When that point in the season hits and every part of life seems difficult. When every day feels like things are falling apart or could not get worse. Your children seem to miss Daddy more than ever. The connection that you had with coach all summer seems to be broken. Every conversation seems to be short or is hidden with stress and frustration.
I've been there. I am there right now.
I crave those slow moments with coach where nobody interrupts us. I wish there were conversations where both of us could stay awake for longer than five minutes. Those moments where neither of us is working away at our computer, when I can truly feel that connection again, feeling as one.
When those moments come, we've got to notice and have a plan! When we are intentional as those feelings arise, we can combat those difficulties by leaning in.
We've got to lean in, lean into Jesus. He ultimately is the one who is never two hours late. He's the one who is always attentive and never distracted. He knows exactly how we are feeling without us mentioning anything, and he's the one who has us in this exact season for a reason. He's the one who wants us to rest in His arms every day, but even more on those difficult days.
We've got to lean in. Lean into purposeful times or moments with our spouse. This is such a difficult task when talk is always about x's and o's or wins and losses.
This time is critical because in those few moments you do have, each second is valuable. It is a time to remind each other that you are in this together. To remind each other that you can't do this life alone.
It's a time to remind each other that this life is hard, but you wouldn't want to do it with anyone else. Those midday quick texts, those sweet notes in lunch boxes, or mirror notes go a long way. Be purposeful about keeping that connection. He needs you, and you need him!
We've got to lean in and not let Satan have a foothold on our hearts and minds. We have to make sure we have weapons to fight against his lies and schemes. We've got to make sure he doesn't take over our hearts and minds with bitterness or resentment. We have to be sure that we are staying in the word, memorizing scripture, and praying daily for our family and spouse.
We've got to lean in and know He is faithful now and has always been.
Through those wins, He is faithful.
Through doubt and insecurities, He is faithful.
He will never let us down.
"Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created." Psalm 119:90
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13