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Keep Those Spiritual Batteries Charged!

A better way to cope with stress

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Several years ago, I headed to the cell phone store to update our family plan. The young guy behind the counter said, “Let me look at your usage and see how the current plan is working for everyone.” 

He tapped on the computer keys, and in a few minutes, he said, “Somebody keeps going over their text messaging limit.” And then in a tone of awe, he uttered, “It’s you. Wow, we’ve never had anybody your age go over their limit before.” As I told my husband later that evening, “I’m old, but evidently I’m cool.”

Yes, I use my technology a lot. Take my laptop and cell phone away from me for a few days, and I’ll go into withdrawal. I experienced that a little bit last year when we were in Canada, and my phone wouldn’t work throughout most of the area where we were staying. I felt crippled. I’d take my phone out to look up directions, do some research, jot down notes or to check out the menu of a restaurant, and then remember again that my phone/internet wouldn’t work.

So you can imagine my consternation last week when I headed out for a long busy day and realized that my phone battery hadn’t charged the night before and only had 4% power. I knew I’d plugged it up to charge—in fact, it was still hooked up to the charger cord—so I couldn’t figure out what happened.

But then as I walked back through our family room a bit later, I realized why it hadn’t charged. Yes, I’d plugged the phone into the charger, but the other end of the cord had come unplugged from the outlet. I wasn’t plugged into the power source. 

Friends, it’s the same way for us spiritually. If we don’t stay firmly plugged into God, our souls won’t be charged for the journey each day, and we won’t be ready for all the things we’ll encounter.

When we’re plugged into Him, we can hear God’s directions, and anytime we need Him, we can just call out to Him. In Colossians 1:11, it says, “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” No matter what comes into our lives, we’ll never be powerless as long as we’re connected to God, our power source. 

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