True Strength

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From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (I talked about this book here):

That’s why it is so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength but Mine, which is limitless. By walking close to Me, you can accomplish My purposes in My strength. (Italics mine)

I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this devotional book. It is simple, precise and God focused. This excerpt was from March 11th and speaks eloquently to me as I approach my 50th birthday. The last 12 years have been full of immense challenges: adopting a sibling group of three children with greater needs than we ever imagined; my sister’s death at the age of 53; our oldest adopted daughter leaving for RTC and never coming back home; my parents having to go into a nursing home suddenly and dying within two years of each other, my mom to hypothermia outside her facility; and this past year with my son Joshua going off to college and Rachel getting married. I have faced many nights of insomnia, days and months of feeling years older than I am, fears of what the future looks like physically.

As I age, I have the choice to embrace my life with passion or face it with fear. I have an earthly body that was not designed to last forever. Aging is natural and with it comes experience and maturity. I can fight it with good eating habits, exercise and stress reduction but that won’t stop the process. I love how this devotion puts the focus on trusting in God’s strength, not our own.

I don’t know what the future holds for us. My husband is finishing school and pursuing a church worship leader position. My children will grow up. Homeschooling will end. There will be changes and heartaches and physical pain, but I don’t walk that path alone. God’s strength is perfect to accomplish his purpose in me.

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  1. I love your heart! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Marty ((((HUGS)))))) to you thank you for posting this!!–I want you to know I read Jesus Calling every single day and what I read goes through my mind at the moment I need it the most–(remember there are days I am in the trenches:) –as much as my pride does not want always want to admit it and when things are good I have this crazy way of thinking Levi is cured and he will never struggle again with attachment ๐Ÿ™‚ don’t I wish that was true! ha!

    But anyway I know it is truly jesus speaking though that book and I thank you and your blog for leading me to it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    You are amazing and you give me hope I am going to be 39 in a few weeks and i wonder all the time what we as a family will be doing in 10 years ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe by then I would of have coffee with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for your writings! You need to write a book ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Marty,
    “Therefore, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who, for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the father. . . ” therein lies our hope. I visited from Be Not Weary today and am glad I did ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Visiting from Titus 2 Tuesday…

    I haven’t read “Jesus Calling”, but every quote I read presses me toward it.
    Thank you for sharing…

    Have a blessed Tuesday…

  5. This sounds like a wonderful devotional. Your story is one of hope and perseverance. I’m amazed at what we can live through-only because of Him. Thanks for an excellent post!
    I’m visiting via Titus 2sdays, and would love for you to visit!

  6. Marty….our lives are chiseled to fit each of us perfectly. My life with its joys, heartaches and challenges is carved out just right for me. Like you, the best part is we don’t have to walk it alone. God is faithful. Thank you for sharing your heart at WJIM this week. Blessings.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your heart. God is the source of all strength and the healer of heartaches. Blessings to you today.

  7. Jane Bowers says:

    A good friend pointed me in the direction of Jesus Calling, just yesterday. I plan on buying one for my friend who lives in another state but will be here for the Christmas holidays and, of course, will get one for myself too. Your writing on True Strength touched my heart. I recently celebrated—if you can call it that!!—my 65th birthday and, like you, have had a few difficult years recently; the passing of my oldest son, then 8 months later my best friend, and yet another 8 months later the diagnosis of cancer for my better half. And yet rather than turn away from God for these terrible things, I turned to Him for support. He is my rock and my strength. Blessings to you!

    • Congrats, Jane, for celebrating your 65th birthday! It is indeed a celebration! I’m so glad you discovered Jesus Calling. It sounds like you have indeed experienced great grief, too. I write about it quite a bit on my blog. If you click under faith, there’s a tab for my posts on grief. I hope maybe one will minister to you. Have a blessed day!

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