I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I have my daily routine down pat. Morning coffee, prayer journal and scripture reading, checking email, reading inspirational blogs, catching up on the news, heading for the gym, cleaning, feeding the birds, laundry, and writing during the afternoon. Supper time finds Danny at the stove and me on clean-up duty. In the evening? Time to unwind and relax!
Oh, how that comfortable routine is disrupted when I go to stay at my mother's house for two weeks! From the instant my feet hit the floor in the morning, I am off and running, stepping and fetching, throughout the day. I'm not complaining, mind you, but the adjustment to my mother's schedule and her needs at all hours of the day and night certainly has my mind in a whirl. It is all so new and all so demanding. At times, I can barely catch my breath let alone spend any quiet time in writing or reflection.
But in those moments when I feel particularly burdened, I remember that God is with me. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. It is His peace encompassing my being that helps me remain calm and steadfast in my care-giving. And in the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty of the day to day, I come face-to-face with His incomparable joy.
After all, I remind myself, isn't it a blessing to have my mother still with me? With us? Serving her, tending to her in her hour of need is the least I can do for the one who gave birth to me and has cared for me and about me all these many years.
Yes, I'm tired. But it's my joy to be your strength in these days, Mom. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Are you trusting in Christ to give you the strength you need for this day?
Prayer: Father, when we are exhausted and at the end of our rope, let us cling to the promise that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Help us to focus upon Your great love and mercy that we might show the same to those whom we serve. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.