This post comes from Tara Wheeler, our Children’s Ministry Director at LakeView Church.
“Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hand to you in prayer.” (Psalm 63:3-4, NLT)
Time to take a breath and slow down….this is what I’m telling myself…..but having a hard time applying it. Slowing down goes against every fiber in my being. I grew up on a dairy farm and there was never a lack of something to do. We all worked together as a family to get done what was needed. I’ve been told that I’m exactly like my grandma and that I simply don’t know how to sit and do nothing….a.k.a. RELAX. Sometimes this drives my family nuts. Sometimes I put my to-do list ahead of quality time I should be spending with the kids or my husband. Then I find myself getting frustrated that the kids or my husband aren’t doing everything on the list I’ve created in my mind that HAS to get done. Sometimes I put tasks first and think that I’ll open my Bible for quiet reading and prayer after I just get this one more thing done…
Yes. Guilty as charged. I’m totally a “Martha” a little too often. Take a look at Luke 10:38-42 for a refresher on that sister drama, but a humbling reminder from Jesus to keep HIM at the forefront of our thoughts and actions. My anxiety and stress level lessen when I take time for HIM first. I need to remind myself to put quality time with my kids and husband before my tasks. They’re growing fast and I can’t get back time. As the holidays are approaching, it’s timely for me to share these thoughts if for nothing more than a reminder to myself of what’s IMPORTANT and not urgent. Just slow down. Rest. HE has control and will give the strength that is needed to get through every day.
Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
YOU are important. Thank you for your never-ending love, strength, and care for each one of us. Please bring calm to our spirits and our minds so that we stay focused on you, our families, our relationships, and the important things that you would want for us instead of our to-do lists. Thank you for your grace and love.
May you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this week with family and friends!
I hope Tara’s words have encouraged you as much as they have me. Have a blessed week!