“Karen’s Noggin’ 🧠 Nuggets” #29 ~ October 12, 2022
HOW GOD GOT ME THROUGH MY UNDIAGNOSED ADHD YEARS! EXTRA GRACE FOR GOD’S KIDS WITH ADHD!
Have you ever gone through something and then wondered, how in the world did I get through that? Or maybe you thought, the only way I’ll get through what’s coming my way is by a miracle. Maybe it’s my ADHD brain but I tend to think everyone has had some of those thoughts at one time or another in their lifetime. Or maybe it’s just me experiencing these situations and I’ve had enough for a few lifetimes.
I like to think God has given extra grace to His kids that have ADHD. With our lives filled with inattention, hyperactivity (physical or internal), and impulsiveness, it’s truly a miracle that we have survived in this world. Especially as undiagnosed ADHD. Yes, we stumble around with some survival skills. But that’s all they do for us, just survive!
I knew what God’s Word said about me as His child and He declares a lot of good stuff and life more abundantly. I also knew that this life wasn’t going to be easy. It just seemed that I had a lot more ‘not easy’ times than everyone else.
My faith always seemed to be strong, at least I thought so. I never understood what was going on with me and spent so much of my early years asking God, “what’s wrong with me?” It was such a frustrating life for me and I wondered what it was all about. I always felt like the black sheep of the family. Everyone else had their act together and Karen couldn’t even take care of herself. Oh, the struggle just to live took all the energy I had at times.
Deep down inside me, I knew God had a plan for my life. By God’s grace, I had managed to keep that small spark of hope alive. I would pray, read God’s Word, read inspirational stories, and hear other people’s how they made it stories just so that little spark could stay alive. In my pain, I would still be an encourager and try to share words of hope with others. I knew the principle of sowing and reaping was real and if I could just sow some good seeds of hope maybe I’ll get some good coming back to me.
The struggles, challenges, and constant internal conflicts that consumed my life were more overwhelming than I would like to admit. But somehow and someway, I held on to know what is true and who was always with me and that was The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. How they were (and still are) my truth, my hope, and my foundation. And through all that, I found a way to be thankful.
I recall a two-week period in the 1990s that I’ll never forget. I had lost my job, didn’t have a place to live, my car blew up and I got a not-so-good report from the doctor. And I remember writing in my journal, things I was still thankful for! I tried to focus on whatever I could come up with to be thankful. It was at that time that I realized and said, “God, you are all I have and you are all I need. And I’m okay with that. Everything else I have is just bonuses, benefits, and blessings.”
God was my answer then and He is my answer now! He is the one and only one that has gotten me through all the fiery furnaces. He sustained me while on the potter’s wheel and held me while I was being pruned. At times it felt like I was going through all three of those experiences simultaneously. But when you can go through those experiences with a thankful heart, you’re not just surviving you’re living that life more abundantly!
“A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!” John 10:10 TPT
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Thank you for reading “Karen’s Noggin’ 🧠 Nuggets” #29 ~ October 12, 2022