Don’t Leave your Soul on the Sidewalk-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour!

Thanks so much for joining me today for a little break from it all. I pray you will be blessed for setting aside this time, turning all the distractions off and opening up your heart. Grab your coffee and come on in. We left off waiting for my son to tell me how he’s doing. 😉

When he didn’t answer for what felt like an enormously pregnant moment, I said, “Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed?”

Again he hesitated, only this time for just seconds. “Yeah, I guess that’s a good way of putting it.” We both relaxed in his honesty and I encouraged him to fill me in on what was going on in his world, which turned out to be quite a bit.

I felt his weariness. I’ve never had to raise two children, so I can only imagine how hard it is for him and my daughter-in-love. 🙂

I listened as he shared his victories at the sober living facility, the things he was enjoying most about his apprenticeship, and the things that concerned him about some of the guys’ sobriety that he was able to observe because of the things he’d learned in his own school of life’s experiences as well as the school he’s attending to become a drug and alcohol abuse counselor.

My heart filled to the brim with Mother’s pride as I listened to him recount the things he was learning through his apprenticeship that God was leading Him through.:) 🙂

I asked him how his prayer life was and again he replied in complete honesty: “It could be better.” And that is when this statement came flowing out of my heart: “Son, don’t leave your soul out on the sidewalk.”

“Huh? What do you mean by that?”

“Don’t ignore your soul and leave it out on the sidewalk to get burned out, for others to trample on, pull from and drain you. Protect it; feed it and you’ll be feeding the most important relationship that will pull you in when you’re feeling like you’re going over.”

“Wow, I’ve never thought of it like that before, Mom.”

“The thing we forget is that even though you’re doing a good thing and/or helping others, you can run empty if you don’t fill up, and this is one of the enemy’s most powerful tools because we think when we’re in ministry we are immune to our soul running on empty. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. When we are doing any kind of ministry-type thing, any type of kingdom-building work, we need to be topping our souls off, not allowing them to get anywhere near empty!”

We talked for a few more minutes, and after saying our good-byes, I hung up, thinking about the profound statement that I know He had given me, but the crazy thing was, it wasn’t just for him; it was also for me!

Any time we mistakenly think we’ve got it figured out, let us remember this powerful truth that I will borrow from John Ortberg: “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting”!

Oh, that we would relish being who and what He created us to be!

In His will,



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