Shield and Strength


Some days my energy fades to almost gone.  At those times, I give in and allow my body to rest.  I wonder if I will ever have a day that feels normal again.  I have hours of feeling like my old self, full of energy.  Today was not one of those days.  I was fortunate enough to start my Home Care cleaning today.  I watched as he cleaned and did a load of laundry.  I must have thanked him a dozen times in the two hours he was here.  He was so happy to make me happy that he left with a big smile.  I shook my head, also with a big smile.  Some people know how to enjoy their work. He said I was an easy client.  I was grateful beyond words for his time here.

Last night in my evening prayers I read these words in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young:

I am your strength and shield. I plan out each day and have it ready for you, long before you arise from bed.  I also provide the strength you need each step of the way.  Instead of assessing your energy level and wondering about what’s on the road ahead, concentrate on staying in touch with me.  My power flows freely into you through our open communication.  Refuse to waste energy worrying and you will have strength to spare.

Yesterday I think I may have had a touch of the flu. I slept in, had a remote Reiki treatment, went back to bed and slept some more, and finally roused myself to put food in my body.  I was thankful friends were bringing me supper so I did not have to worry about that.  Today I am much better though dehydrated.  I should buy some sports drink with electrolytes for moments like this.  The skin on my foot Tuesday night had been so taut that it hurt for it to touch anything. Resting completely yesterday helped to restore it to a more normal size.  I gave up my need for energy and rested.  I did have more strength by later in the evening.  Today though, I found myself still exhausted.

God is planning shorter days for me lately as I sleep and rest. I trust that I will be given the strength I need for what is coming.  I need to stop assessing and carry on with the plans I have.  I am working currently on plans for my prayer vigil. I think this is important to God on some level because I have found the energy to finally do this. God is my strength and shield. In God, I place my trust.



Reflection Questions

Has your energy ever flagged to the point were you thought you might not be able to do the things you love?

Can you turn your health and energy over to the One who is Stronger, trusting that all will be taken care of?


You are the One who is Stronger; help us to place our trust in you. May we learn to lean on you when we are depleted, knowing that you can give us strength to spare when we surrender to your plan for each day.  Amen.

About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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2 Responses to Shield and Strength

  1. Mary Beth says:

    Dear Suzanne,
    I thank God that He blesses you with enough energy to send out these amazing writings. I stand by my saying “I’m God-smacked” most times that I find another post from you. I wish that I had words to respond adequately. Usually others have already said it, and better, so I don’t.
    You have confirmed a lot of my pondering about what constitutes “a good death”. I have been around long enough to know that some people fight against it til the end. Your fiat and praying through the breadth of what God has asked of you becomes more grace for all of us who read you here or know you in their own lives.
    You come to my thoughts frequently during Mass, so know God has placed you in my heart.
    May all your sleep be restful and refreshing.
    With love,
    Mary Beth

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