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Monday, March 15, 2010

Thank Goodness, God is not like us...

Here is what I read this morning in "Encouraging Words"

"Have you never heard?

Have you never understood?

The LORD is the everlasting God,

the Creator of all the earth.

He never grows weak or weary.

No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

He gives power to the weak

and strength to the powerless.

Even youths will become weak and tired,

and young men will fall in exhaustion.

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.

They will soar high on wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary.

They will walk and not faint."

~Isaiah 40:28–31

"It is good to remember that though we are like God, God is not like us. We grow weary and faint, but God never does. There is much about life that we do not understand; God's understanding can never be measured. He offers strength. We need to receive it. He tells us how: by waiting on the Lord. When you need strength and power, go to God. Pour out your troubles to him, and wait on him to act. You will find new strength and power. "
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

I just had to share this after the morning I have had. I am so thankful God is not like in so many ways:
He DOES NOT YELL at His children like I did this morning.
I don't feel good (not an excuse) and Daniel wouldn't cooperate,
said he didn't feel good either,
and before I knew it, there was a whole lot of ugliness in our house.
Uuuugggghhhhhhh....Ever have one of those days?
I told Daniel he could stay home and he would have to stay in his room if he was really sick.
I thought he would choose school. But he didn't.
I guess he really wasn't feeling well.
He is back in bed now and asleep.
Then...I felt so bad for making Katelyn and Emily cry,
after praying and asking them to forgive me,
I told them they could stay home (play hookie - ssshhhhhh) and
after I was done with Traffic and grading papers
I would let them sew.

I am so glad to have a God WHO LOVES ME even when I am at my ugliest.
This mornings version of me sure was ugly.

I woke up early, planning to start the morning with Matt before he headed off to work.
Planning to start the morning with my hot home brewed latte and a devotional.
Instead, I allowed the physical yukiness I felt to dictate my emotional state.
I let satan in. Why?

Now, it's off to edit articles and grade papers.
Then I hope that in some small way I can make up for the ugliness I created this morning.

I am so thankful GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD,
Thank you God.   

I give this day to you God.
I surrender all to you.
Please forgive me for my unkind words and ugliness.
I find my strength in YOU.

1 comment:

  1. oh my dear sweet friend... I had almost the same thing. went to bed last night saying my new word for the year (inspiration from you I might add) is CALM. I want to remain calm in all areas of my life... especially in my parenting. then I wake up (after a long night of dealing with restless sleeping babies all by myself) and find ezra throwing my entire container of 50 million buttons all over the floor. I yelled at him, he cried, I felt horrible. it's not even 9:00 and I have already blown it. no calmness here... I regroup, and then he does it again. ahhh... doesn't he understand I was trying so hard to be calm. why does he test me this way? ok, so instead of pressuring myself to get out of the door in a hurry for a walking date with some friends, I skipped it. I slowed down and made us all a nice healthy breakfast. enjoyed my coffee and will soon be headed out the door for a nice CALM walk. goodbye stress, goodbye chaos... ok enough rambling. thanks for the opportunity to vent and for sharing - you are not alone.



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