Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together


Discouraged? It May Be a Power Outage?

posted by Linda Mintle

stressedHave you ever experienced a power outage? For the past two days, I have.

For no apparent reason, I stopped getting power to my house. I felt completely cut off from the world, no TV, computer, ability to cook, or see in the dark. And I began to think.

The Christian life is like this. Most of us operate as if we are in a power outage on a regular basis. We passively accept whatever comes our way and struggle in our own strength to get through the day  Most days, we operate as if we are not connected to any power source. No wonder we walk around anxious and stressed. It’s hard to function without power. It’s discouraging.

When the problem at my house was finally diagnosed, it was a wire underground that had slowly been eroding. Buried in the ground, I had a cable that was no longer carrying the power. Once that cable was exposed, it could be fixed.

How often do we keep things deeply buried that slowly erode our joy–hurts, offenses, wounds, that we don’t deal with, yet they are under the surface, doing damage  to our physical, emotional and spiritual lives? We refuse to expose them because of the hurt, yet they are damaging and need to be exposed.

Once the line causing the problem at my house was fixed,  I was connected again to the power source and everything turned back on. But the lesson wasn’t missed.

Stay connected to the power source. Don’t forget what you have to help you through the day. We are connected to the One who can move mountains, who can heal diseases, who can turn sorrow into joy, who can give peace during life storms, who can fight on our behalf, etc. Yet, we allow distractions and life cares, and allow old hurts and wounds to disconnect us from the power of God. Today, examine your life.

If the power is out, get reconnected!



Previous Posts

Waiting: The Trying of Patience
Flying is no picnic these days. I dreaded the two-stop flight I recently took and for good reason. I was delayed on each leg. Fortunately, I had long lay overs and didn't miss connections, but several people on my flights did and found themselves waiting in airports for hours. What should have been

posted 7:27:31am Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Loving Your Body, Imperfections and All!
Is it so difficult to accept the bodies we’ve been given, to celebrate them as uniquely designed by God and created in His image? Apparently. Loving, even liking, your body is a rare thing in today’s culture. It seems we all belong to the sisterhood of the dissatisfied traveling pants! If we

posted 6:00:33am Oct. 16, 2014 | read full post »

What Type of Decision Maker are You?
Last week, I was going out of town for the weekend. I spent hours going over my wardrobe choices. What if it rains, gets cold, I want something more formal, etc.? My husband opened his suitcase, threw in a few outfits and was done with it. No looking back, waffling or hanging in the air with poss

posted 6:00:55am Oct. 14, 2014 | read full post »

5 Coaching Tips to Improve Adult Mother-Daughter Relations
Mandy was at the end of her rope with her mom when she called me for coaching. Every conversation ended with frustration. Why couldn’t the two of them get along better? Why did her mom constantly criticize her and tell her what to do? But Mandy’s biggest concern was how could she handle her mom

posted 6:00:18am Oct. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Why Our Wants May Not Turn Out to Be Our Likes
When our first dog died, we thought we wanted another. We did, but when we got the dog and our schedules all demanded more time, the dog became more of an imposition. Don’t get me wrong, we love her to pieces, but sometimes our happiness goes out the window when we are all trying to figure out how

posted 6:00:09am Oct. 09, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.