October was one for the record books. Combine a retreat, a book release, two to three speaking engagements a week, an out-of-town wedding, and a three-day conference, and you have one tired chick. Add a week of radio fundraising (which means I’m up at 3am and going to bed at 10:30pm each night) and the nerves start to fray.
Oh, and I was also co-teaching a Bible study. That’s not my typical pace, by the way, but my husband and I decided we could do it for a month.
Then came the family emergency. Then the lymphoma scare with one child and the school issues with the other.
Yes, I was happy to say goodbye to October.
On the morning of the 31st, I poured my coffee and grabbed my breakfast as I always do and started to think about my 45 minute commute to work. I am working on memorizing the book of Ephesians, and that morning I would be practicing some of my favorite verses in all of Scripture.
Ephesians 3:16-19 – “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
It occurred to me, as I started my car and backed out of my driveway, that God knew I would be working on those verses that day – the very last day of a very bad month.
As I said goodbye to one season and ushered in a new one, God knew that I would be meditating on His love.
November is the season of Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas. As I made my way from Flower Mound to Arlington, I was empty – completely and utterly depleted. And the cry of God’s heart was this: (more…)