Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 KJV
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
Recently I moved to the beautiful northern California mountains. While I’m loving the views and the cute deer with their babies that love to wander in and out of my yard, the reception in my neck of the woods is almost non-existent. I have been listening to Air1 since my kids were very little. I was very sad to learn that the station doesn’t come in very well at all with a lot more static than music. To the point that it’s not worth trying to even turn on.
Trying to complete my last two classes online was challenging and took me asking for grace from my professors to let me zip files and turn them in through an unconventional manner. In the scope of life these were only minor little bumps in my road. Because of these challenges, it led me to discover the Focus on the Family station and I have grown to love their daily podcast as much as my beloved Air1. The internet issues also allowed us to meet our local librarian where my daughter is going to start volunteering and be writing her children’s book. So a lot of good is coming out of these trying minor challenges that we may never have discovered had things worked perfectly from the start.
I know that some of you may be facing major challenges today that look to be endless and unbearable, so I just want to encourage you today to stay strong. Whatever God may be taking you through will end and you will be stronger than ever before. Studying God’s word so that I have scriptures on the tip of my tongue to quote when the enemy starts lying to me is essential. I love devotion books like Kay Harms, “A Taste of Satisfaction,” or free bible studies online through http://www.womenlivingwell.org. They help me to sort out what I’m reading in scripture and feel like they give me a place to start with my bible reading.
Having a strong support system through church bible study groups and my mom & sisters whom I can call or text 24/7 just to receive advice and encouragement is also invaluable. Find someone you can confide in that you trust completely and can look to for advice you know will line up with God’s word. Remember when your road gets long and bumpy to praise God along the way for what’s in store. Even when you can’t see the end don’t give up. Stay courageous just like Joshua in Jericho. Keep walking around those walls singing the loudest praises and before you know it those walls will fall and whatever you may be facing will be conquered with the Lord’s help:)