Beloved, I’d just appreciate prayers.
As I’m sure we all are, I’m feeling overwhelmed and exhausted at the thought of all the work and busyness coming these next few weeks and months.
I feel like every single major area of life needs significant work that will take every ounce of strength He can give me. None of it is small or fast or easy.
I know I’m not alone. I just feel discouraged and would be blessed by your prayers.
(And sorry I can’t edit question on mobile)
Please pray specifically that my strength will come as I abide in Him. I MUST reorient my life to find strength and change through remaining connected to him instead of just struggling by my grit and will.
“I feel like every single major area of life needs significant work…”
This topic came up in my men’s group this weekend. One brother said he wanted to do so many things excellently: be a husband, be a father, his job, etc. And there’s not enough time in the day to do them all excellently–even to do just one (being an excellent husband) would be nearly impossible.
So he was learning to be content doing the one thing God wanted him to do excellently. Of course, us others asked what that was, and his response was from the Westminster Shorter Catechism:
“Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”
I don’t know what you or anyone else is going through, but if you’re glorifying God in what you do and enjoying Him, you should be content with that. Busy-ness wraps us all up sometimes, but sometimes we need to step back and look at the bigger picture.
Maybe this will help you: Our pastor’s sermon this morning was on Hope, from Hebrews 6:18-20. The pastor defined Hope as the confident expectation of the faithfulness of God. He highlighted that in v. 18 we are to hold to the hope that lies before us, and brought out that when we get stuck in the past–whatever was bad, or the bad done to us–we are not waiting quietly before the Lord (Psalm 62:5). He said we can have no hope for the future if we are stuck focusing on the past. He emphasized Romans 5:1-5, which tells us Hope (in Christ) will not lead to disappointment. He left us with Psalm 31:24–Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.
It’s hard to summarize the encouragement I got from that sermon in a short paragraph, but I hope I got the basics across, because it seems what you (and I, and all of us) need for the coming weeks is a good dose of Hope. We can’t decide to have it; we can’t muster it. We can only be given hope as we focus not on our strong desires, but on the faithfulness of God.