My girls (3 and 5) are just fighting. Fighting allergies. Fighting frustrations. Fighting each other. And fighting the plague of impatience that seems to have settled upon our house lately.
If you have (or used to have) little ones, you get how intolerably frustrating the sounds of whining, bickering, and demanding can be. The incessant "Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom..." echoes through my ears like a fire alarm that won't quit (and whose batteries you hope die out before you smash it to smithereens).
My sleep is constantly disturbed. The to-do list keeps growing. The rain won't stop long enough to reprieve our cabin fever. The noise-level in the home is having a contest with my blood pressure to see which one sky rockets faster. You get the picture?
Needless to say, we all have our moments where we wake up and just think "This is the life I chose and love...but, I just can't quite remember why at this very moment!"
Take a deep breath with me if you can relate. Exhale. I don't know about you, but I need a big mid-month dose of PEACE right about now. I need me a serious gulp of PERSEVERANCE followed by a chaser of HOPE.
Drink up the truth. Throw it back like a crazy lady who lives in the reckless abandon of a Sovereign Savior who's got this nutty world in the palm of His hand. Join me in throwing my arms up in the air and letting Christ have the last word on WHY I'm in this time and place and how it makes a difference.
I hope you read the verses in this post and feel soothed, energized, encouraged, and restored. I hope you remember you are so not alone! Taxing days come and go. We may not always get all the sleep we need. We may not always get the to-do list completed. But we can always rest knowing He's got it under control.
Maybe you don't have toddlers screaming in your face. Maybe you have far deeper struggles than you know what to do with. We've all got taxes to pay for the life that we lead.
But, no matter if you're tackling a laundry pile or a mountain of strife, HE CARES.
I leave you today with this prayer from the book "Calm My Anxious Heart" by Linda Dillow:
God, you know my feelings are going haywire; they scream and shout that this situation is terrible and that there is no hope. God, I hope in You. I can't see what You are doing, but I trust that You're working this situation together for good. Thank You that You have promised to use it to make me more liek Christ. Thi sis what I want - it just doesn't feel good today. Give me the strength to focus my eyes on you and not on what I can see.