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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Reminder: A Day of Learning IS a Day of Accomplishment

I planned a “desk day” yesterday-a day of limited meetings so I could knock out the inordinate amount of emails in my inbox & finally close the 20+tabs that sit open in safari waiting for me to take action.😬

An unscheduled meeting crept into the mix & I found myself in spreadsheets & policies up to my eyeballs! My insides felt like I was on a bucking bronco trying to stay upright & understand! I actually bit my cheek so I wouldn’t cry in front of my new boss 😳

Alas, I ended the day with tabs still open, my inbox down by 8 & a heart feeling frustrated by the lack of seeming  accomplishment.

I raced across Atlanta traffic making phone calls to delegate tasks & landed in the salon chair literally with a minute to spare. As my young friend put the cape around my neck, she randomly said, “It’s ok, just breathe...” My eyes immediately overflowed with tears.

They leak again as I type because she didn’t know the state of my heart, but the Holy Spirit in her did. Sometimes we need a gentle reminder to breathe in the depths of His Presence.

This morning as I read about Zechariah’s visions, the Lord reminds the prophet of this.

“It is not by force nor by strength but my Spirit...Do not despise these small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”

Sometimes it’s hard to be ok with slow, steady & small progress, right?

There will always be a plethora of new things to learn but I wonder if it might be easier if we relied less on our own strength & more on the Spirit within?

I also wonder if life would carry less pressure if we didn’t despise slow & small beginnings?

Sometimes a day of learning IS a day of accomplishment even though no tangible tasks have been ticked off the to-do list!

Father, we thank you for the things that tempt us to breathe shallow or even to hold our breath. They are tangible, physical reminders that we need You. Let every exhale of our breath become a release of any heavy burden You don’t intend for us to carry. Remind us that a day of learning to rely on You is indeed a day of accomplishment!  Help us to lean into Your Spirit for strength & give us eyes to see & appreciate slow & small beginnings!

💡ZECHARIAH 4:1-5:11


💡PSALM 142:1-7

💡PROVERBS 30:21-2


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