I remember hearing a Priest say before that we are called to be disciples of hope. My husband and my children know that anytime I go anywhere it usually takes me forever. I’m pretty sure it’s because the Lord always seems to put people in my life who are in desperate need of encouragement. It happens to me all the time. I just happen to see someone I know and next thing I know I can feel the Spirit of God working through me to encourage them. The word encourage literally means to give someone courage. It happened to me again today. I wanted to check on the time to get an id card from our clubhouse since we just moved and randomly decided to drive by and make sure it wasn’t happening earlier. I have no clue why but at the exact moment that I got in my car and turned the corner, I saw someone who I knew was going through a rough time. I turned my car around and stopped to speak with her. My heart broke for the heavy burdens that I know she’s carrying. She is struggling with work, family, service and most of all balance. Her heart is so full of love for everyone that it’s being pulled into a million places. I think we all get that way sometimes. It is also a reminder to me that sometimes satan uses that eagerness inside us to run us ragged until we’re not capable of living any more to our full potential. When I think about life, I am constantly trying to remind myself how limited each moment that we have is. We’re given a set amount of minutes known only to God, yet we spend so many of them worrying and stressing about the temporal. I wonder how different this world looked if we cared less about our 401K and more about our heavenly bank account. If this life is a blink of an eye and our next life is forever, we sure have a funny way of saving up where it really matters. I love Romans 12:12 that says, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and steadfast in prayer. If we in a constant state of hope, patience and prayer we have what we need to live a holy Christian life despite our circumstances. We receive the grace of a peaceful heart. I believe that is one of the main tools of the enemy. He tries to do whatever he can to steal our peace. He knows once our peace is gone, we’ll be to focused on trying to fix whatever we’re upset about that we become self consumed. It’s only when we’re in a state of peace that we can truly reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ. Today that is my focus. Lord I pray that you will help me to overcome the battle that tries to steal my peace today and use me in mighty way for your kingdom, to heal the brokenhearted and be used by you to bring them to the grace that can be found only in a deep trust in your mercy. Amen.
This scripture has been running through my head all day, as if the Lord is trying to press it upon my heart. “Mommy can I have milk?” Be still. “Mommy I’m hungry.” Be still. “Mommy she’s being mean.” Be still. In between errands, laundry, cleaning, reading stories and playing: Be still. I can feel myself cry out to God that with my vocation as a mother of four it’s simply impossible to be still. I never get seconds to myself, forget stopping to sit still. He softly speaks to me, in the secret, in the quiet place. “You are still when you rest in me.” In confusion I try to figure when I have time to sit down or to rest in my busy days. It becomes clear to me. I rest in Him when I dwell in His house. It is only when I dwell in Him that He becomes the one who comforts my despair. He becomes the one who calms my frustration on the hardest of days. He becomes the one who encourages me to walk in love when every human part of me wants to run the other way simply because He is God. He is better than a cup of coffee, or a bubble bath. The creator of the Universe, the God who made the glorious heavens above is beckoning me to a friendship and love that can only be sustained with meditating on His constant presence in my life, despite what I choose to fill my days with. In a life filled with chaos and constant motion I can be still only when I know that He is God and His Spirit is life within me.