Faith and Strengthening

It has been an amazing, surprising week in for my family. My son Andrew and his family received keys to their new home on Tuesday! Truly a time of rejoicing! However, unexpectedly they also delivered their third baby on Sunday! (Adiana Lily was not supposed to be here until the middle of March!) Both mother and baby are doing well, and for that we are so grateful. So we get now we get to help them move!

However, I found myself very tired. Very tired in a happy, blessed way, but tired. Yesterday as I was getting ready for our MOPS meeting, helping with new big brother Tobi and other things that needed to be done, God dropped this scripture in my heart. Strengthen the weak hands, confirm the feeble knees, say to them that are of a fearful heart be strong, fear not for your God will come with vengeance….even God with a recompense, he will come and save you, Isaiah 35:3-4. KJV My husband Darryl actually set these verses to music and as the song came to mind, I felt strengthened. It is a very catchy tune and set my heart to dancing! It was my body that was tired, but at times it is my soul or even my spirit that needs this encouragement. I believe the scripture is about our souls, but as I chose to look outward, even my body felt stronger.

I began to ask the Lord to show me those who needed their hands strengthened and their wobbly knees helped. It gave me strength as I sowed strength into their lives. The Amplified Version states it this way: Encourage the exhausted, and make staggering knees firm. Say to those with an anxious and panic-stricken heart, Be strong, Fear not! Indeed your God will come with vengeance (for the ungodly); The retribution of God will come, but He will save you,” There are so many people who need this encouragement. Maybe even ourselves that find our hands growing weary and our knees a bit wobbly in our standing in waiting to see God answer prayer that needs His intervention. It may be tempting in our own weariness or weakness to get focused on ourselves and our own issues. However, if we look outside ourselves and begin to help someone else, we will find our God’s strength and encouragement coming into our very situation.

Our Life Group met last night and there were some very heavy issues many of the women were carrying (hospitalized daughter, unexpected death and even one friend’s murder) we were able to help strengthen one another as we came together. Look out among you even this day and see how you may be the answer to bring strength to someone else. Be encouraged my friends, we do not need to be afraid. Our God, YOUR God is coming to save you and me for that is what He does!

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