“What part of the day is hardest for you?”

The Pour:

For a full description of what The Pour section is, check out Day 1’s post of this series.

We’re going to pour out all the random thoughts that just won’t stop – All the stuff floating around in your head at this moment, “pour it out,” at God’s feet. This could include everything from the grocery list to those deep needs and prayers in your heart.

Simply say:

Dear God,

This has been on my mind and heart, please take it: (and then list it all out)

Now, with a clear mind finish the prayer with:

And now help me to hear Your message for my heart today.

Amen

The Beans:

The Background:

During the period of time when God’s people were in exile in Babylon, God spoke through the Prophet Isaiah. Today’s verse comes from a chapter of Isaiah that seeks to provide comfort for God’s people of that time.

The Verse:

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from this verse popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and answer:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

I had a pretty stunning revelation as I read today’s verse, particularly through my Study Bible’s notes.

It said in the commentary that the people Isaiah was speaking to were, “discouraged and afraid because their concept of God was too small.”

And I realized God shrinks throughout my day …

I currently do my quiet time in the mornings before anyone else wakes up, and in that time God is HUGE in my eyes. I feel comforted, safe, spoken to and cared for … however, as the day goes on God becomes less and less, while I become more and more.

I forget He’s there, and try to sort through my life alone, on my own power.

It’s like this during those weeks where you actually make it to church on Sunday morning. You walk out of church proud that you made it there, empowered, or just like, “Yes, I’ve got this! I can handle it all this week! Thank you, Jesus!” … But then … as the week progresses, that feeling, disappears and God shrinks to nearly invisible in our lives.

While physical exhaustion makes sense at the end of a long day/week, what I’m referring to today is the mental/spiritual exhaustion that hits around 4:30 pm every day.

I can never quite put my finger on the words to describe how I feel, but it’s a mixture of subtle sadness, overwhelm, and worry. (The feelings aren’t felt very strongly, but they’re there … lingering … )

So what is it? Well, today’s verse is exactly what I needed to read to open my eyes to my problem.

It says, ‘They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

NOW … when I’ve read this verse in the past, it’s almost annoyed me because I’m thinking, “I’m not asking for the energy to run a marathon here, God, I’m simply asking for enough strength to make it bedtime!”

And that’s where that last sentence comes in.

“They will WALK and not be faint.”

This sentence speaks the daily walk of life … the monotony of our routines that suck us dry.

Here again, my study bible (love this thing) says, “Serving God in the mountaintop experiences of life when His people can soar with Him is not so difficult. The most difficult times of service can be in the monotonous, everyday grind of life when God’s people feel like they are spinning their wheels and going nowhere. The Lord’s Children can exchange their weakness for God’s strength in the daily walk of life.”

We can exchange our weakness for His strength. And while this is brand new material for me, I mean, this is a monumental need in my life right now … what I’m committing to at least trying is figuring out a transition period between “work” and evening with family.

During that tricky part of the day, I’m going to try a few different methods to see what works best. I work from home and have one kid get off the bus at 3:25 and the other who naps until 5:00ish … so this is going to be trial and error for me …

But I’m going to try to shut everything down 3 minutes before “mommying” revs back into full gear. I won’t have time for a full bible study or anything, but I’ll maybe keep a stash of encouraging bible verses in my phone, put the headphones in and listen to a favorite song, shut everything off and just pray, or some other trick that comes to mind.

The key is to just find a second to allow God to renew your strength when you’re feeling weary!

 

To help us transition from quiet time, back into “real life,” taking both what we’ve learned, and the peace we just received, throughout the rest of our day …

We’re going to list out our small blessings from the past 24 hours, and an affirmation about yourself, life, or day.

Here we go:

My Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

*Noticing the small blessings, really opens our eyes to just how blessed we are, AND to the fact that God is always with us.

My Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Here, I want you to list things such as, “I will be present or happy or joyful.”    “I AM worth it.”       “I am IN CONTROL of ___ situation.”

OR, if you’ve got BIG goals list those with determination. “I WILL run today, to train for that 5K.” “I WILL finish that project.” etc.

 

**List those out now, and then go on with your day affirmed, and determined.