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Monday, August 1, 2011

Drooping and Dragging

Scripture to reflect upon for Manic Monday: Psalm 23:3, 5 (The Message)
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.

It’s a new week and the beginning of a new month. There’s hope for us yet!

I’m sharing this scripture and thought with you today because it is something I struggled with all last week.

By the week’s end, I am usually wore out and exhausted. Tavin has a time of day, around 4 PM, when he decides he wants to test the borderlines. He steps over into Tantrumland and mommy leaps over the border into Crazytown. Mondays and Tuesdays are better, but that’s because Jared is usually around to help me out. But when he goes back to work for the rest of the week, I’m in No Man’s Land. I am pushed and prodded and provoked to no end. When Sunday morning comes around, I’m almost always shaking and filled with restless anxiety. My peace is gone and I feel overwhelmed and confused.

Today’s scripture is a clear reminder that God wants to refresh my weary soul. That when times get so out of control like that, I can “catch my breath” and be confident that although I may have taken the wrong turn here and there throughout the week, God will “send me in the right direction” again. True to His Word!

Reading this scripture yesterday, I got out of church and told Jared I needed some time to myself when he’s off these next couple of days. I don’t typically do that, because I enjoy my time with Jared when he’s home. But God showed me that it’s critical to my well-being and my spiritual health, that I get time to myself every now and then. I find myself all too often with my head drooping and my butt dragging. When I take that well needed and well deserved time for myself, God promises that he will fill my cup abundantly with blessings so that I can go forth again and face all that I need to face, tantrums and all.

NOTE TO SELF: God desires us to be rested. He will help us catch our breath when we feel exhausted, and He will surely put us back on the right path when we veer off. Take some time for yourself now and then and don’t feel guilty about it.

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