January 13, 2004

What a full night of sleep will do...

Eli slept all night again! Yay for me!! After a terribly long and tiring day yesterday, I died when my head hit the pillow. It's amazing what stress and tension will do to your body. This morning I feel "fresh". I am confident that today will be better, that I am going to actually get something done today.

Living in this world can be the same way. Little by little, things creep into our lives if we're not careful. The bible says that the devil is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. We must be adorned in the full armor of Christ daily.

If we submit ourselves to God, and resist the devil, he must flee! No "if", "and," or "but" about it. Simple as that. But the first key is submitting ourselves to God. How can we resist the devil if we are not first grounding in Christ? That would be like trying to sew a shirt, with no thread on the sewing machine! It just won't work.

Give it all to Jesus-all the hurt, pain, frustration, weariness, disappointment, self-loathing, sadness. Give to the Lord whatever it is that weighs you down each day. Let Him do what He wants to with it. If we allow oppressive forces to remain as nooses around our necks, we will only succeed in slowly dying spiritually.

"For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne." - Matthew 11:30 (Amplified version)

Joining ourselves to the Lord is not drudgery. It's easy, prosperous, and pleasurable. His burden is the only burden that will never bring tears of saddness and sorrow to our lives.