On the side you might tutor, babysit a friend's child, visit a family member in a nursing home, teach a Sunday School class, or cook a meal for a shut in. When you give, give, give sometimes you wind up feeling so exhausted not only physically but emotionally, right?
God knows every part of us...He knows when we are exhausted, at our wits end, lonely, cranky, moody, happy, excited, or anxious. He cares about all our emotions. He wants us to feel peaceful and live a life of balance. He knows our deepest needs, even better than we do!
Here is an excerpt from Jesus Calling for April 27-
"Come to Me with empty hands and an open heart, ready to receive abundant blessings. I know the depth and breadth of your neediness. Your life-path has been difficult, draining you of strength. Come to Me for nurture. Let Me fill you up with My Presence: I in you, and you in Me. My power flows most freely into weak ones aware of their need for Me. Faltering steps of dependence are not lack of faith; they are links to My Presence."
(John 17: 20-23 and Isaiah 40: 29-31)
As a stay at home mom of two one of my biggest faults is pride. Pride that I can do it all and not ask for help. Pride that I don't need anyone and that I shouldn't bother anyone. God has been teaching me to open my heart and allow people to help me so that I can be blessed, so that I can be filled to the brim with blessings and have even more strength and energy to pour into my little family upon my return. On Good Friday, we asked John's parents to watch Mark and Julia while we headed out into the city for a day of togetherness and rest.
|First we stopped at John's empty office so I could picture where he works.|
|He has an amazing view.|
|Now when he calls me I can picture him working hard at his desk.|
|Tulips in NYC|
|Looking at the menu...how do you choose when everything sounds yummy?|
|John ordered a chicken dish in a spicy red sauce with Nan...Indian bread is amazing|
|I ordered a rice dish with chicken...it was so good! John finished most of it.|
God wants to richly bless us and give us rest if we are open to allowing Him. And sometimes that means we have to humble ourselves and allow other people to be a part of the blessing. My in laws went home with the biggest smiles because they had a day with their two favorite grandchildren (okay their only grandchildren, but you know what I mean!)
|We walked through central park|
|and famous hotels|
|NYC is beautiful in spring, everything is blooming|