Things That Matter

“War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don’t.”  ~Downton Abbey

Anyone who has experienced severe illness has been at war. My family and I have fought battle after battle with Lyme+ and I can tell you that we understand that quote very well. 

Things that used to seem important are suddenly worthless. And the things we used to take for granted have become the most cherished. 

I remember a time that I was thankful for health. That used to be so important. And health is a good thing indeed. But in a world where health IS war, the things that matter have to do with love, compassion, understanding, and thankfulness. 

Today has been a battle. I am pretty certain some of my symptoms are are being caused by one of my IV antibiotics. Drowsiness, dizziness, increased pain, nausea and vomiting are all possible side effects. They are also symptoms of Lyme and the other infections my body holds. Sorting out symptoms caused by illness and medication side effects is a challenge, but an important one to figure out. 

I pray tomorrow is better health wise, but what matters most is that I am able to share time with my family. So that’s my prayer tonight – that tomorrow is shared with the ones I love, and thankful that it can be.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9


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