My feet hit the pavement this afternoon with all sorts of thoughts about the week the Woj tribe has had. Various circumstances and upcoming events have caused more stress than usual, weighing heavy on the heart and mind.
I know many of my readers have similar issues. One of my blog friends is in the middle of her chemo treatments; another has a child preparing for cornea transplants. Several of my friends have children with MPS, the same disease as my daughter, Taylor. I could name at least eight heads of households I know who are currently unemployed. So whether the problem is cancer, disease, finances, whatever the stress…I can assure you of one thing.
The Lord’s strength will carry you, if you will allow Him.
Taylor, my 15 yr. old daughter, was in her prime around age 3; her mind was absorbing so much and she was able to memorize a verse one Sunday. This is the only verse she ever learned to say. She could sing many, but only one did she ever say the words, in order, entirely on her own:
The battle is the Lord’s.
These were David’s words as he faced that giant Goliath and he was completely relying on the Lord for strength. (I Sam. 17:47)
I just returned from my 3 mile run. Can I just be honest and tell you the weather is horrible? (I wanted to say it “sucks” but I don’t let my kids say that and I never say it out loud…so just pretend you didn’t read that part…) The entire time I was running, it was drizzling. Not one glimpse of light or sunshine. Just gray skies and puddles and dampness.
But I wasn’t running IN the rain.
No, I really wasn’t.
I just ran THROUGH the rain.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut. 31:6