Tally Time: Water, Rest, and Japan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tuesday's To Do . . . is ongoing.

: Save Water

We won't ever be "done" saving water, but I'm glad we've starting learning about it at my house. We are becoming more aware of the world, not just our little corner, drop by drop.

Today, I'm linking up with Bonnie on the subject of finding physical rest. Seems so appropriate this week, as we've all "lost" an hour and everyone is dragging, tired. I've been wanting more rest.

But then I turn on the news, and I see pictures of Japan. I think how incredibly tired they must be, and how tired they are going to be, for a long time. I wonder, "Why?" and I do not understand the suffering. I am afraid for their future, and ours. I feel grateful for the aid organizations there, working tirelessly. I pray for their strength.

My sons come in, and they ask questions. They want to know what happened, why, and when it will happen here. Hubby and I reassure, and then the suggestion comes, "We could pray?"

Yes, we could. We do.

My energy shifts. I am not really tired. Look at all this! I have everything I need, and more. I do not know suffering or disaster. Though I may feel other-side-of-the-world stunned, I am not helpless.

I know that God is good,

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8

I know that God is the calm center,

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3

I know that God hears our prayers and,

. . . is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, Ephesians 3:20

So in order to find my physical rest today, I shift my energy and prayers to Japan.

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Also, linking up with Mama's Heart at It's Grace.


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14 Responses to “Tally Time: Water, Rest, and Japan”

  1. Beautiful post and a good reminder that God is the calm center in all that is happening in the world. Blessings and thank you!

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  2. It seems as though I never have enough rest. However when put into perspective, I have far more physical rest than I need. I can not image the turmoil in Japan, the unsettled souls searching... longing for loved ones. Yes, you are so right, God is much bigger than any Tsunami, earthquake or earth shattering news I might receive. Thank you for the reminder to put my full trust in Him who has the power to calm every storm from within.

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  3. Beautiful post and a great reminder to check our perspective.

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  4. It just occurred to me that often I say, "All we can do is pray." But that makes it sound so secondary, not really much. But if we truly believed in the power of God and the power He has given prayers, we would seek to pray first...before doing anything else.

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  5. Praying for others always keeps the focus of your own tiredness.

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  6. There is much power in prayer. But it does seem like a last resort sometimes. I need to work on it being the first thing I do.

    Today I had some shopping to do and at Costco and the regular grocery store and there was a big sign for Red Cross efforts in Japan at both stores. You could use your credit card right there to donate. I just love seeing people rally around those in need. When I look on the internet I see the faces of people who have lost every material possession and in some situations their loved ones. I just hope and pray that God will reveal Himself through this and that hope will be restored.

    Thanks for sharing and for joining the link up..hope you're having a great day.

    Erin

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  7. So true..we don't know tired on the same level that others do. Great perspective!

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  8. I hadn't thought about how tired so many Japanese must be. Thanks for the perspective.

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  9. As I was reading this, I kept thinking about Jesus being the Living Water and the way scripture promises us streams of living water in abundance. So, yes, let's pray for Japan and let's ever give thanks for the way He restores and refreshes our souls.

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  10. Placing ourselves in another's shoes always changes the way we see both our world and their's. This was good to read today.

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  11. Remember the jingle commercial "Wonder where the yellow went?" Personally I wonder where that hour went? Is that the main reason I am so tired. Finding my rest in the Lord is my only consolation. I searched on the Internet to see what Samaritans Purse, Operation Blessing was doing for the people of Japan. One already had sent an AirPlane with blankets and other supplies, the other had local missionaries working with their organization to purchase local rice and supplies. I gave to both, and also the Red Cross. My prayer is that those working to bring help with also bring Jesus so that the people can find Hope in this time of no hope and no rest for many.

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  12. I enjoyed this reflection. When we are thinking of others in need, our weight doesn't seem so heavy.Thanks for leaving the light on for me, Courtney!

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  13. Remember the jingle commercial "Wonder where the yellow went?" Personally I wonder where that hour went? Is that the main reason I am so tired. Finding my rest in the Lord is my only consolation. I searched on the Internet to see what Samaritans Purse, Operation Blessing was doing for the people of Japan. One already had sent an AirPlane with blankets and other supplies, the other had local missionaries working with their organization to purchase local rice and supplies. I gave to both, and also the Red Cross. My prayer is that those working to bring help with also bring Jesus so that the people can find Hope in this time of no hope and no rest for many.

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  14. Beautiful post and a good reminder that God is the calm center in all that is happening in the world. Blessings and thank you!

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