We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and looked forward to Christmas. However, sometime between the two celebrations, I began to feel spiritually drained. I was lacking joy and enthusiasm, so I looked up all the scriptures on joy, quoting many of them during the day – verses like “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” I was even planning to share many of the scriptures with you for the month of January, but I was not getting what I needed. Something was wrong.
Finally, I realized there were two things that I needed to do.
First I had let busyness interfere with my time with the Lord. I was not being still and listening to what the Lord wanted to say to me. All of my time with the Lord cannot be spent telling Him all my needs or the needs of others. He knows our needs before we speak them anyway. My focus needs to be on being in His presence and being still and listening to Him and obeying what He says. Why is it so hard to set aside an hour a day or even 20 minutes to be still?
The second lesson is one that I had dealt with a number of years ago when we were getting ready to start the radio ministry. There had been a lot of physical labor to prepare the building that was to house the sound room and the office for the radio ministry. When it was time to go on the air, I felt drained and depleted. I share this story in my book The Shepherd and the Sheep. In Psalm 23:3a it says, “He restores my soul . . .”
Just because we have learned a lesson once, does not mean we will not have to learn it again. Since neither of these depleted times were the Lord’s fault, my tendency is to try to fix the problem myself. It seems reasonable that if I am the problem, then I should fix the problem. But all my efforts will amount to nothing. All I need to do is ask Him to restore my soul and then the joy returns and the desire to spend time in His presence becomes central in my life.
“One handful of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.” Ecc. 4:6
“But you, when you pray, GO INTO YOUR INNER ROOM, AND WHEN YOU HAVE SHUT THE DOOR, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Matt. 6:6
“You called in trouble, and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder . . .” Ps. 81:7
“And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” Ps. 50:15
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; and I will rescue him and honor him.” Ps.91:15
As we look forward to a new year, let us put the Lord first in our lives.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” Phil. 4:4-8
“This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps. 118:24
“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
So, if you feel spiritually drained, ask Him to restore your soul. Be willing to spend quiet time with Him, listening to what He has to say to you. Set aside your busy schedule and be still.
Praise and Prayer
A Woman’s Special Touch
was chosen as the program of the month by Wilkins Radio Network for the month of December. What a nice surprise and a blessing.
We are receiving a lot of requests for the booklet What Time is It? written by Patsy Oda. Young people as well as older people are expressing their appreciation for the concise information about the times we are living in. The booklet is just $2 and is great to have on hand to share with others.
Please continue to pray that the program will touch people’s lives and lead them to Christ. We have wonderful testimonies of how Jesus has changed individual lives - every story is different.
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