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Who Me? Be Strong?

As I write this we are in the 9th day of January.

Woman after woman shares with me her feelings of failure and disappointment.

New Years Day resolutions are already buried under

   Efforts to simply survive 2020.

And for those who know there is more to life

  the question begs for an answer

“Can I possibly be strong – strong in my soul – in this day?”

All around we see the erosion of moral values.

Deep within we are aware of our human weakness.

So can we possibly grow strong – soul strong – today?

I honestly believe so.

For again and again I have seen the when the storm winds blow

the roots do deep.

And oh how my heart longs for those deep roots of strength.

“I feel like such a failure,” she said and bent her head.

“Honestly I feel so ugly,” another woman admitted.

“Me? Oh I’m just a mess inside but I’d never admit it to another”.

My heart leaps out to these women and so many like them

who suffer alone with doubts, confusion and disappointment.

The superficial answers of today

    The skin-deep solutions

 Just.don’t. last.

No, they don’t and they won’t.

True strength – real soul strength- is found in One alone.

And it is only as I draw near to Him

   And dig deep into His Truths

That I discover a strength that lasts.

It is not dependent on my emotions, my moods, the latest best seller.

It is not conditioned on my financial security, or the amount of education I have.

No, it’s solely based on the character of God.

His everlasting Love.

His Plan and Purpose for my life.

His unchanging Nature.

There is a hunger all around for Truth that changes lives.

There is a longing to grow strong.

Let these words sink deep within –

1-3 Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!”
    Angels listen as I sing my thanks.
I kneel in worship facing your holy temple
    and say it again: “Thank you!”
Thank you for your love,
    thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name,
    most holy is your Word.
The moment I called out, you stepped in;
    you made my life large with strength.   Psalm 138:1-3 Msg

 

He wants to give you that strength today.

A strength that can face whatever storms you might face

A strength that will give you confidence to boldly embrace

His Truth in a crazy world.

Interested in growing strong – soul strong- this year?

Join me and others as we do just that.

It will transform your life.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Starting Strong in 2020

It tends to catch me by surprise each year-

 how suddenly Christmas is over,

 the carols are no longer heard and talk of income tax is in the air.

Although it might be easy to join the masses and stress over the lack

of energy, finances, health, relationships, etc,

 that is not our real need.

No, beneath all of those concerns

 is the need of our souls for His

Presence, His Peace and His Provision.

 Without Him, we drift in emptiness

 seeking to satisfy our aching souls

 with something.

But, in truth, He is the One Who satisfies our every need

 as we learn to depend upon Him.

 

So let’s start there first.

Ask Him to fill your soul with His Presence.

Ask Him to take control.

Ask Him to help you focus upon those things that matter most.

 

By doing that we’ll know that we are starting strong

no matter what happens.

Join me, won’t you, in taking that first step to start strong in 2020?

 

The Perils of Hurry

I got up early, reached for my list and quickly scanned the items

wondering how in the world I would get it all done. Sigh.

Reaching for a cup of freshly made coffee

I sank down into the comfortable chair –

the one that I sit in to have my Quiet Time.

Flipping the pages, I turned to the reading for the day

but inside my mind was still racing –

already thinking about all that needed to be accomplished.

As my eyes read over the verses –

verses cherished —

I found my mind wandering back to that long to do list.

Pulling my thoughts back again, I saw those words.

Words I’ve read many, many times before.

“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had some quietness today?  I mused.

But no way for me.

No, my life is too busy.

Sigh.

But the strangest thing happened as I closed my Bible and began to pray.

It was as if I sensed Him looking at me and saying, “Why not?”

Really, I thought. Could I possibly eliminate some of the hurry from my life?

Me? A single parent. Working full time.

How ridiculous is that!

But just as quickly I began to wonder.

Had I begun to make excuses for my busyness?

Had I joined in the hurry sickness of our day?

Was I allowing it rather than disciplining my own life?

Throughout the rest of the day and the days that followed

I realized that I needed to

Unhook

Disconnect

Say no

And play more.

Without realizing it I had allowed the tyranny of the urgent

to creep into my life

causing me to be overstressed and overcommitted.

As a result I was not living in the strength He wanted me to have.

I wasn’t victorious in ways He intended for me to be.

That realization was like a huge light coming on.

Only I could change it.

And change it I would.

Over time I began to manage time better and with wisdom.

More time for retreats and less rushing.

Instead of living life to the max

I began to build in margin and allow time for simply doing nothing.

Instantly my creativity began to increase and I slept better.

Quickly I noticed a slowing within and my soul becoming filled.

It’s a change that I’ve continued to work on –

The press of living around us is something none of us can completely escape

But those words reminding me of the importance of quiet have become like

markers in the sand.

He has promised to supply all of our needs —

Our need for rest,

Our need for strength

Our need for wisdom

We must choose to live intentionally.

One day at a time.

Yes, as we depend upon Him to guide our days

And rest in His pace

We, too, can learn to live in quiet and confidence.

Join me, won’t you?