My Primary Blogging Thought

February 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm 4 comments

My primary thought lately when I sit to blog is “I am exhausted.” Seems hardly worthy sharing on a daily basis.

I heard this self-thought countless times through last week, as I’m sure most locals did.

I am hearing it less often this week:  I’ve taken it slow.  I’ve taken a good, hot, bath.  I haven’t had time for tea.

I’m trying to think of thankful thoughts, and of the Lord, and mainly verses meditated on that are now committed to memory as a result, and boy!  Am I every thankful for those verses lofting in my head in these times!

But, mainly it’s about finding order, fixing roofs, helping others still clean up huge limb messes, and grabbing whatever R&R you can grab in between responsibilities, enjoying every available moment for a taste of “normal” you can find.   There is a grace in it, but priorities and balance have to reign or you are easily cranky and annoying.

I’ve stayed away from cranky overall, but easily get cranky right now.

It’s just a lot of work, and everyone is tired, but we keep on keeping on.  We need to “encourage one another daily” or it probably ain’t gonna work…none of it.  We are all covering for others who can’t be there, are dealing with there own leaks, breaks, and emergencies, all so tired of the word “storm”.  I suppose we are trying to pretend, or be encouraged that it’s all over since most of us have power.  But, the reality is…people I know don’t have it yet.  I saw a woman at Upward who was using her cistern, which she was thankful to have, and still has no power.

Most of us are covering for multiple people out of place,  dealing with tired people, demands that feel too much for anyone.   Many of us are cranky with some of it, underneath an also very real thankfulness.

I was praying about this last week and I said, “Lord, we have already BEEN strong.  We’ve proven ourselves.  Come on!  Another hit?”

His reply, “Be stonger.  I need you strong-ER.”

At first, it seemed harsh, and then I recall times saying the same sorts of words to my own children when times called for just “more” from them.  And so…we keep on.

So, I encourage us to be stronger.  I encourage us to “encourage one another”, even when we’ve given all we can give just to get where we need to be.  I encourage us to go the distance, to keep giving more, doing more, and to “not grow weary in doing good, for you will reap a harvest at the proper time if you do not give up.”  (New Testament, Holy Bible– if you need the reference.)

I’m getting rested, but still feeling exhausted deep down…not sure when that feeling will every go away, in spite of inspiring stories I love to hear, ones that lift my spirits.   Certainly, there are those who deserve the feeling much more than me, and certainly we are blessed.  We are recovering.  We have recovered, to large degree…we even appreciated and enjoyed parts of “the Ice Storm of the Century”.

Yet, e are a tired people; I dare say, not too tired to handle whatever we need to face, but understandably tired.  I’m not sure how you continue to blog when “recovery” is pretty much all that is STILL going on.  I have inspiring moments, but those seem meant for me right now as a person rather than to share by blogging, apologies there.  I’m “treasuring and pondering these things in my heart.” much as Mary did, I suppose.  Whether I’m too tired, the moments are too raw, or I feel the issue must seem old…perhaps a combination of them all.  In any case, God is good, all the time…all the time, God is good.  This I know.

Take special care…everyone.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cousin Misty  |  February 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    My daddy would be pround of you–He always encouraged me to “keep on keepin-on!” I’m praying that you will be blessed with some wonderful rest this week.

  • 2. MizB  |  February 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Magnanimity — it may seem like all your blog posts are “just for you” because of what you’re dealing with, but trust me when I say that God is using it!

    In fact, quite a few times –since I started reading your blog again, recently– I’ve read one of your posts about the insights you’ve discovered through these trials you’re going through, and they’ve spoken to where I’m at, too! God is speaking to me through what you’re writing!

    So, keep it up! It’s not in vain! 😉 And, know that I’m praying for you, and all those others that are going through the same stuff. {{HUGS}}


  • 3. Kevin Leggett  |  February 18, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I have to admit that I have enjoyed your struggles. Not in the sense that you had to endure them, but in the sense that you were able to capture your family and many others coming together to minister to those around you when you were all in a time of need. It has most definitely been a beautiful picture of what the Church is supposed to be. Thank you for sharing through all this.

  • 4. Maggie  |  February 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Ya know what? I think the enduring fatigue is the real knowledge of how fragile everything really is that we feel holds us all together. I mean, it’s just this realization on the forefront of our minds all the time now…this sense of what is really eternal, what really needs to be done, what really needs priority. That sense of urgency and calling we should probably carry with us all that time. It’s probably been a good thing, overall…thanks for the comment!

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MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



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