"...As thy days, so shall thy strength be." Duet. 33:25

This morning I woke up completely exhausted. Why is it that Saturday night seems to be when kids have the most trouble sleeping? Seriously, every Saturday night at least one of our kids will have trouble sleeping, which means little sleep for Dad and Mom. Anyhow, this morning, I was so tired.You know how it is when you feel stuck somewhere between sleep and awake and the fog of dreamland just doesn't want to lift?! Well, against the wishes of my flesh, I dragged myself off to church with the rest of the family. I'm glad I did!

I have to admit, my favorite part of the service is the song service. It's not that I don't enjoy a good Spirit-filled sermon, its just that I love to sing. The song service allows everyone to join in. The offertory this morning was a beautiful piano/trombone duet. The hymn played was "Day by Day." I love this song. Although it isn't my absolute favorite (which is, When We See Christ), it is definitely in my top ten favorite hymns.

The words were just what I needed this morning. With so many changes taking place, working with Keith to find us a home to rent, packing our things for the trip to London, worrying about whether we'll be able to pack the lovely sewing machine my husband's aunt gave me, obsessing about all the little details of setting up house... Well, it just wears a body down! As I was singing along in my heart, the phrase, "As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure..." seamed to be louder than the rest.

I was instantly reminded of a favorite verse of mine, "Take, therefore, no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:34 Most of the time, the reason we find ourselves so run down, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, is because we're trying to handle tomorrow's trouble with today's strength. God has promised to give us strength for today. Tomorrow's strength is waiting for us and we will have it when we need it... TOMORROW. It's when I try to handle tomorrow's thoughts today that I run out of strength. God is teaching me not to waste today's strength on tomorrow's thoughts.

This past week, I've been consumed by thoughts of tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that, and, well, you get the idea) I've had trouble doing what I NEED to do now and leaving the rest in God's capable hands.

~Tomorrow is in God's hands, because God's hands planned tomorrow.~

This week, I am resolved to take care of today's tasks and let God take care of tomorrow. It's my guess that I'll get a lot more accomplished and be less worn out.

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J.H said...

Sis Julie,
Thank you for another encouraging entry. I can understand what you said because currently my parents in law living with us, and my over excited son hardly have a non-interruptible sleep at night. But, yes, though my body was tired, the sermon yesterday really lifted up my spirit and I still make it for both service at church. Praise be unto God!
P.s: are you going to London?? pardon me if there is other place called "London" elsewhere.

Barbara said...

Bless you and I pray with you that God will give all the strength you need to go from day to day, and yep anything Satan can throw at you to make you feel not up to par on Sunday, he will, he works so well though kids, but this too shall pass, and our lord is yet greater and will provide you every need.
Hugs Barbara

A Country Homemaker said...

Yeah! I found your blog!

Sister Carrie

The Feere Family said...

Thanks so much for your uplifting words! You are so right. As humans we tend to borrow tomorrow's problems before today is even finished! I am so glad that you found a house! The Lord's timing is perfect, as are HIS ways! He is so good! It would be great if we could meet up with you sometime. I believe you may know or may have met my husband at some point in the past. He is from Bethel Baptist in Simcoe. Anyway, please let us know if we can do anything for you. For now, we are praying that your packing and the transition in your new area of service goes smoothly.
For His Glory,

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