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This was intended to be a “Friday Five” post, but it just makes so much more sense on a Wednesday, doesn’t it?
It’s crunch time around here. We’re planting the last shoots and seeds in our garden, planning our homeschool group’s last big event for the year, watering the trees we planted in the fall, trying to keep up with the now-regular two-hours of mowing necessary to keep ticks at bay, and–somehow–we’re going to have the house clean at the end of the month for a much-anticipated visit from my parents–a tall order since houses just don’t stay clean during gardening season. Especially if you have two little
dirt magnets helpers and no mud room.
Oh yeah, and then there’s my day job: we’re still finishing up school for the year. It’s only about two more weeks, but I must admit I wouldn’t mind fast forwarding to the pool side where I sip lemonade in the shade while the boys have their swimming lessons. At least that’s what I imagine June will look like.
But I digress.
Are you in the thick of it right now? As a student? A teacher? At work? At home? Do you wonder at times how you’ll have the strength to finish the final task (or twenty) for the season?
Maybe you’ll find these scriptures as encouraging as I have. There is Truth we can rest in even as we roll up our sleeves to get the job done.
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Jesus in Matthew 11:28
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
1 Corinthians 15:55-58
‘O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Let God’s word be your sweet lemonade in the midst of a busy season. Sip slowly. Be refreshed. And finish strong.
When you struggle to find the motivation and energy to see a project or season through to the end, what scriptures do you turn to? What truths do you savor?