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Prayer Journal: Day 363

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:30‭-‬31 NIV

God has the solution to energy crashes. When we are tired, we can place our hope in the Lord, and He will renew our strength. He can give us the endurance of marathon runners.

He also helps us pace ourselves, whether we are walking or running, working or resting. He knows when we feel burnt out, and He gave us the Sabbath to restore ourselves.

We look forward to the Sabbath because it allows us to rest and enjoy our relationship with the Lord. We love Him and want to follow His commandments, so we honor the Sabbath day, which He said to keep holy.

The next day we will have another day to work, and we can go forward with renewed energy and with the Lord’s encouragement. He can give us just the right amount of energy to get through each day, and then some. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 325

Day 325

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV 

Self love includes being patient and kind to ourselves. We sometimes focus so much on taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Self care is a form of self love.

Sometimes we have to honor that we are out of energy by the end of the day and need to take something off our schedule. The Lord understands that our energy is finite, which means that we need to say “no” to some things.

We take pride in our productivity, but there is a time to work and a time to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day after creating humanity. The Lord rested and declared His work good. We can rest and restore ourselves, too. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 304

Day 304

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! – Psalm 46:10 NKJV

Sometimes I feel down for no particular reason. As a COVID-19 long hauler, I sometimes feel like my brain is too big for my skull. I have heard that COVID-19 can cause inflammation in the brain, triggering depression. That’s probably what I experienced back in September 2020 during the third week of my COVID-19 recovery. I’m lucky to be alive.

To be still when we are exhausted is not always a choice. When we crash, we crash.

In that stillness, we can do nothing but acknowledge our weakness and know that God is the Lord. His thoughts are not our thoughts. The Lord knows our pain. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 285

Day 285

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; Colossians 1:9-11 NKJV

Sometimes our state of mind is dark. We can’t see the good in our lives because we are physically and mentally exhausted.

When I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020, I never would have thought I would suffer for the long haul–that brings new meaning to the word “longsuffering.” I wonder when I will feel back to normal.

The Lord can restore our strength and our joy. We have to be patient. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 270

Day 270

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. – Acts 2:21 NIV

We need the Lord to be saved. He will give us strength when we need it.

My husband is on a business trip so I am on my own with our toddler for four days. Four days seems like a lot, but I do have four hours of daycare during the weekdays and church and Grandma’s house as a possibility during the weekend. The Lord will help me determine how I will prioritize my time, as my energy is limited. God created toddlers so surely He has the answers! Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 219

Day 219

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. – Proverbs 16:9 KJV

We can make plans, but the Lord determines where we go.

My toddler has a barrel of energy, and sometimes he is too much for me to handle. I am considering putting him in daycare four hours a day so that I can rest and work. Currently, I work when he is napping, but some days he skips his nap entirely and other days I am too exhausted to work when he is sleeping. 

The Lord knows that we need rest and He provides a way so that everything can work out for us. We don’t have to worry because He already has things figured out for us. We can trust that He has the details worked out. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 131

Day 131

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. – Isaiah 40:30 NIV 

Sometimes it seems like my toddler has an endless supply of energy, but on a rare occasion, he sleeps in and gives me a quiet, peaceful morning to slowly wake up.

It is during those quiet moments of prayer and meditation that I find that the Lord restores my strength. At times it feels like I am always tired, but I know that the Lord will restore my energy in His time. 

He may require me to make some lifestyle changes, such as improving my diet and drinking more water.

Health and self care takes some planning and discipline, but the Lord gives us motivation to make positive changes. Amen. 

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