The word for 2022 (that I chose on January 1 before I knew how MUCH I would need it) is STRENGTH.
What kind of strength do we need each day in order to survive and thrive? I asked myself that question today as I realized it’s been the longest stretch of non-blogging that I have had in several years. My last post was when I dug to the bottom of my strength barrel and pulled out “Speechless.”
The deaths in Ukraine and that ongoing conflict drained me. The Texas mass shooting sucked the drops that were left. I felt lifeless. Then I discovered that two of my dear friends I do Bible Study and Bingo with each week in our nursing home – two of them – died this week. My heart is hurting!
Where does my strength come from?
“God strengthens you
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
God has promised us His strength.
He will never give you a trial you are unable to handle.”
Personal Strengths Defined
- Wisdom. Creativity. Curiosity. Love of learning. …
- Courage. Authenticity. Bravery. Persistence. …
- Humanity. Kindness. Love. Social intelligence.
- Justice. Fairness. Leadership. Teamwork.
- Temperance. Forgiveness. Modesty/Humility. Prudence. …
- Transcendence. Appreciation of beauty and excellence. Gratitude. Hope.
Notice that the last of those personal strengths defined is “Transcendence,” and the last of its characteristics is Hope. Seems to me those should be first. They transcend all the others in my mind!
Life has no sense of purpose
Can’t cope without hope
Hope renews our strength
Hope helps us face tomorrow
Hope is essential
Take my life, Lord.
I give it to You.
Renew my strength.
Take my hand – and let it move – please!
Take my hand – and let it move – at the impulse of your love!
I pray the pins come out easily!
(One more week til that appointment)
I pray the joints move with ease as I exercise them
in the ways I have been taught to do.
I pray I am able to use my life again
consecrated to the Lord
and the work He has for me.
Let’s hear that hymn again…
and let’s internalize it.
Let’s renew our sense of HOPE
and let’s express it in ways that
encourages others to give –
Give HOPE for this day,
Hope for all healing,
Hope for His Love
to flow through us always!
the one-handed bandit…
Back to send words of
faith, love, joy, hope, and unity
to a hurting world.
Pass it on, my friends!
The world needs the strength you have to give.
See you tomorrow (God willing)