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  • ANIYSA RAIFORD

5 VERSES TO LEAN ON FOR STRENGTH!



BEING A MILLENNIAL, OR JUST ANY LIVING PERSON IN GENERAL, YOU WILL GO THROUGH PERIODS OF YOUR LIFE, WHERE YOU ARE UP AND DOWN. LIFE BRINGS THE CHALLENGES OF LEANING INTO OUR OWN DESIRES, STRUGGLES WITH JOB BALANCE, FAMILY DYNAMICS, AND YOUR OWN WILL TO DO WHAT YOU WANT.

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I FEEL THE PRESSURE TO BE “STRONG” ALL THE TIME.

I OFTEN FIND MYSELF TRYING TO HOLD ON FOR DEAR LIFE TO GET UP IN THE MORNINGS. DON’T LET ME BE THE ONLY ONE OUT ON A LIMB HERE!

WHEN I’M CONFUSED AND DON’T HAVE THE EARS OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS OR FAMILY, I GO TO THE ONLY SOURCE I KNOW, AND THAT’S THE BOOK! ( THAT’S WHAT THE OLD FOLKS CALL IT, OR MAYBE THEY STILL DO SAY IT)

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE OTHER BOOK (FACEBOOK). I DON’T KNOW IF I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS HEARD OLDER PEOPLE REFER TO FACEBOOK AS THAT, AND GAVE A SLIGHT SIDE EYE!?

I KNOW, GOD IS STILL WORKING ON ME. SERIOUSLY THOUGH, GOD’S WORD IS PACKED WITH SO MUCH INFORMATION. IT’S NOT JUST A BOOK FILLED WITH STORIES THAT WE HEAR IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, IT’S A TOOL USED TO COMBAT THE PRESSURES OF THIS WORLD AND A GUIDELINE TO LIVE THIS LIFE OUT.
WITH EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON, I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU MY GO TO 5 SCRIPTURES FOR FINDING STRENGTH: 1. THREE TIMES I BEGGED THE LORD TO TAKE IT AWAY. EACH TIME HE SAID , “MY GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED. MY POWER WORKS BEST IN WEAKNESS.” SO NOW I AM GLAD TO BOAST ABOUT MY WEAKNESS, SO THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST CAN WORK THROUGH ME. THAT’S WHY I TAKE PLEASURE IN MY WEAKNESS, AND IN THE INSULTS, HARDSHIPS, PERSECUTIONS, AND TROUBLES THAT I SUFFER FOR CHRIST. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG.” – 2ND CORINTHIANS 12:8-10 2. DON’T BE AFRAID FOR I AM WITH YOU. DON’T BE DISCOURAGED FOR I AM YOUR GOD. I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU AND HELP YOU. I WILL HOLD YOU UP WITH MY VICTORIOUS RIGHT HAND. – ISAIAH 41:10 3. SO BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS! DO NOT BE AFRAID AND DO NOT PANIC BEFORE THEM. FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL PERSONALLY GO AHEAD OF YOU. HE WILL NEITHER DAILY YOU NOR ABANDON YOU. – DEUTERONOMY 31:6 4. WE REJOICE TOO, WHEN WE RUN INTO PROBLEMS AND TRAILS , FOR WE KNOW THAT THEY HELP US DEVELOP ENDURANCE. AND ENDURANCE DEVELOPS STRENGTH OF CHARACTER, AND CHARACTER STRENGTHENS OUR CONFIDENT HOPE OF SALVATION. – ROMANS 5:3-4 5. THE LORD WILL GUIDE YOU CONTINUALLY, GIVING YOU WATER WHEN YOU ARE DRY AND RESTORING YOUR STRENGTH. YOU WILL BE LIKE A WELL-WATERED GARDEN, LIKE AN EVER-FLOWING SPRING. – ISAIAH 58:11
THESE ARE SCRIPTURES THAT REALLY SPEAK TO MY HEART AND POINT ME TO WHAT GOD IS SAYING ABOUT ABIDING IN HIM AND LEANING INTO HIS STRENGTH AND NOT MY OWN. TOO OFTEN WE ARE TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING OURSELVES, AND WONDER WHY WE FEEL HOPELESS OR STRESSED. YOU’RE NOT HANDING IT OVER TO GOD! DO YOU PERSONALLY KNOW HOW GOOD IT FEELS TO UNWIND AFTER A LONG DAY AND CRY OUT TO GOD TO GIVE YOU STRENGTH FOR THESE DAYS IN THE PAST AND DAYS TO COME!? I HOPE THAT THESE VERSES ABOVE WILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO FOSTER YOUR OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. DON’T LET THE WORK JUST END HERE. REPEAT SOME OF THESE SCRIPTURES WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF NEEDING STRENGTH. WRITE THEM DOWN, PUT THEM ON NOTECARDS, OR SAVE IT IN YOUR NOTES ON YOUR PHONE. REMEMBER, THE WORD IS IN YOUR HEART. I PRAY THAT THIS REALLY HELPS YOU DEVELOP YOUR OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD , KNOWING THAT YOU CAN GO TO HIM WITH ANYTHING, EVEN IF YOU’RE IN NEED OF STRENGTH TO MAKE IT THROUGH.

Let me know, what are some scriptures that help you through rough times?



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