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Strength in the Struggle – When You Don’t Quit!

Last week I confessed how I usually give up some goals when I fall behind. That night, not only did I see the value in reading God’s Word, I saw the value in not giving up. I also noticed the value of not giving up in another area.

Reading.

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I’ve shared with you before about my daughter’s struggle.

We’ve worked hard.

Last week, when we read the Bible together, she wanted a turn to read. She picked up the heavy family Bible, raised her voice, and read. Boldly. It wasn’t a children’s Bible. There were lots of hard words. She didn’t quit when she faltered. Frustration stayed away. She read. And read. And read. Verse after verse. Truth after truth. She read.

She showed me strength in the struggle.

It was beautiful.

I’m so thankful we didn’t give up.

Parenting is Hard

Parenting RIGHT is even harder.

Parenting with FAITH feels unnatural.

Parenting without FAILURE, well, that just doesn’t exist.

So give yourself some grace today. Rekindle that faith.

Hit your knees.

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Cause that’s where forgiveness for the failures and restoration of faith happens.

And by all means, stay in The Word.

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  Deuteronomy 11:18-20

Words of Comfort

Holding Grandma’s Bible in my hands, I flip through it, looking for comfort in words that comforted her. This passage was marked. I find great comfort here.

Isaiah 55

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations that do not know you will hasten to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
which will not be destroyed.”

Grandma was known for her laughter. Her nickname was Giggles. I think the hills and trees might also be laughing – with her.

Psalm 107

Are you in a time of wandering? Hungry? Thristy? Are there chains you can not break? Sickness? Storms? This journey of life will bring us to many different places. Sometimes it will be obvious to the world around us manifested in a move, hospital stay, or loss of a job. Other times our journey will lead us to a desert: feeling far from God, distant from a spouse, or bound by depression. Whatever the circumstances, our journeys will be hard and at times our bridges will take us over stormy seas.

Over and over in Psalm 107 it says:

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.”

If you are in a time of wandering, hungry or thirsty, read verses 6 – 9.

If you are bound in chains or depressed, read verses 13 – 16.

If you are experiencing sickness, read verses 19 – 22.

If you are in the middle of a storm, read verses 28 – 32.

Whatever your situation, cry out to God! He will deliver you.

“Whoever is wise, let him heed the things and consider the great love of the Lord.” – Psalm 107: 43

Be a bridge builder and cry out to God. He will be your bridge to restoration.

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