So, I'm not usually the person who uses Facebook to vent about my life or promote negative things that are going on with myself....I tend to think there is too much negativity out in the world already, why would I want to add to it on everyone's news feed? HOWEVER, the other night, was one of the craziest, so I did post on fb to shout out "HELP! Encouragement needed, can anyone relate to this!" This was my status....
"Last night....teething baby up at 12:30....toddler up at 1:30, he was too cold....teething baby up at 4:30....toddler up at 5 am with dirty diaper....wakes up baby....get toddler back to sleep at 5:15, baby back to sleep by 5:30, I fall back asleep on couch for 15 minutes, then toddler up at 5:45....then baby up at 6:30....toddler tantrum at 7, baby down for a nap at 8....wow! I've had a full day and it's not even 9 am....this too shall pass?????"
I was amazed and humbled by the number of comments, encouragement and love I felt within a few minutes. It really is a great technology to receive encouragement when you need it most. I will follow up by saying that I know when you need to vent, sometimes Facebook or other social media is just the best way to do that, so I'm not judging!
Following my crazy night, my babes gave me 2 nights of uninterrupted sleep, which I sit right now, SO thankful for the sleep that followed the crazy. Instead of craving sleep during their nap time, I decided to focus on organizing, what else? (haha...if you know me, you know this is really rare) I came across an old hymn today while trying to clean out our file cabinet. You see, when I start organizing I tend to spend way more time pondering what I have found, reminiscing over the artifacts from the past that I have a hard time throwing anything away, which defeats the purpose of organizing in the first place! Thus I usually have to watch an episode of Hoarders before I start the process in order to really get motivated to throw things away! However, today was not one of those days, therefore, me pondering in a mess of old documents was the scene. ANYWAY, I came across an old hymn called "Just When I Need Him Most", and immediately I thought of my sleepless night from 2 days prior. Here are the lyrics to the hymn.
Just when I need Him, Jesus is near. Just when I falter, just when I fear; Ready to help me, ready to cheer, Just when I need Him most. Just when I need Him most, Just when I need Him most, Jesus is near to comfort and cheer, Just when I need Him most.
Just when I need Him, Jesus is true, Never forsaking, all the way thro`; Giving for burdens pleasures anew, Just when I need Him most. Just when I need Him most, Just when I need Him most, Jesus is near to comfort and cheer, Just when I need Him most.
Just when I need HIm, Jesus is strong, Bearing my burdens all the day long; For all my sorrow giving a song, Just when I need Him most. Just when I need Him most, Just when I need Him most, Jesus is near to comfort and cheer, Just when I need Him most.
Just when I need Him, He is my all. Answering when upon Him I call; Tenderly watching lest I should fall, Just when I need Him most. Just when I need Him most, Just when I need Him most, Jesus is near to comfort and cheer, Just when I need Him most.
Boy, was there a jolt in my heart. Such a simple song and wonderful reminder of how God is loving and there for us whether we believe we need Him or not.
My fellow Christians, (obviously, if you do not believe in God, I am not asking you this, and would love to share my personal story of faith if you would like) how many times do we turn to social media before we turn to our loving God? I'm not saying technology is bad, or social media is bad....but I am saying, our God is good, He is alive and He is there around the clock, and He was there around the clock WAY before the internet was....
Just want to say thank you to my sister in law, Dawn, who commented on my crazy status by turning my eyes back to scripture by posting, "As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you..." Isaiah 66:13