The past couple of years have felt like a whirlwind while my family was in a very busy season. It’d be easy to sink into a pit of despair, grieving lost time as I missed out on enjoying how much my girls grew in the midst of our full days.
It’d be easy to allow Satan to steal more time from our family by thinking there’s no hope or we are victims to our schedule. But the God who spoke the stars into existence, the God who conquered death – He’s the same God who redeems our time.
When we feel lost and wandering, we can give in and let Satan win. Or we can put on our Armor of God and refuse to give Satan even one more moment of our day (Ephesians 6:10-20).
So after a period of feeling particularly defeated about lost time and all my shortcomings, I took my kids on a field trip to our new house. Soaking in the sunshine and savoring our afternoon of reading together, exploring, and just enjoying each other’s company was soothing to our souls.
I want to encourage you today – if there’s an area of your life that you’re feeling particularly worn down in, remember the God who numbered the stars is the same God who cares deeply about your heartache, and He is the ultimate redeemer.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:12-13, ESV
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time…” Ephesians 5:15-16, NKJV
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people.” Luke 1:68, ESV
P.S. If you need a little more encouragement, I highly recommend listening to the first 13 minutes of this audio lesson about our purpose by Jordan Conley.