More Than I Could Ask

Earache 1

More than I could take.

That’s where my pretty little self landed with her not-so pretty little mouth this morning.


When. Will. I. Learn?

I suppose the good news is that my hissy-fit occurred all alone in the bathroom. No one was the wiser right?

Except for Him. The One I love. Lean on. Trust.

And so I apologized to Him. I apologized for the impatient, downright angry swirl of thoughts and the expletive(s) that followed. (Oh, how I wanted to leave the “s” off that word. I wanted you to think I was better than I was. But if I did that you might realize just how good He is to me.)

You ask, “What on earth caused expletive with an ‘s'”?


More than I could take.

It’s an embarrassing admission. I’ve lived with and loved those who dealt with so much more pain. But today I plum lost myself in my own. Ready for the reveal? (I’m not breathing because I’m afraid you’ll laugh.)

It’s an earache.

Yeah. Ridiculous. A stupid little earache.

It’s just that it’s not little. Would you believe I’ve been on a narcotic for it? (And I don’t do narcotics.)  I’ve been doctoring for over a month. It’s not better. It’s worse and it’s getting to me.

I could handle not hearing. My tribe started to joke about it-me included. But the piercing, pulsing, and newly developed constant “whish” in my ear is driving me batty.

The really good news is that I’m in (*ahem co-teaching) a study on controlling our mouths. Great. I’m leading a study on keeping my mouth shut and I’m tripping (more like face-planting) over my own tongue.

Girlfriends, what’s a DoAhead to do?  I can only think of one real remedy.


We need to remember——–

When we’re experiencing more than we can take there’s someone willing to do more than we can ask.

My real problem wasn’t my pain. It was my lack of memory. I had forgotten the truth that Jesus can and does carry my burdens. ALL of them.

I’m writing this after the Advil has kicked in (we wouldn’t want to see what I might write on Hydrocodone 🙂 ). The whoosh, whoosh of my ear hasn’t gone away. But my mindset has shifted——–

From thinking too far ahead to taking it one step at a time.

From dwelling on the duration to focusing on help for the future.

From pain to perspective.

From all that I need to all that I have.

From me…to Him.

HIS strength, HIS redemption, HIS provision.

And that dear DoAheads is a good thing.

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NIV

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

Linking up today with Suzie Eller’s #livefree community. I sure do hope you’ll join us. 🙂

Your DoAhead Friend,


  1. Hi Cindy! Sorry to hear about your ear trouble. Those can be extremely frustrating and painful! “When we’re experiencing more than we can take there’s someone willing to do more than we can ask.” Such a powerful message. Thank you! Prayers for healing and relief for you.

  2. I just adore your honesty! And I’ve also taught Keep it Shut and trust me the devil will be after you. Praying for healing!

  3. Praying for your healing. So sorry you have been in pain!!

  4. …and thank you for taking time to encourage others in the midst of your painful situation … I love these verses.

    • The meditations of my heart have been high on my radar (Well, obviously not quick enough!). But I’m reminded how the heart truly is the well spring of life. Everything including words (spoken or unspoken) flow from it. I’ll be asking the gals in study to help me keep my HEART accountable!

  5. Hi Cindy!
    I get the ear issue! I had a lot of issues with my ears all through childhood and early teen years. Then about 8 years ago, the muffled sounds and other discomfort returned. Yuck! I finally got relief as a result of discovering my ear issue was really connected to allergies. Treatment of the allergies brought the ear issue under control via immunotherapy. Whatever the issue is, you are in my thoughts and prayers on this one and I trust you will find relief. (It took me going to a second allergist as the first one did not do the testing appropriately which meant no meds of any kind including antihistamines and decongestants for a full week.) Blessings and grace to you!

    • Oh Pam I so appreciate the input! I never thought of allergies! We are in the middle of a crazy home remodel (living in the lower level while we work upstairs.) Lot’s of dust, sheet-rock, etc. Hmm. Do you suppose?! Grateful for your thoughts friend. Even more grateful you stopped by. Have a fantabulous weekend!

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