One of my favorite books is “Calm My Anxious Heart.” I appreciate how the author Linda Dillow, guides the reader to a better understanding of contentment and worry free living. These past five years God has had me on a training course of learning to be content in all areas of my life. He has also given me many opportunities to practice contentment. Linda Dillow says that contentment begins with an eternal perspective and shares Ella Spees’ prescription for contentment:
- Never allow yourself to complain about anything – not ever the weather (this lady lived among the pygmies in Africa where the heat was often above 100+ degrees)
- Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else.
- Never compare your lot with another’s.
- Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.
- Never dwell on tomorrow-remember that [tomorrow] is God’s not ours.
As you can see from my title this weeks lesson in contentment came in the form of lice. They were first discovered Tuesday on Cayley and then I found several of the nasty bugs on me and another family member, YUCK!!! Now how am I not to complain about lice as this is round two for us in three months? I hope you never have to experience lice. Until Cayley entered a school setting we never had this experience.
I thought I would share a few thoughts about lice. First, an observation is that people do not like talking about lice and rarely will share that they have had it. This makes matters worse for others. In fact both times it was not until I called Cayley’s teacher that I learned another student had lice in her class. Guess the school thought it was an isolated situation and no need to alarm others. Also you can get lice from movie theater seat, airplane seat, just about anywhere so you will never really know where the source is. Second, once you have had the lice experience there are certain things you will remember. 1) Confusion on how to treat yourself or children with the various treatments. We opted for the prescription Olvide which was like soaking your head in a nasty alcohol solution then trying to sleep 🙂 I’m surprised I didn’t wake up with a hang over. I did however have huge bags under my eyes. 2) Confusion over what you are actually looking for. I researched many websites to try and understand what lice were and how ones gets them. Sadly I can’t say I learned much. 3) Exhaustion from cleaning house. I kid you not we washed 12 loads of clothes at the local Laundromat on Wednesday (all the blankets, sheets, pillows, etc…). Treated dress up clothes, stuffed animals, and toys. We have vacuumed the entire house 3 times since Tuesday.
How have I found contentment amidst lice. We still had to battle the lice but Christ was able and willing to provide the strength I need to be content. He infuses contentment into my life through His Word by dwelling on truth (Phil. 4:11-13). My focus was more on the positives vs. negatives of the situation (a blessing list) Courtney and Caley brought much humor to the situation. Courtney was a real blessing. We have connected as we sit and comb through each others heads 2 times a day which can be very relaxing. Reminds me of the documentaries I watched on TV about gorillas preening each other. Maybe this situation is what I needed to give me the peace about bringing Caley home to home educate her myself as our school day on Thursday was sweet and insightful.
Father do not let this lice experience be wasted. Use it to teach me how to be content. I will trust you to be my Blessed Controller and I surrender my life to you.
Below are few helpful links to better understand lice.
pediatrician recommended: http://www.nuvoforheadlice.com/method_explained.htm Non toxic – It is just putting Cetaphil cleanser on your head.