So far, by God's grace

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

When the going gets tough

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" is a proverb we all know.

Well, the going got tough - the monsoons arrived in Chennai, and with it first our maid/nanny then Nanma, then myself, then Ashwin, and then Nanma again fell sick. And somewhere along the line our washing machine broke (in the middle of the monsoons... HELP!)

So, the going got tough . . . . and I'm not tough, . . . . so it really was, and still is tough to get going!

It seemed like our family prayers were laden with request after request.

Between a highly irritable child, a sick husband, my own 6 week long sinusitis and a job that required me to be around highly excitable children for 8 hours each day, I was finding that my patience and temper were reaching the end of their tether.

And then after losing it, yelling at my poor sick child and snapping at my poor sick husband, and feeling so miserable that I was literally shaking my fists at God, it came to me.

When the going gets tough, His GRACE is sufficient!

And so here I am today, Nanma still has her viral fever, Ashwin still has his bronchitis, my sinus is still blocked and I will be meeting the same exasperating kids at school. But the difference is that today, I am claiming God's grace to deal with "tough goings" in my life.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
-Isaiah 43:2


  1. btw, I had terrible sinusitis which lasted 2 months! And no antibiotic helped - I had 5 courses of different kinds of them! I finally tried oil-pulling with sesame oil every morning. And my sinusitis vanished in just 2 days! u should seriously try it. . Oil-pulling is an ancient ayurvedic technique and is really easy and has no side-effects. All you have to do is rinse the mouth with approximately one tablespoon of oil (sesame oil is the most recommended) for 15–20 minutes on an empty stomach (before eating/drinking) first thing in the morning then spit it out. This method helps drain mucous and toxins from the body throughout the day!

  2. Yes, i agree with Sarah. Oil pulling is really good for clogged sinuses. i use gingelly oil (nallenna) and it helps. but my case is aggravated day on day by the crazy air conditioning in office. so...!
    hope it helps you! Get well soon u guys!

  3. @Sarah & Kajal:
    I had No idea such a thing existed! Anyway, since I'm going to be starting my 3rd course of antibiotics, let me give it a try. Thank you very much for your concern.

  4. Deepa, I hope you feel much better really soon, and the same goes for Ashwin and Nanma! I can imagine how it feels with the whole family sick and you still having to make it for work. Stay safe, take care, drink plenty of hot fluids, and I'll be saying a prayer for you.

  5. deepa you have tapped into special provision -Grace ! We were prompted to take time and pray especially for your family on Saturday... Though we wondered why the strong urging...glad to have obeyed the spirit ! your spirits will come through stronger ! Love n prayers