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5:45 this morning, I received a wonderful text message from my boss that said, “Enjoy the snow day!”  I turned my alarm off and rolled over, elated at the prospect of an entire day at home to relax and recuperate.  Fast forward 30 seconds and I was already plotting my “To-Do” list in my head of all the things that needed to get done.  I see snow days as a gifted 8 hours, but how quickly I manged to completely fill up the day.

Yes, I have actual work for my job that needs to be done; yes, my house needs some tidying up; and yes, there are bills, taxes, and thank you notes to think about, but whatever happened building a snow man, drinking hot chocolate, and sitting by the fire?  What happened to slowing down and being rather than only doing?

I guess I still have some more to learn.  It’s hard to balance the need and desire to be still with the daily demands each morning brings.  I want so badly to be still and soak up all that Jesus has to offer, but I also want to be diligent with the responsibilities I have and stay on top of the ever growing “To-Do” list.  I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive, but let’s just say I have a hard time finding a healthy balance.  

Thankfully, with each new day comes a God whose mercies are new every morning.

Great is his faithfulness;
      his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:23 (NLT)

Thankfully, as I try, fail, stumble, and try again to figure out how to live life in a balanced, meaningful way, I’m not alone. 

Fear not, for I am with you; 
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you,
      Yes, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

 
 Thankfully, each day, God is my portion and is more than able to satiate my hunger and weakness with His daily bread. 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26 (NIV)
Lord, “give us today our daily bread.”  (Matthew 6:11)

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