It’s October 3rd. I’m seven weeks into the school year, two weeks into my FINAL Master’s course, blogging almost daily, and trying to maintain healthy relationships with my husband, friends, and family.
To say that I feel like I’m in overdrive is a bit of an understatement.
These days, my down time involves editing photos or grading papers. Not exactly the ideal chillaxation activities.
I know better to not sacrifice sleep or getting in a little exercise daily; those are necessary for my daily sanity.
My day is consumed by lists and crossing things off of them only to put more things on them. Appointments, meetings, and events fill the calendar, and I thrive in the organized chaos of the day.
But at some point, I stop and ask myself if I’m really capable of going on much longer. I’m starting to get weary, and I don't always know if I can really handle it all.
How can I make it? How can I keep going?
As I’ve already confessed, I know I’m currently pushing myself a little more than I’m used to with everything that’s on my plate; it’s okay because I’m not at it alone.
My faith in Jesus, who is Better than any amount of praise or achievement or success or whatever I’m selfishly seeking through all of the things I’ve piled onto my daily plate, is what can pull me through.
Too often, I put my trust in control, in organization, in myself. I make the things that don’t matter- a clean house, creative lessons, clever instagram tags- bigger than my God in my life.
Y’all know that is not going to work out well for anyone.
This world so often encourages us to put our faith in things, stuff, ourselves. Yet Hebrews 11 reminds us that it is by faith that we can accomplish and overcome even what it is unseen.
This weekend, I’ve had to push myself to hit the pause button a few times. To check myself before I wrecked myself, really.
I love Sundays for that very reason. I absolutely love my church (sup Grace Community Church, home of the rockstar Steve Hayes), my pastor, the worship, and the family we have found there. But I find it so healthy to have a time in the week when I can forget about the lists and the agendas and schedules and just worship and connect with my Savior.
Disappointingly, it’s all too easy for me to start to worship the ways of the world throughout the week and lose site of Him and His infinite greatness. But Isaiah 55:9 clearly says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
At the end of the day, all of the busy stressors we place in our lives need to be ultimately serving Him or else we need to do some prioritizing.
Today and all this week, try to remember to keep your dependence upon Jesus and not put your faith in all of the other stuff around us. Life is Better with Him, y’all, and He can and will get us through whatever whirlwind of a week we have ahead of us.
We’ve got this. Just don't forget to press pause a few times to refocus your faith on Him.
Today’s Prayer: Father, I am so thankful for Your power and Your plans for my life. Forgive me when I try to place my faith in things that do not matter, in things that distract me from you. Help me to stand tall in my faith and to trust You more than I trust myself. Fill me with faith and empower me to walk in Your ways so others may understand You more. Keep me focused today so I do not lose sight of You and Your ways. In Your awesome name I pray. Amen.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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