God Helps Us Do Everything!

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I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”           Phil 4:13

I was meditating on this verse today. It’s one of my favorites, because of the promise Paul states for himself, and for all of us as believers. Sounds funny, but it brought to mind my trip to the laundromat a couple of mornings ago.

You see, we’ve had some major issues with the water pipe out of our house, leaving us unable to use our bathroom and washer. So for the last couple of weeks we’ve been roughing it. While carrying the bucket outside to dump or washing my hair from water in a pot, I jokingly call myself a Pioneer Woman. Anyway, our laundry has been piling up, and it was time to take care of it.

So there I was, watching the clothes spin in the dryer, and suddenly a feeling of relief washed over me. I hadn’t realized how much I’d been dreading the trip over to the laundromat until it was almost over. Folding the warm clothes, I felt a sense of accomplishment, and gratitude for the location so near my house.

How does this connect with the verse from Philippians for me? It occurred to me that the reason I love the promise so much is because it applies to my life every day. The “him” Paul mentions is Christ – the one who provides strength for us to do “all this.” I used to assume that meant the big stuff like medical emergencies, unexpected job losses, or cherished dreams falling apart. And it does.

But by the time I headed home with my basket, I saw how Christ had equipped me to make that little run. From nudging me away from my coffee to helping me organize what laundry to take, He guided my steps. Even more, His touch turned my attitude around. Instead of grumbling, I ended up thankful.

The truth is that Christ is with us for everything – the biggest and smallest of tasks. The question is, do we call on Him to help us with all of it?

 

God Is Good

I just read a blog by Valerie Young called “You Can’t Change Your Life Course Without Thanksgiving.” It made a great point about how we need to be thankful for what we have right now, even if we’re not exactly where we’d like to be.

That’s a tall order sometimes, isn’t it? I know it is for me. When I want a change, I want it to happen right away. And if it doesn’t, I can feel the frustration and discontentment start to stir up inside. The danger is that I’ll follow my feelings and try to make things happen myself. I can quickly end up out of God’s timing, and into a mess of my own making!

I know there’s a better way, and it involves me submitting my will to His. It’s a decision to believe that God’s plan is right for me, and to trust in His methods. And while I wait to move ahead, I need to have an attitude of gratitude about where I am.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good…            Psalm 136:1

No praise item is too small to mention. Sometimes I start with the most basic of gifts, like breathing. The mere act of lifting thanks up to God, whatever it’s for, is a blessing. I always end up feeling lighter and more at peace with my circumstances when I’m done.

Honestly, I pray for a lot of things to improve: physical healing for my RA symptoms, a healthier financial condition for our household, more clarity for my kids. And each of those are important to me. But instead of focusing totally on the future I hope for, I need to see what’s amazing about the present. To put it another way, God is good, all the time!