Most of us are pretty tired.
We've celebrated our guts out.
We're also facing the reality that there
is as much clean-up after the holidays,
as there is preparation before the holidays.
School is starting again soon,
and that means a lot of work for all moms.
Winter can drag on and on,
and sometimes the hardest months to face
are January and February.
We need to face the end of a year
and the beginning of a new year
with fresh spiritual courage.
And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Therefore, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to all,
especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Women love to bless others in their families,
their neighborhoods, their churches and their schools.
After a time of exertion and service,
it's easy to look to our own flesh and our own needs,
and feel we need relief from our responsibilities.
Eat healthy again, yes.
Renew in the Word, yes.
Refresh in prayer, yes.
Just don't get weary,
do not become utterly spiritless, exhausted and faint-hearted
facing the spiritual tasks the Lord has given you
as a wife, mommy, daughter, sister, Bible study leader,
Sunday school teacher, etc.
Do not be an easy target for the enemy,
but be strong in the Lord
and in the power of His might!
The Lord is looking for ways to encourage you,
for what is ahead.
Just look for His tender ways and listen for His small, still Voice.
One morning, my daughter Rebekah brought in this tray.
She wanted to be sure I was eating healthy,
and wouldn't skip breakfast.
It was just one of the ways the Lord chose to bless me
and renew my courage,
when I was feeling I had nothing left to give.
I have to keep on, and not grow faint, because
people are watching and imitating.
Let's not drag our weary bodies into the new year,
and throw them exhausted over the finish line.
At the end of a race, runners dig down deep into their fatigued bodies,
and somehow find that kick they need,
to finish the race strong.
Keep on, sisters!
Let's not be weary,
and keep looking for opportunities to bless and serve others.