Thursday, February 9, 2023
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For the last few weeks, I've been having electrical problems. The ceiling light in my craft room started flickering wildly, causing anything that was plugged into that circuit to turn off. Consequently, my computer suddenly shut down in the middle of whatever I was working on, and my sewing machine stopped in mid-stitch. The power would quickly return, but then shut off again. I called an electrician, who fixed the problem, and all was well.

Four days later, my washing machine stopped mid-cycle. It's on the same circuit as a small bathroom, the dryer, and an outlet behind the dryer, into which I plug a power bar for my iron and lamp. Frustrated, I checked the breakers; that didn't help. I unplugged the power cords and tested them on an extension cord plugged in elsewhere. They worked, so it wasn't the cords. Then, I remembered the button in the bathroom that pops when the circuit is overloaded. Sure enough, it had popped. I pushed in the button and plugged in my iron to test the power — nothing — and no lights on the washing machine. Now, I was really frustrated. Not sure what to do, I worked on something else for a while, then walked back into the room to discover that the cords for both the power bar and the washing machine were lying on top of the ironing board — I hadn't plugged them back in! Thanking God for showing me what was wrong, I connected the cords and was delighted to see that everything worked. I had power.

How often in our lives we find ourselves personally out of power — tired, depressed, anxious, worried about health or family issues! Sometimes, we search around for answers or solutions, frustrated, as I was, when we can't figure out what to do. Then, we realize that the answer was there all the time, like my unplugged power cords. We just need to reach out and plug in to our personal source of power — God the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 147:4-5 – He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension! (NLT)

God created everything — He knows His world so intimately that He even calls the stars by name. We can't begin to comprehend the power that He has and the power that is available to us through the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 3:20 – Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT)

2 Peter 1:3a – By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. (NLT)

Let's remember to make a conscious decision to trust God and rely on His power whenever we feel like we're "unplugged". When we're filled with doubt, worry, or fear, let's remember God's promise to walk alongside us when we call upon Him.

Prayer: Father, we pray that we will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so that we will have all the endurance and patience that we need. Help us to remain in You instead of in the world as we rely on Your glorious power. Amen.

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Sharon Cook <craftercook@gmail.com>
Apache Junction, Arizona, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Sharon.

    Thanks for the good reminder, Sharon.

    Thank you for your message today. I needed that reminder. God bless.

    Thank you for this “powerful” reminder of God’s power available for daily living.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today. Plugged in! Yes!

    God bless and good morning. I really enjoyed this and it is something God proves a lot. Powerful scriptures you used.
    Have a blessed day.

    Sharon, you have used such vivid word pictures. I felt like I was right there experiencing those struggles. What a great way to remind us to stay connected to our ever-present Power Source! Thanks!

    Much patience exhibited, many would have called the electrician again and blamed him for making a mistake somewhere…
    Thank you for the power analogy!

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you so much for this helpful devotional. I am praying for someone who has had severe depression for many years. I will pray that God’s power will overshadow her.

    Thanks, Sharon, for another of your interesting and good advice devotionals. We are so fortunate, and need be very thankful that our Lord is ever ready to serve us and help us through whatever situation we face. Blessings for these writings you prepare.

    How often do we get distracted and look in the wrong direction? Thanks for this reminder to “turn our eyes upon Jesus” and seek HIs power!
    Bless you Sharon,

    I love your message today about power which I seek again today. I love your smooth presentation of God’s truths. I again marvel at his love and the power given to us by an almighty Father.
    Power, power, wonder working power!
    Working in his spirit.

    Good morning, Sharon,
    Wow! This came at the right time for me.
    Today I spoke to my school counselor to reduce my study days from 3 to 2 a week, as I am feeling overwhelmed, with school and work, all the daily pressures I put on myself.
    Thanks for the reminder to plug into God the Holy Spirit for our personal source of power.

    Good afternoon, Sharon,
    I can relate so well to everything you wrote especially the following,
    How often in our lives we find ourselves personally out of power – tired, anxious, worried about health!
    And we do get power to cope, and I pray for patience so often, but in our case the problems are still there, thank you for your good words.

    Hi Sharon,
    Great message with lots of description of how our homes can lose power.
    Plugging in to God’s power when we are worried, depressed, or tired is a wonderful message and you provide many good passages to encourage us. We don’t have to feel like a failure that we can’t do it on our own.
    God invites us to rely on Him and wants that relationship. May you continue to be inspired to share and may you not use too much power on one circuit so you stay connected to the electricity as well as to God. Blessings.

    You probably know by now that your circuit is very overloaded. Each of the washer, dryer and iron are a full load. My husband, an electrician, and I were amused and alarmed by turn as we read your story. The circuit breaker should have tripped. In Canada, a GFI is not overload protection but if it senses potential shocks or shorts it kicks out.
    We were so wrapped up in your electrical problems we had to read your application twice for it to sink in! Congratulations on writing a very good devotional with an application we can all use.
    (Manitoba Canada)

    Sharon – loved, loved, loved this devotional. Your electrical analogy and being “unplugged from God” when the answer is there all along – happens often to me. Thank you for underlining again, we must stop, pause, and rely on God – even for the small electrical issues in life. God Bless your continued writing.

    Hello Sharon. I needed your message today. My wife and I are having a lot of health issues of late, friends our age are dropping around us, we are tired, stressed, just like your message says.
    We just got ourselves run down and it is so easy to fall into the trap.
    Today I awoke and said this has to change. I am feeling a little more strength and conviction today. One Day at a Time Sweet Jesus.

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