Saturday, September 14, 2013

Weekend Wardrobe





I’m getting ready to go sit at the feet of Beth Moore in a wee little bit—she and her worship team are in Charleston for the day. My fellas are still sleeping and the morning light is slow to fall. Autumn arrived yesterday, on the winds of a rainstorm. But I’m still wearing open-toed shoes, because they’re cute and I’m not quite ready to bid summer adieu. 

I will leave the Beth Moore conference early to drive back here to the valley and work the concession stand for a band competition that our high school is hosting. I have my apron and sensible shoes in the van, ready to change identities from ministry woman to band mom. If you’re in the neighborhood and hankerin’ for a snow cone, I can fix you up. Tomorrow, I’m preaching at the home church and the sermon is not quite ready. Who knows what time the bands will wind down, who knows what time we’ll get to sleep tonight.

Life has been like this lately. We rush from one thing to the next, a flurry of hurry and do. Yesterday, I worked in my pajamas all day—completing another rough chapter in this book I’m working on—in-between some editing and managing of other writers. My mother-in-law stopped by late-morning to return something the boys left at her house last weekend. We sat at the kitchen table and the world felt so big on my shoulders. But sharing it with her edged the burden ever so lightly. Just think if I opened my hands completely. This is what I try to do this morning when I wake up at 4 a.m. yet again. I pray in the dark and let the answers to the big questions soothe the anxiety.

Maybe you know what I’m talking about here. Maybe you carry your apron and sensible shoes in the car too. Maybe the many roles you play are starting to feel like split personalities. Maybe you feel like you’re beginning to come apart at those seams. Here is a word I’m holding on to today and I hope it helps you too:

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Col. 1:17)

Hold on to that, Beloved. And I will too. 

Now I must go take the dog out. Have a beautiful weekend.

11 comments:

Patricia W Hunter said...

Praying that as you sit at Beth's feet that the love and grace of our great God will fill you to overflowing - that in His strength you will tie on that apron and serve, that with His words you will speak the gospel to the church in the morning, that in the power of the Cross you will be held together and recharged for all He has called you to. To God be the glory! xox

Shelly Miller said...

Praying for you to be filled up today Laura as you sit and let Beth's words seep into your weary. Asking Him to redeem your time and give you the words He knows you'll need to speak tomorrow morning, as you go about your business bringing life and love to those around you. Can't wait to sit with you and let go of all the busyness and hopefully laugh hard in a few weeks. Sending love and hugs.

Sharon O said...

such wonderful encouragement after a busy week. May you find energy and strength to do all that needs to be done and I am sure you will bless many in the process.

SimplyDarlene said...

I don't have open-toe shoes so you are gonna have to keep rockin' yours for both of us, okay?


Have a most God-grande weekend, miss L.


Blessings.

amyscanderson said...

We were supposed to go to a simulcast of the Beth Moore conference today, but we needed to be in and out at my parents helping with the move instead. Still, I stopped by here and feel I'm there a wee bit with you:) Perfect word from Colossians. Thank you.

Megan Willome said...

Praying in the dark is a beautiful thing.

P.S. I want to hear more about this book!

pastordt said...

Oh my, yes, I know this splintered feeling, this long list, this in and out of the car, in and out of the roles. Praying for peace in the midst, Laura. And for a strong sense of being held.

Alicia Bruxvoort said...

Oh, friend, I am living in twelve pairs of shoes, too, right now- and sometimes wonder if the stretch of life might spit me in two. LOVE this verse- think I'll post it on my bathroom mirror so I can see it when I wake each day. Praying for you!

Mia said...

Dear Laura
Our winter in South Africa has made way for spring as well! But I must tell you, that I can tell on my ten fingers how many times I wore warm pajamas and a thick jacket this winter! Mostly it was long sleeved shirts. Just one of our blessings in Africa's South Point!
Blessings XX
Mia

Elizabeth Stewart said...

First, I'm so excited when I hear about a woman preaching! I preach in our church on occasion and it's one of my favorite things to do.
The overwhelmed feeling I know all too well. That's when I try to remember to ask God to order my day and lean hard on Him. It's my only hope to survive!

DeanneMoore said...

I hope the conference was filling and then, you sold lots of snow cones. Since I am a day late to this post, I am praying for you right now, hoping it is while you are speaking...Holy Spirit move..