Mark 10:27 (NIV)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
DON'T GIVE UP ~
Change is set before us and what we do with this day matters. Keep you eyes fixed on Jesus and lean toward him. I love how verse 2 states Jesus is the pioneer and perfecter of faith. I have found in life that joy is yours and mine. Let us not forget all the great things Jesus has already done for our lives. There is so much to be thankful for in life.
Let us not grow weary in well doing or lose heart. You might sometimes need to stir that faith up, work hard to take another step but you can do it! I have found in life that encouraging myself is very important. Actually saying words out loud ~ I can do this! This being whatever is set before me.
Each of us face things in life we totally enjoy and things we dread to do. I found myself in the place of taking care of my mom throughout her life. She was in her early 80's and found herself falling. She would break her hip on Christmas Morning. My husband I would spend the day and evening there. Little did I know that her life would change forever and end up in a care home. So much to tell, but I'll keep this short. Her normal went from independent living, not able to walk and then dementia would set in. I found myself growing weary in well doing. I wondered why God allows people to end up with dementia and needing total care. It was just for a day but seasons of days, months and years.
Asking why and wondering is normal, but there comes a time when we must put the trust in God and press forward. I found myself asking why about a lot of things in life and when I just said, "it is what it is and help me Lord", it happened. Our ways are not God's way, our timing is not his timing and our understanding must be turned over to God. God places people in our lives to help us. We can either let people help us become better through the worse situation ever or we can become broken for a very long time. Even broken until the end of time for us.
How do you surrender your all to God?
There came a day when it was raining outside and I was leaving the care home after seeing my mom. I stood in the parking lot getting totally wet, looking up in the night sky and asking God why over and over. I didn't get an answer but I sure got wet. I took a deep breathe and got inside my car. I realized that night that we may never know the why of things in life, but if we trust God, we trust God! Leaning not to my own understanding and just living one day at a time.
It's important that you do not grow weary in well doing. Weary can make you sick inside and no energy to begin a new day. You must take care of you and take that deep breath to fill the refreshing power of God. We just never know what one person is going through in one day. Send out a message of hope and encourage yourself by knowing God is right there! He works things out on daily and wants us to lean upon him. Also, to reach out of ourselves if we need added prayer by others.
Don't forget, my prayers are with you, your family and friends.