Private to the Sisters

I started to email this little "lecture/sermon/ encouraging word" to my ministry group. It just seems that we are all in different places of struggle/ turmoil in our lives -- except for Judy. She won't stay home from Hawaii or the Bahamas or something long enough for me to know how she's doing -- Judy, I hope you're okay! Miss you! Some of the struggle has been bestowed upon us by this world, some of it is a life adventure of our own choosing, but we are all trying to adjust and keep up.

Then I started listening to the women around me. We're all there. Family issues, health issues, life issues, ministry issues, work issues. Some of us have all of those. We're strung out and weary. And, just between you and me, some of you are very, very grouchy. I'm sure it isn't YOU. But maybe you. Definitely me.

Here's what I want all of us to remember -- the Lord will use us in mighty ways if we but lay our lives at His feet daily. That's it. Oh, and He knows. He knows where you are. He knows what's up in your life. And He's CRAZY about you.

He promises: I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

In Psalms, David reminds us: God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. (Psalm 45:7)

I've already been praying for you. Yes, even you, because as I listen to the precious souls around me, this world is weighing on us all. Praying that you will rest in Him and find renewed strength in Him. Praying that you may, as my precious friend Beverly reminded me, "prepare in the light for when the darkness comes". And if you are already thrown into the darkness, find His light to lead you out.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)


Anne Jones said...

I hope I am not too grouchy! I promise to do day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time, and one moment at a time.

Thank you Sarah!

Denise W said...

I would make some grouchy response but I decided yesterday that I probably wouldn't want to hang with me!

Thanks for making it about Him and not about ourselves...

judy said...

Sarah, Thanks for the prayers. I have felt them. We are on the way home. I love you ladies, even when you are grouchy.

Donna Ware said...

Thank you for your message. I think you are right--we all have our own stuff that makes life interesting. If we just remember God is there for us-he will renew us. I needed that reminder today. I will probably need that reminder more and more as August approaches and then in September-whoa-you better avoid me!

love you and thanks for praying for all of us.

Roxanne said...

And when we are particularly tired and grouchy, it helps to have good friends who love us in spite of it all. . .

Tammy M. said...

Strength for the weary...I am claiming it!

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