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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Reserve

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Though I was one of the girliest girls ever, when I was younger, one of my favorite pastimes was mud-riding on my very own four-wheeler.

Once while out in the country with my dad and big brother, Dad was planning to lead us to a new place to ride on the adjoining property. I was unfamiliar with the land, so I did not know the way, but he indicated it was far.

I told him I was almost out of gas. He said it was okay, I just needed to switch over to the reserve. I had never heard of that and had no idea how to mange this. Under the watchful eye of our dad, my brother hopped off his four-wheeler and flipped a switch. The reserve tank would give me access to enough power to continue on.
Don’t we sometimes, or often, get so spent and nearly empty that we cannot go on? I know I get there! The truth is, after a day of giving to a demanding job, there is little left over for my husband, and two daughters - not to mention the mountainous laundry, uncooked supper, frightening dust bunnies, and many other undone things.
As women, God has blessed us with the privilege to manage, nurture, and love  our families like no other person can. What an honor though, at times, it can be daunting and even overwhelming.
Relax, there is good news! We, too, have a reserve to pull from when our emotions and physical tanks reach “E” before bedtime! His name is Jesus and his reserve is already within our frame if we have trusted him as Lord and Savior. Just as my dad looked on as his son, my own big brother, flipped the switch, God looked on centuries ago as his son, our own brother, provided a reserve tank known to us as the Holy Spirit. At the moment of salvation this power is made available to us. It is there for the taking. We need only ask Jesus to “flip the switch.”
You see, sweet sister, God cares about how we care for those he entrusted to us. They are also his dearly loved children. He also sees the laundry, food, appointments, among the the other life-demands. He cares for us and gives us the needed reserve to get our many jobs done.
When we are seeking the last ounces of strength needed to continue the tasks he set before us, he wants us to depend on him for the strength we need to keep going. Philippians 4:13 puts it this way, “I can do everything through him (Jesus) who gives me strength.” Everything is a very inclusive word and his strength is mighty. He will never set a task in front of you that is impossible to accomplish. However, he will certainly put demanding things before you which force you to draw nearer to him and to rely on him; to draw from Him what we must have to continue on.

What is your response when you feel as though you cannot carry on?

Do you rely on Christ to give you the strength, or do you struggle on alone?

Today, I want to leave you with this verse: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

He is enough to supply your every need as you reach empty; he is our everlasting reserve.

Can you surrender to the need you have and the answer he is?

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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

1 comment:

  1. So obvious yet often passed over-beautifully put.


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