…makes you stronger,” right?
That’s what Kelly Clarkson says. Some days I believe this lyric, and some days I don’t.
I’m a single mom of a teenage daughter who technically has four jobs. There are days when I walk out the door with a “take charge” attitude, then there are days when I don’t even want to get out of bed. There are days when I up look up to the sky and think to myself, “Lord, why do you continue to bring these things into my life? My heart can’t handle anymore right now. My brain is tired. What is the purpose of this?”
On the days when I’m feeling discouraged, a simple reminder is often all I need to give me a boost. At my desk and on my fridge at home, is
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV):
11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
This passage reminds me that God is always for me, never against me.
Every day, or almost every day, I try to start with scripture via my “Jesus Calling” devotional by Sarah Young, the “Daily Word” app on my phone or a study bible. Today’s devotional in “Jesus Calling” was a reminder that I knew God was telling me I could handle anything He gave me. Part of yesterday’s reading stated:
“Instead of yearning for a problem-free life, rejoice that trouble can highlight your awareness of My Presence.”
While I don’t consider a lot of the things in my life “problems”, it is often more than my heart or head can handle at one time. Yesterday’s message was my reminder from God. He was telling me that He always has my back, even when it doesn’t feel like He’s here with me.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10
If you need a daily devotional for yourself, I highly recommend “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. It has a way of giving me what I need spiritually on a regular basis.
For everything, there is a reason, and the older I get and the more I grow in my faith, I’m beginning to understand the truth in this and accept that God wouldn’t give me something if he knew I couldn’t handle it. He gives me all of these things to make me a stronger mother, partner (some day) and Christian.