I want to share some verses in the book of Galatians today. It's speak of several things we should do and it's about turning some of that care back to self. We often spend a lot of time helpings others, trying to find peace in our own lives while not becoming weary.
Galatians 6 New International Version (NIV)
Doing Good to All
6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spiritshould restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Family and Friends ~ Let us focus on verse 9 for a second:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
I had sometime away this week at a Lake House. Time to rest, play, share family fun, laugh and even cry. I had times of remembering my parents in Heaven, my brother and things they never had in life. I took care of my mom since I was 18 years old. I went to school, received my dad's veterans money to pay for it but I gave it to my mom, I went to work and gave my money to my mom. I was off balance in taking care of myself. I just finished high school and about two weeks later, my dad died. My brother would end up with cancer and die on Christian morning.
I'm sharing a little today because I know I have friends who are taking care of their parents and watching them go through a hard time. At the end of life of aging parents, we often see things we never wanted to see. We have to deal with things we never wanted to deal with. We cry in the midnight hour out to God and the wonder sets it. I went through that season of my mom knowing me one minutes and not knowing me the next. I had tears that flowed and felt alone when I wasn't alone. It was a season of change and it was hard not to grow weary in well doing. Even though the love was there for me, the emotions ran higher than I ever thought.
I also have young friends who are dealing with the loss of children. My heart hurts for them and I cried out to God for them as I sat at this lake house and prayed every morning. I don't know why we must go through heartache and tears so much. I do know that seasons change and our hearts grow stronger or weaker in faith. I choose to live by faith and even though I pressed through some very hard times, I found family and friends with me. It's was my choice to handle each day with peace and a new trust in God for strength.
You might think someone is so lucky but you might not know their inside story. I have a friend named Sonia who is deal with an aging dad. She works hard and basically doing it alone. I'm proud of her but I see how she needs to take care of herself too. I have another friend Yolanda who faces each day with her baby girl in Heaven and watching her 7 years old cry. I believe her daughter was 2 when she went to Jesus. Both of these friends say my blog makes a difference to them. I can't stop writing and pray daily for those who read my blog, your family and friends.
It's never easy and I can't image the pain of others, but I can be there for them. I know that God makes connects in life for a reason. I also have other friends handling aging parents, loss of children, family members, friends and the list goes on. I really need to point out the importance of also taking care of self. If I don't take care of myself, I can't give out to others.
There is value in each new day ~
A peace beyond a human understanding. Even at 18, when I was mad at God and I didn't understand why my dad died, God was guiding me. The heartbreak of one season leads to another season of change. Nobody said change would be easy, but it happens. As I sat there watching the blue lake and sky, I felt a peace of God. Quiet mornings, tears, hot tea and prayers going up. My seasons have been hard at times, but I felt God tell me to get balanced again. I take care of everyone else and I don't focus on taking care of me. I drifted from reading the Bible and got hurt through a season of change. Feeling like I wasn't important and things were being taken away from me. I need to go back and listen to what God was saying to me because I'm seeing the beauty of my seasons at The Lake House.
I had someone tell me this: "You have a voice and you chose not to use it". That statement can be very true about several things in my life. Let us become stronger men and women of God. Pushing through the hard times and see how important our voice is today. Change happens by voices and lives turning to God's plan. Not everyone is going to understand you or want to be around in the hard seasons of life. Lots of people want to be there for the good seasons. I have sowed seeds that are good and I saw that tat the Lake House. I saw how my voice matters and how people view our lives. I'm not just a church person, but I am a Jesus follower of his truth.
I am the mother of two kids. Both are adults now and I have grandchildren. It is a privilege to entrusted with lives of others. God chose me to be their mom for a reason. To stand strong and uphold a positive life style while changes happen. I've seen much joys and much sorrow in their lives. A time to sow and a time to reap. I saw many smiles this past week and so much peace. I thank God for change in positive ways and I know that each season brings harvest of love. The joy it brings me heart to see my kids happy and grandchildren happy. You just want to live in that moment forever.
I've been broken and I've been put back together by the super glue of Jesus. My own choices of change and determination to become a stronger woman of God. To lead by example and do my best while tears may flow of change. Each day is a new chance to say I LOVE YOU and to live according to the word of God. People move away and things change for a season, but my prayers never stop for those who are in the middle of my heart. I don't always understand, but I know I'm always to pray for them.
YOU ~ You are important! Your life matters and people watch you. Today, don't grow weary in well doing my family and friends. Let the peace of God rest in every decision and every moment in your life. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.