Saving Grace

Mom Talk – Tired & “Dehydrated”

I desperately needed this timely reminder in my inbox today…

Mom Talk

As I sat on the couch and put on my make-up, I thought to myself, “I’m just so tired.” Granted, it was only 5:30 in the morning and there was a chill in the air. I had every reason to want to crawl back into bed and cover up. But I knew it was more than that. In the silence of the morning – by the light of one little lamp – I could be honest with God and just say, “I’m tired.”

I began thinking about Samuel. Scripture says that Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life (1 Samuel 7:15.) This was the job that God had given to Samuel and he did it his whole life. That is such an important thing to realize. When you are a follower of Christ, you are committing to follow Him all the days of your life. It is a life-long commitment. When you are on such a journey, it’s no surprise that you’re going to get tired.

God knew that we would get tired. That the journey would be long. That the path would not always be easy. He promises to be our rest, but we must come to Him.

So, back to my morning. I finished my make-up, got dressed and began breakfast for the girls.

I suddenly remembered a conversation I had with my husband quite some time ago. He had mentioned that He would often get tired in the early afternoon and that he read somewhere that this could be caused by dehydration. So, I was just contemplating dehydration, my weariness and a possible need for more water in my life when I was reminded of this passage in Jeremiah.

For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water. – Jeremiah 2:13 HCSB

Our physical bodies were created with a need for water. Without water, we can become lethargic and fatigued. Without it for too long and we would die. For our spiritual lives to thrive, we need the living water. But, in order to receive the living water, we must come to Him. When we attempt to go about our lives without Him, we become tired and weary.

I love the imagery of God as a fountain and us as cracked cisterns. When we immerse ourselves in God and His Word, the water is constantly flowing over us. It refreshes us and gives us energy. The problem comes when we think that we are okay. We are feeling good in the moment and think we can step away and handle things on our own for a while. You see, we are just broken cisterns. So, the moment we walk away from God or abandon our time in the Word, the water begins to leak out through the cracks and, in no time at all, we’re dry. We become dehydrated and dehydration brings weariness.

O God, you are my God,

earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you,

my body longs for you,

in a dry and weary land

where there is no water. – Psalm 63:1 NIV

This world is dry and there is no water apart from God.

Are you feeling weary? Maybe you’re just a little dehydrated.

Meet the author:

Stacy Edwards (@sjedwards) is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is married to Michael Edwards, the Evangelism and Recreation Pastor at Living Hope. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom.

Do you know a mom who needs encouragement? Why don’t you pass this on to her?

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Now that I’ve shared a breakdown of our past and expected future costs in our adoption journey, I’ll offer some details on how we’re paying for it all. There are so many great ideas out there on how to pay for adoption, and I’ve been gleaning from those ideas as well as looking to people who are fundraising for charities. While we have the option of a loan for a large portion of the cost, we really don’t want to start our family under the burden and stress of debt. We have a long way to go, but when I generated this goal thermometer (thank you, http://www.entropyfarm.org/software/thermo/ ), I find myself greatly encouraged by the distance we’ve come.

Later, I’ll create a more detailed goal thermometer which will show every milestone. So far our milestones have been:

July 2012: Sold Hubby’s horse – $5,000

April 2013: Tax Refund/Savings – $3,000

May 2013: T-Shirt Sales – $30

May 2013: Sold my horse – $3,000

Milestones I hope to add in the next few weeks include EBay sales (selling all of the horse gear we no longer need) and the latest fundraiser I started – a 50/50 raffle. In the next couple of months I hope to add more milestones from a Thirty-One fundraiser scheduled for July, possibly a garage sale (or Craigslist sales), and I’m ever hopeful that our grants will be approved.

The numbers can be so overwhelming, if you allow them to be. If you are considering or are pursuing adoption, don’t let those numbers overwhelm you! We really didn’t know exactly how much this was gonna cost when we started. It wasn’t until we filled out our grant applications and had to create a budget and expense report that our eyes were fully opened. We had grossly underestimated the numbers. In one way, I’m glad we underestimated because we jumped right in without second-guessing our decision. On the other hand, I do think we missed out on some time and opportunities to fundraise (and missed some grant deadlines) that we would have been taking advantage of had we known what we really needed to raise. Regardless, I know that we will meet the goal in time (and who knows when that time will be? Only God.) because God ALWAYS provides where He leads.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:19, 20 NKJV)

Our Adoption Journey

Fundraising Milestones – Part 1

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Saving Grace

Pillow Your Head On God’s Sovereignty

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. – Proverbs 16:1-4

(the title is a Charles Spurgeon quote)

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Saving Grace

A Hymn of Faith

Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV)

After a difficult, emotionally charged weekend (several days, really), these verses resonate within my soul. I can’t help but think of the song “Even If” by Kutless…
You’re still the Great and Mighty One
We trust You always
You’re working all things for our good
We’ll sing your praise

You are God and we will bless You
As the Good and Faithful One
You are God and we will bless You
Even if the healing doesn’t come

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Our Adoption Journey

One Major Step Forward in Our Adoption Journey

Our Home Study is complete and approved! Next week I should have a hard copy of it to submit along with grant applications. As soon as I received word of this I went into a frenzy looking for grants to apply for. Part of me wants to despair, thinking that we’ll never get enough grants to complete this journey…. there has to be so much competition for them. But, I can not give in to these thoughts. God has brought us so far, opened so many doors, given us so much. He has provided for us in ways that we could not provide for ourselves and He is always, ALWAYS, on time.

Today being Good Friday, I can’t help but think of how perfect God’s timing is… how even though people had no clue of what was to truly come, and once it did they despaired because they lacked understanding, God was at work to complete His plan. He did it for love. He did it for all of us. How could I not love such a God? How could I not have faith in Him, His plan for me, His timing, when I know the lengths He goes to to rescue His children? 

So, I’ll replace every doubt, every tiny bit of wavering, with reminders of His love for me, for all of us.

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – (I will) meditate on these things. – Philippians 4:8

And, by doing so will bolster my faith even more…

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

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