I am doing better this week than last week. I appreciate all the encouragement I received from friends and readers after writing this post. I read a quote hung on my friend’s wall the other day that sums things up pretty well for me: “When you Stumble, make it part of the Dance.” Well, I’ve done some stumbling steps lately and I’m learning it’s all part of the process of discovering how true the truth is and how much happier I can be when I am in harmony with it (and by contrast, how miserable it is when I’m not). I’m thankful for the reminders (though they have been a little painful).
I think the biggest truth that is coming through to me from both my stumbles and successes is that I really am nothing without God. I really need him to bless everything I do, and when I am too busy or too tired to ask for his help or just forget I need it, life will quickly remind me. I really don’t want to do anything without His blessing on it anyway. I need Him there to open the way, guide me, encourage me, forgive me, and to give me His gifts to share. Anything good comes from him, so if I want to do good I need to be connected to Him. Though I may have good plans and intentions, the world is fraught with interference all too happy to disrupt them, and I need the power that going with God provides. For every action, there is an opposite reaction, or opposition, and I need all the help I can get to move forward through the opposition that will come, especially in the important work of motherhood.
I’m reminded of an experience I had several months ago trying to make a recording for Moms Empowered with my friend, Liz. I had tried over and over to get on the teleconference line with the code she had given me, with no success. She sent it to me again, I repeated it back to her to make sure I had it right, and I carefully entered it repeatedly, with the same results. Finally, she suggested we both get off the phone and say a prayer that if it was God’s will that we make this recording that day, that he would clear the interference and help us connect to the conference. We did, and then I tried again. I got through right away. It might seem like a little thing, but to me it was a reminder that God wants to help us do our work, whatever it may be, and that life works better when we invite Him to bless our efforts at the outset. That’s what I was missing last week, as I struggled with sleep deprivation and stumbled through my days. I felt ‘behind’ on my days and ‘too busy’ to spend much time on my knees. Well, that can only go on a little while before I am driven to my knees to ask for help. The nice thing is, the Lord forgives and welcomes me each time I come back to him, regardless of how many times I have had to learn this same lesson. He heals the hurts I cause myself and even helps me forgive myself and move forward again.
Empowering Action: In everything you do, especially your work as a Mother, invite the Lord’s spirit and power to be with you. He can clear away the interference and give us power against opposition. He cares about the details and blesses where we ask.