When Life Throws You One Curve Ball After Another

Last updated on September 3rd, 2017 at 04:32 pm

when life throws a curve ball

2016 has not been very kind to my family.
So much has happened this year – curve ball after curve ball (a great analogy for you baseball fans).

There was very few days this year when I was actually happy.

The rest of the time, my life was filled with illnesses, surgery, financial woes and marital problems. Sometimes I felt as if I would break.

When I was really down in the dumps and confided in my mom, she would say that I was stronger than I thought and that God was giving me grace to go through.

While mom was probably right, it didn’t help much while I was going through one crises after another.

CJ had 6 surgeries to deal with kidney stones, including 3 hospital admissions and 3 ER visits. The seizure activity increased to the point where he was having upwards of 15 seizures per day.

I was diagnosed pre-diabetic with thyroid issues and two heart murmurs.trials and hope

Our apartment began falling apart. Then, we had a terrible insect infestation to deal with that led to us racking up about $3,000 of additional debt. Now, we are under the strain of needing to find a new apartment before our lease is up in less than three months or we’ll be stuck for another year. That’s not an option for us in a building that is neither handicap accessible or in good condition.

Financial strain was birthed.

My husband and I began to fight a lot and our marriage was put under a lot of pressure. A few times I was convinced I would divorce him.

After everything that’s happened this past year, I’m still standing and my family is still together. Our problems are not nearly over but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t you just hate clichés?

CJ has another surgery coming to blast the stones but he’s not been in any pain. He’s also on a medical marijuana trial and the seizures are down 98%.

We have obtained free assistance (thanks to my employer) to help us find a new apartment.

I’m no longer pre-diabetic, have lost 35 lbs and am off the thyroid medication.

By God’s grace, my husband and I are about to start marriage counseling and have begun the process of healing our marriage and improving our communication. I realized that I did not want to walk this walk of life without him.  We’ve both made mistakes but with God’s grace we are rebuilding our faith and trust in each other.

When you are experiencing trials on every side, you may not readily be able to see God’s hand helping you. Yet, He’s promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8). In the midst of the curve balls that life throws, God gives you moments of clarity. “You won’t be dizzy always. That’s what comes to mind even as I type this post.

Here’s to brighter days (another cliché I know but at least it’s filled with hope).


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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Linda Howard

    Go on girl with your bad self! Thank the Lord for sisters like you who keep on keeping on. Gods Favor on You and Your Family!!

    1. Michelle Smith

      thank you Linda. The rest of this year is turning around! I have so much to share but haven’t had a moment to. I should be back to regular blogging and vlogging in a couple week’s….after Thanksgiving 🙂

  2. Margaret Garner

    Michelle, I am so sorry about everything that has happened. I am prayerful that God will bless you and your family with total healing, financial blessings, marital blessings, and grant favor in all aspects of your lives. You are such a magnificent, strong and powerful woman of God. Keep the faith Sis. With Christ all thing are possible.

    1. Michelle Smith

      hey MJ! It’s definitely been a very tough year but I have so much to share soon that I’m about to burst at the seams! Good things and things are turning around!

  3. Evelyn Parham

    Hi Michelle,

    I read your post on my phone and when I got on my desktop, I had to stop by and leave a comment. Thank you for sharing your trials and your testimony with us. In the midst of everything, you continued to hold on to God.

    I’m glad that CJ is not in pain. Have you heard about the ketogenic diet? Some doctors recommend it for children who have seizures. Not sure if this is something that would work for CJ, but I thought I’d share it.

    God is a healer and a restorer is the topic I shared with my mailing list today. God may not come when we want Him too, but I will show nuff show up on time. See I said ‘show nuff’ LOL…that’s because we know He will do it.

    Congratulations on reversing the pre-diabetic diagnosis and for losing 35 pounds.

    When life throws a curve ball, we’ve got to bend with the curve, but thanks be to God He won’t let us break. God is keeping you, Michelle. Your testimony is touching!

    Blessings to you and your family, Michelle.

  4. Chidinma Nwoko

    Michelle, I don’t know where to start. Your post touched me on so many levels. I am also a Christian mom of special needs boys, but as challenging as that is, theirs is autism and similar disability, nothing physical. I’m a single mom also, the family didn’t make it, but still I cannot even imagine the stress of a physically special child. You’re such a strong woman (mom was right) and an encouragement to me. I thank God that both you and Chris are healthier, and your marriage is healing. Such a powerful testimony that with God, all things are possible. Don’t give up, His mercies are new EVERY MORNING. He supplies enough each day to see you through every….curve ball! God bless you Sister.

    1. Michelle Smith

      Hi Ev,

      Thanks for the comment of encouragement. It’s definitely been a very tough year but you are right. God definitely always shows up on time!

      I’ve heard of the ketogenic diet but it’s so restrictive and CJ is very underweight as it is. His drs recommend I just feed him what he likes. I’m thankful for the medical marijuana because it’s WORKING!

      1. Evelyn Parham

        Hi Michelle,
        I didn’t realize CJ was underweight. I am glad the medical marijuana is working for him.

    2. Michelle Smith

      Hi Chiding

      I’m happy that you were touched by this post. Our challenges may not be the same but the Lord knows how to meet every need indeed.

      My niece is autistic so I can relate to what you are going through somewhat. I pray that God continues to meet your every need and that He will also send you someone special 🙂 if that’s your desire of course!

  5. cathy.n

    I just had to reply to this.I’m in the ER with my son who has seizure disorders as well. This testimony just popped up! Thank you Michelle for sharing and for your faith in our heavenly Father!

    1. Michelle Smith

      Oh cathy, I pray all is well now. Just seeing your comment. (I need to be faster with replying).

      I know ER visits all too well and they can take a lot out of you. Be strong. God gives us more and more grace.

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