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

Coffee Hour!

Thanks so much for joining me for our Coffee Hour. I know it’s not always easy to break away but my prayer is that you will be glad that you did! Grab your coffee and come on in.

The title of today’s blog just burst out of my heart and mouth in the midst of a long-awaited conversation with my son. It had been a couple of weeks since we had talked and despite leaving him a couple of “encouraging” messages, he had not returned my calls. As I write this, I think to myself, Now, I certainly didn’t raise him to be rude! Oh, get over yourself, girl. Oh, dear, I’m starting to have conversations with myself! LOL! 🙂

Anyway it wasn’t like I was waiting by the phone for his call, but once a mom, always a mom and when I don’t hear from him for a while, especially after leaving messages, I become a little concerned! Now, there’s an exaggeration! I was getting REALLY concerned and the mother’s intuition thing was beginning to kick into overdrive, which is not a good thing!

The reality is, he’s a husband, a daddy to six-year-old Dillan and three-year-old Tyler, a full-time student and part-time worker. His life is crazy full, rushing past him at the speed of lightening. I totally understood why we hadn’t been able to connect. I just missed him and I sensed that because he hadn’t had a day off in over two months, he was probably teetering towards burn-out Mountain, especially if he wasn’t nurturing his own soul! Moms just know these things! 🙂 Can I get an “Amen”? 🙂

Two days after praying that he would call, I was driving to the grocery store and my cell phone rang. As soon as my screen told me it was him, I immediately found a place to pull over so I could give him my undivided attention, abandoning the current emotional tug-of-war I found myself in.

I was so excited to talk with him and as soon as I heard his voice, my heart sang. When I asked him how he was doing, and he hesitated, my heart dropped to my feet for a moment, and I knew that I knew that he was soul-tired.

See, at that time, he was probably a fourth of the way complete with his apprenticeship at a sober living facility in Pasadena and though he was helping others with their program, his own program was getting little attendance, becoming a flicker in the background, something he would tend to later, because, in his mind, the demands on his time are many.

In his hesitation, a newly-learned truth came to the forefront of my mind: even in the midst of our ministry, or our calling, our own souls can wind up on the sidewalk.

Join me tomorrow for the explanation and conclusion to this powerful truth.

In His grip,


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One Response to “Don’t Leave your Soul on the Sidewalk-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Life truly can be a struggle when we are pulling ourselves over the hurdles with all our strength. Being a Mom is a challenge to maintain your cool when you want to jump in and solve the problems instead of letting them find their way out. We are so concerned that they may lose heart and make a bad decision. So difficult.