I get a kick out of telling a group of women that my last baby weighed 11 pounds, 8 ounces.
Wide eyes, wows, and even some bowing follows.
And now I've joined a different type of group. What I get when I tell my story is deep empathy and tons of advice.
But it's a painful group to belong to~ these folks know excruciating pain: migraines.
I could list all the physically painful things I've experienced, but I won't. I'll just say that birthing a three-month old was at the top along with a ripped rotator cuff injury.
Now migraines bumped both of those out for first place.
My children have only seen me cry in pain twice. Both times were because of migraines this year.
Thankfully~ praise God!~ I have an amazing doctor who listened to my research and together we charted a new medical course for me.
One that I pray puts migraines squarely in my past.
I also need to say that there were MANY wonderful people whose advice regarding migraines got me through those nightmare days.
The one good thing I will take away from my miserable migraine time is how I watched the Body of Christ work beautifully.
So many prayed along with their helpful advice. Others just prayed. Some sent books. Some just got in the trench with me and practiced the ministry of presence.
My incredible family did all of the above.
I'm SOOOO thankful for each and every one.
And I'm curious. When have you seen the Body of Christ work like that? Or what good have you taken out of a bad experience because of the actions of believers?