“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” 2 Cor. 4:16
See this coffee cup? I decided this morning that it was a great object lesson for this blog post, which has been brewing (pun intended) in my heart for a couple weeks. I forgot this cup this morning. It wasn’t the first time it has sat forlorn with freshly-brewed perspective quickly cooling inside. Today I found it in the Keurig. The happy Toasted Coconut concoction was stone cold. And then I began to examine the cup.
Look closely. This cup is well-used. It is tired. The monogram on the outside is scratched and faded. But the inside is still a beautiful, sunny morning yellow. That’s what I love best about it. And it came to me…this cup was me.
Age, sleepless nights, stress (and prayerlessness…ugh), multiple health issues of my own…they have all worn me down on the outside. But this precious promise above is what I hold onto. What’s inside me can be refreshed, renewed, renovated every day…and my God has the fresh mercies required for that process every morning too.
I’ve blogged about stress management numerous times at my other blog, Strength for Today. There you can find helpful tips on relaxation techniques, books, scripture, and other resources to help your body. Here are a few posts:
I just want to say, dear MOD friend, that this battle was never intended for you to fight alone. If I thought it was solely up to me to survive this, to keep my spirits up (and our daughter’s), to forge ahead, to remain hopeful, to find energy when I’m running on fumes, to keep looking ahead and to do so with confidence and not fear…I’d surely lock myself in a room right now. I simply can’t do it.
I recently asked in a support group what those ladies did for “self care”. Cricket…cricket…cricket… No responses. Then, one brave soul commented, “Self care? What’s that?” (Let me say a quick word about support groups…I’m a member of several on Facebook, but beware of getting sucked into those which only encourage venting, which is so damaging. Join groups which also have folks who help you think, troubleshoot, find answers…and will pray with you.) Oh, MOD friends, it isn’t noble to neglect the body you’ve been lent. Everything you are trying to accomplish on a daily/nightly basis takes its toll on you. So I encourage you, if you can’t rest the body, at least rest the soul. Keep your heart, guard it with all diligence.
A sort of Christian “mantra” that I share with our kids often is that God is always purposeful, He never makes mistakes, He’s always good, and He never wastes time. This has been spelled out for me and you in the pages of His Word. He lets us know Him through that book. He is your refuge and strength…a very present help in trouble. Grab a nap when you can. Exercise helps in so many ways. Don’t just drink coffee…water is supremely important. Take your vitamins. These things all help our physical bodies limp along through this life. But ladies, your spirit can soar!It can mount up with wings as eagles…run and not be weary, and walk and never faint. That happens when we come to Him in that painful silence and simply sit at His feet. Look to Him. Pray for His purposes, and ask that you might not miss them in the middle of the crazy night time lows, the mad dashes for juice boxes, the frustration at the higher A1C, the bewilderment of BG levels which make no sense. He’s there. The more often we remind ourselves of that, the more “Peace, be still” will take hold of the tempests in our hearts.
Saying a prayer right now for every one who may come across this post. Desperate mamas, allow Him to refocus those crippling energies forward as He crafts in you the hopeful determination of a warrior.
(((warm, strengthening hugs)))