This week, I’m back to exercising with weights twice a week and at least a twenty minute work out that makes me sweat! It’s felt great to push through the obstacles that have hindered me recently. Honestly, I hadn’t been putting my heart into it over the last few months, my goal had been just to get something done before getting to the breakfast table with the kids. It’s good to feel sore muscles again. I enjoy feeling and seeing the results of energy that I’ve spent, paying off and noticing my endurance, flexibility, and strength increasing again.

A friend and I were walking a few weeks ago and we discussed the increasing responsibilities that we have been praying for and welcoming into our lives in recent days. It’s funny how when I had only one child, my life was  full of the day to day responsibilities of being home full-time. Then added unto me was, another child, a larger home, two more children, ministry opportunities, home schooling, leadership, moving, one more child, more land, house remodeling, friendships, writing, adoption pursuits, and then the blessing of two more children. Each day, week, month, and year has brought stretching, sweat, tears, surrender, satisfaction, and joy–all along the way. One new God given responsibility enabling me for the next undertaking as it swiftly comes around the bend..

When the responsibilities have gotten too heavy for me to lift-–Jesus has reminded me that He is my Spotter and He is with me, allowing only what I can handle with His help. With each season of stretching, I am able to see how strong and faithful He really is and how in need of Him I am! Apart from Him and His help, I have found that I can do nothing. His strength continues to awe me. He isn’t ever tapped out, left empty, overextended, and never turns anyone in need away. He has modeled for me perfect selfless giving and then has modeled the taking of moments to retreat and rest. The reality is that my endurance is limited and His endurance is eternal. That’s why I continue to choose to put my hope in Him alone…

“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31