I couldn't figure it out.
Something was draining my cell phone battery at warp speed.
It was only mid-day and I was already getting flashing red battery level warnings.
I didn't have a charger.
And my phone just died.
I'm sure you can relate (or maybe you are more techie than me and carry a handy portable charging pack!)
Either way, you get it.
In a smartphone, tech-based, connected world, our phones have to stay charged!
Friend, it's the same with us. We have to stay full.
I've started getting this message on my phone every so often..."It's been 7 days since you last restarted your phone. We recommended you shut off and restart your phone."
God instituted a similar manufacturer recommendation in His manual... it's a sabbath.
"By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work." Genesis 2:2
Today, I want you to think about how you are like a cell-phone...
It's so important we stay full. How do you keep your phone OR yourself charged? I would love to hear (your wins help me stay full and help others to do the same).
Cheering you on,
Tiffany Jo Baker MA, CLC
P.S. My subscribers get a handy "Charging My Battery" worksheet printable to go with this blog to help stay full when daily life depletes you.
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P.S.S.S.S Pic is of me and Zoe the puggle recharging:)
I thought I was being Punk'd...
Surely Ashton Kutcher was about to jump out like he did on his prank TV show and let me know this was all a mean joke.
I didn't know how to respond. I kept thinking, "why is the Doctor telling me all about epilepsy?"
A month earlier our youngest, Selah, seemingly out of nowhere, collapsed in my arms in a grand mal seizure with lips turning blue.
But I had prayed about it and was 110% sure the neurologist would review all the tests and let us know it was a fluke and she was great.
But that's not what happened. The tests showed other seizure activity and she was diagnosed with epilepsy.
I was crushed.
I didn't understand. I believed God's promises. For years I tried to always do what was right. We had been in full time ministry, loving and serving God, by loving and serving people.
Plus we were in the middle of walking out our faith and being obedient to what the Lord was leading us to do next.
Four months earlier my husband had stepped down as a team pastor to pursue a dream that God put on his heart years ago.
During this season trial after trial, thing after thing kept trying to knock us down.
But this was the final straw. You don't mess with our baby girl (11 yrs old at the time).
This crushing sent me humbly to the Father.
To a place where I was angry and vulnerable, then slowly reassured and restored.
I came out with greater awareness of God's goodness in the valleys.
Of course, I still prefer the mountaintop experiences, but I am thankful for a God who never leaves us, or forsakes us in the pit.
He is a good Father.
The picture above is Selah's medical bracelet. The front is inscribed with a healing declaration and her medical info on the back. This is our way to invite God into the process and mix our faith with her medicine, knowing God can heal however, whenever He wants.
We are believing and standing for complete healing and trusting God each step of the way.
If you are in a valley, feeling crushed by a diagnosis, divorce, disappointment or demotion, I want you to know that you aren't alone. God is with you each step of the way. Invite Him into your journey.
If there is something you are believing for, a promise you are standing on, I would love to pray for you and agree with you in prayer! Just let me know!
You are not alone,
Tiffany Jo Baker is a 3x surrogate, speaker and Strategizer to help you birth your dreams.
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