Phew! What a week!
Let me just share my life with you. I normally share a thought that God has been teaching me, but I feel like my head has been spinning. I know everyone knows how I feel. We all have those extremely busy seasons of life.
Since I have 5 kids, I really don’t expect my life to slow down, but I did expect this week to be slower. God thought differently.
Two weeks ago, we had evangelistic meetings at our church with the Galkin Evangelistic Team. It now feels like it was a month ago. The week was wonderful. It was a busy week, but a week which lifted our souls. It was such a high moment.
The team left Saturday morning; and on Sunday, a family that is very special to us announced that they were moving out of state due to a new job. Three of my girls are very close to three of their girls, and since we are in a smaller church, the loss of friends is a crushing blow. So that day was a roller coaster low after a wonderful week of an high feeling.
My husband also got sick that week; and after the rest of us staying healthy all week, I decided to get his sickness at the end of the week. The good news is that my sickness was only a cold. This was good as we had a dinner with our friends that are moving and three other families at my house. We had such a good time with twenty-seven people in our house! (The other families brought some delicious food too!)
On Sunday, we had a missionary family come to our church, so they ate lunch with us. That was a blessing as we knew the parents of the missionary wife, but not this young family. It turned out we could be a blessing to them, and they were able to keep their R. V. parked in our church driveway this week.
On Monday, I was still feeling not too great. It was just a cold though, so I went to school to teach and I found out that our adopted grandma had called an ambulance and gone to the hospital. So I ran over to her house, let our her dog, came back to school and taught all morning, ran back to her house and picked up her dog to take to my house, then went to the emergency room and took her home. Then I dropped off her prescriptions, ran my daughter to the hospital for a volunteer meeting so that she can volunteer there, came home and made dinner. (My adopted grandma is okay, and her son flew in that day to be with her for the week. Praise the Lord!)
Tuesday and Wednesday were normal days, but on Wednesday I stayed at school most of the day to try to get one boy caught up in his work after he missed most of last week from being out of school due to illness.
After a while of intense busyness, my soul can be discouraged, worn down. We have many elderly people in our church. People who are in their 80’s and 90’s who are givers, prayer warriors, and so kind. They are my favorite people in the world, but many of them have health that is failing. You want to help them all, but there is only so much you can do.
I know when I have moments like these, I must take time to slow down. To get in the Word. To regroup and to be encouraged and rejuvenated by Him. So, this afternoon when I got home, I told my kids to leave me alone for 15 minutes while I did my devotions. We need Him — every day, in the slow times and in the busy times.
What do you do when you are feeling overwhelmed with life or need encouragement?
Sometimes I share on Thoughtful Thursdays something that has inspired me this past week. I want to share two different items today:
- I was inspired by watching Kathie Lee Gifford’s bold testimony concerning Billy Graham on the Today Show. You can go HERE to watch it. I love Billy Graham’s quote that has been circulating Facebook also:
Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God. ~Billy Graham
- My missionary friend wrote a great post that was a challenge to me, and frankly, one I need to read again and spend some time reflecting on. You can read it HERE. It is called, “Loosening my Grip.”
A few of my favorite posts from last week includes:
- 10 Ways to Fall Back in Love with Your Husband from Confessions of Parenting
- 9 Effective Ways To Help Your Teen Be More Respectful from Navigating the Years
- Living the Fruitful Life from Heather Bixler
- The Most Important Times Of Your Child’s Day And How To Make The Most Of It from Mama Finds Her Way
- Favorite Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day from 3 Winks Design
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