My Own Story: Strength in the Fight {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are invited to lean on the Lord for strength. Today, I will be sharing my own story of facing difficult circumstances with God’s strength. This is part one, as we look at Ephesians 6:10 –

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides] (Eph. 6:10, AMPC).

We can be strong in the battle, because we are relying on our Lord Jesus for strength and protection. It brings us back to our need for a relationship with our King! As we come closer to Jesus, He provides all we need to face the storms of life.

My Own Battle –

Summer is my hard time, as I have shared before. I feel like everything within me, becomes greatly tested – during Summer time. This reminds me why I need Jesus Christ in my life. I cannot deal with the things of my life without Him. My strength is not nearly enough to tackle a small portion of the things I deal with.

Jesus Christ is my source of Strength, Deliverer, Companion, Savior, and even calls me His friend. He continues to show me who He is.

I am thankful He doesn’t ever leave my side. I can sit in His presence, and allow everything else fade into the background – as He equips me to carefully handle everything. This is where I am renewed and find healing, as I sit in His presence, talk with Him {prayer}, and read my Bible.

God’s Strength –

Even though this is my difficult time, I am constantly reminded that God’s strength is more than enough to get me through. The strength of my God is all I need.

Throughout Scripture, we are taught about the character of God – His goodness, love, justice, strength, etc. However, it is in these moments that I am able to experience who God honestly is. I am not alone in my battle.

Through the Holy Spirit, God’s gift to remind His followers they are saved, He stays with me regardless of my circumstances. He is my Constant in the midst of a very unpredictable storm. While I cannot do anything to earn His favor or love, He has chosen to love me and stay with me – simply because He wants to.

Because of Jesus Christ, who has saved me, I can enjoy an intimate relationship with my great God and my soul can literally burst with joy – regardless of how unwell I feel.

God’s Passionate Pursuit –

God reaches out to us in the midst of our troubling circumstances. Even though we cannot begin to figure out what is going on or why it is happening, God remains. He constantly pursues us.

Even though we have made ourselves God’s enemies through our choices to rebel against Him, He still loves us and sent His Son Jesus Christ – so we may be with Him again. We can experience forgiveness from our sins and a right relationship with our heavenly Father. All we need is Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price. He laid down His life, so we would be saved.

For many of us, we don’t have a father figure in our lives. This weekend can be difficult for that reason, but keep remembering how much God loves you and is pursuing a love relationship with you.

He wants a relationship with you. He wants to give you His strength among many other good gifts. He is simply waiting for you to respond to His love invitation.

In His Hands,

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Psalm 17 {Summer ’17}

These past few weeks, I haven’t been able to write like I usually do. Life has become difficult, but I am moving forward. I may be behind in my Summer Psalms study, but it’s okay. It is okay, that it might take much longer than anticipated. It’s about the journey. Some journeys take longer than others.


Today, I was able to write out a little bit on the Psalms. What struck me the most was – Psalm 17. In this particular Psalm, it just really hit me – as I began to write out verses 6-12.

Vicious Enemies

Life with chronic illness is hard. It literally feels like, I am being surrounded by vicious enemies who seek to put me in danger. I face a real battle, but I don’t do it alone. I have God on my side.

In verses 11-12, it really just strikes like lightening.

“They track me down and surround me, watching for the chance to throw me to the ground. They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart – like young lions hiding in ambush (NLT).”

Seeking After God’s Protection

As I read through this Psalm, I am continually reminded about the protection God gives to His people – His children. As I continue my journey in following Jesus Christ, I am standing under His protection. God is the One who will guard my life, even when things seem a bit more messed up than I am used to.

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
    Bend down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
    By your mighty power you rescue
    those who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.
    Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
    from murderous enemies who surround me.

What Happens Next?

13 Arise, O Lord!
Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!

God will arise, and touch us in the deepest parts of our lives. God will rescue us, and bring us to a place of healing. He can heal even the deepest wounds (or battles) we face. Even the ones that we feel are too big to hand over to God. God stands ready to act on our behalf. We need to be willing to cry out to God.

The beginning steps of gaining victory over these battles isn’t in striking down our enemies. It starts before that, as we step up in following Jesus and prayerfully share with Him what is honestly going on in our lives. And then, He acts in power – defending His people.

31 What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else? (Rom. 8:31-32, TLB)

Healing a Broken Spirit

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Today’s verse cuts deep, because I have experienced its truth. I have days, where my heart is filled with joy. A joy-filled spirit that puts me in an exhilarating place. While this is true, my spirit is met with much grief too.

A joy-filled heart is curative balm, but a broken spirit hurts all the way to the bone (Proverbs 17:22; VOICE).

A broken spirit is one of the hardest things to face. I don’t think there are many words which accurately describe this place I get stuck in – where my soul is almost paralyzed {only I feel too much}.

Note: As we talk, just remember the struggle involved in these times. Celebrate the small steps, because it’s victory.

Take heart, God is with you! Keep trusting Him and relying on His strength!

Step One: Prepare for it. Knowing one’s triggers helps – immensely. You can avoid some of the moments of brokenness.

This Summer, I knew the need to prepare for what was coming. I didn’t want to be unprepared for the rough moments of Summer. So I am studying the book of Psalms, and using this group to help stay encouraged!

I invite you to come and join us for this time of seeking Jesus and His joy!

Step Two: Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is the weapon we need to utilize. Remember, prayer is a conversation between us and our Lord Jesus. Prayer is where we can “let it all out” and be built up. God wants to be the One helping us through this!

I want to take a moment to just share something with you.

God is real and loves you sooo much. If you haven’t met Him or talked in a while, pull up a Bible and just take time to sit with Him. Share with God what you are facing and feeling, because He wants to hear from you.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully (1 Peter 5:7, AMPC).

. . . present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).

As you spend these moments focused on God. Put on some praise music. Keep reading your Bible (or Bible app). God wants to help us during these difficult moments, and these are tools.

Worshipping God is our greatest weapon against a broken spirit. Let’s give our broken spirit as a worship offering, and watch Him give us joy and heal our broken spirits.

Step Three: Stay connected to Christ’s church. These dark hours are when it is most difficult to reach out for support. Everything can seem like too much effort. Give it a try, as you are able to. Text a friend, and be honest. Find support within your spiritual family, the church, where you can be guided closer to Jesus and have your needs prayed for.

. . . And if you need someone, I am here for you too. It can be difficult to find support, where we can share honestly how we are. And truthfully, I am still learning how to apply step three. It’s an ongoing struggle, too.

In Christ,

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Job 32-37; Psalms 28-32

Assigned Reading: Psalms 28-32; Job 32-37

Psalm –

Chapter 28: Not only did David declare that God was his Rock, he proved it by crying out when it mattered the most. We need to cry out to God in this way, and seek His mercy. He is our Shepherd and will carry us.

Praise be to the Lordfor he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him (Ps. 28:6-7).

Chapter 29: Let us worship the Lord and give Him the honor due to Him. The voice and hands of the Lord speak loudly over everything. He is good. He is powerful. When the voice of the Lord speaks into our situations, all things can be changed and nothing is off limits.

Chapter 30: One thing God’s people need to fathom is – God will answer the prayers and heart cries of His people. He may not heal us or the circumstances the way we anticipate, but He does heal. So, why are we silent? Let’s sing the praises of our great God.

Chapter 31: When despair takes over our lives, we need to keep our trust in the Lord our God. We are encouraged to stay strong and keep hoping in God. How are we practicing these truths today?

Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord (Ps. 31:23-24).

Chapter 32: God is our hiding place, and the One who forgives our confessed sin. God is that good. He will forgive us, when we have wronged Him. He promises to be our sanctuary right when it matters most. Our Protection and Deliverance is what God is, to us who are called His people.

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered (Ps. 32:1).

Job –

I highlighted in my YouVersion app a lot for this portion of Scripture. There is a lot of rich things that we can find, as Elihu talks to Job.

Certain aspects of this talk by Elihu I enjoyed –

  • He is younger and waited until the older men spoke (I need to be more like that…).
  • He is blunt. He isn’t afraid to call Job’s words arrogance.
  • He shares a lot of good truths as he tries to relate to Job.

I couldn’t have predicted the level of struggle I would have with the book of Job. My emotions have even tossed back and forth with Elihu, but I am thankful for the highlighted portions of Scripture – that I can go back and reread this weekend. I am thankful for the truths found here, many of which I need to take to heart.

In chapters 32-37, we find wisdom, truths, bluntness. The preparation we are given, before Job heard directly from God. After all of his storming Heaven demanding God to show him what wrong he has done, God is going to answer him.

Job 14-20; Psalms 16-20

Assigned Reading for January 7-8: Psalms 16-20; Job 14-20

We can call this, “the lost weekend”.

Psalms –

I absolutely loved my journey, as I went from Psalm to Psalm on Sunday. I won’t share all of my thoughts on these Psalms, but will share a few…

Chapter 16 – In this psalm, we are able to see what it looks like to pray for God to keep us safe. The good news is, we can use this prayer as a model to help us pray for God’s protection over our lives. We can have this kind of confidence in God, and find ourselves delighting in God and His people – despite struggles.

Chapter 17 – Our aim ought to be to cry out to God, and allow His steps to be the outline for our own steps – so we are letting Him lead. Friends, let’s become doers of the Word. This was a heartfelt cry to be near to God, heard by God, and to hear and experience our great God.

Chapter 20 – I absolutely love this psalm. Out of habit, this is one of the Scriptures I tend to read and write out as I wait in doctor’s offices. It is just a very comforting psalm, and offers peace and hope. It begins with human distress and ends with the greatness of our God. God is the One who enables us to rise even when we have fallen down on hard times.

Job –

In chapters 14-20, we see Job speaking to his friends that are called “miserable comforters”. Job reminds his friends that they would likely have a different tone if they had been in his place. His friends continue to tear down him and show themselves as accusers.

Job is struggling and shamed by all and …. holding onto the truths that he does know.

A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed (Job 14:5).

You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made (Job 14:15).

They feel but the pain of their own bodies
    and mourn only for themselves (Job 14:22).”

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth… I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes… How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27)

He knew: God determines our days, God calls and longs for us, and that he felt pain that had to be mourned. While we face our own difficult days, we need to learn from these Scriptures – and hold to what we know is true about God.

May this be our goal too –

“yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure (Job 16:17).

When we face deep struggles, our faith is revealed for what it is. There is no pretending, because the mask comes off. Others see us as we truly are.