I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Heading into week 2 of Adam's radiation we are #1 thankful for the long weekend break #2 tired. Adam has been unusually tired due to treatments. We weren't sure what side effects he would experience from radiation if any, but fatigue has been his only side effect, so although tired, we are thankful.
Through writing these 'days of hope' I have heard several stories of the difficult trials you guys are experiencing and although every situation is totally different, one thing we all have in common is tired factor.
The verses above inadvertently address our situation. They say, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens and empowers me." We can be flat worn out, lean into Him, seek His help, and He will strengthen us, giving us the ability to do every bit of what He has called us to today, right now.
At one time these verses seemed confusing. Subconsciously, I believed Jesus would give me the strength and energy to do all I wanted to do each day. For me this meant, I would "have enough" to maintain a perfectly clean house, be able to do all of the crafts or hobbies I enjoyed, all the while having beautifully dressed and charmingly well disciplined children, with extra energy at the end of the day.
Though many series of events, Jesus has tenderly taught me, He doesn't give me all the strength I need to fulfill all of my selfish needs in a day. Just like an IV sustains a person needing medicine, drip by drip, He sustains me with enough grace and strength to do what He has called me to do today.
This has looked radically different in different seasons of my life and can look somewhat different day to day. Each person has their own "mission" each day- to each his own.
In my season right now, He has called me to serve my husband and family. To have a good attitude, make sure Adam has all He needs today I.e. groceries, dinner on the table, encouragement, me making time for Him to have some free time due to this stressful time. Many days the list above trumps me taking a shower, or making sure my house and kids look perfect and some days that's hard.
What I do know is, obeying Christ and looking to Him to fulfill my needs delivers satisfying peace and fulfillment nothing else can. The verses above hold true. "My God will liberally supply (fill until full) our every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Every time I lean into Him, trusting He knows best, following what He wants for me minute by minute that day, He sustains, not only providing me with my obvious needs but also filling me up with His 'inner peace and confident strength.'
And even though I know we are all tired, I'm positive as we stay attentive to what He desires, He will provide us with everything we need for today.
Jesus, thank you for the gift of today. Help us to abide in you, listening and obeying your voice as you lead us. We need you. Thank you for being the sustainer who 'liberally supplying our every need.' You are a good God and father. We love you. Amen.
'I Need You More' by Kim Walker