Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Supports

Who supports me?
First I need to look at what support means … dictionary .com defines support:
  • To bear or hold up; serve as a foundation for.
  • To sustain or withstand without giving way; serve as a prop for.
  • To undergo or endure, especially with patience or submission; tolerate.
  • To sustain under trial or affliction.
  • To maintain by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for.

Supports are those people and things who are there with me holding hands with me.
First, my faith supports me.  God is my sustainer and provider. 
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.  Psalm 54:4
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  Hebrews 1:3
Second, my husband is always there for me, for thick or thin!  While there are bad times and good times, he holds me up, he tolerates me, he provides for me.
My parents are another source of sustenance.  They are always there to talk, to care for me, to help watch their grandchildren, to provide home and food when it was needed, and have always walked with me through my trials.
I also need to add my children.  They sustain me by giving me a reason each day for what I do.  God  gave me these precious children as a gift.  They are the reason that I get up each day and help them grow to their greatest potential.
My church community is another source of support.  Most importantly, they help me maintain my relationship with God.
Another support is my phone … and it’s not even to call people … my calendar is on it!  My calendar is my prop for remembering things.  I have a horrible memory and if it’s not written down then my brain likely won’t remember it.  J
I have Depression.  Too often this is seen as something just in the head, but it is a disability just like Multiple Sclerosis or Diabetes.  Every day I take medication to maintain my brain chemicals.  My medication is another support.  When I do not have it or it is not functioning correctly, I cannot get through the day.
If any one of these supports were to not be a part of my life, I would struggle greatly in leading my everyday life.  Often I forget that they are there surrounding me and encouraging me.  It takes an activity like this … writing them down … to help me remember what provides for me, gives me a solid foundation, and sustains me through every life event.


  1. Amy,
    I am so convinced from reading the blogs for the week that many of us have a relationship with God. Suzie, you and I have a commonality. We all have similar experiences in life that have lead us to take the same path which has found us in this course working on this degree. It is so important that we have these daily supports to aide us on this journey. Our faith, family and pharmaceuticals all play a part in our daily functioning. Isn’t that amazing that people from different walks of life share certain similarities? I really enjoyed your blog and learning about your supports. Just as we need supports, the children in our class will also benefits from supports. As educators, we need to determine what supports will help our student function within the classroom setting.

  2. Amy,

    I am glad you have a great support system within your family and your community. The support that our loves ones provide to us is incomparable. I work on the field a lot, and I spent many hours traveling from child care site to child care site, Like you, I depend a lot on my phone. Even though I do not love to be talking on the phone it has become my invaluable partner. In my phone, I have my calendar, my contacts, my email, my GPS and my Walden portal. If it would not be for my phone, my work would be more difficult.