Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Philippians 4:13 is a verse that I can relate to!

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength!

There are many verses in the Bible that I struggle with and that I read over and over but can't quite get (like the don't worry one!) but this one I get. I guess it just clicks with my personality. I BELIEVE this is true. I believe that God has given us the ability to WORK HARD along with Him as our guide and map-maker. I believe that a little self-denial and sacrifice is GOOD for a person (see verse below)! It builds character! I have to watch out for the fine line between healthy self-denial and martyrdom, which I am frequently guilty of.

Another favorite verse of mine that has made an impact is found in James.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

The verse on being able to do everything with Christ has been stuck in my mind lately. When I first went back to work, I wondered how I would ever have the time to cook dinner AND spend time with my kid. I finally feel like I'm getting it (this week at least). I just have to keep working hard and doing the tasks that are set before me! I guess I'm feeling this way because I actually exercised last night and made lunches for both myself and Andrew!

I don't know if this makes sense to anyone else but me. I was just hoping to spread a bit of enouragement and energy - during this Tuesday lunch hour - because I am definitely feeling enouraged and full of energy today. Perhaps it is because this is the fourth night in a row that I haven't had to get up during the night!

Psalm 16:7-8 - I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

*Update: Our renter was just inquiring about purchasing our rental house from us. We are now working out details and trying to decide how much to ask and if we should really sell. I think we want to but there are lots of things to be worked out. I'd love to have a big chunk of cash to place on the student loans!


melanie Haspels said...

who's renting your house in sterling? just wondering :)

Jenn said...

Hi, I found you from Drea's blog.

I needed these words of encouragement today...especially the scripture in James. Thank you for sharing.

I'm praying for you and your family...that God will make a way for you to be home with your children. If this is your hearts desire, it can be done. It isn't easy...

I gave up a good paying job and somedays it is a real struggle. Yet we have seen God come through for us and meet our needs in so many miraculous ways. It is never too late to be home with them...even if it doesn't come about until later yrs, it will still be a blessing to you all.

You are a blessing, and I will definitely visit your blog again soon. Thank you for giving to the Lord!

Jaime said...

Hey Mel! I don't think you know her. Her name is Christine. She's not connected to the college. She is a good renter. We've been lucky!