Ever felt like this? The last few weeks (if I'm honest, maybe the last few months) my energy level has been severely depleted. I wander through my day wondering where it went and how I can get it back.
My blog surfing has energized my will to, at least, pretend it is returning. This post topped it off, however, getting to what may the root cause of my slump. For today, I will spend some time in His Word to rediscover the "clue" I am longing to rediscover. Tell me if you aren't reenergized after reading Victoria's post!?!?!
I have been reading posts about One Thousand Gifts this week as well. How can one stay flat when focusing on the many gifts we each have that we too often take for granted! One gift that I have been hiding in my heart for the past three weeks is my son's employment. I'm not sure why I didn't post immediately upon hearing his voice telling us he was HIRED; perhaps I didn't want to "jinx" this gift, perhaps I simply wanted to hold this long-awaited news, privately, near to my soul. Nonetheless, today I am thankful for my son's employment. He is working at an Arby's in Orlando, full-time, with benefits. This may not seem like any big deal to many others but let me give you the short list:
- He has secured this job on his own
- He is setting his alarm each day and getting to work on time
- He is making new friends who are also gainfully employed
- He has the opportunity to feel the independence he has so longed to feel
- Just having a job, any job, allows him to connect with his very supportive extended family--a phone call here....a phone call there...just to discuss average adult happenings. These are baby steps worth celebrating.
My blogging friends, we have much to be thankful for. Even when our spirit is not soaring, it is in the small things that our arms are supported and we can continue our praise! The small things are essential, the small things are huge; battles have been won with the support of just a few small things. Just go to Exodus 17:8-15; specifically verse 12:
"When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset."
How many life-lessons can you find in this verse?
- The victory depends on allowing others into our struggle
- The victory is not dependant solely on one
- You will tire during a battle
- Even when you have to sit down during a battle, our God provides support
I am thankful for my Aaron and Hur--all of them--that have intentionally come along side my battle and provided support. I am thankful that even when my get-up-and-go is gone and I have to sit down during the battle, that God uses others to soothe my aching heart.
How my heart has already been transformed from just this knowledge! Having discovered just this one clue I have regained the energy, with the support of those I allow into my struggle, to lift my hands to the Throne of the Lord (Exodus 17:15), and wait on Him as He wages the battle with me. While my get-up-and-go may wax and wane, His strength never fails!