Journal Entry ~ 10/15/19

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 💗


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