Saturday, February 23, 2013

He will refresh and restore...

"Be on guard against the pit of self-pity.  When you are weary or unwell, this demonic trap is the greatest danger you face.  Don't even go near the edge of the pit.  Its edges crumble easily, and before you know it, you are on the way down.  It is ... harder to get out of the pit than to keep a safe distance from it..."  part of February 23 daily devotion from JESUS CALLING (by Sarah Young)

Do I dare confess to you my weariness?  Can I say out loud that watching my mom's misery every day is flat out kicking my....behind?  Does it REALLY encourage anyone to know that they are not alone in the decision to FIX their eyes on Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith - no matter what they are walking through?  To be okay with praise and prayers that aren't perfect, but are the best we have to offer in the moment?  To be reminded that He hears our prayers and keeps our tears.  To want to hear His voice above every other voice.  His voice is what keeps me from the edge of the self-pity pit.  Really.

We are so hard on each other when we don't get things exactly right.  I'm grateful, grateful, grateful for the grace of God.  He takes me as I am.  He takes you as you are.  He holds you and I in the middle of our messiness.

Jeremiah 31:25

The Message (MSG)
25 I’ll refresh tired bodies;
I’ll restore tired souls.