I’m happy-tired!


It’s such fun to see new places, learn new things; but it can be exhausting, too! My husband and I love to walk wherever we’re visiting; a good pair of shoes and layered clothes help us be prepared for whatever we need; snacks and water a must to carry along the way.

Sleeping in a bed not your own, in a room not your own, can prove difficult. However, naps to the background of television banter are welcome respite!

We prepare to follow our Women’s Basketball team tonight; we hope they’ll conquer their fears and nerves; playing to win is the goal; but playing without injury another priority for coach, teammates, and fans.

I, too, want to conquer my worries and concerns that bounce around in my head like that basketball bounces around the court. The minute something goes awry, especially with family, my mind goes into overdrive; too much energy is released and like a ball passed out-of-bounds, my thoughts and actions take ownership; problem-solving becomes my focus; wrestling for power and control, my hands grip too tightly to reach out for help. Others around me can help; other’s efforts surely stronger; other’s talents surpass mine! I don’t play on a team of one! Why can’t I Let it Be, Dear Lord? Why can’t I Let it Alone, Dear Lord? Why can’t I Let it Go, Dear Lord?

I know … I haven’t faith that anyone, even You, Dear Lord, can fix things-make them right! How arrogant I am; how self-important, self-centered, self-involved, self-regarding, self-ish must I be; how I forget my solutions are NEVER helpful, OFTEN hurtful, and ABSOLUTELY not the plans You have designed for me or for the one I think needs my assistance! I stand convicted again and again of the same self-ish offenses. Why can’t I mind my own business? Obviously I have MUCH to identify and correct in my own self-ish little world!

Dear Lord, please save other’s from my meddling; please save me from myself; please help me practice keeping my own ball in the court; please don’t let me hog the ball, thinking I alone can win the game!

You know me; yet You still love me; You teach me; yet I keep making the same errors; You never give up on me; a simple thank You will never be enough!

Yet, it is. I was forgiven; I am forgiven; and I will be forever forgiven because of the sacrifice of Jesus, Your Only Son.

I stand again wanting to learn, to try again, and to keep trying. Thank You; I love Your persistence; I’m grateful for Your patience; I’m happy; You must be tired; I’ll get there someday, I promise, Coach!  Amen


Isaiah 41:13  International Children’s Bible 

I am the Lord your God.
I am holding your right hand.
And I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid.
I will help you.’



Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord

Lyrics and Music: Benjamin Mansell Ramsey (1849-1923)


Teach me Thy way, O Lord,
Teach me Thy way;
Thy gracious aid afford,
Teach me Thy way.
Help me to walk aright;
More by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light,
Teach me Thy way.
When doubts and fears arise,
Teach me Thy way;
When storms o’erspread the skies,
Teach me Thy way.
Shine through the cloud and rain,
Through sorrow, toil, and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain,
Teach me Thy way.
Long as my life shall last,
Teach me Thy way;
Where’er my lot be cast,
Teach me Thy way.
Until the race is run,
Until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won,
Teach me Thy way.





One thought on “I’m happy-tired!”

  1. Glad y’all are having an exciting time watching the good basketball ! Love the hymn and was wondering about the melody . Went to google and played several versions ! I’m sure I heard it at 4 th growing up ! Too bad they don’t play that kind anymore , pure and sweet ! Girls trying tennis lessons at Kroc Center this eve, I’m excited ! 🎾have you been to Congaree Forest yet ?

    Margaret Smith, ABR®, CRS®, GRI®, SRES®
    Coldwell Banker Caine
    Cell & Text: (864) 270-1108

    “Celebrating 40 years in Greenville Real Estate”

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