Sunday, October 12, 2008

email message from God

I received an email tonight from Patty who told me her preacher preached on Isaiah 40:29-31 this morning at Bethel Baptist in Norman. She said she thought of me and my family while he was preaching.
Here are the verses and possibly some surrounding them in The Message.

God doesn't come and go. God lasts.
He's creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath,
and He knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don't get tired,
they walk and don't lag behind.

It's Sunday night. I don't know if every profession feels this, but it is universally known by teachers that Sunday night is a killer. It must be true for others because Hallmark has a Hoops and YoYo card called Spastic Colon Sunday Night. We are all trying to get everything ready for a busy week--tie up loose ends from last week, you know the drill. I told a couple of people today that I feel like I have been putting out fires for three weeks. I have made no moves until the deadline is here, and that is not a comfortable place for me. I was so very tired this afternoon, but because I am afraid of not sleeping at night I refused to take a Sunday afternoon nap. I checked my email before I was getting ready to finish my grades and had this message. So...I am going to rely on God for fresh strength and soar through this series of tasks before me. I have first period plan, so I can do my lesson plans for my three day week in the morning. I have been so distracted by all that has to be done that I haven't been efficient at anything. I always tell my students that we do large tasks the same way we eat an elephant--one bite at a time--I have forgotten my own advice and just sat and looked at the monumental list before me and felt too overwhelmed to begin. I'm going to sign off now and begin eating the elephant before me. Thank you all for your prayers.


beckytyler said...

I'll pray for your refreshment for these next 3 days. Another Beth Moore tidbit that I wish I could take credit for-"Sometimes we don't realize how real He is until we've experienced the awesomeness of His answerless presence. He knows that what we crave far more than explanations is the unshakable conviction that He is utterly, supremely God." He's holding you up without having to say a word. I wonder if they have football scores in Heaven?! Love ya, Becky

Crystal said...

I wanted to let your know that I have been reading you blog every morning since Allison told me about it. I don't want you and your family to think that you have been forgotten by me in some way.
You are right that God is at work in our family. I can feel it. I know it. I have felt his presence more now than have since I was about 14 years old. Like you, I always thought I knew God's place in my life,except all the while I was ignoring what He was trying to show me.
Anyway, what prompted me to comment this time was that your blog contained my favorite bible verse. It reminds me of some of my loved ones. I think it is so pretty out of the NIV Bible:
"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."
You know what is so crazy.....Becky says her pastor was preaching over these verses and she thought of you. I thought about these verses yesterday morning, too. I was reading something else, and they just popped into my mind.
I think about you guys all the time. Let me know if I can help you in any way.

Crystal said...

Sorry...It was Patty who said her preacher spoke over the verses. Maybe I was still asleep when I wrote my comments!