What a week!
Being real today, if I could pick one word to describe this week it would be…EXHAUSTING. At the end of the day Friday, I was done. I had no more to give. I had emptied everything that was in me out, and I knew I was at my end.
I have been at that place just a few times in my life, and it’s not a pleasant place to be. Because of past experience, I knew what I needed to do this time. I withdrew. I needed refreshment. I needed my family. I needed my Lord.
When I walked in the door Friday at 5pm, Bill met me with a hug and a Starbucks’ gift card. 🙂 He knows me so well! He knew what kind of week I had, as he walked with me through it. I think he’s the one who deserved the hug and a gift! I don’t know what I would do without his love and support.
We spent the rest of the night talking and sharing, Bill, Zach, and I. Ali was at a concert with a friend. I needed them. And actually, Zach spent Friday with me at the mission, and he was able to see some of what I was experiencing this week. I know God used it to grow him in ways I don’t even understand at this point. Many times throughout the day Friday, Zach would say to me, “I love you, Mom.” His soft words reassured me (as some of them caught me off-guard) more than he will ever know. And I would reply with a smile, “I love you, Zach.”
After talking much of the evening, I could no longer keep my eyes open…I went to bed. And I slept…for over 10 hours straight! There were storms that rolled through the night, and I didn’t even hear them. (Which is strange…I usually wake up because I don’t care for storms!) Bill took this picture of me in the morning…talk about being real! I needed some rest!
Part of yesterday’s devotional read, “Hold my hand in joyful trust, for I never leave your side. The Light of My Presence is shining upon you. Brighten up the world by reflecting who I am.” Amen, Amen!
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