In Rhonda Rhea's case, the funnybone connects to the heart! In this Prayer UPGRADE, she encourages us to spend time where our strength lies.
"Sometimes I’m tempted to take some time off from hairspray," Rhonda says. "Sometime when I’m planning to go nowhere. And I mean absolutely nowhere. I think I would call it a spray-cation."
Don't get me (Dawn) started on hairspray. It's been a long time since my free-flowing "hippie" years. Now I'm in the "helmet" stage—as in, you couldn't dent my hair!
Rhonda continues . . .
It’s funny because I almost remember what it was like to freely run my fingers through my hair. It’s been a long time, though.
These days I invest in a lot of hair products. The fingers may go in, but I’m telling you right now. They’re not coming out.
I have to keep the crazy assortment of hair sprays, gels, mousses and goops, because it takes a different concoction for every style. A brew for every do, as it were.
When constructing an up-do, for instance, you sort of have to pour footings. I use a product that’s referred to as styling mousse, but I think it might actually be some sort of rebar.
Still—not to split hairs or anything—but it’s good to remember that if you don’t want to have to wrestle with your hair, you have to start with a good goo-foundation.
As for real life battles, if you want victory there, you have to start with a good spiritual foundation. You have to invest.
Time invested in connecting with the Father in prayer is absolutely vital.
- Are you wrestling with your flesh on some issue or another? Take it to Him.
- Struggling with a decision? Lay it at His feet.
- Grappling with a fearful situation that has your hair standing on end—even before the mousse? Spend time with Him and the battle is all but over.
The God who created everything, the One who never tires, the One who has all power and who also promises to grant strength to those who will rely on Him—He is the One who will give victory. There’s not a single battle we can ever face that He doesn’t have the power to win.
Isaiah 40:28-31 spells it out.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding. He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow wear, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint” (HCSB).
So it’s eyes off of the battle that threatens to overwhelm us. And eyes on the God who simply cannot be overwhelmed.
The evil one wants to keep us focused on the problems, frustrations and pains of the battle. But the Lord wants us to take our eyes off all of that and fix them firmly on Him. More firmly fixed than the surest hair-glue.
We can do that through prayer. And that’s where our strength will be found.
Feeling weary? Powerless? Like you could easily stumble and fall?
Without a doubt, the best place to fall is to your knees.
Trust in the One who will be your strength. Fall before Him in prayer and you will find everything you need for soaring—really soaring—through every battle.
You win. And it’s the kind of victory that’s sure and complete.
Not the kind you win by just by a hair.
Are you trusting in your own strength today? Isn't it time for a talk with your Father in heaven?
Friends, "Let us spray."
Rhonda Rhea is a humor columnist, radio personality, speaker and author of 10 books, including How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person?, Espresso Your Faith - 30 Shots of God's Word to Wake You Up, and a book designed to encourage Pastor's Wives (P-Dubs): Join the Insanity. Rhonda, a sunny pastor's wife, lives near St. Louis and is "Mom" to five grown children. Find out more at www.RhondaRhea.com.