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The Secret to Daily Energy: Waiting on God

As I enter my later years, I’ve noticed a significant decrease in my energy levels. The exact reason for this decline remains a mystery. However, my wife, The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, jokingly claims that I am “over the hill,” and so is my energy. While I never quite understood the concept of being “over the hill,” one thing is certain: my energy reservoir is not what it used to be.

Despite the downside of having limited energy, there are perks to it. One convenient benefit is the perfect excuse for avoiding tasks I’d rather not do. Whenever my wife asks me to do something I’d rather avoid, I playfully retort, “My Dear, I just don’t have the energy right now, or else I would gladly do it.” She scowls at my response, as if understanding the underlying message.

The term “retirement” has taken on a whole new meaning since I began experiencing this energy decline. It now signifies perpetual tiredness. Oh, how I long for the days when I didn’t fully comprehend the extent of my fatigue. It wasn’t until recently, with the arrival of our energetic great-granddaughter, that I realized just how tired I truly am.

Observing this little rascal’s ceaseless running and boundless vigor is both fascinating and exhausting. I am astounded by her seemingly infinite energy reserves. If only I could borrow a fraction of her vitality, it would benefit us both greatly.

While pondering my own dwindling energy reserves, a biblical verse came to mind: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

This verse taught me a valuable lesson – that finding strength in God is the real secret to daily energy. In my quest for energy, I’ve often attempted to generate it on my own, only to fail repeatedly. The truth is, only God can provide the strength necessary to live each day for His glory.

So, as I continue searching for energy, I now understand that waiting on God is the key. While I may not have all the answers regarding my diminishing energy levels, I have discovered the ultimate source of renewal. God alone can unleash the energy needed to face each day with vitality and purpose.

Dr. James L. Snyder resides in Ocala, FL with his beloved wife, The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. He can be reached at 1-352-216-3025 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit his website at

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why has the author noticed a decrease in their energy levels?
The exact reason for the decline in energy levels remains unknown to the author.

2. How does the author use their limited energy to their advantage?
The author uses their limited energy as an excuse to avoid tasks they would rather not do.

3. How does the author define “retirement” now?
Since experiencing a decline in energy, the author views retirement as perpetual tiredness.

4. What brought the author’s fatigue to their attention?
The author realized the extent of their fatigue when observing their energetic great-granddaughter.

5. What is the biblical verse that comes to the author’s mind regarding energy?
The biblical verse is Isaiah 40:31, which states that those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

1. “Over the hill”: This is a phrase used to describe someone who is past their prime or getting older.
2. “Retirement”: The term typically refers to the period of time after a person stops working, but in this context, it signifies perpetual tiredness.
3. “Vitality”: Refers to liveliness or energy.

Suggested Related Links:
1. James Snyder Ministries – The author’s website for more information about his work and writings.

By Alan Caldwell

Alan Caldwell is a respected authority and prolific writer on the subject of urban renewable energy systems in American cities. His expertise lies in exploring the implementation and impact of green energy solutions, such as solar and wind power, in urban landscapes. Caldwell's work often highlights the challenges and successes of integrating renewable energy into city grids, advocating for environmentally sustainable and economically viable energy strategies. His insightful analyses and recommendations have been influential in shaping how cities approach their transition to cleaner energy sources, contributing significantly to the discourse on sustainable urban development.