I have started exercising/walking again. And Charlie woke me up just now. Charlie the horse, that is. He is most unwelcome and has disturbed my sleep and a rather disturbed dream. Not sure which put me at odds more, but Charlie is quite painful. After a bit of liquid to counteract old Charlie, I am headed back to bed. I believe it is all owing to my very busy day tomorrow will be. I have patients to see 45 minutes away, evaluation for my kids’ homeschooling year, more patients to see an hour and a half away then a baseball game. Just thinking about all that exhausts me. And here comes bad old Charlie to kick me in my calves while sleeping poorly. Not good. And then Friday is also busy all day and then so is Saturday.
But you know who is in control of my day and my safety and my ragged car keeping running and my family’s adaptability? Yes, God is. You see, I walk with Him and stay close to Him all the time. So when I am out of strength, I just ask Him to help me more and He does. He has unlimited strength whereas I cannot do all this alone. The Holy Spirit is my super power and not so secret weapon. God is always quite literally with me. I praise Him for this! I praise God for His many blessings!
And now I will go back to sleep and sleep soundly, remembering that God is my strength and song. I need fear no overly-busy schedule. I never fear anyone or anything, for that matter. God is in control! Woo-hoo!!😄❤
“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” For me, that is not some cute saying, it is deepest truth. Nothing strengthens me more than joy that is nestled in peace and founded upon hope that Jesus is my Savior and Lord. Be very suspicious of a Christian who does not smile and does not lean on joy from Jesus as their strength. And do not be such a person. Lean on the joy from Jesus as your strength and let it show on your face. Be that lightbulb. Own it. Love it. Live it. You can do no better. ❤
I wear many hats.
I am Christian, wife, mother, friend, grandmother, teacher, Sunday School teacher, church pianist, caretaker times three, band member/co-leader, neighbor, singer/songwriter doctor, PE coach, cleaner, dog owner, babysitter, driver, blogger, author/writer, encourager, promoter, prayer warrior.
Those are a lot of hats. I was exhausted writing those down.
How do I do it all and stay sane (most of the time)?
One Person gives me strength every single day, every moment of the day, loving me through every step…. God.
God is my Heavenly Father and in our loving relationship as Father and adopted daughter, He cares for me. God is not a construct and terrifying judge (although He will judge people who reject Jesus Christ as Messiah and Lord of their life). God is Father through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. As Father He can lavish love and power on us. As Father, He gives me new energy and strength every single moment. He is such a good Father.
And that is my big secret. Many hats, one God. ❤❤❤
We lived through hurricane Irma. Living through a large hurricane really reminds us of how small and fragile we really are against forces of nature. But I am so glad I lived through it and miraculously no one in our city was injured or had much damage even through the eye went straight through us. This was my first of many fasts I did. I prayed and fasted and a lot of people were joining with me in prayer. So feeling the force of the wind outside would have petrified me but God had wrapped His calm and peace and even joy around me amidst the awe. And if He is bigger than the strongest natural force we know, He is stronger than any internal turmoil we are.going through as well. I can’t tell you how many times I have said out loud “God is stronger than any hurricane.” It builds faith, trust. God is it, worthy of all praise, honor and worship. God is Who to rely on and stay close to. And His power is even cooler because it is charged with love.❤❤❤
Family is strongest when God is the main focus of it. God designed family to be together and puts together family on purpose. It is the beautiful design for empowering His work and kingdom of love on this planet and giving us strength for eternity with Him. This is why evil attacks family. Evil wants to destroy everything God made and weaken and destroy everyone and everything. And evil gives nothing back. God, however, never stops giving. He is good and generous and rewards with blessings all family that focuses on Him and supports His design and each other as an extension of that. Family Strength is God’s design and help for us on this planet. And when we support our family and pray together and put God first, He gives us every tool we ever need. It is beautiful. Let nothing divide you from family and God will provide. Family Strength is our strength from God.