I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. – (Philippians 4:13, NIV)
Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do. – (Philippians 4:13, ERV)
For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. – (Philippians 4:13, TLB)
Do you ever wake at the start of the week and wonder how you will get from the now to the close of the week? It is not a lack of faith thing, nor a whoa is me situation, but rather a recognition of the demands that lie before me, and the need for Christ to be present every step of the way. The week ahead is like that for me, particularly as I step into the new and unknown. I am excited and eager, yet uncertain of how all will unfold. God is good, as He grants me the strength to do the He is leading me to, and He makes plain the path that He has prepared in advance for me to walk. Today, I am trusting His strength for each next step as I navigate the new in this season.
Mom understands this far better than most, as she continues to trust in Christ and His strength each new day for every new step that she is to take on this road of healing and recovery. Each week, she is trying a bit more as she gets out of the house and engages in social activities with my sister and brother-in-love. More and more, there is a return to self, as Christ’s strength continues to grow and be made known in Mom.
The strength of the Lord,
Is present and free;
For all who choose seek,
He gives what we need.
All that the Lord asks,
We’re equipped to do;
His power and grace,
Ever see us through.
So, trust in the Lord,
Answer what He asks;
You’ll find you’ve the strength,
For every task.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us the strength and power to do all that You call us to do. Thank You that You have a perfect plan and purpose for each of us. Forgive us for our moments of being a bit overwhelmed by all that we see that lies ahead. Teach us to trust You more, as You are always faithful to go before us and walk beside us, every step of the way. Show us how to love those around us in ways that encourage, strengthen and empower each to do all that is asked of them. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust Your power and strength to supply all that we need for each step we are meant to take of every day. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him. – Psalm 37:23