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Strength

Isaiah 40
31 But those who trust the Lord
    will find new strength.
They will be strong like eagles
    soaring upward on wings;
they will walk and run
    without getting tired.

It’s so easy to get caught up in our everyday struggles and forget that this strength is available to us. I know I do sometimes.

Things will be going along just fine and then, boom. Out of the blue, troubles arise. I don’t know about anyone else out there but sometimes I realize right at those moments that when it had been smooth sailing for a while, perhaps I wasn’t as close to God as I should have been.

More specifically, when tough times come my way, I’m reminded that I need to trust God more.

So, why trust God? Well, I don’t think I need to tell you that if you place your trust solely in other people or things here on Earth, there is a lot of disappointment waiting down that path.

We’re all human beings and no one is perfect. People will disappoint you. (We’ll disappoint others, too.) Plans won’t go the way you intended. Seemingly good things can go bad. Heartache is right around the corner.

But, strength is always there for us and it comes by trusting that God is in control and that He has a good plan for our lives.

Easier said than done? Absolutely! But today I’m reminding myself of that strength, and reminding myself where I need to place my trust.

Perhaps someone else out there needs this reminder, too. May you find new strength today.

Have a good day.

Dive In!

I decided to share this today because I know that right now, people everywhere are facing tough decisions in their lives. It’s a fork in the road and you don’t know which way to go or how to handle it.

The lyrics in this song talk about ‘a voice telling me it’s time to take a leap of faith’ and ‘diving in’ as the chorus goes. It’s a song about trusting in God and giving Him control of your life. On a more basic level the song is also a metaphor for setting a course and not looking back.

I do believe everything that happens in our lives is for a reason and ultimately God’s will is what is done, but we still have to make choices along the way and deal with the consequences that come from them.

Making a big decision can be a hard thing to do but when you look at it from another viewpoint it can also be really empowering. The unknown is never an easy place to venture into but when you have faith during that time, you get stronger. I speak from experience on that one.

Life will present moments that require you to make choices and while they can be uncomfortable, the process of making them doesn’t have to be detrimental to you. God’s plan for your life is a good one and it’s much better than you can imagine. Trust in that and trust in Him. When you do, those decisions won’t seem as daunting as you’ve made them out to be.

If you have a big decision to make right now, pray about it. A lot. Don’t let fear or doubts dictate your decision. Choose to trust, choose to live, choose to be true to yourself, choose to pursue happiness. Whatever it is, make the choice and in the process, trust that God will take you in the direction you’re supposed to go. He makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him!

No matter how it goes after you make that particular choice, you’ll be much better for it in the end if you make the bigger choice to give up control and dive in.

Psalm 37:5
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.