I was up late last night, as usual, (so was Todd) working, cleaning, and crossing off the to-do list, and this blog title just kept playing in my head. For the past couple of weeks, I don’t know how many times I’ve thought, “With enough coffee, I can get this, this, and this done. I can stay up late. I can wake up super early. It will be fine! With enough coffee.” I’ve had to check myself, and I wanted to share my thoughts.
Do NOT get me wrong. Coffee and I still have a great relationship. We are BFF and most likely always will be. I know I should say it’s water, but really, my favorite drink is coffee. Having a grande Starbucks drink in my hand is one of my most favorite things. My mom and I had a conversation recently about how sometimes we get excited to go to sleep because that means the morning is coming, and morning = coffee, always.
But here’s the thing. Coffee may be my temporary physical energizer, but Jesus has brought true strength, peace, and grace to my life. I tend to forget that. I rely on my own self and my own strength, even though I have Jesus. Of course I still have a to-do list, and always will, but I also have Jesus. And if I let Him, His Spirit will give me wisdom to make the right decisions and commitments. He will also give my soul rest and a renewed spirit. Those things are ten times stronger than any coffee or espresso I can brew.
Psalm 62:1-2 says, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
I just needed to share my heart on this. I’ve had to say no to several baking jobs lately, and it has been a struggle. It breaks my heart to say no. But I am a wife, and a mom, and a volunteer, and a business owner, and a home owner, and and and. Can’t most women relate? When we list out our titles in life, we can become easily overwhelmed and flooded with responsibility. We simply cannot say yes to everything.
But, WITH JESUS, we can handle this life. I can handle the other titles better if “Daughter of the Lord” is my main title. I can handle this life if I don’t solely rely on my own strength, but rest in His. Coffee is still my BFF, but the Lord is my Savior, my Prince of Peace, my Guide. I hope this is as encouraging to someone else today, as it is to me!
Just in case you might feel guilty or get the wrong idea, I’m drinking coffee as I edit this post. 😉
Side note: Coffee is certainly not my only physical help on long days. Without Todd, my mom, friends who text encouraging words, and detailed to-do lists I’d be lost!