Today didn’t start good.  Meaning, I had a hard time getting out of bed, but because of responsibilities I have and the need for a job to pay my bills I somehow found the umph to kick my feet over the edge of the bed and pull myself up out from under my warm covers.  Trust me, it was no easy feat.

Usually I will start the day out with some hot tea and preparing my schedule for the day.  Although today I found it to be an arduous task because I still had charting to finish from yesterday visits.  I knew this would make for a long day; in other words, I had a lot to do.

As I finished preparing for the day, my eyes found the empty recliner sitting in my living room.  Oh how I wanted to just curl up in it with a blanket, but somehow I found an inclining of motivation to get dressed and get on the treadmill for my morning exercise.   While pounding the belt with my hot pink tennis shoes, I pondered the fact that I despise exercising this morning.  It was energy and sweat that I didn’t feel like exerting.  What I really wanted to do was get to that recliner and veg out in front of the TV.  But my inner self said, no you must keep moving.

Why does it have to be so hard sometimes?  Why can’t I just bounce out of bed and announce, “Good morning world let’s roll!”

Every day begins with an act of courage and hope:  getting out of bed. – Mason Cooley

Well I finally made it out of the house.  While driving to work I prayed that God would give me strength and endurance to make it through the day and get my work done.  Something had to happen because this day was going to suck majorly if I didn’t get a better attitude in place.

Then I got this beautiful text from my friend, Lana.  “God did not give Gwen a spirit of fear (or of tiredness) but of POWER and LOVE and a sound mind!”

Oh wow, did I need to hear those words.  I was reminded that I am a child of God who has an abundance of resource and protection.  Just reading her text spurred me on.  I shook my finger at the Tempter and said, “Satan, you may think you can drag me down but there is strength and power standing behind me.  So, booger off into oblivion!”

I have these conversations sometimes while driving and hopefully I get away with it without being seen!

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to Him who is able to do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think,

Yes, I was able to get through my day with a renewed strength and I did get my charting done.

Do you feel like your energy and motivation has been sucked right out of you?  Don’t give up.  Pray for strength, tell Satan to go back where he came from.  Put one foot in front of the other, just getting started will help get the body and mind moving in the right direction.  Reach out to family or friends for encouragement. 


It’s nice to know that when I don’t feel like living, God steps in and reminds me that He created me to stand tall and go forth in His strength and know that He will be with me every step of the way.  Through it all my eyes are on Him and it is well with my soul.

Go forth and conquer!!

Lamentations 3:22-23 – “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”






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