Surviving life when it’s going down the toilet

Surviving life when it’s going¬†down the toilet

Back in 1980 something I witnessed a truck roll like a log down a hill and land on its side. The driver stood in one window while his head stuck out of the other. He assured everyone he wasn’t hurt and we might have believed him were it not for the jagged edges of his tibia and fibula poking through the skin of his lower leg. Apparently the human mind goes numb to pain when circumstances are overwhelming. I think I can relate; three of my family’s human minds went numb as we tried to absorb the doctor’s every unwelcome word. Don’t ever ask what else can happen, it can¬†always get worse. But, I’m surviving life when it’s going down the toilet.

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I’m okay, really. Well, I was until I heard the incessant:




Make it stop! Please…

I totally lost it somewhere around the seventh beach towel. Maybe I should have listened to the voice in my head that said, “Hmm, that didn’t seem quite right, maybe you should turn off the valve.” Nope, instead I tucked my optimism under my arm and hurried out the door. At least I had sense enough to position a pan underneath to catch water, “just in case.” Not that it made any difference; not that any of the safeguards in my life made any difference. Oh well, only one safeguard really matters, let peace guard your heart and mind.

Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” ESV


When I heard the incessant drip, discovered the puddle in the floor and felt the squish of the carpet in the next room, I couldn’t take it anymore. While positioning the pan was a good idea, maneuvering it out when it’s full to the brim was entirely another matter. Moral of the story: I am not superwoman. Despite my intricate knowledge of female plumbing, I have no business trying to fix the toilet on my own, regardless of the “easy to install” labeling on the package.

Proverbs 18:14, “A human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?” NIV


A white-haired gentleman at my church recently hugged me and said, “I am so sorry for what you are going through.” Of course he was talking about something else, because it seems there’s always something else these days. Then he said,

Remember, life goes on.”

Excuse me, is that the good news or the bad news?

So yeah, my life is going on, and on and on and on. Someone recently called me experienced in perseverance. Yep, in fact, I’m an expert. I’ll just add that to my resume’ – PERSEVERANCE EXPERT. After all, it’s a hard-earned title.

Romans 5:3-4, “And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.” HCSB


Always, always there is hope. Despite disability, divorce, disappointments, diagnosis and drips…. there is hope. Months ago, I made a proclamation to God, the devil and anyone else who may have bugged my house. “I will use whatever you throw at me for ministry.” I promise you I will. No matter what, I will open my mouth, pick up my laptop and redeem “all things.” But seriously, I’m about to run out of patience and containers.

2 Corinthians 12::10, “I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” MSG

Hey, read that verse again, it’s rich. My hope is not in myself or my own strength. Surviving life when it’s going down the toilet requires total dependence on Christ. They say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So maybe I am superwoman after all, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I am weak, He is strong.



8 thoughts on “Surviving life when it’s going down the toilet

  1. You are also greatly loved!!! Many times the words, “this is too much” have come out of my mouth in the form of a prayer for the hard things. Praying for your “too much.” As our childhood song Jesus Loves Me says, “I am weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus Loves Me.”
    Hanging on to that rope!

  2. Praying for you, my sweet friend. How many times I have said “God’s got this” seems lame when I look at what you and others are going through. May the ONE who holds the earth and each of us in the palm of HIS hand use this as He has continued to use you to spread HIS plan and WORD to others who need HIS peace, grace and love.

  3. Life can continue coming at us one drip at a time and when several of those pile up at once, we can often feel overwhelmed. So glad we know the MAN in charge and the ONE who has everything under control. I often feel like I am in a free fall with no safe landing in sight, but then remind myself that God has me tightly in His hand and has said no one can snatch me from His hand. You do redeem all of your various issues and use them to minister to all of us. Thank you for sharing your heart. God Bless you!!!

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