“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 NIV
Are You Strong or Defeated?
Are you feeling strong today? Strength can be synonymous with determination, steadfastness, and power. On the average day, you may not wake up feeling powerful, determined, and ready to go…but you should! If you are a Christian, you have the power of the risen God living inside of you. Now that’s powerful!
Too many of us wake up and go through the day feeling defeated. We don’t realize that we are more than capable to tackle the things we need to deal with during the day. God is with us and we never have to be alone. The truly glorious thing is that we don’t even have to rely on our own strength. Perhaps to love God with all our strength really just means that we have to love and trust God enough to turn everything over to Him. We just have to be strong enough to surrender. It takes strength to admit we are not enough.
Need an Example?
Today didn’t start out so great. My kids were not cooperating with all of my wonderful ideas. I could have lost my cool (like I do way too often), but instead I decided to take a deep breath and change directions. I had to surrender my To Do list and make a new one, focussing on the things that God was showing me were most important. My day didn’t go as I had originally planned–it went even better.
Need Another Example?
I am trying really hard to get fit and failing miserably. The Trim Healthy Mama Book Brigade is holding me accountable, but not as much as I need. When I rely on my own strength, you can find me on the phone asking my husband to bring home some ice cream! Today I have finally had a day completely on plan. What you don’t know is just how many times, I have had to take a deep breath and say a prayer for strength. That last ice cream sandwich in the freezer keeps calling my name. I am not strong, but I am crying out to God for help because I know my body needs to reboot if I am going to have the energy and healthy I need to serve him. He is strong for me. He places a desire in my heart to follow Him and do what I know He is calling me to do–get in shape!God is the only one who is truly strong enough to handle it all. That’s really great news for me because it takes a load off! Click To Tweet
It’s a Minute by Minute Decision
I have to wake up every day and decide if I am going to rely on my own strength or if I am going to keep turning my junk over to God. Am I going to cling tightly to my way and try to do everything, or am I going to take a deep breath and realize that I can’t do it all? God is the only one who is truly strong enough to handle it all. That’s really great news for me because it takes a load off!
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him, and He will act,
6 making your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like the noonday.” Psalm 37:5-6 HCSB
What Does This Mean for Your Family?
When you let go of your own perfectionist tendencies, it takes the pressure off your children. If you model crying out to God with all your strength, they will learn to rely on the strength of God too.
In what area do you have the most trouble relying on God’s strength?
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