Worn Out

courtesy pixabayby Sandy Kirby Quandt

The last couple weeks have been a little hectic around here.

People were in and out of the house for three days painting and repairing various things. During the repairs, as is often the case, new problems were discovered. One problem was electrical, and thank you, Jesus, was caught and fixed before it started a fire.

After a problem was discovered with our chimney, I promptly made an appointment with the courtesy pixabayonly chimney repair company in town. The earliest they can get here … November 10.

Although there was potential for the discovery of wood damage when the gutters were replaced, praise God, there was nothing wrong.

Once the home repairs wrapped up, I had appointments with three different specialists that required x-rays taken of multiple parts of my body, one procedure, blood work drawn, and referrals to see three additional specialists for various concerns.

My last doctor appointment was last Tuesday, Pilot and I loaded up the RV and headed west on Wednesday for a most excellent time of enjoying God’s creation, and returned home Saturday.

Sunday afternoon we discovered rain pouring in through our fireplace and onto the floor. The chimney problem that was discovered two weeks earlier? There is no cap covering it.

Between doctor appointments Pilot and I attended the Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Dan Bremnes All the Earth is Holy Ground tour. The venue was small. The crowd even smaller but that didn’t negatively affect the performance.

When Mike Donehey, mega energetic lead singer for Tenth Avenue North, took the stage coutesty binghe made mention of the fact the room wasn’t packed, but said even in our highest highs and lowest lows, God is there.

A low turnout for their concerts was not something that happened often, I’m sure, but they didn’t let it dampen their performance and ministry.

By the end of the concert there was no doubt in my mind Mike, and everyone else, didn’t expend one less ounce of energy than they would have, had the room been packed and overflowing.

So I’m thinking … amid all the things life throws at us whether it’s the good, bad, or ugly, God is still there. Jesus is still there. The Holy Spirit is still there.

God was there when our electrical problem surfaced. He was there as Pilot and I mopped up water, swapped out towels and washed and dried them, emptied pans full of water, and rotated fans to dry up the bricks. He’ll be with me as I go to those three yet-to-be-scheduled appointments I have to make, but don’t want to.

I’m worn. I’m tired. I’m weak.

BUT Jesus isn’t.

courtesy pixabayAnd he tells us to lay our cares on him because he cares for us.

He tells us to come to him all those who are weak and weary.

He’ll give us rest.

He’ll help carry our burden.

He’ll get us through whatever it is we face whether it’s financial concerns, health concerns, relationship concerns, or crumbling chimney concerns with more rain predicted.

He’s got this.

Worn out? Facing one more thing that you don’t want to face? Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Anything you’re facing right now you need to hand over to Jesus?

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Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Keep Our Eyes on Jesus

pixabayby Sandy Kirby Quandt

There have been times when troubles surrounded me and the only thing I did was concentrate on the problems.

Has that ever happened to you?

Looking back on those times, one thing I see is when I allowed my problems and stresses to be my only focus, they became larger than they truly were. I can say that now because like they say, hindsight is 20-20, but I need to learn this truth for the next time.

And I’m sure as long as I have breath, there will be a next time.

pixabayWhen we are surrounded by doom and gloom I’m learning we need to focus our eyes on other things. Notice I said learning, not learned.

Specifically, we need to turn our focus, our gaze, onto the One who can help us. Jesus.

If we concentrate solely on our awful circumstances we give them permission to steal all our joy. Then all we see is hopelessness and defeat. We’ve given our situation power to control us.

I’m not saying we go all Pollyanna and deny there are problems. I’m not saying to pretend our life is trouble-free. That would be dishonest. I’m saying how about we quit giving our problems the right to rule over us and define us?

Oh. You know. San-dy. She’s the one with the prob-lem

That’s not how I want people to pixabaythink of me. Is it how you want them to think of you?

Do you want to be defined by your problems? I don’t.

Remember. Any problem we encounter can change. God is in control, after all.

We needn’t act as if we don’t have problems. But we do need to keep our eyes on our Sustainer and Victor. Jesus Christ. King of Kings and LORD of Lords. The one capable of getting us safely on the other side of our problems.

How do you keep your eyes on Jesus during the storms of life?

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 Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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