I’m home after my first day back at the Mission. To say I’m exhausted is putting it mildly. This Daylight Savings Time change has knocked me down a few pegs. It always seems to, but this year, it’s really done a number on me.
I’m tired. I’m hungry. And all I want to do is sit in this recliner all night.
I find it no accident to log into my Twitter account and find a tweet from @TheVoiceBible…one of my favorite verses which has encouraged me:
If you make sure that the hungry and oppressed have all that they need, then your light will shine in the darkness, and even your bleakest moments will be bright as a clear day. Isaiah 58:10
God always seems to give me what I need, right when I need it! I take comfort in knowing that God could have called anyone to do the things He has called me to do…but He called me. Me, who is far from sinless, who has issues, faults and can sometimes be pretty self-focused (right, Bill?). At Mission of Hope God has asked me to help “make sure that the hungry and oppressed have all they need.” I thank God I was a part of His work in that today. I thank God He has called me to such a work.
I receive a scripture like that, and through it I receive the attitude adjustment I needed.
And I again become grateful. I love my life, and I am so thankful today for the life God has given me. God has also called me to be a loving and supportive wife to Bill. A loving and caring mother to Ali and Zach. To be a friend to many. A leader in Bible Study Fellowship. To be a supportive and encouraging sister. To love those whom others won’t love. To share the truth of who Jesus is. And to live my life for Jesus, not for Julie. That’s not a chore or a burden, but a privilege.
God has blessed me in so many undeserving ways. I am humbled by how He continues to love me, to encourage me, and to bless me. Just like with that timely scripture through Twitter today. And just like how I received a call this afternoon that I won four tickets to a concert of one of my all-time favorite Christian musicians, Mark Schultz coming up next month! Another blessing.
And I cling to the second part of the scripture above, “then your light will shine in the darkness, and even your bleakest moments will be bright as a clear day.”
My attitude adjustment as come. I’ve had my time in the recliner. I’ll have dinner with my family shortly. But right now, I’m picking myself up out of this “comfy spot,” going to change into my workout clothes, and go downstairs to pick up some weights for my workout.
What a difference a scripture passage can make! Not only with our attitudes, but with our lives.