I Dare to Tell the Truth

Truthful lips endure for ever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Do you dare to tell the truth?  I do.  Here are five minutes of writing by me on true words this week…
A young mom enters my speech therapy office with her two year old: “Oh honey don’t pick your nose.”
Me: “It’s okay.  We all do.”

A perfect mother.:
Our dog in a cone post neutering.
Me in my head: “Great.  We have a special needs dog now.  I have to adapt how we hold him, and how we feed him.” 
I was able to move his food from bowels to plates and now he can eat and drink independently.  Apparently he no longer wants to poop or pee outdoors though.  And, we have to hold him by his sides or hind legs gingerly to move him up or down steps or to our laps.  Seven days of the cone…oh my heart.

Our other heart struggle and joy are our own two sons.  Picture this…two boys lounging on couches on screens ages seven and ten years:  One on Zelda Wii U, and the other on his tablet playing games.
Me: “Boys you need to take a screen break.”
Them: no response for 5-10 minutes
Me: “Boys it is now 4:30 p.m. so you have relaxed on screens for about an hour.  Please take a break when you get to a stopping point in your games.”
Them: no response for 45+ minutes
Me: I talk with my boss on the phone, switch a load of laundry, put in a new load of laundry, defrost chicken for dinner, and try to breath deeply through the stresses of my own stuff.

I make lists on paper.  I try to get Medicaid certification online.  Our state IT system for renewal is not cooperating.  Or, am I not using it right?  I make another 1-800 call and email the system for the 10th + time in the past three months.  I also call my boss back two times to ask questions and let her know I’m working on the issue so we can both get paid for my speech services over the next year.  It is now 5:20 p.m.
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Me calling the boys again this time yelling loudly: “Get off your screens boys!  It is now 5:20.  Do your homework (Bryan) and a chore (Addison).  Your laundry needs to be put away boys.  I wash and dry and fold.  YOU put it away!”

Them: “Huff. Puff.  Ugh.  Okay.”
Addison: storms off to his room after ending his Zelda time
Bryan: “Mom, I’m so sorry.  What do you need me to do?  Homework.  I have one page left and one problem on the front.”  He gathers his stuff together and gets to work at the kitchen table.  After I sit with him doing math homework he goes to his room and puts away his laundry in 5 minutes or less.
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Addison returns with a bucket of dirty laundry.  I asked if the other was put away.  He said,  “Yes, this is the new dirty stuff.”  Mind you I just did all of his laundry on Monday.  It is now Thursday and somehow he has a 3/4 full laundry basket?!  What in the heck is going on here.  Oh God help me.  I love them.  I love them.  I love them.  (in my head).

Dear God,
You are with us in ALL things and ALL moments.
Forgive us when we forget You in the midst of stress and frustration.
Help me re-center my thoughts and phrase my words with peace, love, and kindness.
Give me the energy for another day as a mom, wife, friend, maid, etc. 


Salvation in Singing

You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.
Singing is a positive verb.  When people think of singing, I think they generally think of joy.  Likewise in this passage within 1st Peter we read that although the people he was writing to and we have never met Jesus personally in the flesh, they trust Him…I trust Him.  I trust Him more when I’m joyful, singing, playing, and being child like.
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I have the privilege to act childlike three days a week for a paycheck and seven days a week as a mom of two boisterous boys.  I am truly not a great singer, but I’m okay.  I was taught how to read music, play the piano, play the flute, and really do love all kinds of music on the radio.  Music is transforming.
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Transforming on minds and souls with music is truly a neurological and emotional thing.  I bet you didn’t know that even after a stroke many aphasic adults can still sing even if they cannot talk well.  The centers of the brain for music, and especially well learned songs (e.g. Amazing Grace, Happy Birthday) remain in tact.  When testing adults in an acute hospital in rural Georgia the veteran SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists) taught me that we could try to sing with those who had just had a fresh stroke.  Often they could not answer basic questions, but they could still sing those songs perfectly!
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Songs in therapy are useful.  I work with pediatric clients now.  Most of my kid clients are ages 18 months – 5 years.  I use Melodic Intonation Therapy with them too.  Our brains are malleable.  They can change with the neurological magic inside of us.  God gave us that.  I truly believe he made our brains with plasticity so that we can recover from accidents and unlock potential in children with Austism Spectrum Disorders and other language delays/disorders.  So today…sing.  It strengthens a part of our brain.  It is joyful.
Dear God,
You created us with mouths to sing. 
Even if we cannot sing we can listen to singers and appreciate the messages.
Forgive me for not singing more.
I realize my salvation is secure in you. 
I can sing songs of praise and cry out to you in need.
Help me to sing praise to you and to be happy in my days here on Earth.
Salvation is available to all. 
We were made by You, for You, and live with You in our hearts.
p.s. Two interesting links about Melodic Intonation Therapy if you want to read more:
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