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Let Me Be Singing When the Evening Comes

Posted by on July 26, 2012

Yesterday, I planned a water balloon fight for my girls with some of the neighbor girls. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It’s hot. We’re at that point in the summer where the lack of routine is beginning to get to everyone.

What I failed to consider was the excitement of waiting until 3 p.m. to have their water balloon fight would make it nearly impossible for me to work in the morning. I also failed to plan for the water balloons not to break when they threw them, leading our water balloon fight to degenerate into the girls using more force than expected to hurl them at each other. We ended up with tears and one child in timeout because she hit her sister (not with a balloon).

By the time my husband got home, I was done. What had started out as a promising, fun day ended with me just wanting 30 minutes of peace and quiet. Yet, we still had to go sit outside in 100-degree heat to watch my older daughter play soccer. I was grumpy in the car on the way there. You know how it goes, sitting in the front seat choosing to be silent instead of snapping the children’s heads off.

On the way home from her game, the radio began playing one of my favorite songs: 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman. If you haven’t heard it, check it out below:

 

As we listened, I was struck by these lyrics:

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Last night, and too many nights lately, I haven’t been singing when the evening comes. I’ve been frustrated and tired. I’ve been crabby and not much fun to be around.

Spending all day, every day with my girls, trying to work from home when the girls want my attention, cleaning out our basement to get ready for a garage sale next weekend have all combined to make me one grumpy and songless mommy.

Last night I was reminded that no matter the circumstances, my joy comes from God. It’s not found in checking all the items off my to-do list for the day. It’s not found in having perfectly behaved, polite children. It’s not found in having Prince Charming for a husband. My joy is found in knowing that God loves me enough to send His son to die for me. That joy never fades and is not dependent on my circumstances.

And that joy brings strength. Nehemiah 8:10 says “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” When we let God’s joy fill our hearts, we find we are strong enough to face whatever comes our way. We can have joy even when the kids are fighting, the laundry is piling up and the project at work seems like it will never get done.

So, my prayer today is that we’d all be singing when the evening comes — no matter what the day brings.

Linking up today with Denise in Bloom.

8 Responses to Let Me Be Singing When the Evening Comes

  1. Mary Beth

    Oh I hate it when good plans go awry! That’s not fun. Glad you found some perspective and shared it with us. May today be filled with joy.

    • Lori

      Thanks, Mary Beth. I’m hoping to hang onto that perspective today.

    • Chris

      Water balloons have to be pretty full in order to break. Do it again only fill the balloons more full. That or just use water guns. No cleanup of balloon parts req’d.
      So grateful that stations like K-love and Calvary exist- especially when it’s quiet time in the car. I think God did that on purpose. Only then that we’d have our ears available to listen….

  2. Dawn

    Lori, so many times I feel this way too. I always reflect on that scripture, “the joy of the Lord is my strength!” Thank you for this post today. Its also nice knowing I am not alone!

    • Lori

      Dawn,
      Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one that feels this way. May you have a day filled with joy.

  3. Susan

    Fantastic insight Lori. I need to be singing when evening comes too! Even if it is a quiet song because I’m so tired. :)

  4. Kristen @ Celebrate Every Day With Me

    Lori, this is a great post! Such a good reminder to be joyful even when you’ve had a rough day with the kids. Thank you!! And, I don’t think I’ve heard that song. It was beautiful. :)

  5. Katie | Healthnut Foodie

    Gorgeous post Lori! As my girls give up the daily naps, I have to make a daily decision to be joyful as my hubby come home each night. It’s not easy, but well worth it to know that I’m being intentional about bringing happiness to a time of day that could very easily go sour. Your blog is such an inspiration and an affirmation. Thank you!

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