He deserves an extra hour and more

The past few days has been exhausting over here. All of my three children are unwell and our nights have been about me waking up every hour to check on their body temperatures and give calpol when needed. My husband and i are walking about like zombies because we are very tired.

On top of this, we are decorating our girls bedroom. They have had the same decoration since they were 2 and 3 years of age. About 3 months ago, they mentioned that they would like a room makeover because they feel their room is very babyish with the pink and princess theme. I understood what they meant. They are 8 and 7 years now. I mean 8 and 7 who look and act like tweens lol. They are very good girls and i felt it was time to do a room makeover for them.

Even though we are tired, we decided to embark on the project today just to change the mood in the house. We’ve painted the room and furnitures and we will continue redecorating tomorrow.

After settling my kids to bed, and sorting out pack lunch for school tomorrow, all i could think about was me laying on my bed. But as i was tidying up the living room so i could go to bed, i felt the Holy Spirit telling me to write tonight. A part of me didn’t want to because of how tired i am but i know His voice and i know when He speaks. I am on a journey of obeying Him regardless of how i feel so this i think was a big test.

As i was contemplating on what to write about, i felt He wanted me to write about my current situation and link it with how our flesh is always fighting, wanting to prevent us from yielding to the leading of the spirit.

There will be times when the Holy Spirit would want us to do something out of our comfort zone. We don’t serve God out of pleasure. The call of us on us demands all of us every time. Sometimes it demands for the time we should have been sleeping, time when we could have caught up on our favourite TV shows, times when we could use to please ourselves and flesh. Sometimes He places demands on us, so much so that we have no spare time to entertain things that have no eternal value. The call demands for us to starve those things which make our flesh feel good. It is only then that a hunger and thirst can arise from our spirit and soul for Him.

Many are not hungry for God because they are filled with junk. Until we starve ourselves from junk, we cannot and will not hunger for Him.

So today i want to challenge you to obey the spirit. I want to urge you not to allow your flesh win.

You see when you begin to obey the leading of the spirit in tiredness, He fills you with the strength you need to complete the task He has laid on your heart.

Obedience is better than sacrifice. Let’s begin to obey Him with the little commands and instructions He lays on our hearts. No one might know what He is telling you. If i didn’t obey Him by writing instead of going to catch the rest that my flesh needs, no one would have known except me and Him. But you see He won’t give me bigger assignments and instructions if i cannot sacrifice an extra hour just to obey Him.

God deserves our extra hour and even more. I don’t know what He may be telling you to do. Until you do it, He won’t use you to accomplish bigger tasks. There is a lot to be done for the kingdom but these great assignments cannot be given to us if we lack discipline. It takes discipline to starve our flesh. It takes discipline to obey God even when our bodies don’t want to. The work of the kingdom is too serious and precious for God to place it on the hands of babies. Are you mature enough to handle the task that you want God to give you?

Are we challenging ourselves to get closer to God? Are we subjecting ourselves to obedience of His word? Do we only want the word of God to inspire us but resist His power to change and transform us? Are we really ready to do this thing called kingdom assignment or do we prefer talking about Jesus Christ while playing pat-a-cake? Are we taking this work seriously? Are we challenging our old habits and subjecting ourselves to obey the word of God totally?

Quite a few things to think about here i believe. I am glad i didn’t let my flesh win tonight. I hope this challenges someone. Let’s obey God with the little things so He can trust us with the big things.

27 thoughts on “He deserves an extra hour and more

  1. Efua, Thank you for being obedient to the Holy Spirit and writing this post. It was the finishing note on my morning quiet time. I’m about to head out to walk our dog which is my time to reflect with and listen to the Lord. You’ve given me much to chew over with Him. Thank you!

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  2. Thanks Efua. I pray your girls are all better now. I’ve been into scrounging food when I know I’m not really hungry. I say i want to grow closer to the Lord, but I don’t take that time to get to a quiet place. My house has been filled with the deer hunting men of our family and watching their young ones while they’re out; my computer’s in the guest bedroom so it’s been challenging, and I’ve missed a couple weeks of blogging. I finally took my laptop out of the bedroom and got my blog out 4 days late. Tomorrow’s new mercies and grace after I put this day to bed I plan to take your lead and take opportunity to drop what’s at hand long enough to connect with Jesus! Thanks again sis, Shalom.

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    1. I totally understand what you mean sis. Thank God for daily doses of mercies which allows us another chance to push more into Christ. God bless you sis

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  3. I am right there with you, Efua. About 6 weeks ago I got sick from being around someone else who was sick. My husband and i both got sick, and it knocked us out for a couple of weeks, but the Lord actually increased my writing during that time. I was just on the mend, and then I was around sick children and I got sick again, not as bad this time, but it just really wore me down, and I was just about out of that one when another wave hit.

    So, I have been battling this for about 6 weeks, and one of the biggest things coming against me is exhaustion. I get so tired I can’t keep my eyes opened and my brain is so foggy there is no way I can read or write anything. I feel like I am on drugs, but I don’t take drugs. But, that is when the Lord says to write, and so I do, out of obedience to him, which is definitely where I was last night.

    And, again, he has increased my writing in these 6 weeks, not decreased it. So, I feel I am being tested and that it is important that I pass this test. He is also having me fast from certain things, which may end up being a permanent fast, but he is having me say “No” to my flesh more, and that is a good thing. But, it is hard when you are so tired you don’t think you can hold your head up. But then he gives you the strength you need, and you write when you had nothing in you to give, because he did it through you.

    Thank you so much for this post! It encouraged my heart to know that I am not the only one going through this. And, it encouraged my heart to stay the course, too, for there is a purpose for it all, and God is going to get the glory. Where our strength fails, his is all sufficient for all we need. We just have to keep obeying him. Amen!

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    1. Amen. Your last sentence what was came into my head as I read the beginning of your comment. I pray you get better soon and I am glad this has encouraged you sis❤️. God’s strength is always made perfect in our weakness

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      1. Amen! Thank you, Efua. I have been doing much better the past two days (yesterday and today). I am not falling asleep all the time, I have energy, and my mind is about as sharp as it ever is. So, thank you for the prayers. They are making a difference! ❤

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  4. Remen

    Amen sis! Life happens and excuses come in but i always remind myself that God sustains my life so all these other things he would take care of. It can be difficult sometimes but we continue to pray for his grace. Hope the kids are feeling better? my ove to them.

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  5. This is very true. I can attest to its validity. At 3 in the morning when awakened to get up and pray or write, we tend to (attempt) ignore or negotiate for more rest time. It’s at that moment that you recognize the war is on, get out of bed and, obey the Lord’s demand to pray or write. What you may ask? He will give you the words to pray or write. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

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    1. Absolutely. “While men slept the enemy sowed tares”. This can go for spiritual and physical sleep. The devil is very active at night and it is the best time to engage in spiritual warfare

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