Staying Balanced

by | Jul 24, 2011 | God, me, schedule

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!

Nice, huh?

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!

Our family attended both Worship Services this weekend at the mission. This is where I get filled back up again. Even though I spend much time there during the week, I still get filled back up again during “church.”  It’s vital and necessary for me…and for my family.  Actually, God’s Word says it’s necessary for all of us.
Today a long-time Christian friend, who just moved back from Las Vegas, asked me after our Worship Service, “Are you taking care of yourself and staying balanced?” He knew me and my former ways of long ago. I could honestly say after this weekend, “Yes, I am!” God is keeping me balanced. He’s helping me take care of myself, even when I give all I have…He fills me back up. Thank you God!
So, here I am again, looking ahead to the start of another week. I continue to trust God, and rely on His guidance and wisdom. I look forward to where I will see Him working in my life. And no matter what kind of week it will be, I will seek Him to help me stay balanced.  To God be the glory!
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