Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! I truly hope that you had a nice weekend…and that you are ready to start a brand new week! As we begin our time together, I pray that these words…from God’s heart to ours, will truly touch the heart of the hurting one…to bring peace, hope and a love that only comes from God above…Amen!
This morning seems to once more be a day of struggle for me, as my health has once more taken a plummet. As I’ve been sitting here…relaxing and looking out my window, I also see how these moments we face in life can be similar to the result of a heavy snow fall. As I see the snow weighing heavily upon the tree branches this morning, I also see how our creator has allowed these trees to remain strong under the weight of that snow, while displaying beauty for my eyes to see.
You know…isn’t it amazing, as to how the symptoms of our problems can attempt to convince us that we just won’t make it. I know that with Christmas getting closer each day, I can find it easy to get discouraged. Even though Keith and I don’t decorate or have gifts; I still enjoy doing some baking and cooking, as we do celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.
Today, as I’ve been sitting here with you; God has been taking me back to a well-known Bible verse in Philippians 4:13 that I’m sure that we have all memorized; and even though we hold these words within our hearts, we need to ask ourselves one question… can we truly say that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
You know…I think we tend to lean on our own strength, which really isn’t the kind of strength that can keep us standing, especially during the hard times of life. I just wonder…is this our way of trying to make life work for ourselves…because if it is, we just aren’t going to make it…and why…because the weaknesses we face in this life do become more powerful than ourselves…and because of that, we need a strength that can override the powerful moments of circumstance and keep us standing.
Last night…before going to sleep, I went into my office and laid on my daybed…and while looking out to a beautiful winter wonderland in the backyard, I began to think on what my life would be like, without the One whose strength keeps me standing each day…and I’ll tell you…when I begin to think on thoughts such as these; it’s as if my heart rises above the despair that attempts to take me down…to remind me, as to how blessed I truly am. You know…these are the thoughts we need to focus on…thoughts that can truly take us above the problem and place us into the strong arms of a strong God…One who will never let us fall.
Today, maybe you are feeling like me…kind of tired of all the problems you’ve been facing lately; but may I encourage you, as I am encouraging myself…to never let these enticing thoughts of deception take you down. Maybe life hasn’t treated us fair…and maybe what we’re facing doesn’t look good right now; but I do know of a strong God, who can keep us suspended above these moments of despair, while helping us to continually press on each day…but before that can actually happen, we need to let go of ourselves, before we can fall into these strong arms of love.
As we close this time together, my prayer is that we will truly come to take hold of a strength that can keep us standing straight, rather than feeling bent over and weighed down by the burdens of this life. One thing I know for sure and that is this… when we focus on a strong God, rather than the so-called strength of ourselves or these weaknesses we face; that is when we will have the strength we need to continually walk away from despair.
Have a very blessed day…and I will hope to see you soon! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain