These days as we navigate caring for our beloved daughter, there isn’t much in the way of encouragement that helps my husband, son and I more than the truths about God that we can read, glean and allow the Spirit to imbed deep within our soul and spirit.
For example, when I’m down and weary… I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~~Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 40:29, Isaiah 40:31, Ephesians 6:10
I can cry out to Him…
My soul is weary with sorrow, strengthen me according to Your word. O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. ~~Psalm 119:28, Isaiah 33:2
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. The LORD is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation. ~~Psalm 46:1; 22:19; 28:7-8; 118:14.
Dear ones, these verses are a mere drop in the bucket of all that is available to speak deeply to our souls and spirits. I hope today has been a whetting for a thirsty soul that may have forgotten the One Who is the Source of all strength…God and God alone!!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.
~~2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Habakkuk 3:19
Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.