Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – (1 Chronicles 16:11, NIV)
Depend on the Lord for strength. Always go to Him for help. – (1 Chronicles 16:11, ERV)
Always follow the Eternal, His strength and His face. – (1 Chronicles 16:11, VOICE)
This is the time of year that I am reminded of my desperate need for God and His strength. From the start of school to Veteran’s Day, there are no days off nor long weekends. Additionally, it is when cold and flu season rears its ugly head and the shorter days are full of gray skies and cold rains. Kids and staff go through the cycle of sickness, and the germs are passed around. With a sub shortage, it means losing our planning period regularly as well. All of this becomes a bit exhausting, and we need strength beyond ourselves. Each morning, I look to the Lord to be my strength as I seek Him. Even on the toughest days, I know His nearness and He grants me what I need to get through each day. May we ever look to the Lord for strength and depend on Him, for He is faithful to meet us each time we seek Him.
Choose look to the Lord,
For all that you need;
He’s faithful, gracious,
And His strength exceeds.
God’s more than enough,
To show us the way;
Keep moving forward,
Throughout each new day.
No matter what comes,
He’ll always be near;
To strengthen, uplift,
Show us that He hears.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can come before You and depend on You to provide the strength we need to navigate each new day. Thank You that You are faithful to meet us each time we seek You. Forgive us for trying to gut things out on our own, or for quitting before we begin. Teach us to trust in You and to rely on Your leading and strength each day that we draw breath. Show us how to love those around us well, so that they may come to know the goodness and faithfulness of Your overwhelming love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we depend on You to lead and strengthen us for each new day. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
But You, Lord, don’t be far away. My Strength, come quickly to help me. – Psalm 22:19