Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Subject of Difficulty - Part II

Yesterday I quoted Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest on the Discipline of Difficulty. Yesterday was one of my days at home with the little kiddoes. I don't mean to infer that they are "difficulty," but last evening I was unusually tired from my day of grandmothering. Part of it, I deduced, was because of a change in the weather - I used to notice when I was teaching school that when there was a drastic change, the kids went berserk. (By the way, we got some relief from the heat, which helped immensely). At the library story time yesterday, most of the kids were figuratively climbing the walls (mine were unusually docile by this time). The poor story lady! But this all went together to kind of take the stuffing out of me.

I decided to ditch choir practice last night and be lazy at home. That's when I reread my post - the part that says "If you spend yourself out physically, you become exhausted; but spend yourself spiritually, and you get more strength." I know that I always feel better after choir practice, no matter how tired I am. So I went.

I'm glad I did. We sang one of the songs that has always blessed me when we do it. Here it is:

Just Stand
Regi Stone and Michael Popham
Weeping only lasts a night. How long will this night be?
In the shadow of your burdens, it's hard for you to see.
Though the trials you may face may bring you to your knees,
There's no better place for you to be
Than at the end of your abilities.
When you've done all you can to stand, stand on Him!
Though all the world around is sinking sand;
When it seems that you just can't go on, in your weakness, HE'LL BE STRONG!
When you feel like you've done everything you can, JUST STAND.
If it seems there's one more mountain, one more war to fight.
One more time you feel forsaken, and there's no hope in sight;
Remember where He's brought you from and what He's brought you through.
There's nothing that's too hard for God to do.
For through it all He's always seen you through.
Stand upon His promises, stand upon His Word.
Every step He takes with you, every prayer He heard.
When you've done all you can, just stand on Him.
Though all the world around is sinking sand;
When it seems that you just can't go on, in your weakness, HE'LL BE STRONG!
When you feel like you've done everything you can,
When you feel that you have finally reached the end,
When you're feeling all alone, JUST STAND on his Word.


kpjara said...

Sounds like the prompting and urging you felt paid off big-time!

Love those lyrics...I don't think I've ever heard that song?

Nikkie said...

I'm glad that you fought the urge to be lazy and went! It sounds very uplifting!

Maine Mom said...

I had a rough day with my kids on Monday...some days are just like that, and I do think the weather plays a role.
I like that quote that motivated you to go to choir practice. It is true!

Sherry said...

Seems like He puts those things we need to read in front of our face at just the right time.

MugwumpMom said...

Great lyrics. Glad going turned out for the good. Hope you're rested now, or at least getting there!


Grafted Branch said...

There's just something about singing unto the Lord that refreshes the tiredest of souls.

Children are a blessing and a reward, for sure. But let's be honest -- they need only be breathing in the same room as you to suck all the energy out of it! lol. It's what makes them wonderful -- they're so full of life (their life, your life, his life, her life, etc., etc.)

I love my children like crazy but I somedays I start asking myself, "is it bedtime yet," at 4...or 2. ;)

Yellow Mama said...

Thank you so very much for posting the words to that song. I too have felt exhausted and spent. Just this morning I was thinking about quitting worship team, the women's Bible study I teach and the 5th and 6th grade class I teach. I was ready to walk, but I am so thankful for the presence of the Holy Spirit who infused me in a time of weakness and fatigue to tell me I'm not to quit. I desperately need rest and a time to study and be with Him. Thank you for your words, they ministered to me this morning.

Interestingly enought...three weeks ago, Our Women's Bible Study group finished a study in the book of Job!

Diane said...

Hi, Dawn, just dropping in to visit. I'm trying to catch up on what I missed while I was gone. :-)

I needed this, too. We're electing teachers and officers for the new church year and I'm praying about several positions I've been asked to serve in. Thanks for the perspective. :-)

onetallmomma said...

Sometimes when we are worn out and don't feel like doing anything we find blessings in picking ourselves up and doing anyway.

Praying for your Prodigal said...

STANDING with you my dear blogging friend! Thanks for the great lyrics to a GREAT song!


Wystful1 said...

That is a wonderful blog post.

Sorry, it's been a while since I visited last, but I wanted to come by and answer your question you left in my comments a while back.

When we lived in Colorado, it was north of Denver. My hubby was born in Colorado.

Happy weekend.