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Here's a little encouragement from my ancient pal Isaiah
Posted by Barbara Smith (BWSmith)
This message was originally posted on
Christian Homeschool Fellowship on the Web

Here's a little encouragement -- and a cyber hug from my ancient pal Isaiah: (Isa 40:27-31) "Your way is not hidden from the Lord! It is the enemy who is telling you how tough things are -- and there is just enough truth in what he says to tickle your ears -- (I KNOW from personal experience, my friend, I KNOW!)
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable. -- [and He's up all night (see Ps 121) so give it all over -- and quit trying to do anything -- you are now on vacation --so no chores for a few days except what is necessary to keep your sanity.]
"He gives strength to the weary, and to you who lacks might He increases power. Especially also to women who are weary caring for HIS little ones.
"Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young [women]stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

Three boys are a challenge -- but here's the praise: you *do* know where they are when they underfoot -- and you still have plenty of time to get them shaped up, God willing, before they ship out. These ARE tough days and I pray soon God shows you how HE will meet your needs for fellowship and quiet time. And I pray that God gives your busy boys quiet spirits so you can have some time for yourself, even if you can't take off just now.

Christians GET TIRED -- our Lord got tired -- and He managed to get away for prayer and that's what I really want for you -- Susannah Wesley raised 19 children -- and her husband wasn't always there -- or well-liked -- and she could only escape at times by throwing her apron over her head -- and the kids didn't bother her. I pray that God shows you how to train your trio to cease and desist for a few moments of restorative time.

Sleep -- eat and take care of your soul with the Lord -- Depression can overtake tired women and wreck our equilibrium.
I know it is what the Lord has called me to. ) SO when you come to dh, have a specific something in mind that is within his area of expertise -- again PRAY it through first.

God bless you -- and I prayer you feel your Savior's touch ASAP!

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