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My Strength

“The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7 (NLT)

I LOVE this verse and when I am struggling, it helps me remember to give thanks.  What about on the days that I am stressing?  I am sure I am not alone – the day when you remember you forgot to pay the cable bill or when you forgot to write down a check in the register and now, you might be overdrawn.  Or do you stress about other things?  Enough hours in the day to complete your to do list?

On those days, when stress takes over my mind and my life  – am I really trusting God?  Of course, I am – aren’t I?

I mean on those stress filled days, we shoot up a “fox-hole” prayer right?  Help me please, Lord?  Willing to give up anything or everything for the stress to go away.  Stress or trusting in God?

So let’s dissect today’s verse:

It starts with  “The LORD is my strength and shield.”  A great reminder of God’s strength to handle any and ALL of our problems.  If we truly turn them over to him.

Then, “I trust him with all my heart.”  If we truly practice trusting him with our heart, a sense of calm will come over us surpassing all understanding.  Is that what happens when you street?  You trust in God and everything falls into place.  I know, I don’t.  As much as I would love to say it happens ALL of the time – it doesn’t.

At the end, “He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”  I will admit that on the days that I am falling into that pit of Debbie Doubtful or Stressed Out Sally, if I stop to give thanks to God for all of my blessings, I feel a sense of calm.  Don’t get me wrong, I may struggle with the song of thanksgiving.  I hunt for things to be thankful for despite how small or insignificant they may seem to others, to me – they help me get to my deeper gratitude.

So, just for today… I will not rush to achieve my goals leaning on my own strength and forgetting that I can rely on God.  Just for today, I will not allow stress to rule my life.  What about you?  What are you going to do “just for today”?

Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let he righteous be shaken.” (NIV)

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!