Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 10, 2013

Good morning all-

It was a good and weary weekend.  I helped my husband purge his garage, got all my laundry done, washed blankets and comforters, and cleaned many places that haven't seen my hand in a while.  I am not a perfectionist when it comes to house cleaning and my children are definitely more messy than neat, so I guess I get overwhelmed with the day to day chores and sometimes I have to admit, I give up.  I could hear that same frustration in my husband's voice on Friday night.  He just didn't know where to start and then again on Saturday afternoon.  So, without hesitation, I knew I had to start cleaning the garage for him and everything else would come together.

It's hard to start on a major project when everything looks overwhelming.  How many people quit before they even get started?  If you've lost your job you know what I'm talking about.  Frustration sets in, inadequacy, loss, and defeat are all you can see and then if you have verve, you keep plugging away until you achieve something, it might be an application or an interview but at least you keep going until you do one thing.

That's what the people of the Bible did.  Do you think they had it easy?  The disciples didn't even have a house to take care of or a trade.  They roamed with Jesus staying in strangers houses, talking about something most didn't understand and fighting for a cause many didn't want.  I'm sure they were overwhelmed at times and from the stories we can hear some of their frustrations.  It couldn't have been easy to be on the sea when the wind picked up and tossed the boat.  It definitely couldn't have been easy when thousands were hungry and needed food and it wasn't easy watching the one person that made life right, die on a cross for a crime He didn't commit.

Life is overwhelming.  Anyone that says it isn't, I would love to meet.  There are times when we must look at it one bite at a time.  When you feel out of sorts, feel like giving up, you have to ask yourself this one question, "What will tomorrow bring?"  We don't have that answer do we but then our forefather's knew if they hung on, they might see a miracle or show someone the love of Christ.  Every day was not easy, the path was treacherous.  As a matter of fact, most of the disciples lost their lives for the cause.  Being disciples, being Christians, will never be easy.  We know that but either is it easy living with no hope, no future, and no eternity.  I can't believe how many people think this is it.  I cringe at the thought.  Really?  This is all we get, a life of overwhelming events and nothing to show for it, that would just be a sad day.  But we don't just have that, we have a God that purges our hearts, who forgives our sins and who shows us how to get up every morning.  We have a God that loves us even though we don't deserve it.  We have a God that gave His life for us.  That's a life I want to live, don't you?

I hope today finds you well my sisters.  I hope that God shows you that being overwhelmed today could be the next step to finding Him more clearly.  Like my husband and the garage, it just takes one step, choose Jesus and your path will be clear.

Matthew 6:34 NIV

     Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

My prayer today:

O, Lord, bless us and keep us in today.  Show us the wonders of who You are.  Day by day, show us Your will for our life and never let us go.  Take us through today with joy, cause and a sense of passion for You.  Give us the ability to be strong and courageous and always mold us to be more like You. Tomorrow will come and there will be challenges in that moment.  Be with all my sisters today and show them the power of following You!  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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