11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
Happy Tuesday, Friends! I hope you had a nice day yesterday getting back in the swing of things. I know I had a pretty crazy day at work catching up to 300 plus emails. Thankfully they were easy to sort through.
I hope you’re all keeping up with those resolutions. I went to Publix yesterday (which is my supermarket down here in FL), and it was slammed. I had never seen so many people in the veggie aisle, but then it hit me. Everyone is trying to get healthy, so of course, there were a lot of people incorporating veggies into their diet, and I applaud us all. This time of year really speaks to why I wrote the workbook CALLED. I announced it on Friday, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview reading from the “About This Study” page.
CALLED: 21 Prayers for THIS season help us understand who we were created to be so that we can form new habits and actually stick to them. It’s not a magic book that will help you achieve your goals overnight, but it will help you dig into your identity in Christ. It’s time we start enjoying the present. Let’s stop looking to Monday to start new goals. Let’s change our habits and form new routines that allow us to foster a safe place for us to enjoy this season.
This book was written to help us do one thing. Become who we were meant to be.
This verse today solidifies a truth that I talk about in the book. The source of our strength is God himself. Our strength gives us endurance and patience. It’s what allows us to become disciplined. It allows us to keep going when we don’t want to. Why? Well, because of the habits we are trying to form, start with our identity, and our identity is in Christ.
If he is the source of our strength, we know we have a never-ending supply of strength. God doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t take a break. He is always there. He isn’t emotional or moody. He doesn’t feel like supplying us with strength on January 1st and then runs out of strength on January 18th. The best part of this verse is that we are being strengthened according to him so that we may have great endurance. Meaning when we get tired, all we have to say is, “Hey Jesus, I need more strength to get through this mental block, to get through this relational block, to get through this physical block, to get through this spiritual block. When we realize our strength comes from him, we can walk into a life where our endurance is on his doing, not on our doing.
This could truly be your year when you understand that he is the source of our strength, meaning we don’t have to do this alone.
God, you are our strength. You alone give us our endurance and patience. When we start to grow weary, bring us back to you, refill us with your never-ending strength. Lord, this is the year. We all have vision and dreams for what’s to come, but we know that you ultimately have the plan for us. So guide us, help us achieve one thing today that’s will help us tomorrow. It is in your Holy name that we pray today and every day, Amen!
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