By the Spirit of God…

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The other day I was just so tired. I woke up that morning ready for anything. But by lunchtime all the negativity had taken its tole. I had a headache. It seemed that anything that could go wrong did go wrong. Have you ever had a day like that? A day where by the time you pick up the kids your having to muster up your smile, and how was your day?

When I had started my day I expected a blessing. I was joyful and maybe even humming on my way to work. What changed things? I think it was my mind-set but it started when I learned of a death of someone I had know my entire life. I forgot about the promise of what kind of day I would have because all I could think of was the sadness that this one family would be facing. Then it seemed everyone I came in contact with was like the grinch. I let the negativity of others drain me. I didn’t keep my mind at peace and I joined in on beign negative.

Just when I realized I still had to make dinner and I thought “I can’t-I just can’t today” there was a knock at the door. Honestly I thought “what did our dog do now?”. However, when I opened up the door it was a friend from church standing there with a pizza. Now I hadn’t talk to this person. She didn’t know what kind of day I was having but there she stood with a big bright smile. I tell you friends that pizza smelt like the best ever! I said, “what are you doing here sister?” as I tried to think if I had talked to anyone about my bad day. She said, “The Lord just told me to bring it so I did” and she turned around and left faster than I could say thank you!

Then it hit me. The strength I needed to finish home work with my kids, and fold those clothes it returned. It was like breath was breathed right back into me by that one-act of kindness. I felt God’s love. As I shut the door and turned the dead bolt I had tears streaming down my face but it was of joy because I was reminded once again how dependent I am on God. Also I was reminded of how faithful he is to me. Just like it says in Zachariah 4:6:

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

That word spirit is referring to “breath” in hebrew. It was not by my own might nor my own power, or by  even my friends might or power that I made it through that bad day. It is by the Spirit of the Lord. The one who is “breath” to us. If you’re struggling friend the Spirit of God will move in your life. It is hard to remember that especially on those bad days but be expectant and God will be faithful. You will begin to see things differently. You will begin to notice all the ways God’s breath flows right into our circumstance.

Prayer for Today:

God I know it is only by your Spirit that I can deal with this life. It is by your Spirit I am rescued from whatever terrible mess I find myself in and it is by your Spirit I am even rescued from the mundane. Please help me to see you in all I do. Please give me hope for today. Pave a way for whatever purpose you have for me. Lift me up so that I may in turn do the same of others. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

May you be blessed and encouraged.

Annette Burke

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