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Take Strength

My Word for 2022 is STRENGTH.
I chose it before I knew…
Before we knew the challenges ahead.
How has 2022 been so far for you?

I didn’t know how much we would need
All the strength we could get.
Bob didn’t know he had RSV,
And I hadn’t caught it from him yet.

The respiratory virus started our 2022
Off with a cough and a bang!
We were supposed to be vacationing,
But sequestered instead; DANG!!

Since then, we’ve had quite a year!
Strength has been required a lot!
Bob was diagnosed with Amyloidosis
And I tried to stay upright: NOT!

Yesterday during devotionals
Every focus of the messages was “Strength.”
I got the message loud and clear:
God drums strength home at great length.

So, where does your strength come from?
Who or what do you count on?
As for me and Bob and our needs,
We know the Lord is the Source we mount on!

Yesterday in “Mornings with Jesus,” one of my Guideposts devotionals, Cynthia Ruchti was given that Ephesians scripture as a prompt for her commentary. She and her husband had a big project they needed to complete. She said they probably should have hired a professional to do it, but they decided to tackle it themselves. She wrote:

“The key was to focus on believing I had more strength than assumed. I acted as if the strength I needed was already mine. I imagined what would happen if I applied that to all challenges in life: resisting temptation, staying strong through trials…, holding my tongue…, obeying what Jesus asks of me even when it feels beyond my ability. What if I acted as if the power Jesus promised was already mine?”

Quietly, with courage and conviction,
I am assuming the strength God gives me.
I do not take the gift of His care for granted.
I step up, try, and if I fail, He forgives me.

What challenges are you facing today?
What wall must you climb that seems too high?
What task looms ahead and seems too hard?
Lean on the Lord’s strength – Don’t be shy!

When you’re faced with troubles,
Take strength from the One who cares.
When tasks seem beyond your reach,
Remember God hears and answers prayers.

God bless you today
and give you strength
to do whatever you need.

Tell me something you need strength for…
I will add you to my prayer list!


Look up for your purpose!

Comments on: "Take Strength" (17)

  1. I love that photo of you. Perfect for this blog. ❀️

  2. Elaina Colby said:

    What a powerful message and reminder to us all. My strength is in the Lord! When I find myself worrying or in despair, I turn to prayer!

  3. I am a bit of a fan of Isaiah this time.

  4. Beautiful post Jan.. When we trust.. our strength comes, and we are shown the signs in lot of many ways,
    You have both been tested above and beyond this last few years…. And yet here you are… Giving of your Strength to All who visit your blog..
    Thank YOU for the strength you pass along..
    Love and Hugs my friend over the Pond.. <3

  5. Jan, your posts find a way to bring encouragement to anyone, at anytime, and at any place. Just as you and Bob, Colleen and myself, and countless others have discovered, God will always be the source of our faith’s strength. Blessings to both of you.

  6. Thank you. Your words mean a lot to me. Regards, Lakshmi

  7. I enjoyed your post Jan. Just what I needed this morning. You have had quite a year for sure! Glad you are hanging in there and staying strong!

  8. Hi Jan,
    Another beautiful and inspiring post!
    I love that video.

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