Tuesday, June 21

A prayer for busy times

It's full-fledged summertime now. I was looking forward to it. I thought it would be a time of slow, lazy days--just what I needed after the craziness of May.

But the slow, lazy days haven't materialized. Of course, some of the craziness of this season has been good activity--a family wedding, a trip to see my family in Tennessee and Mississippi, a trip to Washington with my husband for a charity gala, family birthdays, and more. Lots and lots of fun events crammed into a few weeks.

On top of that, I've had days of caring for my crazy dog who somehow got into a container of ibuprofen with a childproof lid, eating heaven knows how many pills before my son discovered the evidence. Nothing like taking a dog to the animal emergency room in the middle of the night to get your summer started right!

And this week our water heater went kaput. No warning, just all of a sudden no hot water. A visit from the plumber confirmed that there was no repairing to be done; replacement was the only option.

Mercy. I feel like I need a cold drink and a hot bath.

But as busy as the days can be, I am heartened to remember that I am not alone. My heavenly father knows everything that is going on, and He loves me through them all. On days when it seems that my hours are consumed with thankless tasks, I know that all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

Perhaps you, too, could benefit from this little reminder, words inscribed on altar found in the Hebrides:

Even though the day be laden,
And my path dreary,
And my strength small,
A song keeps singing in my heart:
For I know that I am Thine;
I am part of Thee;
Thou art kin to me,
And all my times, all my times are in Thy hands.

Soul encouragement for busy days

I've found myself singing this over and over to myself; perhaps you'd like to join me.  Thank God for His nearness!


  1. Beautiful post, Richella. Last week, I had one of those weeks. We had to have our roof replaced, due to a recent hail storm. The roofers somehow managed to puncture not one, but both air conditioning lines, for upstairs and downstairs. We had three days of no A/C, on the hottest days of the year. Then, looking at the windows and fence that still need to be replaced, it just all seemed a bit much. Thanks for this reminder!

  2. We all have times like this, don't we? Thank you for sharing Richella. You always make my day brighter :) God bless you and I hope things start settling down for you and your family!

  3. Thank you Richella, this is life and thankfully we have our Father to keep us steady. We know these days come & go and through Him we will find Peace.


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