I feel my mood shift. Just a few moments ago all was well with my soul. But now…somehow life seems heavier. More negative. Nothing earth shattering has taken place in the last half hour. In fact, I’m sitting at Panera trying to grab a quick bite while I work. But it’s hard.
At the table next to me sits a woman whose conversation dampens my spirit with every passing minute.
My friend, Leah was overwhelmed, except the worries weren’t her own. She was overwhelmed with worries about her adult children. One was experiencing a second, unplanned pregnancy and another had neglected some serious legal issues and was looking at jail time.
Sharron had been out for a week. She had frequently been absent, but usually for no more than a day at a time. Homework was rarely done, and even though she had a sweet spirit, the drive to achieve or complete assignments was missing. Sharron just quietly came to class and quietly left.
As an organizer, I do love to pack for trips. It’s such an exciting, anticipatory time! Before each family vacation or trip, I try to:
The priest hands were visually shaking as he held paperwork from the Red Cross. “Angela your family has been in a car accident…” From the looks on their faces I knew this was no April’s Fool’s Joke.
It’s going to be okay.
You probably know this in some ethereal, existential way. “Melissa, this is not a deep revelation.” you say. Maybe not. But most of the time, I don’t think we need a lot of new information; we simply need to be reminded of what we already know. Sometimes we forget the truest things about ourselves, our lives, and about God. So today, let me serve as a post-it note stuck to the fridge, telling you the thing you already know but must not forget: It’s going to be okay.
I finally got it. It happened when I read the following quote from Operation World:
“The ministry of the children of God is not doing, but praying. We need to trust in God who moves in the ears of even His most implacable enemies. We do not engage in ministry and pray for God’s blessing on it; prayer IS the ministry from which all other ministries must flow!”
I despise suffering.
It took me years to gumption up the courage to go through the pain and suffering of getting my ears pierced! Call me crazy, but isn’t it funny how so many of life’s most glorious achievements and assignments are often laced with suffering?
Your little cousin Michael finally dares to stretch and miraculously snag the prize silver ring on the merry-go-round ... but falls off the painted stallion and loses a tooth.
Why did I let my mind go there AGAIN?
There I stood in my kitchen, swiping at the tears rolling down my face. Was I crying about something that had just happened? No. I was sobbing over a horrible mental movie generated in my mind about one of my girls getting into a fatal car accident while she drove to her friend’s house.
“I have come that they may have life And that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10. (NKJV)
What have you found essential for physical renewal? Juicing kale, spinach and other veggies? Not Me! I find black coffee with a dash of cream gets me going.
What I do find essential, however, is making time for God to touch my life.
Why? Because when I don’t, instead of enjoying the abundant life Jesus promised, I get spiritually and emotionally dried up, detached, and discouraged.
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