On Monday, my hubby gave me one of the greatest gifts. He gave me a day off. I curled up with my Kindle. I lit candles. I drank coffee. I had peace. No rambunctious boys running around knocking things over. No TV (until the girlie movies came on). Just me and my doggie (also a girl).

Then, I caught a cold. What’s up with that?!? I am not surprised. I have been running so hard that my body physically hurts. We all do it, especially at Christmas. Why do we do it? Why do we run ourselves until we are exhausted?

One answer: Lack of trust. Lack of trust that God will provide. When I am running 90 to nothing, it is usually in the wrong direction. I am pulling myself up by my bootstraps (got new cowboy boots for Christmas, so I can literally pull myself up by my bootstraps) and trudging through in my own strength.

When did this happen to me? Somewhere between our trip China and today I stopped reading my bible and having quiet time in the morning. “I have three boys and don’t have time.” Thanks to my church for my Advent devotional, Sarah Young for her beautiful Jesus Calling devotional, and my Good Morning Girls email group for keeping me in the Word. 

Having devotional time/quiet time with Abba in the morning and a true Sabbath day once a week shows God that I trust Him to take my days and my weeks and do SO much more with them than I ask or imagine. Relief, ’cause I cannot keep doing it on my own. Ironically, yesterday’s devotion in Jesus Calling was about how the busier we are, the more we need time set apart with God. Today’s devotion is about how God is our refuge and strength. 

Psalm 46: 1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

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