Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.—Psalm 37:24 (ESV)
Renewing Your Strength
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.—ISAIAH 40:29–31 NIV
Judy cares tirelessly for a daughter with special needs, and she treasures her rare breaks.
Unfortunately, by the time a much-needed day off arrives, Judy is too exhausted to do anything meaningful. She often finds herself in front of the television, snacking on unhealthy foods, and feeling guilty that she isn’t doing something more productive. The next morning, she’s back to caring for her daughter—and feeling more exhausted than ever.
For us as caregivers, many of the things we do each day are determined by the needs of the people we care for. We often feel that we don’t have much say as to how we spend our time. But when we get a much-deserved break, how do we spend it? Watching television? Obsessing over problems that are beyond our control? Complaining?
Yet some things—taking a walk, meeting a friend for coffee, browsing in a bookstore, or spending time in prayer—can be lifegiving, energizing activities.
Make a list today—what gives you life? What recharges your batteries? Keep your list handy and refer to it when you have a few moments to yourself. Invest your time wisely, and God will use these things to renew your strength.
Lord, I confess that even when I have a choice, I often use my time doing things that drain me. Help me to make wise choices about how I invest my precious time and energy. Please give me life.
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