I'm sure many things have contributed to this, one of the main things being that our kitchen is going "under destruction," tomorrow, as Amaleah likes to call it. So my pantry is in my living room, and don't ask me where everything else is (I'm not sure myself). Of course, I could have gone to bed earlier last night, and therefore may have been alert enough to hear my alarm this morning.
But if I'm true to the truth, mostly I think it was the lack of being in God's Word. Seriously, I have felt myself falling back on my own strength for things today, things like parenting with a gentle and kind spirit. I felt myself literally having to pull those somewhat kind and slightly gently words out of the depths of my soul when I was speaking to one of my children about something this morning. And it dawned on me how much I have grown to depend on the Lord for the details of my life, and how when I abandon His Word I truly can feel it (although, truth be known, He definitely has not abandoned me, whatsoever).
A little devotional for you, from a verse that was mentioned to me by my dear sister in law...
"...walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with
joy; giving thanks to the Father..."
(Colossians 1: 10-12a)
So...what this means for you and me, simplified:
1) grow in Him (read the Word--don't give up on it)
2) KNOW that you as a believer in Christ are filled with His glorious power (the Holy Spirit!)...awesome.
3) that power is strong enough to give you patience (to face the circumstances) and longsuffering (with people) and joy (through it all).
4) Be thankful....period.