"The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, yet they turned back in the day of battle." Psalm 78:9
Are you facing a battle?
I battle daily with keeping my time with the Lord sacred, my affection for my husband alive, my teaching to my children consistent, my home in order, myself showered, and my own sin nature in check (by God's grace).
Life is tough. Persevering through it and not giving up is even tougher.
It is so easy to give up, to try and escape. We escape in many ways-the Internet, books, TV, friends, etc. We don't know how to push through our emotions, our tiredness, or our failures. We get stuck. We feel lost...abandoned. Our marriages lack real intimacy. We are scared to death that if we try again, we'll just fail again, so why bother. We give in.
The thing is, I think we often forget that we are archers equipped with bows. We (believers) have the power of the Holy Spirit, the strength of the Lord, and the grace of the cross to keep us going. The enemy wants to destroy us, and sometimes we are wide open for destruction.
We are equipped with everything we need to fulfill all that God has given to our care!
"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 1 Timothy 6:12
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day..." 2 Timothy 4:7,8
Now get those priorities in order, make a schedule, and keep persevering! Reclaim your life! I can't wait to see your lists on Monday!
"When a personal dream or goal in life is met with hurdles and hardship-both goal and dream are soon forgotten. Before long we begin to resemble Rome in its last days-a magnificent mask of outward, impressive stature...devoid of inner strength...soft and mushy at the core, desperately lacking in discipline and determination. There is not an achievement worth remembering that isn't stained with the blood of diligence and etched with the scars of disappointment. To run, to quit, to escape, even to hide solves nothing...it only postpones a reckoning with reality...Are you facing some difficult battle today? Don't run! Stand still...and refuse to retreat. Look at it as God looks at it and draw upon His power to hold up under the blast. Sure, it's tough. Nobody ever said the Christian life was easy. God never promised you a Disneyland. He offers something better-His own sustaining presence through any trouble we may encounter." Chuck Swindoll, Come Before Winter
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