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.
Being humble enough to serve and put God and other people first in our lives is the greatest superpower we have on our own. It is the power behind serving. Why? It mixes with faith and allows the Holy Spirit to flow through us and He is the greatest Force on the planet and even in the universe. There is no greater strength and He can flow though a humble and faithful soul of flesh and spirit. And when God flows through a person, what on earth can hold a candle to it? And all that starts with humble service. “How can I help?” “What can I do?” “What do you need?” These all start service rolling and declare that God made you for a reason too and loves you too and I want to show you how important you are to Him, even if I have to work hard or get a little dirty along the way. Humble. Worship. It is beautiful. Absolute perfection for the best we can find and be in life and the strongest. The greatest is found in the humblest. And I really dig how God set that up. He has a great sense of humor. How I love Him!❤
I am a little girl. Granted, I have 43 years of maturity but I am still a little girl. I am strong, very strong both physically (which can change in a heartbeat) and spiritually (which is who I am), but it is only because I have faith that God is true when He says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” ( Philippians 4:13). And I know my God. My strength is in being close to Him. Some people believe their strength came to them because they have been broken or endured/survived horrific things. I have. A lot. But I have seen that destroy people as well as strengthen them. Heck, I’ve seen myself so depressed it was difficult to move. And here I am today helping other people, taking care of my family with joy and peace and love and even gentleness, serving wherever I am asked, working on our house and landscaping. Me. Full of strength and vitality. Because I am extraordinary? Nah. I know much more amazing people than myself. My strength, and I am letting you in on a big secret here, is my closeness to God who loves me and made everyone and everything we know or can imagine. So, you can be just as strong. Maybe not the same but better with your specific design God molded for you. Strength is in All Powerful God and I am only strong when I am close to Him and obey. ♥