Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tired Tuesday!

I had the best time at Bible Study last night! Even though the weather was bitter cold and windy, and there was a downpour of rain in West Michigan ~ it was a Magnificent Monday, nonetheless!!

God has hand picked 74 of the most warm, beautiful, fun women to journey together! I am SO EXCITED to see what God has planned for our group!!

But for today, I am exhausted! I've been on the go since early this morning and am just plain tired. I am in need of a divine infusion!

Today's post is a repeat from the Spring when I had similar feelings of exhaustion. Enjoy! :) I'm off to take a nap!

I'm exhausted today. Overwhelmed with all of the school notes and phone calls to return and bills to pay. Hockey starts tonight, t-ball this weekend, I have forms to fill out, dance recital papers to sign, field trip $$ to send in, and someone just called to see if I could bring in 2 dozen cookies for tomorrow's Spring Program.

My hair is too long, my nail polish is chipped and I've worn these jeans one too many days in a row. My life feels cluttered and disorganized and in need of an intervention!!! Anyone else?? :)

And so I turn to God's Word (don't worry...I am reading God's Word with a venti Starbucks latte in my hand). I love Philippians 4:13 in the Amplified Bible…

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me –

I am ready for anything and equal to anything

through Him who infuses inner strength into me…

That's what I need today ~ an infusion of His inner strength into me!

I picture myself in my comfy purple chair with my arms stretched out, palms facing upward, and an IV of His strength slowly dripping right into me. And I pray....

Infuse me with Your STRENGTH, O Lord..., and I think about how STRONG and MIGHTY He is...

Infuse me with Your PEACE..., and I reflect on His peace, His perfect peace, that surpasses all understanding...

Infuse me with Your PATIENCE, O God..., and I think about how patient He has been with me. May I extend that same patience to my kids (and my dog!) today!

Infuse me with Your GRACE..., and I am overwhelmed as I ponder His amazing grace. His grace that saved a wretch like me. May my life (and my thoughts and actions) reflect His grace to all who encounter me today.

Let's be honest. After I've finished praying, my circumstances have not changed. I'm still tired. My desk is still cluttered and now I'm late for recess duty!

But by asking God for an infusion of His strength, peace, patience, and grace ~ I can leave the house equipped and empowered by the One True God to face any and all circumstances that life will throw at me today. Bring it on!

What about for you?? Could you use a filling of God's strength today? An extra dose of His peace? May I encourage you to sit back, relax and allow God to infuse you with everything that you need to face the circumstances that come your way!

Let's pray: Dear God, Please forgive us for trying to meet the challenges of our day in our own strength. Thank You for the promise that You will equip and empower us with everything that we need for victorious living. Please infuse us with Your Strength and Grace so that we might reflect You to our friends, family, neighbors, and this lost and hurting world. We love You! In Jesus Name. Amen :)

4 comments:

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

I look at those words in bold:

STRENGTH.
PEACE.
PATIENCE.
GRACE.

That ought to get us through, shouldn't it?

I got a kick, too, out of your line about being a wretch. I've been contemplating my own wretchedness and posted about it today.

You're a sweet soul...

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Oh, I need a spiritual IV connected to the very heart of God. A fresh infusion would be welcome right now, as I'm always in great need after such a great display of his power in my own life. I don't say that from any sense of pride; I say that because I understand the principle of ministering to others and the need to fueled internally to minister externally. I imagine you understand.

Thanks for visiting the blog and for your kind comments. May God continue to bless your life and ministry as only he can. These are good days to be in service to our King.

peace~elaine

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Oh, and I see that you're a mother of 4. Me too. I always like meeting members that belong to this club! Mine are 20, 18, 8, 7. A busy life for sure.

peace~elaine

Shirley said...

Amen

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