. One of the qualifications is having an A1c test result of 5.7 or lower. An A1c is a measure of your average blood glucose levels from the past 2 to 3 months, and can help diagnose diabetes. Usually, Dad wouldn’t pass on the first try, thanks to his extreme ice cream cravings, while Mom would always be well under the limit. Then, in September 2013, something changed. Mom’s A1c shot up to 6.5. As with Dad’s, we assumed that it would come back down with some intense dieting. When the A1c wasn’t coming down, she started checking her blood sugars using a blood glucose meter. This revealed that she was extremely sensitive even to healthy high-carb foods, such as sweet potatoes, fruits, and whole wheat bread.
God miraculously allowed Mom to pass the A1c test for 2014 on December 28, 2013, just days before the deadline. Mom and Dad decided that we needed to continue this diet indefinitely in order to manage Mom’s blood sugar levels without taking insulin.
Through this experience, Mom has exemplified patience by not giving God a deadline to remove this trial. I appreciate her gratefulness for the things she can eat (like eggs!) and for my various low-carb recipe attempts (zucchini noodles and meatballs, anyone?)
Mom has powerfully illustrated this excerpt from C. H. Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening to me this year: “Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there…. Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God.”
Happy birthday, Mom! I’m excited to see what God has in store for us this year.