Approaching Resurrection Sunday meant multiple weekly rehearsals for my children as they prepared to serve on their various ministries. There was shopping to be done along with our daily household, school, and work duties for the family. The burden of my constant stream of “yeses” weighed on me.
The night of Monday, March 21st, on my daughter’s sixteenth birthday, I sat in my home office, thinking of what lay ahead of me. We had just come off a celebratory weekend, and the rush was starting again. I had just created and uploaded six articles for the other company, I needed five for my blog, two for LiyahAmore, eight for Amore Speaks, the other writing project, and I needed to market my own books.
As the anxiety began to creep up on me, Philippians 4:13 popped into my head. A smile came over my face, and my shoulders began to lower from being hunched around my ears. I swiveled my chair around and reached for my Bible on to my left. My heart beat rapidly as my eyes landed on the highlighted Scripture: “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
My thoughts turned towards my husband and children, who had patiently sacrificed much time with me. They are my support system, and no matter what, they always come through for me. I realize they often sacrifice time for me when I take on a writing expedition. Yet, they’re always waiting in the wings patiently for me to return to them. It occurred to me as I prepared to embark on an encounter to turn my writing in a new direction and to continue strengthening my platform that I needed to create balance for them and my relationship with the Lord.
That’s what Philippians 4:13 meant to me. He is always several steps ahead of us, planning and preparing the way. Where I felt overwhelmed with the tasks in front of me, He was sending reassurance that I was going to be okay. He’s got me covered, because I’m His princess. I’m a daughter of the King of Kings. I am on the right track. I simply need to put Him first in all things, then my family, and everything else is guaranteed to fall into place.
I went back to my husband and he inquired on my progress with all of my projects. After I updated him, as is typical of him, he smiles and says, “Girl, you got this. Take a moment to breathe.” That’s what I did. He went into Papa mode and began focusing everything around me to assist me in completing my tasks. Each afternoon when I returned from work, he would ask how I was coming along with the writing project and my blog posts. He made sure I had opportunity to focus and complete my tasks.
My children would find their way to me wherever I was working. Whether it was in the bedroom, my office, the living room, or kitchen, they would come and share stories about their day and other anecdotes. All the while, they patiently watched me work. Here and there I would look up and respond to their questions or ask a question about something they said. It was in that moment I realized that although I’m swamped with projects, I don’t have to be absent from them. I won’t take for granted the time I have to spend with them. I can work and be present in that very moment with my husband and kids. Because I truly can do all things through Christ because He strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
(It keeps getting better! Read more of Chelle’s story in the following article, “Moving into the Gift.”)
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