The Lord Has to Build His House {an announcement}

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Psalm 127

Do you ever find yourself hitting up against the same wall over and over?

Circling the same dumb hill?

I don’t know what your hill is, but mine is physical energy. And my frustration is finding time to do all of the things I need to do in a day.

Just 1/2 hour ago, I was talking with my bestie. It had started off with a series of long messages I blasted off to her asking her to pray for wisdom, because I can’t keep doing what I’m doing.

Folks, I get up at 4:30 in the morning (and I am sharing that for a specific reason).

Now – there have been seasons when I moved my alarm back – or even shut it off. Seasons when I’ve been in a crash – when I barely got through my day.

And as soon as I felt better, my alarm would go right back to getting up at 4:30. As if I couldn’t see the pattern. Well, I could – I just didn’t want to acknowledge it.

About 1/2 hour later, I went back and deleted those messages I sent off – because the wisdom came in short order, and I was excitedly sharing with her that God had revealed to me how it would work…and part of this chapter came to mind, “In vain you rise early…”

So, when I was done with my message – I looked it up – and realized that the whole chapter was about me and my current situation.

I get up early to have time to get my work done before my kids get up and we start on school. But I’m so fatigued from forcing my body into an unnatural schedule that I’m not efficient at all. In fact, while talking with her, it occurred to me that getting up early was most certainly in vain because it was counterproductive.

I was getting less done in more time because the brain fog was so bad and the fatigue so overwhelming, I couldn’t get my work done like I normally would.

And the biggest reason why I wanted to get my work done early was so I can spend time with my kids apart from just being their teacher.

But I end up such a zombie, that I don’t really get that quality time I’d like.

The Lord wants to build this house, but He has to get me and my type-A, take-charge, take-over, bossy, over-planning self out of the way first!

Then, I can start resting in Him. And when I rest in Him, I have the energy to enjoy the two, beautiful, amazing “arrows” He has given me.

Now, I’m not sharing this just to share.

Part of what He showed me is that podcasting is taking way more of my time than what I can give.

I love it – I really do. But it is a distraction for me in this season of life. It takes a lot of time to record, edit, prep, and put it all together.

So today’s podcast will be the last podcast I record.

I hope it’s been a blessing to you. I pray that it gave you tools to help you in your journey with Christ. I will continue writing here at A Little R & R, and I trust that the new flow of words God has been giving me will keep flowing.

So – I will close with this:

My friend – if God has given you a ministry, don’t build in your own strength.

If He has given you a task, don’t push so hard. Let Him build His house.

If you are wearing yourself out to the point of exhaustion in ministry, you need to get out of the way so He can do His work.

If you need to rest – rest. Rest is spiritual. It is biblical.

And lastly, ask God for wisdom to show you if what you’re doing right now is the right thing for right now.

Like my podcasting, it may be good – but it may not be best. It may be for you, but not for you right now. It may be just the thing that stands between where you are right now and where God wants you to be.

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