Is that all there is?

My husband is hearing Peggy Lee singing “Is that all there is?” in his head. Work is stressful for him, and the long, long hours are difficult. For me and my tutoring, the school year is already underway. The summer went too quickly, as I really only had about a week off. He only had the 4th of July weekend off. Don’t get me wrong. We are grateful (beyond measure) that we DO have jobs. We are just exhausted.

With work demands and the needs of distant family, we again did not take a vacation for the 3 of us. It needs to be rectified. Stress and exhaustion do eventually take a toll. I have quantified times like this using this expression “I am tired of pushing greased elephants up glass mountains”. Obviously, when I feel this way it comes from lack of balance, and believing I am in the battles alone. Of course, I am not. God is with me through it all, and so are my husband and son.

There are medical situations that we need to attend to in the next month or two.In addition to those things, we need to have some sort of mini-vacation. My son and I will do some early fall housecleaning today as well. Believe it or not, that boosts my spirits, too. The day stretches out before me, and I will march on through it. God is my constant companion. He and I have MUCH to discuss.

The answer to the song running through my husband’s head: No, that is NOT all there is. It just FEELS like it some days.

Psalm 121 states “I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From whence shall come my help? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; or your guardian to sleep. Behold, the guardian of Israel never slumbers nor sleeps. The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by night. The Lord will guard you from all evil; he will guard your soul. The Lord will guard your coming and going both now and forever”.

I lift my eyes to the mountains from whence cometh my help

I lift my eyes to the mountains from whence cometh my help


About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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8 Responses to Is that all there is?

  1. I am well acquainted with this feeling you speak of. The I’ll rest when I’m dead philosophy takes hold in my life far too easily. I have to remind myself often to take a break.

  2. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much for talking to us about this, Kate. That Psalm is one that God used in a special way in my life and one I need to return to often! God bless you and your family as you plan a time away from the demands.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Debbie~ the psalm has a special place in my heart as well, Debbie. As you lift your eyes to His mountains today, may your heat be filled with His peace. God bless you.

  3. The challenges and stress of everyday life do sometimes make us wonder “is that all there is?” Yes, it does feel like that most of the time, but thankfully, we have a refreshing source to turn to for rest – time with the Lord. Thanks for reminding me to do just that, Kate!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      My friend, I think we know our need for Him is constant, and our minds get distracted. When we feel los or downhearted, all we need do is reach out our hand, hearts, and souls to Him. Have a very blessed day—kate

  4. Jayne says:

    I’m so sorry you haven’t had a chance to get away, just the three of you. And I wish that we could ALL have been together on the 4th! Last year, on Rob’ s birthday, the four of us went out for dinner… we realized how much FUN we have together when we take a break from all of our stressors and responsibilities. I hope that you have a chance to get away, if even for a long weekend… Labor Day?? šŸ™‚ Love you!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      it wouldve been awesome to have the 4th w you. as it turned out josh had a job interview ON the 4th.
      regardless of whether we get awsy…we are tryung to carve out a bit of downtime.
      i so wish we could spend a wkend with all of us and all of you.
      love u too

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