All Things


My mom tells me that I got  frustrated while learning how to tie my shoes.If you think about it, tying shoelaces is quite a complicated task for someone still developing fine motor skills. As a three or four-year-old, I didn’t see the point. We have Velcro shoes, right? Why try?

“I can’t do it!” I’d tell my mom.

And she’d always respond, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  She made me memorize the verse and recite it to her when I tried to give up.

Now that I’m an adult (when did that happen?!), I’m tempted to think of this verse as something that only applies to big, more spiritual things. This year, God has been teaching me that the verse still applies to the little, everyday things, the things that pile up until they’re overwhelming. Things like actually starting to grade the first research paper of the year or inserting a new insulin pump infusion set. As dumb as it may sound, I pray before I insert each new infusion set. And I probably need to pray more before I begin grading.

I feel in especial need of everyday grace today. This semester has been perhaps the most hectic and challenging of my entire school career: I took 9 graduate credits including a project-intensive 8-week online class and had a teaching load of 64 students. That’s a lot of grading to do in the evenings on top of homework and my diabetes management suffered as a result.

Perhaps I’ve done just fine. I suspect that my frustration is in part due to an inaccurate view of how well I managed my blood sugar over the summer. Whatever the reason, the task of reexamining my management daunts me.  But I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me–and that includes all the diabetes things I have to do as much as anything else.

And I did eventually learn to tie my shoes, right?


About Nel

As a graduate education student, I've come to the conclusion that teaching requires an addiction to caffeine. My favorite caffeinated beverages are coffee, tea, and diet Coke. And when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2012, I also came to the conclusion that living requires insulin. I blog about my busy life juggling graduate education courses, a teaching assistantship in my University's English department, and my recent type 1 diabetes diagnosis the The Clumsy Juggler. I do not live in New York City.

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