I decided to take the Strong, Brave, Loved 21-day Challenge with Holly Garth. Today’s verse and devotional were both powerful and convicting for me. Through many of my life experiences, it has been necessary to have strength and bravery as part of my arsenal. Things like surviving a tornado that landed on the patio of our first home, surviving a t-bone crash, standing up for those who have been wronged, and many more of the uncertainties in this life, have required my dependence on the strength and courage that is given by God.
- Choose your battles carefully. You don’t have to fight every one.
- Know that the evil one is always trying to get through your guard.
- Know God’s Word and use it to determine what He expects of you.
- Stand and persevere when you know it’s right.
- True strength is knowing where your power really lies.
I’ve discovered that sometimes we lose the battle, or it appears that way. If we know it’s the right thing to do we should be doing it. God is always the final judge. Wouldn’t you rather hear why did you than why didn’t you?
Blessings to you and yours!
This week’s Tuesday’s at Ten prompt word is strength or strong. I came across this story and thought how fitting.
On October 15,1997, David Huxley broke his own record at Mascot Airport in Sydney, Australia. He strapped around his upper torso a harness that was attached to a steel cable 15 yards long. The other end of the steel cable was attached to the front-wheel strut of a 747 jetliner that weighed 187 tons. With his tennis shoes firmly planted on the runway, he leaned forward, pulled with all his might, and was able to get the jetliner rolling down the runway. He pulled the 747 one hundred yards in one minute and twenty-one seconds. (from 750 Engaging Illustrations compiled by Craig Brian Larson, pg. 62.)
Beyond physical strength as in the story above we have another kind of strength. This strength comes to us from the Lord. The Word tells us that quite clearly in Isaiah 40:31 – – When we trust in Him He will renew our strength like eagles. I can certainly testify to that verse. Several times in my life I have had to trust only in Him for the strength I needed. Through cancer, being hit by a truck while driving a Chevette, a tornado destroying our home, my sister’s massive stroke at age 39, Ray’s (my husband) Traumatic Brain Injury, and … He has carried me in His strong arms thoughout my life. His strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Grace upon grace to you and yours!
When I saw the word ‘reach’ for this weeks 5-Minute Friday I immediately thought of Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, “God and Adam”. Often, only the hands are shown but if one looks and gives some thought to what he was trying to say it’s not hard to understand that the artist is depicting the relationship of God and Man.
Notice that God is reaching down with His right hand while Adam is reaching up with his left. The right hand is often a symbol of strength while the left is one of weakness. That is exactly what is portrayed in this painting. God’s hand (on the right) shows great strength as it strains to touch the weak left hand of Adam. Paul speaks of this concept in 1 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
Mighty God, let me know Your touch! Let me reach out to You and know the grace that passes all understanding. Give me the strength to reach out to those around me. Make it so in the Precious and Holy name of Jesus!