Happy Tuesday, my friends! Today, I bring you a guest post from my friend, Kira Ouellette. Kira and I worked together in Kansas City and we soon bonded over our love for the Lord and desire to seek Him in the midst of marriage and parenthood. She currently resides in rural Kansas with her husband and two year old and is passionate about studying scripture. She was reminded the other day that our souls should be thirsting on more than just day-to-day duties but on God Himself. Great perspective!
What are some of those things in life that just feel amazing? You know, the flip-side of your pillow or a sit in a hot tub while snowflakes come tumbling down on your eyelashes… I realized one of these things today that I will indulge in more frequently now that I’ve found it!
Today’s thought comes to you from my work out cool down. Today is July 9, 2018. Temperature is 97 with a heat index of 105. I get my run in for the day during my daughter’s afternoon nap AKA ~2pm. It’s the hottest part of the day but that’s my opportunity and a mommy has to do what a mommy has to do – right? At the end of my workout my fingers are pulsing and almost throbbing while I swing my arms walking, working to cool down and lower my heart rate. No, this is not one of those amazing feelings I was asking about earlier, but it’s a prerequisite.
After my ‘cool down’, if you can call it a ‘cool down’ while it’s still 105 degrees outside, I go inside and go straight to the kitchen sink. I know that my time is running away and soon my 2-year-old will be up from her nap and my time to myself will be gone. I need to get to work on my secretary stuff today but I’m drenched in sweat and even my hands are sopping. I need to get at least my hands clean so I can return to working on other things, so I turn on the cold water. WOW! That feeling of the cold water rushing over my sweaty hands was completely amazing! I couldn’t help myself. I stood there several minutes in the cold water thinking of how much relief it was bringing. Something so simple was more satisfying than my morning cup of coffee. It was a cool relief after my 40 minute work-out in the sweltering heat.
I got to thinking today about how just as my hands and body need that refreshing moment to cool down, my soul needs refreshing daily as well. I stay home with my little, take care of a garden, look over the animals, secretary for a Christian Rodeo organization, try to keep the house clean and meals on the table etc. Moms (and wives) do this on a daily basis. We have our hands so full that we run ourselves ragged nearly every day.
I need daily time with the Lord to renew my strength and to renew my soul. The days I go without time in my Bible spent with Jesus, I find myself wearing out easier, having a shorter fuse, and being much more selfish. Rather than fruit, my life is producing weeds. I’m not able to filter my to-do list and everything seems equally important.
Without my focus being on the Lord, I can’t function well in my day. The Lord is my strength and my cornerstone. When I rely on him, I find that I can be more patient and I can see windows of opportunity that the Lord provides. I do believe that with a Godly focus, I can filter my to-do list and realize what is important and what can wait. God is so good, he is my rock. Nothing else in this world is as stable as my Lord. I need time with him daily just to function in what the day brings.
Lamentations 3:22-24 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion, “says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
God’s mercies are new every morning and it’s something I need daily! I can’t expect to do well being a mom and wife with an impact if I don’t let the Lord impact me first and foremost.
Food for thought: What is your soul thirsty for today? What are you trying to fill your soul with that isn’t actually filling you up? God’s mercies are new every morning and He’s always there waiting for you to come and drink.