Secret #6: Get enough sleep!
I know you’ve heard this a thousand times, but are you doing it?
YOU NEED TO SLEEP.
For some Doctor Moms, this is a HUGE challenge because medical concerns rarely disappear overnight.
But sleep is non-negotiable.
As a Doctor Mom, you won’t make wise decisions for your child unless you are fully rested.
Here are a couple tips:
- Limit your caffeine in the afternoon.
- Cut it out completely at night.
- Exercise most days.
- Eat right. (When I eat healthier, I sleep so much better!)
- Go to bed 15 minutes earlier.
- Take a nap whenever possible. If you are a working mom, make this a top priority on your days off.
- Most importantly, DO NOT FEEL GUILTY.
In order to be successful Doctor Moms, we need to get enough sleep. Pray and ask God to show you ways where you can get more rest. He is ready and willing to help you be successful in this role!
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 NIV
I’d love to hear your tips on this.
Here in Texas, the thermometer says it’s still summer, but the truth is that a new school year is starting–good news for many parents.
But when your child has medical issues, we know it’s a completely different story. Excitement is often replaced with worry.
With that in mind, here is this week’s memory verse:
All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 MSG
Write this verse down and keep it in a spot where you’ll see it. Let God’s word encourage and strenghen you!
Is it really Monday already? Wow! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!
Here’s the memory verse for this week. I’ve chosen the NIV version of Isaiah 41:13. I was recently reminded of this verse by a long-lost friend of mine. Thank you, Kerri!
Every Doctor Mom should hide this verse in their heart!
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NIV
Secret #6: Celebrate your victories!
I’ll be the first one to admit that being a Doctor Mom is a tough job. You’re on call 24/7/365. There are days when your child’s life depends on the decisions you make.
It’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. Unless……
You celebrate your victories. You need to focus on the GOOD in your life!
Even if it seems tiny. A victory is a victory.
Did your child have a pain-free day? Rejoice!
Did your kiddo get through a difficult medical procedure? Celebrate!
When your child had high blood sugar, were you able to get it back in range? Woo Hoo!
Every single day, find something to celebrate.
And yes, I know it’s hard. As my husband recently reminded me, I talk about celebrating victories a lot, but sometimes I forget to do it.
Maybe we can all work on Secret #6 together.
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 104:33 NIV
This week we’re going to memorize my very favorite Bible verse.
I remember reciting it over and over again when I was hoping to get pregnant with Matthew.
Even today, it’s my “go-to” verse when I’m having a rough day.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV
What is your “go-to” verse? Maybe we can all memorize it together!
Confession: I need to work on my prayer life.
My mind wanders. I lose my focus.
Sometimes I stop to fold the laundry or (gasp!) check my email. And then I completely forget about praying.
But I’m working on it.
One thing that has helped me tremendously is a prayer calendar.
On each day of my calendar, I’ve written specific topics to pray about for my husband, Matthew and also, diabetes.
I use this same calendar month-after-month, sometimes changing topics if need be. For the most part, they are constant and this helps me stay focused.
Here is a link to my calendar. The last half is specifically related to diabetes. If your child has different medical issues, you will need to change those, starting on day 14
Don’t let daily chores stop you from praying.
Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT
Secret #5: Remember your spouse.
I don’t know what state your marriage is in, but I do know that it probably needs improvement. When your child has a medical need, the stress on your marriage can be overwhelming.
The divorce rate for parents of children with diseases is through the roof. I saw one estimate that it is over 80%!
Unbelievable! And yet, believable, right?
Guess what? You’re in this together. In God’s eyes you are a team and you need to act like one.
Warning: It won’t always be easy.
Warning: It may never be easy.
But you need to figure this out and make sure your marriage is working. Your child has enough challenges without adding divorce to the list. Plus, your kids will be grown in no time. You don’t want to turn around one day and realize your husband is a stranger. I love my husband too much to let that happen. You can’t let it happen either.
If your marriage is suffering, get help. Read a book on marriage, talk to a pastor, or have your doctor recommend someone.
Make time with your husband a priority. Even if you don’t feel like it. Childcare may be an issue, but you can figure out something. I know one Doctor Mom who hires a nurse to babysit!
If money is tight (and it probably is!) simply pop in a movie for your kids, while you and your husband enjoy a quiet dinner together.
Just do something. Anything! Your marriage is worth it!
And never forget to make prayer a priority. God can change things in the blink of an eye. If your situation seems unbearable–that’s when He works best!
A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
If you didn’t memorize Jerimiah 29:11 last week, this is your chance for a fresh start!
And here’s more good news. This week the verse is short and sweet.
Be strong and do the work. (1 Chronicles 28:10)
How easy is that? Easy…but powerful.
This was David’s charge to Soloman before he began the challenging task of building the temple.
He would say the very same thing to us as we launch into our role of Doctor Mom.
Yes, we have a lot on our plate and it is a huge challenge, but God trusts us with this job!
He knows we can do it! Let’s determine to “be strong and do the work!”
Secret #4: Build your team.
Do you like your child’s doctor? I hope so!
If you don’t, it’s time to make a change. Don’t put it off another minute.
As Doctor Moms, we have to trust our child’s medical team. If we don’t, our lives will be full of additional worry and stress. We’ll second-guess every decision and never have peace.
Take the time to find a doctor you trust. Will it take extra effort on your part? Sure! But the reward will be worth it.
Trusting your child’s medical team will take a burden off your shoulders and allow you to step back into more of a “mom role.”
If you question your child’s doctor, pray about it. Ask God to give you direction. He will faithfully point you in the right direction!
For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
Are you Doctor Mom to a child with Autism? Does your child have special education needs?
If so, then you probably know that this is Special Education week & Autism Awareness Month. It’s a time to celebrate all kids facing such challenges.
It’s also a time to recognize all the Doctor Moms who care for those precious children.
I know you’re tired. I know you worry. But you are doing an awesome job! You are doing the best you can and that is all that God asks of you. He will equip you with everything you need to be a fantastic Doctor Mom. All you have to do is ask Him!
Never forget what a blessing it is to care for your child. It is an honor to serve God this way. One day you will look back on this season of life, so grateful that God trusts you with this job.
If your child has special needs or autism, please leave a comment. Tell me how fantastic your child is and let me know if you have any prayer requests.
If you are reading this, please take a few minutes to pray for those leaving comments.
We all face different challenges, but we are all in this together.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG