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Put On Spin Cycle

9/17/2007 / Christian Living

I haven't been this tired since I helped do a kid's camp in Belgium a few years ago. I'm behind on housework, behind on Emphasis On Moms work, behind on sleep.... well, pretty much behind on everything, actually!

Satan has put my family on spin cycle. You know what that is - right? You've been there... or maybe you're in one right now. It's where you are barely treading water. You are so busy, things keep coming up, your family is wiped out, things distract you from doing other things you feel need to be done, you're busy, busy, busy. I think I am the busiest I have been in at least a year.

And this morning I figured out why.

My husband just came back two weeks ago from a month-long missions trip in Africa. God spoke to my heart so very personally during that time. I had some very low moments - but also moments where the Lord really ministered to my heart. He taught me things and He showed me some things. I believe my husband also was impacted by the Lord in real stretching and profound ways in the past month.

Satan has kept us busy and distracted in the past two weeks since his return - so that we will not dwell on what personal messages God showed our hearts. So that time will maybe, help us forget what we vowed to change or grow because of those lessons. Satan's so good at that, isn't he? I mean - how many of us are busy? If he can't get us in other areas of our life, then he will pull an old trick out of his bag; one that has worked so well for him. He will put us on spin-cycle and get us so busy that we can't function very well for the Lord - let alone, think straight.

God has been my saving grace. I was thinking this morning as I was blaring some of my Christian music in my car - how He has come to me amidst all the noise. He has held on to my heart and He has quieted my soul even through the tossing and racket that has been going on in my life. What a great God He is! He KNOWS that I am striving so hard to funnel through life's busyness to get to Him, to serve Him, to be quiet with Him, and to know Him more. He knows all my heart desires right now is some simpler moments and quieter times to be refreshed and restored so that I can be at my best for whatever and however He chooses to use me.

I'm so thankful, blessed, and humbled that God hasn't let me get lost in the spin-cycle that Satan has thrown my way. Oh - I'm tired, but I haven't gotten lost in the storm that has swept our way. And now that I'm aware of why things have been so crazy, I think I can be more bold in my prayers and allow God to truly help me weed through it all.

We don't have to get overwhelmed and lost in the busyness of life. We don't have to let ourselves be tossed and turned so much that we don't know which way is up anymore. All we need to do is call out - and God can meet us where we are. For me today, that place was in my car through some praise music. He quieted the storm in my heart, He spoke clearly to me, and He wrapped His arms of love around me. And I needed that SO much!

Do you need His strength for today? Let Him give you the energy you need to make it through the day. Don't let Satan distract you from being all you can be for the Lord.

~ Dionna Sanchez desires to grow closer to the Lord each day. She is learning to simplify and prioritize her life. You can view her journey through words at:

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