I woke up this morning with such joy. Why? Because it is Friday!
Friday is great for all sorts of reasons. It’s the end of a work week and we get a little reprieve.
My husband and I spend our weekends together, so the weekend means best friend time for me. The weekend used to be more of our family time but being empty nesters has turned our weekend nights into date nights where we enjoy talking for hours and spending time with close friends.
The weekend also brings church. Fellowship among church members is threatened with our busy lives. With advanced technology, we can fall into the trap of thinking a broadcast or podcast will suffice. (Oh it is great and perfect at times- but beware, we miss so much of what church is designed to be when we nourish our faith alone.) It isn’t just the church service that does us so much good. It the community of believers coming together that I love. This is where we see the needs of others, pray as one, spur each other on and so much more. Our church is known for belting out the tunes and this music can truly feed my soul. We often drop the instruments for our last chorus hearing our voices unite and man that can be moving. It must please God beyond measure to see and hear us all united, singing His praises as one.
And on the weekend we rest, a little rest is so good. The understanding of the Sabbath is setting into my soul a bit more as I get older or closer to God. It isn’t just to rest. It is also to reflect and acknowledge. (He looked back on what He’d created and said, ‘It is good’.) I have to be mindful of this. Especially after feeling so driven to do God’s work and knowing I am on His path. When I accomplish a new challenge, I think ‘great’ for a millisecond but then I am quickly heading toward the next doorway I feel is put before me. I could work for days- day and night. But at what cost?
I need to refuel. It is easy for me to not recognize the little wins. I have never been good at this but it is important. Not for pride, but to see how God has worked in our life and to give him the Glory. If we do not slow down enough to reflect we will not be able to even recognize God’s hand in our lives. It can be very vital to our spiritual maturity and our deepening faith. As we give God the credit he so deserves we own His place in our life. As we own this presence, we work His call, and see the goodness that comes of it- He gives yet more (story of the talents). More talent to do that work, more energy to carry it out, more faith to push through when doubt would be the norm, and a wider reach for spreading – giving – loving – sharing.
It’s okay to celebrate a hard week of GOOD OLD GOD INSPIRED WORK-WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE-AND WITH JOY AND GLORY TO GOD!
Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun–all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:9
Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Faith Infused Living… Reaching Goals Higher!
Niccie Kliegl CLC, RN
Author of Awaking the Living Legacy
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