For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. - 2 Chronicles 16:9
When we're struggling through a valley, when we're stuck in a trial that's long and hard, when we're exhausted because of all we have to do, when our fears and our anxieties have crept in to take over our thoughts, we know to cry out to Him. It is in those moments, we desperately need His strength. We will fall to our knees in prayer or we ask others to pray for strength for us, and then we wait for it to show up.
But if we're not willing to do those things to bring His strength rushing in, all our effort and prayers are for naught. He isn't just going to grant us strength if we're not willing to do those things we need to do to bring His strength. When those prayers go unheard, many of us end up frustrated - we may feel like He's not answering our prayers or that He's left us alone, and we can get bitter - that's a dangerous place. It is in those moments that we need to remind ourselves that He is in the trial, He has allowed it into our lives for a very specific reason - to bubble to the surface something our heart needs to work on.
When we feel we need His strength, we need to remember He hasn't gone anywhere. Instead, we need to look for some right we're holding on to - it is our holding on to that right that's blocking His blessing of strength. He doesn't dose His strength out to us once in a while or in different amounts to different people. It's 100% there and available to all of us at all times. We're the ones who block the strength. So if we're not feeling it, we need to look at our own hearts and figure out why.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
Popular posts from this blog
I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At this point, they have not yet staged my cancer because they are waiting for the biopsy results from a suspicious spot in the second breast. The biopsy is scheduled for September 5th, with a lumpectomy to follow on September 7th. They will formally stage my cancer after they biopsy my lymph nodes, which will be taken during the surgery. It doesn't make any sense to me that I have a cancer diagnosis - I am a fairly healthy woman who runs 2 miles almost every day and eats a gluten-free, primarily paleo diet, with no family history at all. But it makes sense to God, and so here I am. Update ~ They found 4 isolated invasions during the lumpectomy. Due to the nature of my cancer (HER2+ and ER-), the recommended protocol is chemotherapy and radiation. Beginning in October, my chemotherapy regime
When we launched our new blog we had no idea if anyone would see it or be helped by it, but we knew that the LORD was prompting us to step out in faith and just do it. The response has been amazing and we are looking forward to how God will use this space for His glory. We have learned over many years of service in a variety of ministries, that God does not require human assistance to realize His plans for individuals, churches, nations, or the human race. But the story of the bible is the story of God’s will playing out through the words and actions of the His children. So…we pray, meditate on his Word, and write from the heart about the truths that mold our faith, guide our actions, and inspire our hearts and minds. Please visit the site and subscribe to continue receiving posts. https://graceinmarriage.com/ It is our sincere hope that you are blessed by our work here and welcome your input on how we can make Grace in Marriage even better. Thank you for your support.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 73:25-26 What believer would not want to experience the kind deep devotion to God found in these verses? This kind of loyal commitment is the desire of every person of faith....yet it eludes so many of us. If you've been a believer for long, you know there are times it does not come easy. There is a great price involved in reaching the kind of faith found in these verses. This level of commitment is only achieved through fierce struggle. The battle between Spirit and flesh is constant, but it is in the battle that we are strengthened when we choose to lean in and trust God, to turn to Him for our strength in the battle, and to keep our eyes fixed on Him despite what the world throws at us. Asaph wrote these words only after a difficult and confusing crisis of faith. He was tempted to com