Anyone who has been following my posts for the past few days knows that I am totally wiped out lately! It’s to a point where today, I’m not even exaggerating, I have been falling asleep every time I sit down. While I was driving back and forth across town for appointments, picking up kids, and even during sports practice, I found myself dozing off. During my prayer/journal time, I fell asleep. And as I sit here typing this, I am yawning and feeling like I have no idea where I am going to find the energy to finish it. Not only do I need to get this daily post done but I set a goal for this week to get some blogs written for the regular weekly blog so I can schedule them to publish at later dates. Well, guess how much I’ve done… zero! With the week being halfway over already, I am feeling pretty discouraged. My mind is overwhelmed, my thoughts are weak, my energy is drained, and I am honestly feeling totally HINDERED today! Isn’t it so typical of the enemy to attack in every way possible once you commit your works to the Lord? In my many years of walking as a follower of Christ, I have found that when I stand firm in my faith and refuse to let the enemy win in my relationships and circumstances, he targets my mind and body. But even as exhausted as I am, the Lord’s strength is still keeping me going and obedient to giving you all some encouragement for the day. I love the book of Isaiah as a lot of my favorite promises from God are within the context of the book. In chapter 40 verse 29 it says He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. I find that simple sentence to be so uplifting in my weariest of moments. It goes even further in verse 30 saying that even the youth grow tired, and young men stumble and fall. (Thank goodness it’s not just us “older” people right? Lol) Jokes aside, I think this is the author’s way of letting us know that we are not alone in our weary moments. We all get tired and we all stumble and fall sometimes. But that’s okay because the Lord intervenes when we put our hope in him... In verse 31 the word says but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. I love this! It doesn’t say maybe they will renew their strength, maybe they will soar, maybe they will run or walk without growing tired. This is a promise! A promise that when we put our hope in God, HE WILL renew our strength and HE WILL increase our power. This blog itself is a testament to this promise. For the past few days, I have sat down to write a post, completely exhausted, with no prior thoughts about what I am going to say. I just hop on the computer, put my hope in the Lord, and he delivers a message meant just for you (and for me)! It amazes me every time! This is what living with unhindered faith looks like: Staring at a blank page with no clue where to start but knowing that God is going to give you something to say because you're putting your hope in his promises. Then 600 words later you look back at the page that is now filled with content (and grammar/punctuation error notations, haha) and almost to completion but now you also have a whole different point of view than when you first started. I went from discouraged to encouraged in a matter of minutes because I put my hope in the Lord. Now I'm looking at the once blank page knowing, it's not perfect and it wasn't easy getting it done but… the spirit of God totally made that happen jsut now! This kind of faith is what our life should always look like don’t you think? In all that we do, we just do unto the Lord without worry. Even when we feel we have no strength or energy left to go on at all, he gives us just the right amount that we need to push past the weariness. So, when you're weary, put your hope in The One who renews your strength! Stay blessed and unhindered!