Happies: on losing power and the unexpected side-effects of the Holy Spirit


It’s funny that I was so into Story Time before our lights literally went out, before it became all we had to do. It’s a disaster here. Apparently, ice is heavy. Here is the sense of awe – a stricken scene. All things kneel. 

We’re staying with our closest family friends, and the mom is my mentor. She reminded me this morning how often we take advantage of power. Of course, I was thinking: Yes ma’am, I’ll be saying thank you next time I turn on my coffee maker or when I plug the heaters in at the Love Shack. But then she continued to explain that the Holy Spirit in all His power is available NOW.

I am Happy that our spirits are like batteries. Yesterday’s charge can do a bit for today, but before long, the juice runs out, and we’re forced to reconnect and plug in to real power. I’m happy to be forced sometimes. I’m grateful for a God in strong pursuit and how He made us extremely rechargeable — in Him.

I am Happy for a fire.

I am Happy that on receiving some bad news I was near the arms of my best friend who would love me so much that she cried with me. I was feeling my heart brake, and in the middle of it, I thought how Jesus was like her or she like Him. He loves us so. There is nothing like the arms of a friend.

I am Happy for children – though admittedly, I’m not a kid-person. I do not offer my babysitting services to many. Seven babies piled up in one house were JOY to me. They did not whine about not having a coffee maker.

I am Happy to watch this family under this roof, even though I am not especially happy, per se, to be out from under my own roof.

I am Happy that we are God’s temple, and He lives with us, and He never turns out the lights.

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9 Comments

Cindy
Reply January 29, 2009

I am Happy to know you, our dear friends, are okay in that blizzard. When are you guys going to come over with some of Seth's tortillas? I heard he's a master now.

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Jo@Mylestones
Reply January 29, 2009

Ice storms (and the subsequent loss of power) have a way of making you stop and live and "just be"....and of making you ever so happy when the power comes back on! And amen to the happy that God never turns out the lights!

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Tammie @ Are You For Real?
Reply January 29, 2009

I love your observation that our spirits are somewhat like batteries ... able to go a little ways today on yesterday's charge, but soon needing to be reconnected to real power. Very insightful!

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Denise
Reply January 29, 2009

Be sweetly blessed.

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Beth
Reply January 29, 2009

What a great TT list! I am thankful that you have a warm shelter full of warm hearts.

I pray you get your power back soon!

Beth

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brooke robinson
Reply January 29, 2009

one of my greatest memories...getting to have a bunkin party with YOU!
you're the most awesome person ever!

Rachel
Reply January 30, 2009

"I am Happy that our spirits are like batteries. Yesterday’s charge can do a bit for today, but before long, the juice runs out, and we’re forced to reconnect and plug in to real power. I’m happy to be forced sometimes. I’m grateful for a God in strong pursuit and how He made us extremely rechargeable — in Him."

This is great, Amber. I absolutely love it!

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Steffj89
Reply February 1, 2009

Going through all the fun*NOT* of this ice storm, the words that keep running through my head are "Be still and know that I am God" . I haven't had a choice. I don't have a clue when we are going to have power, I was finally able to get into the house and get a few things, but I just have to rely on Him to keep us safe, and get the power back, and resupply the food we lost....but we are here and safe and warm and for that we are greatful.
Steff

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Sharmin
Reply February 1, 2009

I can certainly sympathize with your plight. We are on day 7 without power, but have a gorgeous, large, green generator sitting outside our house. The first thing I did when we got the beast connected....made coffee! As I lay in the darkness (after hubs killed the generator for the night to save diesel) I couldn't help but think that God was preparing us for something, an at the same time reminding us the He is still in control.

Warm wishes from north central Arkansas.

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