I am grateful today because my life is fairly bursting with meaningful and purposeful activity – a marked change from earlier in the year. It’s a nice feeling to be busy with things that are positive, uplifting, and energizing. I’m not saying that I’m an extrovert – far from it – but I’m discovering that when I am consistently engaged in activities that bring joy to me, I tend to feel more optimistic about things in general.

This is more than positive mental attitude or pop psychology. Rather, I find that God gives me the energy that I need to power through the tasks in front of me each day. Generally speaking, I am a person of tremendous repose – I enjoy my quiet time of contemplation. However, life doesn’t always allow me to do this, so I have to have a strategy to negotiate the busyness of life (even when it is enjoyable). This verse comes to mind, and I saw it on the Bible app today:

When you are pursuing the things that God has called you to do, He will give you the energy to make sure that you accomplish them. I also believe that the opposite is true – when you are doing things that are flat-out against His will, you may experience some dissatisfaction, fatigue, and frustration that seem to hang around for some reason.

I heard someone at my church talking about this – this idea of spiritual capacity. It’s not to be confused with busyness or busy work, but rather, it’s the supernatural ability that God gives His children to accomplish more with seemingly finite resources. And I’ve seen this principle played out in my life over and over again.

Honestly, I’m not quite sure how I powered through today – between the work that God has called me to do at this time, to making slow-but-steady-progress on the project 😳 for one of my major life goals, I find the day generally passes by quickly. However, these things are all in line with my interests and curiosity, so I’m loving what I’m doing! Also, in a strange way, I’m starting to see how my interests are all connected – even though they seem very different from one another at first glance.

However, the inevitable consequence of all of this activity is that I am tired. So I’m going to have to close this blog entry for today. Blessings to you all!

Dear God, thank You for the capacity that You’ve given me in this season of life to accomplish the work that You have called me to do. This time seems all the sweeter, because I can remember earlier this year when I was contending with health challenges and found myself feeling very frustrated by life in general. I recognize that I was in a different season then, and during that time, Your goal was for me to rest and recover. 

Thank You also for this reminder that capacity and rest are important, yet seemingly oppositional forces; I appreciate the capacity that You are giving me, but I also recognize that I need to prioritize rest in my life as well. 

Finally, thank You for the progress that I was able to make on my project today – I wasn’t able to finish it as I had hoped, but at least I was able to make a dent in it, so to speak. That is still something, for which to be grateful, no? In Your name I pray, Amen.

PS – Total non sequitur here, but does anybody else have challenges with Siri? I have been both amazed – and sometimes totally appalled – at some of the suggestions that Siri makes. I’m hoping that the next update to Apple’s iOS will include a “Christian, non-cussing Siri” option. 😉

18 thoughts on “Capacity

  1. Wow! I feel this exact same way, I’m all of a sudden seeing how all my gifts and interests connect together. And how I can work them all together to lift up God and fulfill my purpose!…Awesome post my friend!

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    1. Isn’t something when God gives us a glimpses of insight? It’s like working on a puzzle – I don’t have all of the pieces fit it together yet, but at least I’ve seen the picture on the front of the box. 😉

      God bless you, Adrianna!

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  2. I also have seen where God has wanted me to do something that I was just unwilling to do, and you are so right, that energy is zapped away, gone. My mom, when I get under the weather, and can’t figure out what, or why, she will ask me, “Is there something God wants you to do, and you haven’t?” She says that when we won’t listen, that God will slow us down, or put us in a position to where we have to listen. I just know that when He wants me to do something, I try to do it, immediately because I love the peace that follows. :):) God bless you, what a great post 🙂

    I didn’t know that Siri cussed now, use to she would tell you not to cuss, or use of language, something like that. I do know, that for fun, we asked her a lot of questions, when she first came out, and had a friend who had an iphone. I was surprised by some of her answers.

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    1. What a beautiful comment, Margaret! Your mom is right on point with her observation, and I have experienced that as well. God will literally stop us in our tracks into a pipe down enough to listen to what it is He has to say. God bless you as well, Margaret! 🙂

      Yes, I’ve noticed that Siri I started cussing when I use dictation. Usually, I dictate my posts on my iPhone, or I will type them out on my laptop – whatever’s handier. However, a month or two ago, I was just appalled when I was dictating a text message to a friend and a cuss word popped on the screen – one I had clearly not said. So be careful with that Siri!!

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