Are You Recharging Your Spiritual Batteries Daily?

All the lights were out on my street during a powerful hurricane one year. Our house phone was dead and all electric outlets had no power. How were we going to contact family to let them know we were was ok? Then my husband had one of those “Duh” moments. He reminded me that as long as there is gas in car we could connect our chargers to the car and recharge our cell phones. The connection worked!

Every day during the recovery time after the hurricane we recharged our phones in the car until the power inside the house returned. As long as our phones were charged we could communicate with family and friends. This gave us not only hope but comfort.

I thought about that time today when walking with a neighbor. We reflected on the need to plug up our phones daily in order to get that connection to our internet, family and friends. We both wondered “What would we do if the Internet shut down.?” Wow, talk about rocking your world.

Yet, we were reminded how important it is to connect spiritually every day if we expected any power or wisdom from the Lord on a daily basis. We equated the need to connect with our phones with the need to connect spiritually -it is or should be a MUST.

We are right now living in a critical time in our history. The drama of the pandemic demands that we not rely totally on our natural physical and mental inclinations toward our fears, worries, bias, and judgements.

Romans 12:2 (NIV) says, ” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We cannot turn fears into faith and worry into worship or transform bias and mental judgements unless we connect not just to man’s wisdom but the renewing of our minds with a live connection to the Lord. So, I was reminded today of the importance of recharging my spiritual battery DAILY and just like when I overextend my phone’s capacity and may have to recharge it for longer duration I need to sometimes connect more than once a day spiritually.

What about you? Do you strive to recharge your spiritual batteries on a daily basis?

 

 

Pray Without Ceasing-Even for the Little Things

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (New American Standard Bible)
 17 pray without ceasing;

“I am out of my orange inhalers”, my mother told me while I was driving her to the beautician. I thought I would be able to drop her off, make a mad dash back to work., get some things done before picking her up and taking her back home.  It was not a problem to call in her meds but just not in my plan.

 

After dropping her off I decided to make a mad dash to the pharmacy before the rush hour traffic. “I am sorry but you will have to wait until next week for that inhaler,” the Pharmacy Assistant was a kind woman doing her job but her words hung in my head. “But she said she is all out,” I said in a pleading voice.

My wonderful mom would not rest until she had that inhaler. I also, did not want to make a trip to the ER. I decided to cancel the rest of my work day until later and drive back to her house. I found her inhaler, and  saw that she was right, it was on it’s way to the last spray. As I walked to the car I said a simple prayer, “Lord, you take care of this, need your help.”

After I arrived at the drug store I presented the inhaler. She sprayed it and said, “It Works.” But then it seems like an idea hit her. She turned to a holding area and returned with my moms inhaler. It was on the side waiting to be placed in a bag for pickup.

Ok, I know not a big deal, but to me it was because I knew that what was a “NO” had turned to a “Yes” all because of prayer. So, in the midst of my stress I was reminded to keep praying, keep praying for even the little things.

The funny thing is a woman that I met a few months ago, real prayer warrior called me and said, “Hello, how are you.” “How is your mom?” Just wanted to let you know I am praying for you.” She recalled that I had shared my distress with some areas of caregiving and wanted to know she was remembering me in prayer. She also, encouragemed me when I shared about the medicine and how I must always remember to do that in times of stress.

She said, “But you had the presence of mind to remember”, her words and call were worth more than money in the bank.

Prayer does work and I am convinced that we just can’t do enough of it. And that we don’t have to be on our knees every moment to do it. But talking to the Lord should come naturally to us. For sure he has an unlimited phone plan.