“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
This is the verse I have been holding onto. You see, you don’t know how much more you can do until the demand is placed on you. I’ve been doing at least ten hours a week for my internship with a publishing company, starting on my senior project, (which is a twelve-page inspirational disability magazine),helping with publications, along with various papers, homework and tests. After waiting for a month, I will finally start physical therapy for my foot. This will be at least two times a week-maybe even three if they think it’s necessary.
I said all of that to say this. Most people get stressed, hyperventilate, and become grouches when their schedule is piled with EVEN more stuff to do. That’s because they are relying on their ability and not God. I’m so thankful that I don’t have to rely on myself to get all of these things done. My God is on my side, helping me and giving me the grace to take each day as it comes. While my schedule will become more chaotic in the next few days, His grace will remain the same, ready to refresh me each morning.
That’s not to say this week wasn’t a challenge. I was stressed trying to get interviews scheduled, homework done, and just normal everyday stuff. I even freaked out about my senior project thinking I was going in the wrong direction. After a phone call to my mom, things were okay because she reminded me that as much as I love blogging and helping others, those weren’t priority right now. It’s so easy to let the devil steal your energy and time doing “stuff”, but it has nothing to do with your assignment from God. Yes, I was guilty of that! After I said no more, I’ve had a peace I haven’t had, even though in the natural it looks like I should be concerned. I refuse to let the enemy steal my joy. I’ve said, “God’s got this!”
Let Him carry you! I challenge you to rest in Him this week!
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Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defiled. Samuel 17:45
David could not use Saul’s armor. It was heavy and just didn’t fit. Just like David we cannot put on someone else’s armor either. Like David we must put on our armor. In order to defeat our enemies, we must put on the armor of love, joy, and peace. He has provided us with everything we need to succeed in this life.
I remember a time in my life when I walked in fear every day. Inside of me I wanted to be normal, but just like a snake that slips up on you, fear gripped me so tightly at times it seemed like I could not even breathe. Even at night I would go to sleep with a gun on my chest fearing for myself and my children.
Before, I was walking in my own strength trying to fight with the wrong weapons. Now that I’ve put on God’s armor of peace, I sleep like a baby at night knowing the Almighty is protecting me.
If you are living in fear and letting the enemy steal your peace, put on God’s armor for a change! When He helps us, it’s more powerful than anything we could imagine. I’ve broken through that fear and you can, too!
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My husband and I enjoy the walking trail at the park. The beginning of the trail is more a stroll than a walk. Trees cover the lane with shade. There is usually a cool breeze blowing. It starts out going downhill. Halfway through the trail everything changes. The shade from the trees is gone. The sun beams down on the walkers. It is uphill the rest of the way. I find it hard to complete the trail. The climb becomes a real challenge.
This morning as I approached the dreaded halfway mark I had a thought. I realized how much like my life this trail experience has been to me. I have had times when hardships were far from me. Then without warning, things would change. I would find myself in a hard place. I would need to find strength and faith to be able to keep going. “Trust in The Lord with all thy heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths; ~Proverbs 3:5,6. I am thankful we have Holy Spirit. He will guide us through these hard places of life. He is also there to comfort us along our way.
I will continue to walk the trail. I know it won’t be easy. I also know I can make it.
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Sometimes it may seem like you are the only one standing on what you believe is right and what you believe is God. I have been struggling with this very thing for a while now. I went through a period of thinking that I was going crazy because how could I be the only one who sees this situation a certain way. I started praying that God would change me and how I felt about it since I must be wrong. The problem must be me.
Well, this is how I went on for weeks and months, but somewhere deep in my spirit I knew what I believed was God no matter who else thought so. It was very hard because it brought conflict and pain in some relationships and just made me feel more distant from a lot of people and things that I really care about. I went in the prayer line recently because I was just tired of the fight within myself about this whole situation and God spoke to me giving me the answer I had longed to hear but knew in my heart.
There will be times when you are the only one who is willing to stand and fight for what you know is God. As long as you stand firm, God will never let you down no matter how rough it gets. Just hearing one word makes all the difference. It didn’t matter anymore if I was the only one, once I heard His voice and knowing that I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. You or your beliefs won’t always be popular with the world or even other believers. Don’t assume that everyone you trust is going to give you the right advice. Sometimes you have to just rely on what you know you know for yourself. Listen to your spirit, stand firm, and leave the rest to God.