The Day The Doctor Prescribed God

The Day The Doctor Prescribed Me God Part 1

April 2, 2018

I will never forget the day the doctor prescribed me God.  I don’t know exactly what I was looking for that day as I walked through the doctors office with a whining baby in my arms and a curious toddler grasping my leg, but I definitely didn’t have God on my radar.  I was lonely, oh so lonely and so desperate for a cure.  I so badly wanted to escape the sadness, overwhelm, anxiety and just sheer exhaustion that I was facing for the first time in my life. Without me even reaching out to God, He reached out to me in that medical room when the Doctor decided, to my surprise, that God was the prescription I needed.

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We had just moved to a new part of Canada away from all of our family and friends.   Far away from our village; you know the people who you can call other than the doctor when you are sick, need help, or just those people you can connect with for a coffee.  They were gone, my husband was across the world for 5 weeks at a time, and I was struggling to keep any joy or motivation while raising a 4 month old and a 2 year old.  It didn’t feel like God was there at all.  I remember bursting into tears at the most random times, like when I was brushing my teeth or trying to lift weights.  Before I left, my family and friends warned me it would be hard and expressed their concerns of worry.  Unfortunately my pride got in the way, so I didn’t reach out to them when I was so alone.  I didn’t want them to be right or thinking “I told you so” or try convincing me to come back, so rather than reach out to the ones who loved me, I retracted and suffered in silence. This is what finally brought me into the doctors office for a cure to my overwhelm and anxiety.   I told the doctor about my emotional out bursts, the lack of patience, the exhaustion and headaches.  Even the thought of doing the dishes just seemed overwhelming.  The dishes!! I am generally a pretty happy, laid back person, so all of these feelings were new to me.  He sat quietly and listened to me as I poured my heart out to a stranger and with a caring heart the doctor prescribed God as my medicine.

WAIT…WHAT?! GOD?! I mean I was a woman of faith, but this was NOT what I was expecting. I wanted my problems, worries and fears gone NOW.   In that place of desperation I decided I had nothing to lose and took the doctors advice .  He suggested I find a  quick devotional to read each morning before the kids got up and to start going to church to meet a loving community.  I want to note that, for me, this happened to  be the perfect prescription, however if I was dealing with major depression, I am sure he would have encouraged me to seek out counseling or medication. He was patient and kind enough to take the time to really hear me out and I will be forever grateful for that.

I’m not going to lie though.  It was still a real struggle after walking out the the doctors office that day and knowing that how I was feeling wasn’t going to be cured overnight.  It also took longer than I expected to get into a more happy and anxiety free place (about 2 years), but I took this prescription for God seriously and started to lean pretty heavily into prayer, the bible and daily devotionals. I began rising 15 minutes before the kids to get some time in with God. This would eventually lead me to rising an hour before them and now I have the most solid, life giving morning routine ever. I will blog about my morning routine soon as it’s seriously had such a positive impact on my life!  I also eventually learned how to put different rhythms and routines in place to have my days flowing better.  Through this process I redefined what balance looked like for me when my husband was working away.  Soon enough, encouraging messages were coming through to me from other people and bible verses started popping out at me that totally spoke to my heart and my struggle.  I recorded it all into my journal and I still go back to certain verses that helped me through that time.  One verse spoke so loud to me so I wrote it out and stuck it to my fridge as a daily reminder:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” –Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation (NLT)

I am creating  a part 2 to this blog post to share with you in more depth some of the verses that really helped me through this time and bits of my journal entries.  I also want to share an encouraging Facebook message I received from another mother who I didn’t know, but felt God putting  me on her heart.  Pretty amazing stuff!  Until then, thank you sweet mama for stopping in.  I would love if you would leave me your favorite bible verse or inspiring quote in the comments!

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26 thoughts on “The Day The Doctor Prescribed God

  1. Krista Downey

    Hey, it’s me! I needed this read tonight. I can’t wait to hear about the routine. I could write so much but I’m off to bed! Thank you for this read my sweet friend, you are a true gem 😘

    • Hey Krista! Thanks for reading! I am so glad you found it encouraging! Lots of love to you!!!

  2. Shannon Lang

    So encouraging! And so true! We all need a little more God in our lives! Thank you for sharing

  3. Lauren! I can’t thank you enough for sharing this because I really needed to read it. I have been struggling with the same feelings since I found out I was pregnant again. I have always felt a pull to god but have not taken the plunge into prayers or going to church. I think now more than ever I need to for my sanity! Can’t wait to read part 2.

    • Hey beautiful mama! Thanks for reading and for your comment!! I am excited to share part 2 as well. Starting even just 5 minutes before the kids to have some quiet to thank God and ask for his will and guidance can make such a difference! I will be praying for you!!!

  4. Mandy

    Thanks for sharing Lauren! I can relate entirely to your journey. Being a mom is hard work, and sometimes having faith on that journey is even harder. ❤️

    • Thank you Mandy! Your support and encouragement means so much to me as I open up about this. I am truly realizing that more mamas are relating to this message than I thought. I really want the mom who thinks she is alone to realize that she is not. We are all in this together. 💞

  5. Crafty Momma

    A beautiful story of God’s love. ❤️ Thank you so much for sharing Lauren.

    • Thank you for coming to read. I am so thankful for you!!! God is so good!

  6. Mindy

    This is really good 💗 Thank-you for sharing your story. I listen to Joyce Meyer Podcast (have you heard of her?) in the morning, while I get ready, and it really helps me to ‘choose’ a positive attitude…even if I’m not emotionally up to task…my mind is 😉 The battlefield of the mind is a tricky one!

    • Thank you for your kind words Mindy!!! And yes, LOVE Joyce!!! She is incredibly encouraging and so wise. I haven’t actually listened to her in awhile so thanks for the reminder! Do you listen to her on a podcast app?

      Lauren

  7. LifeofLiiv

    That brought tears to my eyes. That was written so well, Lauren. Sometimes the only medicine you need is right in your heart. Crazy isn’t it? Can’t wait to read part 2.

    • Thank you so much for popping over to my blog to read my story and just for your continued support on this journey through motherhood. I really appreciate you!! I’m half way done part 2 and can’t wait to share! ❤️

  8. Bonnie

    Thanks for being so vulnerable and sharing your story Lauren, so comforting to know that everyone struggles now and again and that’s totally ok! ❤️

    • Thanks for reading Bonnie and for your encouraging words!! It can seem like a lot of people have it together on the outside when really you just don’t know what’s happening behind closed doors! We certainly do all struggle at times and it’s my hope to let other mothers know that they are not alone. Love you lots!!!!

  9. Such an encouraging story! For that Doctor to step out in faith like that and suggest those things to you was so bold! If we all could be that bold in our everyday lives we would have such a positive impact on those arounds us, just like he did for you! Great read!

    • Yes!! So truly amazing and life changing for me. I am so thankful for that encounter with that doctor!! Thank you for your sweet words mama!! Love ya!

  10. Valerie Sheldon

    Lauren, thank you so much for sharing this!! I can totally relate. This was def me at one point and it took me a very long time to figure out that God was truly the best medicine. This was written so well and I can’t wait to read part 2!! My favorite Bible quote for hope is “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

    • Thanks for your sweet comment Valerie!!! I love that verse you shared. It’s such a great reminder on tough days or even months, that God is working FOR us not against us. I am hoping to have part two ready this week! Have an amazing day!!

  11. Kim

    Thanks for sharing your story Lauren:) Few people share times of struggle but instead paint a beautiful portrait. Your words are powerful. Thank-you! When I’m at a “low point”, I remember the poem my mom printed and frames in our house as a child – “Footprints in the sand”. I envision myself, being carried until I’m strong enough to carry myself. I’m sending love your way💕💕:)

    • Oh Kim, I love that!!! I think encouraging words paired with envisioning being carried sounds so wonderful!! You are such an amazing woman and I look up to you as a friend, wife and mother!! So much love to you!!!

  12. A beautiful testament of healing through Him. Thank you so much for sharing. Heading over to part 2 now.♥️♥️♥️

    • Thank you for stopping in and taking the time to read and comment! I appreciate you!

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