"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Taking time for ourselves is difficult to do, especially as Caregivers, when the schedules get hectic and the weather starts to change......... How do you make sure to have time for you? Do you make sure you have time daily with God? Are you getting time to STOP and listen for what God is saying to you? As we are continuing to give out, to help others, to do our jobs AND to take care of "our people" it is important to remember God's strength in and through us.
How do we do this? How do we make sure to get time for ourselves? One thing is certain - each of us has to work it our for ourselves. Each of us also needs to support how others find, and do, each of these things. Some of us make sure to have some time with God AT LEAST first thing in the morning and try to get another time in - usually at bed time. I know this is how I do God time each day - first thing in the morning and last thing before I turn out the light. I know on SOME days I also get "extra" God time in.
And, there are times, like now, that I can actually "get away" from the "caregiving" I am doing right now "only" caring for 3 small churches. When I was the primary caregiver for our Dad he and I would take vacations so I "only" had Dad to take care of instead of Dad and up to 4 small churches. The time "away" gave a break in the responsibilities, yes, but it also gave more time to be able to stop and listen for what God was saying to ME.
So..... Yes, we can celebrate God with us - Emmanuel. Because God keeps God's promises. We are told "God goes with you; he will never leaveyou nor forsake you." Even when we are "too busy" to stop and listen God IS with us. Taking time to s-t-o-p, listen for God AND re-create as God is directing is also important. Something to think about........
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