Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 ESV)
Our move to Sedona, Arizona required more energy than I thought, because within 6 weeks of our arrival, Scott had a serious fall. When he came home from the Rehab Center six weeks later, I found myself in a whirlwind of sorts. Caregiving, doctor appointments, visiting health care providers, putting our home in order, walking our dog twice daily, meals, grocery shopping, and laundry.
In addition, I hosted our weekly Bible study home group, and attended a writers’ group on Thursday, my weekly day away from home. I was ecstatic! Filled with wonder over the current and exhilarating pace of this new life, I embraced it while continuing my blogs posts, daily Bible verse posts on social media, and newsletters.
Although Sedona is the most peaceful and charming place I’ve ever lived, shortly after my October 20th blog post, the Holy Spirit began to cut back the very thorns of self-accomplishment I was most proud of. For several days I re-evaluated how I was spending my time, and concluded I wasn’t spending nearly enough time with my beloved Father nor my beloved husband.
A new perspective on my husband’s age, health, and hearing loss developed. I began to spend more time with him, even though we talked sporadically due his near deafness. We sat outside and read books, watched movies on television, and walked the dog together for long distances. During that initial break-through I found exhaustion creeping into my spirit, mind, and body.
Even now I am sleeping more than normal, taking shortcuts on meal preparation, and forcing myself to relax. I know that God has certain activities in mind for me. However, other than a new book which I plan to develop with a friend in Colorado, new opportunities await his.
One morning in the future I will wake up with a renewed fire in my belly and return to sharing what it means to be a follower of Jesus. I pray God’s blessings on you and your family in the coming year and ask that you pray daily for global peace.