Strength

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

The strength of the Lord. I believe this is one of the most under-utilized gifts from God. The strength he offers us. I’m a strong believer in using the Lord’s strength. I find it interesting that this is one of the virtues I have received so many compliments on since I started my walk again. And, I tell people, “It’s not my strength, but the Lord’s.” The Lord gives me His strength, and I just utilize it.

It’s funny how sometimes 1 little comment can change your life. I have had so many moments, where it was just one little comment that changed my life. More often than not, it’s the little things that can change your course. A few years ago, I used to hate cooking. Like, loathe cooking. Bane of my existence. Then, one night, I’m flipping through Pinterest, and I see a quote that says, “What you eat is a form of self-respect.” – Boom! Mic drop! I like to think that I respect myself a lot, maybe I should care a little more about what I eat… hence, maybe I should take more time to enjoy cooking because it’s by-product is a form of self-respect. Now, I can’t say, that I love cooking. But I definitely enjoy it much more than I used to, and I do look forward to making certain things at times because I know I’m going to enjoy eating them. – See that? One little comment, flipped the script.

Similar thing happened concerning God’s strength. I had heard for years that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” But, as I’ve stated previously, that’s not true- and it’s not the whole verse. “God doesn’t tempt you more than you can bear, and not without a way out.” Is really how that goes. But, part of what got me interested in getting to the truth of this statement, was another statement I read. “If God never gave us more than we could bear, why would we ever kneel?” — Ooooh…. I investigated this during my Year of Great Loss. I’m not going to recap that here, but it was a lot of stuff. Very difficult year. And, please believe, more than I could bear. Also, not all from God. Don’t forget, we live in a fallen world. But, I couldn’t have made it through that year without God. It wasn’t my strength that got me up every day. It wasn’t my strength that helped me move forward, and wind through the ridiculous and insane decisions that had to be made to help us get through the next crisis. It was God’s strength. I figured out how to tap into Him. I found my strength, in memorizing verses. Verses that helped center me and give me focus and strength. I also prayed every morning until I was almost falling asleep again. And at night, and in the middle of the afternoon, and whenever it was time to kneel and get a refill on the strength. (*Please note, that up until a certain point, I was blaming God for everything that was happening, until one prayer when I was begging and pleading with Him to make it stop, He whispered back, “It’s not me.” – So that opened my eyes a lot, and flipped the script on how the rest of the year played out.) But the point is, I know that I am not enough to make it through everything that happens to me. That’s why God is here. That’s part of why He sent His son to die on the cross – to have a personal connection with me. So, we can be friends, family. So we can discuss what’s going on in my life. So I can lean on Him when I am not big enough to do this by myself. And, whenever this is happening, I also remind myself, that my God, created the Heavens and the Earth, and raised people from the dead! My God can do anything, and with Him, I can do all things. My God is bigger than all my problems. And, He’s bigger than all your problems. And He’s bigger than all of our problems combined. We don’t need to worry about how we’re going to survive whatever situation we’re facing today, because we’ve got God, and He’s bigger than that. He’s stronger than that. And, we don’t have to use our strength, because we’ve got someone else’s. We’ve got the biggest body-builder, ump-teen time world champion in our corner. We have the Almighty. He’s got our back, every time, every single day of the week.

So do not fear, for I am with you;

do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

Isaiah 41:10

But those who hope 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 be faint.

Isaiah 40:31
I recited this one every day, multiple times a day, while I was working two jobs, trying to make ends meet when I got garnished 2 years ago – leading up to Christmas

My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart

and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:26

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 2:10

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,

my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:1-2

But I will sing of your strength,

in the morning I will sing of your love;

for you are my fortress,

my refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 59:16

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

Jeremiah 32:17

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Stand firm, and you will win life.

Luke 21:19
I just love this one.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you!! Thank you for your STRENGTH! For your everlasting love and endearing nature toward us. Thank you for sending your son to die, that we might have a relationship with you and lean on you in times of trouble. That you might bless us Father, with all your gifts. That we may all learn to press on toward the goal, but know that we are never alone and that you are always with us and willing to give us whatever we need to get there. Thank you for your amazing patience and your grace. That you always bless us and guide us Father. That you have given us Your Holy Spirit that we may learn and grow to be more like You and Your Son every day. That we may understand that this battle is not our own, but Yours Father. That we are on the side of the Victor, and that we will win, we just need to submit to You and give all our cares to You, and that You will handle the rest. That You are the good, good Father, who wishes to bless us and help us win at life. That we may all rest in Your glory and rely on Your strength to get us through each and every situation Father. You are the Almighty. And we thank you that we do not need to go through this alone or rely on ourselves. Thank you Father for all that You do. Please bless the words from our mouths, and the work of our hands. Each and every day Father, that we may bring glory and honor to You. IN JESUS’ NAME!!! AMEN!!!

Mission’s Circle

Can’t stress this enough! You ARE A MISSIONARY!!

Focus on the positive. If you are already doing something, then bless you! Keep on, keeping on!

Ways to reach out, where you’re at:

Make a video of something fun and interesting for those in isolation

Facetime people you know who are in isolation

Are there elderly/older people around you? Save them a trip to the store (next time you go), by picking up their stuff too and delivering it to them

Make masks and donate to local clinics, nursing homes, older people you know (many states have a specific #millionmaskmayday page to find local places that need masks if you’re local clinic isn’t accepting them.)

Participate in #worldofhearts or #we’reallinthistogether by decorating your windows with hearts

Think of something on your own. What can you do to help? Everyone can be a missionary, where they’re at.

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