I Love You, Lord. You Are My Strength.

“I love You, Lord; You are my strength.”
– ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:1‬‬ NLT

Dear Lord, I praise Your name and I just want to take a minute to thank You for the strength You provide. I turn to You daily to ask You for a little more.
Sometimes I wonder if others are as needy as I am in this department.

I’m not strong enough to face my storms alone.
I can’t find the courage within myself to fight my battles on my own.
I’m too weak to break free from things that are tearing me apart.
And every once in a while… I don’t even think that I have the strength to go on anymore.
But every time I turn to You – every single time I plead, “Give me strength, Lord. I need Your strength.”
– I find my burdens become a little bit lighter.
– I lift my head a little bit higher.
– I feel your strength flowing through me.
– And I KNOW I’m going to make it through this time, because I have You by my side.

So thank You.
I love you, Lord.
You are my strength.
Amen ❤️

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An Anchor for the Soul

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.“
– ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:19‬‬a NIV

Life is full of uncertainties. It is impossible to know exactly what the future holds or what struggles tomorrow will bring. Our faith in God gives us a confident expectation that He has a plan for us. This hope holds us steady, like an anchor connecting us to God. It prevents us from unknowingly drifting when we are enjoying the calm waters of a beautiful day, and it stands strong when the waves are crashing down around us through the stormy nights.

When I am in the midst of the storm, I will pray:
Father, although I struggle sometimes, I have hope in You. This unbreakable connection to You gives me the strength to go on, knowing that You will see me through every tidal wave. Amen

Love is a Decision

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.”
– ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-8‬‬

Love is a decision.
Sometimes, it’s a really hard one.
Sometimes it is a gut-wrenching, sick-to-your-stomach kind of hurt.
Sometimes we feel betrayed and we just want to cry out.

We wonder how someone can make the choices they make and use the words that tear our hearts to pieces, when we are giving them everything we can give. When we are always there with love, support, direction… Why is it not enough???
But it’s true. Love is a decision. We have to keep loving through the pain sometimes. We have to keep standing strong even when they try to push us away.

When I am struggling in a relationship with a loved one, I will pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, help me choose love! I’m tired of hurting, but I’m trying to be patient. My loved one has had cruel words to say, but I want to be kind. Help me choose to respect them and to try to understand their point of view. Calm my temper so I don’t react in anger. And when I forgive, help me to truly let go of the issue, and not throw it in their face at a later date. I want to protect their heart fiercely – like a mama bear protecting her cub. Help me trust that they will receive my love, and learn to better demonstrate their love for me. I have hope that as we each grow closer to you and learn more about your grace and love, our relationship with each other will grow stronger, as well. Be close to us through this rough patch so that our relationship may heal. Thank you, Lord! Amen.

Stay on God’s Path

“For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside.”
– ‭‭Job‬ ‭23:11‬‬ NLT

Life is a journey, and along the way, we will run into detours, construction, or we may miss our exit. But that doesn’t mean that we should turn around and go home, or stop where we are and never move forward. At times like these, we must take a look around and figure out where to go from here.

With God as your navigation, you will never be lost.

When I feel like I can use some direction, I will pray:
Dear God, I am determined to make it to the destination that you have chosen for me. Please show me the way! Amen

He is the God Who Makes Me Strong

“He is the God who makes me strong, who makes my pathway safe.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭18:32‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Our paths won’t always be free of obstacles, but He will guide us through safely.
Our lives will never be completely trouble-free, but He will arm us with the strength to prevail.
Our journey may seem littered with potholes and roadblocks, and we may even begin to question if this is really the road that God intended us to travel.

This verse reminds us of three key things:
He is God. This is all under His control. And He wants the best for us, who love Him.
He gives us strength. And power. And victory. We can overcome any obstacle with the strength that He provides.
He makes our pathways safe. He guides us and delivers us. He helps us navigate through the trials and tribulations. Even when it looks like there’s no way – He MAKES a way.

When I think that I’m not strong enough, and I’m tempted to stop moving forward on my journey, I will pray:

Thank you, Lord, for arming me with Your strength and then aiming me in the right direction. I love you, Lord, and I will follow Your path for all the days of my life! ❤️ Amen