Be Strong and Take Heart

These moments are overwhelming.  I don’t know what is going on in your day today, but I do know one thing…fear and doubt always have their way of creeping in somehow.

Cake pops I made for the kids school. Every bit of that 38.5 hours was worth it 🙂 Got the recipe from Cake Pops by Bakerella.

Life has gotten crazy.  There is so much to keep up with.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, he said, she said, holidays, family, extended family, triple extended family, cake pops, diapers, diets, cleaning…(pause to take a breath)…pies, Black Friday sales, secret santa, Christmas Parties, “Holiday” Parties, Christmas Tree lighting parties, toddler parties…(pause to take a bathroom break)…calories, clothes, pictures, laundry, exams, traffic, decorating, iphones, ipads, mini ipads, mini iphones, mini marriages because our faces are always IN our phones, TV, running, sprinting, did I work out today, did I bring all my children…(pause to DIE!).

The sad part is this is not just holiday time crazy, this is all the time crazy.

I have a prayer today, for me and for you.  My prayer is this, “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  Psalm 27:14.

These are precious words.  Ones that can minister to you deeply if you sit with them for awhile.




I don’t wait for much of anything these days.  Don’t need to.  So the challenge to wait feels like a deep breath of fresh air. It’s not easy.  In fact waiting sometimes tops my list of “least favorite things I like to do in life.”  But because my Father calls me to, I will give it a try.  I pray that whatever has got its grip on you today that you would hand it over to Him.  Take it off of your shoulders, place it in His hands, take a deep breath, and wait.

Be strong and take heart.  Be strong!  My husband and I have jokingly been bantering this week with the phrase, “No excuses, OWN IT!”  We laugh and joke and give each other the sour eye (possibly a kick to the shins), but there is a good challenge in there below the sarcastic layers.  Weakness is always an option, an excuse I too often grip onto.  Thoughts like “this is too hard,” “I am beyond overwhelmed,” “I can’t do this anymore,” “poor me, doesn’t anyone care,” creep into my brain on a daily basis.  Temptations to quit, take the easy road, give up on the things that are not about me, angrily vent to so and so…just …this …once!

Be strong.

Take heart.

Wait on the Lord.

For we are not alone in this life.

Page from Jesus Calling, best devotional ever.

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