As I made my coffee early yesterday morning, before the house woke up, two words came to mind: bone-dry and wilted. I guess three, depending on how you look at it. Speaking of numbers, here is a glance at the last 7 days in our house:

2 – children finished kindergarten

5 – birthdays celebrated

4 – teacher gifts bought/made

2 – nights spent away from home

5 – times we’ve needed a sitter

147 – loads of laundry I’ve washed

1 – tooth lost

0 – meals I’ve cooked

It is summer now, and though the kids schedules have settled down, The Man’s has picked up a notch. He has several long-ish trips coming up, because students out of school means stuff for the youth pastor. We both love and fear it, this summer-time schedule. So the past week, with all the goodbyes to school and hellos to summer, it feels like I’ve needed even more margin than usual but I haven’t been able to find/make it. Thus, the wilting.

I’m reading through the Psalms, and this morning I picked up The Man’s parallel Bible because I couldn’t find mine. Yes, that’s right. I can’t remember where I put my Bible. What? I read this:

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain.  -Psalm 3:3-4 (NASB)

He grounds my feet. He is my head-lifter. I love when He does that. He reminds me of my need while making coffee in the morning, and then He delights in showing me (again) that He is the holy need-meeter. And in the minutes between the brewing coffee and the silent Word, Sufficient Grace offers a drink of the living water, and the wilting is undone. At least for today.


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