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Month 5 – Momma Bear Goes to the Doctor

Doesn’t that sounds like a title for The Berenstain Bears?

Love those books by the way.

Today was a GREAT day.

Taught the kids school. Learned of minor catastrophe…which made me smile instead of panic because I know the Lord’s got it. I will NOT worry about the minors–or the majors. LOVED checking in with one of my VBFFs who retreat plans with me…she encourages me so and LOVE her perspective: When something doesn’t go through like you planned, it is an opportunity to see GOD work it out in a really amazing way.

I’m diggin’ that. Aren’t you??

{Side note: If you are like me and lactose-intolerant–you have GOT to try SO DELICIOUS ice cream with coconut milk. Seriously–eating this chocolate flavor right now…and it’s really hard to type a blog post when you have to stop every 4 words to take another bite. Oh my–SO stinkin’ good.}

After school, minor catastrophe news and settling down children at 1pm with babysitter–momma bear took off for lunch by herself…I have no shame to sit at a restaurant alone and eat (aka: peace and quiet) at Artisan…just heavenly!) Then I headed to the doc for a checkup.

I’m NOT gonna lie. I was secretly hoping I would hear that spirochetes (aka: Lyme bacteria) were wiped out. I have felt a complete turn around–and I wanted to hear that…but with little symptoms here and there…I knew probably not YET. So…today–I got my “not yet” from the doc…and that’s okay. So, this week marks officially 5 months of treating that stinkin’ bacteria–and I’m hopeful that as we pray to see 100% wellness this Lent…that at my next appointment I’ll be 100%!!!

The MOST AMAZING part of my doc visit today was having my doc look at me and ask, “Andrea–do you think this is more of a spiritual thing than a physical thing?”

“What do you mean I asked?”

He shared that he could see the Lord working greatly in my family’s life–and that as we continued to say YES to the Lord–there was obviously something that wants to slow us down or worse stop us.

I told him that NOW that he said that I felt like maybe I wouldn’t sound so crazy when I shared that I HAD felt that I kept hearing I just needed to stop everything…and the hard health stuff would just go away. BUT that was not from the Lord–and I knew His voice and we are going to continue to follow Him no matter what.

Then–that sweet doctor smiled–grinning from ear to ear and prayed the sweetest, most powerful prayer over me…right there in the doctor’s office.

I wish I had it recorded. The Holy Spirit was definitely present–and I know the Lord led me to this doctor to shepherd me to wellness. I am expectant and thankful…and even really, really excited. Now, if I could cancel my GI doc appointment on Monday I’d be even MORE excited…but some things just have to be done.

I was sharing with one of the staff at the doctor’s office today how THANKFUL I already am for this stinker disease that is going to soon be out of my body (believing this!). I had never faced the fear of being ill as a mom before. I never had to struggle with worry for myself or my children or the future. IT IS GONE! I never would have gotten the opportunity to REALLY BELIEVE and TRUST HIM in a way I think you only have the chance to when you struggle with health problems…literally asking Him for strength and joy and direction every single day. This is one of the greatest gifts—and I’m celebrating even this.

His Word says our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made. He is the Healer. He’s got this! Christy said it to me today about a minor crisis and it’s true here too: When something doesn’t go through like you planned, it is an opportunity to see GOD work it out in a really amazing way. And it’s EXCITING!


It’s how you see things. And what you believe as you grasp them.

It’s believing…really believing God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do.

Faith is walking away from fear…from worry…from doubt…from the unknowns…and instead–claiming victory in Christ Jesus and standing up to say, “I can’t even stand it! I just can’t wait to see why the Lord is doing this and what will come out of it! Let YOUR will be done Lord!”

How thankful I am for those who stand with me. In the minors and the majors…believing God is up to something and expecting His miracles to take place!

May you trust Him greater in your minors and majors this week.

Blessings my friends…


P.S. Frank Funny of the Week {to make you laugh}

I was acting out the story of Moses and the burning bush to the children the other night and they LOVE my impersonations of Moses and God. Moses’s voice quivers–while God’s voice gets deep, loud and strong. They giggled at first. Then they got serious…and their little mouths started hanging open at the story. I could tell Frank, our 3 year old, was really into it.

When I said in this deep, loud, strong voice, “MOSES! Take off your sandals! For the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob…”

Frank JUMPED UP, threw a fist in the air and shouted, “AND DA GOD OF FRANK!”


You just gotta love ’em!

Sandi - March 7, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Believe that your faith had a profound effect on that doctor. God is working on him through you. It is not every day that a physician feels free from the constraints of his profession to stop to pray with a patient. He was another “ripple” and he will pass on the story of your awe inspiring faith and speak to more hearts about how prayer heals. We are praying for great days, lots of energy, and for those doctor visits to go away but honestly I think you are doing exactly what God intended all along! Even healthcare professionals need Jesus. This too shall pass! Stay strong!

Kim - March 7, 2012 - 11:30 pm

Grateful or the good news. Touched by your doctor’s question & prayer. Blessed by your teaching during your trials. And tickled (once again) by Frank!
Love & Blessings,
P.S. Gotta know more about this coconut milk ice cream. Our oldest and I are both lactose intolerant. Where can I get it?

Dawn Wright - March 8, 2012 - 7:34 pm

That is some HUGE AWESOMENESS!!!!!!! Your faith, your sharing, your healing- and I am BELIEVING WITH YOU SISTER, your doctor’s prayer, your son’s faith, and your commitment to the Lord!!!!!! You completely inspire me 🙂 THANK YOU!!!

Alison - March 8, 2012 - 10:26 pm

Wow. Love to hear how God is using all of this for His glory. You are walking through this trial so faithfully. Praying that God is going to bring your through this valley 100% whole and healed!!!

Amber - March 13, 2012 - 11:34 am

What a beautiful thing to have such a godly doctor! I hope you are at 100% your next visit!