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Wake Up Calls

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Sometimes life scares us.  We may narrowly miss being in a car accident and feel grateful that we didn’t get sideswiped or injured. We may pay a visit to our doctor for some minor problem only to discover we’re in the early stages of something that could be life threatening. We’re grateful we didn’t wait a few days more to attend to it. 

When I have a near brush with anything that could change my life, I look at that as a “wake up call.”  Having a stroke was a “wake up call” for me.  I’ve shared with you what it meant to me in terms of learning to trust God and learning to do everything from dressing myself to holding a knife and fork.  Believe me, I found out that life was never going to be the same again.

My stroke experience provided another kind of “wake up call” that I didn’t even know I needed.  I offer this one for any of you who have husbands or wives or children.  I know what it’s like to be caught up in your work so much that you arrive home each day exhausted and simply have no energy to give to your family.  You work so hard you may even forget how much they mean to you because you feel pressured by the work you do. You tell yourself it’s okay because you’re doing it all for them.

If that sounds familiar to you, then today I suggest you seek God’s help with the way you prioritize your life. Talk to Him about your relationship with your family. God doesn’t send negative experiences into your life, but He will use those experiences if they happen to wake you up; especially, if you’ve drifted away from Him and from the people you love. 

Ask Him to help you focus on the people in your own home so you can experience the amazing gifts He’s already given you in your spouse and your children. When you do that, you’ll wake up each day with incredible joy.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Ephesians 5:25, NIV

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