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Love takes Energy

Love is not easy when you are tired. In fact, I think that being tired is a love deterrent because love in action takes energy.

In Brennan Manning’s book, the Ragamuffin Gospel, I learned that you should not make important decisions when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.  These words form the acronym – HALT.

So, I’m noticing that I am more easily frustrated and less forgiving over the last week or so.  My will to love those that frustrate me has taken a fall. (I am convinced that real love is a decision rather than a feeling.) I am pinging on at least 2 of the 4 words in HALT.

A battle happens in my mind and it goes something like this:

1. “Who says things like that to people?”, “He/she is unbearable”, and “I have done all of this, and that attitude is the thanks I get?”

2. But I want to honor that person, so I won’t say anything about this.

3. Oops, I just let that negative comment slip anyway. But she brought it up!

4. Oh …. one day I’m going to be brave and say what I think.

5. No … I am going to focus on my own faults and realize they are equally as frustrating to others.

and back to number one again only to repeat the cycle.

When I am not tired, I have more mental energy to choose forgiveness. It takes energy to keep “selfishness” at bay and make the choice to love a person anyway.

Today I am aware that in order to love well, I need to rest well.  And for me, resting well includes giving up my role of “helper of the universe”. I am learning that without rest, I do not have the energy to be patient, kind and gentle.  Busyness keeps me from acknowledging WHO is the source of my strength, my power and my love.

Thankfully God has an endless supply of energy. Tonight, I want to plug into the source of the love I need for all that tomorrow holds. I am grateful that He is a reliable and sustainable source of energy and love for me.

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.