Today’s Worship Walk – Monday

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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

I am a recovering people pleaser. I’ve spent most of my life trying to make sure everybody around me has been happy. Part of the reason for that, honestly, was a fear of dealing with their unhappiness. Because of my insecurities and lack of confidence, I was sure that upsetting someone else would be devastating for me. This behavior carried over into my Christian Life, until I started to understood God’s promise to give me boldness. Not boosting up my strength to be pushy, but giving me His ability to be a light for others.

 

 

Today’s Worship Walk – Wednesday

 

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Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
    who draws strength from mere flesh
    and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
    they will not see prosperity when it comes…

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.”

    Jeremiah 17:5-8

 

I am sometimes good in the face of trials. The biggies, especially – you know, those all-encompassing and seemingly overwhelming situations that come upon all of us. It’s in those unexpected but everyday-type moments where I’m quicker to fall apart. It sounds a little backward, but I finally figured out the reason. It’s in those bigger events where I am more likely to reach for God’s strength. I tend to assume I can handle what I call the “little” problems on my own. That’s a dangerous mindset to have, isn’t it? My challenge is to stay close to my Heavenly Father all the time, so that He’ll make me better during every kind of trial I face.

 

 

 

 

Today’s Worship Walk – Monday

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And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

1 Peter 5:10

Strong, firm, steadfast – not descriptions I would normally use for myself in the midst of trouble. But that is how I react in my own power. God offers me a better option. To rely on Him means not only to be delivered through a storm, but to experience more of His presence, and to grow in faith. That is where true strength comes from!

Friday’s Worship Walk

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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

 

Question To Ponder: What leaves you feeling afraid and terrified?

Exercise: Try writing or reciting this passage, replacing the word “them” with your answer. Then, take in what God has to say. You can be strong and courageous against any fear. Why? Because God is going with you to face it!

Today’s Worship Walk – Thursday

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“The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

Psalm 29:11

 

This verse is very meaningful for me – I often add it to cards I send out. Strength and peace may not seem like two characteristics that naturally go together. But verses like this are describing more of an emotional than physical strength. Said another way, it’s to be “renewed in heart.” And as I go through challenging times, it brings me peace to know God will provide me with strength beyond my own.