Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
I have just come through one of the most demanding times of my life physically and mentally.
Our son and his wife were having our second grandchild and he was trying to come midway through the pregnancy. My daughter-in-law was put on bed rest and their one-and-a-half year old still needed full-time care while daddy worked.
To compound the situation, they live several states and 11 hours away from me. I went to stay and help during the last month of the pregnancy. During the last two weeks of my being there my husband called to say, “I bought a house.”
That was great news because we had been looking for quite some time and had just not found the right place. We would be moving in a month.
Did I mention all of this was taking place over the Christmas holidays? Or, that there were still gatherings planned at my house I needed to be prepared for? Not the least of which was making 500 cookies for the children at church for Christmas Eve.
I tell you all of this because when I looked at it from afar I just felt overwhelmed.
Any one of these things, a move, the holidays, or a premature baby was enough to put my arms around, but all at the same time! To say I felt pressured and unable was an understatement.
Staying on Track without Losing it.
· I started each morning asking God for the plan of the day and made a list.
· I continued in my daily Bible reading and devotion time.
· I focused only on what was at hand and completed my list daily.
· Anything I did not get done I moved to tomorrow and made it priority.
· I scaled back to what was needed, not what I had done in the past.
· I took it one room or one box at a time.
· I got up early and stayed focused.
· I rested on the Sabbath and ate right.
· I accepted any help offered and gave them specific assignments.
· I realized I could not do it all and let some of the not so important things slide.
We have still not unpacked some boxes.
The baby is here now and, after a little concern over wet lungs, he is healthy and happy.
The holidays were different, but still good.
In the end I have treasured special times and sweet friends. God was enough each day to meet the need and to bring along who and what I needed. I rest in Him and am thankful for each day’s strength.