Monday, March 09, 2009

The Right Power

Yesterday I held the Power. I cradled that slim silver clicker in my hand for four hours while my husband helped his friend with math two rooms away.

At first, I did what any woman does who finally feels the power in her grip—I channel surfed all four hundred plus stations. I paused on each home show and then pushed further until I landed on a program I hadn’t watched in years. Lifetime movies soon filled my void for tear-jerking drama. I sniffled, cried and sighed through two heartbreaking movies with the power clutched tightly in my fist.

Don’t you wish we had that power in our lives when it came to the events that cause us our most grief, worry or pain?

When I wake each morning, I wish I could point the clicker at the phone and make it ring with a dozen job offers. I wish I could click it at my computer and make the perfect email appear accepting my latest query. I wish when I go to my accountant’s today to do our taxes that with one point of the power—she’d tell us we were getting a landslide of a return back.

I wish . . .

What I need to do is get back to the basics. No amount of wishing power is going to turn me into a bestselling author. No amount of wishing power is going to bring my husband or myself a job to save us in this recession.

The only power I need and already have is the power of prayer. And I can grasp that power right after I wake up each morning or right before I walk into the accountant’s office today or right before I click send with my latest story.

Are you clutching the right kind of power today? The good news is we don’t have to wait for our husband to leave the room to use it.


Yolanda said...

I haven't slept well the past two nights as I have a ton of things for this week to ready for vacation. But the blessing was and is....those first 6 scriptures that I've memorized, were just going over and over in my mind as I lay awake. And I am so thankful for the POWER that they are in my life.

What a great visual Terri!


Janna Qualman said...


Sassy Granny ... said...

Isn't it funny how something as innocuous as a remote control has come to represent power-struggles & turf wars? I chuckled as I read your post, reflecting on the "negotiating" that takes place at our house when one or the other of us has that little device clutched in a vice-grip.

I'm happiest when I cling to Lord as tenaciously.

Bless you, sister!


Jenn Johansson said...

Awesome post and great visual. Thanks for reminding us where to focus!

AnooCre8ion said...

Great post Terri.

Makes me think of my latest verse I am memorizing.

1 Cor. 4:20 "For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power."

We've got the power in the name of Jesus. Not just power to pray, but to bind and loose, to declare and call things that be not as though they were. We've got the power of life and death in our tongues.


Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Love your post today! What a powerful message! The power of prayer is awesome, I can personally attest to that throughout my life.

As always, every day, you are in my prayers that blessings of new jobs and a published novel and/or story will come your way soon.

Angie Ledbetter said...

I have the power at hand...sometimes I just need to remember to change the prayer batteries! :)

giddymomof6 said...

YEP! Prayer is my greatest weapon! LOVE LOVE LOVE It! And I use it! Jenni

Ginger said...

I just love how you take everday things and relate them to my life! Thank you so much for this amazing post today. I don't need to forget the real source of power:)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Yes, I've got the power, but I'm having to search harder for some inspiration these days. I feel as if I've been walking around in a daze this past week.

Been praying very specifically for you and your family.


Melissa Marsh said...

Wonderful post, Terri! I'm so very thankful to have the power of prayers.

Kathryn Magendie said...

I had to laugh at the channel surfing of all those stations *smiling*

I am going to wish for you, Terri! I'm going to wish with all my heart...

Linda said...

Excellent post, and great analogy!

Lin said...

how's so funny with remotes and hubbies. we believe in remotes but many don't access the power of prayer because it's intangible to them.

KelliGirl said...

I read your last few posts. I sure wish I had a clicker that could take away all that you're going through. It's easy to write about God being good when times are easy, but to see His goodness and faithfulness in the midst of struggle is a true testimony of faith.

Your openness and honesty helps me navigate my own struggles better. Thank you for your faithfulness both to write and to seize control of ultimate source of our power. I pray God sends you a "Yes" today.

Blessings, my friend,

Beth in NC said...

Hi Terri! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow! I am so blessed that you would do that!

I look forward to knowing you better!

Many blessings!