Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Strength For Today...

During my devotion time this morning, I glanced back at my journal during our mission trip to Guatemala. The following excerpt was taken from Thursday, June 7th.
This has been a good trip so far. I keep thinking about the bible verse that says, “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.i” How true that has been on this trip! Normally, I would need a coke for lunch and an afternoon nap and I would be complaining/whining about what I have to do and how sore I am.
Sure I’ve been sore and covered in dirt and worn out, but every day I have the strength and energy I need to contribute to the building of a house. Praise God!
The strength and energy I felt on that trip really was incredible. Perhaps it was a full day of hard work and a good night’s sleep. Perhaps it was not having to care for three small children while doing all of that hard work. Or perhaps it was having a quick and clear goal that we were working toward. But, I couldn’t help thinking that I should feel this way in Indiana while tackling the mission trip of my home.

Psalm 37:23,24 If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
I can claim the LORD’s strength and protection on a regular basis. Of course, it may not be so immediately gratifying to do another load of laundry, discipline my children or give some attention to my husband at the end of the day, but God promises that I don’t have to do His will in my own strength. As long as I set my heart on seeking God, he will take care of the rest…and I can find rest in that!

Dear LORD, Thank you for this morning. I praise you that you are the same God in the mundane as you are in the incredible of this life. Father God, this morning help me to seek you and follow your will. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and lead me in the way everlasting ii that I might do good for your kingdom and bless my neighbors along the way. Amen.

i Zechariah 4:6

ii Psalm 139:23,24