“David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him…But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (I Samuel 30:6)
It’s good to have friends and family around to cheer you up when you’re down, but in order to truly live in victory, that encouragement has to come from the inside. When your mind is telling you it’s not worth it, when your circumstances seem difficult, deep down inside, your spirit has to have the resolve that says, “I refuse to settle where I am.”
That’s what David had to do. He was facing a major setback. His family was killed, his city was destroyed, and his own people were now against him, but he still managed to encourage himself in the Lord. How did he do that? He replayed in his mind the victories from the past. He recounted God’s faithfulness. As he rehearsed over and over the goodness of God, strength began to rise in his heart.
There are so many places you can see the hand of God at work. Thank Him for saving you today. Thank Him for the miracle of life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Focus on the fact that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you now. Stir up that inner strength and encouragement. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher and live the life of victory the Lord has prepared for you.
Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.
You gave me this chance. Please give me strength to finish this gracefully. More nursing school, here I come.
I met this sweet lady in Haiti. I was there to collect plants for the University of Florida, but I got so much more from the trip. Being in the presence of a 95 year old woman is a blessing. I have an insurmountable amount of reverence towards her. She is the grandmother of my friend Jid, but I loved her and she quickly became my Grann.
She spoke softly but I was able to see her strength. She chose to live on her own, even though her children and grand-children don’t approve of her choice. She told me that she didn’t want to be dependent. I met her an early morning, she was walking to the market. She aged beautiful, I bet she was gorgeous in her youthful days. The last time we spoke was on Mother’s day. She said she missed me. The thought of her brings me joy.
What are the chances! I have met this sweet lady when I was doing a medical mission last year in Haiti. Wow.
Here it is, my new fave verse. God is with me, I will not fall.♥