• Stephannie Bramlett

Writing a Symphony


Almost two months ago I accepted a new full-time position as an Instructor for Respiratory Therapists at a local college. I had served as adjunct faculty for a few months to "dip my toes in the water", so to speak. I worried that I wouldn't feel as passionate about teaching as I did (and very much still do) actual bedside care. I remember leaving one of my first lectures feeling so energized and excited about teaching the next generation of therapists! I knew right then that I was moving in the right direction with my career!

Many of you know, but I have had a tough last couple of years from an emotional standpoint. I had what I felt was a black cloud over me at work. My compassion for my patients and the loss of life I was experiencing on a regular basis was eating away at me. It hurt my relationships with my family, as I became so mentally exhausted. Sometimes, I felt I had nothing left to give to them after my shifts were complete. I stepped back in my role at the hospital, but even less time was not enough! Physically, I had allowed myself to drown emotional feelings with food, so I had gained an uncomfortable amount of weight. Anybody working in healthcare likely has felt this way at some time, but, I had really reached a point where a change HAD to happen for both my physical and mental health!

God answered my prayers for an opportunity to arise! With that opportunity has come a lot of change! I haven't been working full-time on a consistent basis in a few years. So, my new 40 hour week has added a little...ha, who am I kidding....a LOT of chaos to our life. Plus, even when I worked full-time before, I was rarely gone more than 3-4 days (albeit long ones). So, my time and availability and roles within our house and my job have changed drastically!

August, specifically, brought lots of fun change! Carly started middle school. I had such a peace about it from my small group (many of them are middle school teachers) praying and assuring me that she would be just fine! Charlotte started third grade with ease: she is SUCH a trouper and helper during some of the crazy that surrounds us! Finally, Chandler started pre-K, and she was accepted in the program located at the same school as Charlotte. So, the girls would all be taken care of while I transitioned into a five-day-a-week role!

The last month or so has been a big adjustment for our family, but one that has proven to be so wonderful! Life is chaotic and crazy and busy, and we are learning how to roll with the punches that it brings. I was driving to work and trying to prioritize some plans for our time for the weekend. The radio was playing and the song "Symphony" by Switch came on and grabbed me. Music has a way of doing that for me... the Holy Spirit can really work in awesome ways! My mind cleared and I listened to the words being sung. I felt as if God was speaking right to me through the lyrics. I wanted to share the song lyrics and a link to the song below for any of our readers that may be feeling a little overwhelmed! The way I see it, God really is the master composer: He uses our experiences to point us to Him and allow others to see Him through us! I hope this song brings you some peace about the symphony he is composing through your life!

Sometimes its hard to breathe All the thoughts are shouting at me Tryna bring me to my knees And its overwhelming Darkness echoes all around Feels like everything is crashing down Still I know when my hope is found

And it's only you and oooh You say you're working everything for my good and I believe every word

'Cause even in the madness, there is peace Drowning out the voices all around me Through all of this chaos You were writing a symphony, a symphony

And even in the madness, there is peace Drowning out the voices all around me Through all of this chaos You were writing a symphony, a symphony

To my heart, do you beat? Let me be your melody Even when I cannot see But you orchestrate it Even when the dark surrounds You'll never let me drown I know that my hope is found In the name of Jesus

You say you're working everything for my good and I believe every word

'Cause even in the madness, there is peace Drowning out the voices all around me Through all of this chaos You were writing a symphony, a symphony

And even in the madness, there is peace Drowning out the voices all around me Through all of this chaos You were writing a symphony, a symphony

Yo, I wanna truly know If you can pause beautiful Music though From all my unruly notes The distance Is distant, it's moving close Now I see Erase the scales from my eyes Then play the scale of my life can't y'all play off with chord and a crow with a source Prevented through strife and I've tasted suffering I've been embraced by the painful buffering I've been down by doubt, so loud right now But a melody is made when you play these rusty keys So we all gotta get pressed Tuned up like instruments But I know all of life is trickled with strife Whatever we remember this

That even in the madness, there is peace Drowning out the voices all around me Through all of this chaos You were writing a symphony, a symphony

And even in the madness, there is peace Drowning out the voices all around me Through all of this chaos You were writing a symphony, a symphony oh...

Ooooh oh oh Ooooh oh oh A symphony

Ooooh oh oh Ooooh oh oh A symphony


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