Monday, November 10, 2008

Asking For Strength

One day, I asked God to give me strength.
I was laying face down on the bed—-spent.
I couldn't take another step forward in this journey.
I was emotionally drained...and I was a prisoner to my circumstances.

I reached for my Bible.
God showed me this verse.

"This is what the Soveregn Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

'In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength.'"


I felt immediate relief. I didn't have to strive, or to accomplish anything. I needed to be quiet, and to trust. I also needed to pray and keep my heart right (repent) and rest in the God of my salvation.

I peeled myself off the bed, and began to undertake my tasks, once again. I said the words, "quiet" and "trust" over and over again. What comfort I received!

Sometimes I mistakenly think that my efforts and striving are essential to fix my situation. I forget that God is running the show...not me. He doesn't always need my help...he needs my trust...a quiet trusting heart.

7 comments:

Scott said...

That is a powerful verse and very true. You and your family will remain in my prayers. Still trying to get my blog to work - will keep trying. God Bless.

Grace Scott

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Oh dear friend, how good our Lord is. I am so glad he showed you that verse. He gives us what we need. Quietness and trust - beautiful Bible promise!

Dawn said...

Such good thoughts! Perfect verse.

As for Hawaii - we have been to the Big Island twice and just love it - it's not as touristy as some of the others. We definitely want to go to Kuai next. But if you go to Kona, we stayed at Nancy's Hideaway Bed and Breakfast - just a wonderful place!

Michelle (wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, and striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman) said...

Dearest Sharon,
You are in my prayers. I feel your pain, though in a different way. As I sit here typing this, I look out my window and see my son coming and going...drifting. And I cling to the God who loves him even more than I do.
I pray not only for peace and trust in your heart, but for joy. While we always know God is with us, we sometimes miss out on the joy He has for us. I love that you see joy in your grass and the turn in weather. You are a strong and blessed woman. You inspire me, and you also remind me we are not in the life alone, as I pray for you.
Blessings,
Michelle

Diane said...

Your posts have been powerful my friend! I love when the Word of
God speaks strength and hope into our spirits.

Blessings!

Diane

Susan Skitt said...

Hi, just giving my blog friends a heads-up - my new email is susanskitt@verizon.net

Also, I'm transfering my blog to a new domain name and it should be up in a few days, Lord willing, at www.susanskitt.com

Have a great day!

Dawn said...

I hope things are calm and that you have a blessed, relaxing, and enjoyable Thanksgiving with your guys!