Sometimes we go through difficult seasons in life when we just don’t know how we are going to manage. Going through that difficulty seems impossible at the time, but somehow, with God’s help, you do make it through. That time for me was the month of August. My husband was sent out of town for work, for 4 weeks. Ok, so I knew I could manage the kids and back to school stuff on my own. What I wasn’t prepared for was all the things that were about to become more difficult.
First, I hurt my back so I had to add physical therapy to my routine duties. It’s been slowly healing, but first I had a set back and spent a day in bed. Second, the air conditioner died. I came home to a 93 degree house on a typical August afternoon. Fortunately, the repair man showed up by 9:00 p.m. and the part was a simple battery pack. He replaced it and cooler air started pumping again. Third, my son was driving his dad’s car. It was hit. Fortunately no one was hurt, but dealing with the insurance and rental vehicle was another time consuming task – one that my husband would normally handle. And then there was the internet, home phone, and TV that decided to stop working a few nights ago. Working with the AT& T technician on the phone was tricky, and the troubleshooting over the phone didn’t work. We had to wait for a repairman to show the next day.
Why do I tell you all this? While it was a tough time, I see God’s grace in every difficulty I had. The time alone with my kids was a chance to get a little closer to them. The day I spent in bed with a hurt back was time to pray and read my Bible. The air conditioner was a simple fix; we didn’t have to buy a new compressor. No phone and internet allowed me and my children some together time. And friends from church took care of us, both in prayer, and by bringing in a few meals when my back was causing the most problems.
God gave me the strength and ability to get through a very difficult month. All along the way God was taking care of my family, not allowing more than I could bear. What a great and loving God we have! You can do all things with God’s help!
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:31-32
For several months now I’ve been too busy to write, or have I? An increase in work responsibilities, summer activities, a soon-to-be senior, and my husband being out of town have made it difficult to find time to write. And I miss it. I prayed for some time to write, and it appears God has answered my prayer in an unusual way.
Somehow I injured my back. My physician has diagnosed me with a bulging disk. Wow. Now I’m limited on what I can do as I let my body heal. I’m not able to participate in physically strenuous activities, and some housework won’t get done for a few weeks. Now I find myself with time to write again.
I haven’t looked at my current project for at least three months. This morning I opened the file on my computer and began to read and write. When I write I feel connected to my Lord in a very special way. Oh how I have missed this precious time alone with my Savior. There is something refreshing and spiritually healing about solitude with God. This time is not just precious to me, it is necessary for my spiritual growth.
We can’t let the busyness of life get in the way of the necessities of life. Some of the tasks vying for our attention may seem urgent, but are not really necessary. Take a moment to decide if there are any urgent requests are taking time from what is truly important.
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5
Blessings on your day.
We’ve all heard this question before, but I wonder if we have really given it much thought?
If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone from history, who would that be and what would you want to talk about?
Your answer reveals a lot about what you are interested in, and where you are in your faith journey.
My answer is Jesus. But being in the presence of my King, I’m not sure I could speak at all. Perhaps I would just listen like Mary did when she sat at Jesus’ feet. If I could speak, I would ask Him if I am following Him the way He wants, and if I should be doing anything differently. We all wonder about that from time to time.
Today I am having coffee with Jesus. He may not be visibly sitting across the table from me, but He is here. I can talk to Him any time, not just in prayer.
It seems strange to just talk to Jesus, like I talk to a good friend; after all, I can’t see Him. But when I relax and seek Him, I can tell him what’s on my mind, what’s troubling me, and what my hopes and dreams are. I can ask for His guidance.
This is a wonderful, spiritually refreshing experience. Consider going somewhere to just be alone with Him. Clear your mind and let your spirit be recharged as you have a “conversation” with your best friend.
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25
Blessings on your day.