Stay plugged in…

Clay and I are on vacation – our first full week’s vacation all year. We’ve taken a day here, two days there, but we saved a full week until now. We thought about going to the New England states, but changed our minds. We thought about going to Wyoming or Montana, but changed our minds. We thought about going to Hilton Head, but changed our minds. Finally we both admitted that what we wanted to do was come to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge for a few days and enjoy Christmas lights, Christmas shopping and Christmas movies. So that’s what we’re doing – and we’re having a blast!

I charged my laptop all night last night, and then first thing this morning I unplugged it and uploaded the pictures I made at Jordie and Lacey’s wedding. I spent a lot of time editing the pictures and then writing captions for each one. Then I responded to a lot of emails and before I knew it the battery on my laptop was down to 2%. I was very surprised because after all, I had charged it fully last night. But because I spent so much time editing, uploading, and updating, I had sucked the life out of the battery. Large, time-consuming projects will do that.

As I was plugging the laptop back in I had this thought…just when we think we’re solid in our faith, strong in our stand, equipped to face anything, we are faced with a situation that threatens to suck the life out of us. The situation is so difficult and time-consuming, the details involved so worrisome that we are exhausted. This is why we must stay plugged in to the Source of our strength. No matter how strong in our faith we are, we must continue to draw power and encouragement and strength and wisdom daily and directly from the Lord. Otherwise, we will find that a large time-consuming “project” or trial will suck the life out of us. Don’t let it happen. Stay plugged in.

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word” (Psalm 119:28).

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service” (1 Timothy 1:12).

I may not post a devotional every day this week but keep checking in with me. You never know, nor do I, when the Lord is going to give me a word!

Hope

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