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“I’ll put one foot in front of another, take one breath and then take another. Lead the way, Lord. I’m gonna follow you. ‘Cause you’re faithful every moment, when it’s easy, when it isn’t. You’ve never led me wrong, never let go. Your love is strong and your arms still hold me right here to forever. Like a child and like a treasure from the start to the end, through the ups and downs. You were with me then, and you’re with me now.”
Life is a journey and thankfully when we know Jesus, we never have to walk alone through its ups and downs. Our job is to put one foot in front of another and take one breath at a time. He will lead. He will guide. And he has our best in mind, even when we can’t see it. When it’s hard for us to have hope, when we don’t feel like saying “bring it on,” he will be strong for us. He is faithful every moment and he will hold our hand, just like a little child needs hand-holding. He will scoop us up in his arms, just like we scoop up the children in our own lives. He has been with us in the past and he is with us NOW!
Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”
Questions: Have you ever had a day when all you could do was put one foot in front of another and take one breath at a time? What did you do to help you “take hold of God’s hand” at times like that? How do you experience the strong arms of God holding you up?
Prayer Power: Lord, help me to put my hand in yours and take one step at a time and one breath at a time, trusting you as I walk through this journey of life. I know that you want the best for me and that you have a plan. Help me to trust you NOW as I have in the past.
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Let me tell you a little story about a journey I am on. A journey to true (and lasting) health and wellness for myself and for my family.
I look around and everyone I see is either very unhappy with their weight, struggling to lose weight, or wishing they could be healthier. It wasn’t until recently, that I understood just how fast we can lose control…how fast I was losing control. I also never understood until recently, how incredibly linked our health is to our faith.
Last night I was tempted. I mean…really, really tempted. We were at the fair and, well… fair food. Enough said. But then, something really cool happened. God reminded me of His truth. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 : “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
Now, at the time I didn’t say it just like that, and I definitely wasn’t sure exactly where it was in the Bible, but none of that mattered. God had already written those words on my heart long ago. He knew in that moment, in that time, I would need to call on them. And I did. And it worked! You guys! Do you see what I am saying?!? It WORKED. God worked. His word WORKED. As soon as I spoke those words into my life, my temptation dwindled, my attitude changed…and my actions… followed. Through His strength, not in my own – I. Resisted. Temptation!!! (And I have to fill you in on what it was because that matters. It was a warm, homemade, glazed donut, like… seriously?!?!? I didn’t eat that?!?! I didn’t justify it away by saying “I’ll just have one small bite” or “it’s not that big” Guys, I fed one to my baby and didn’t even lick my fingers!!!! WHHHHHAAAAATTTT??!!!) God’s strength is SO strong. SO secure. SO powerful. And SO unfailing.
It says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 : “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
I want to honor God with all aspects of my life. So that I can experience everything He has in store. One thing I have learned, is that God’s word is so real. It is so alive. It is so true.
So, as I sit here HAPPILY drinking my plain hot tea (that is naturally detoxing my body), I tell you, God is good. His promises are true. Rely on Him and what He can do and there will be no limits on how He can and will change YOU. You will overcome your addictions, your weight loss, the marriage you want to give up, the kids that you want to sell (okay, maybe just adopt out sometimes)…lol. God will change your world if you allow Him to. I know He came in and totally changed mine. (And continues to!).
I hope this can help inspire even just one person today.
Lauren Bradley is a full time mom to four boys and a Body & Soul Instructor in Greencastle, PA.
“You are essential, not accidental, you should realize that you are beloved. Let it soak into your soul. Forget the lies; rise above the hurt and listen to these words. You are beloved …Don’t be afraid. Don’t let hope fade. Keep your eyes fixed on the light above. In the heartbreak, in your mistakes, nothing can separate you from love. You are beloved.”
We all go through times when we doubt ourselves. We make mistakes, our heart breaks and we feel like there is no purpose to our life. Have you been there? I think we all can relate. It is at these times that we need the reminder of this song. We need to know that no matter what we do or say, we are beloved by God. Nothing can separate us from his love—not even our mistakes. This song exhorts us to NOT let our hope fade. Let this thought soak into your soul as you sing along with this song. God’s love is unstoppable and you are his beloved!
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Questions: Have you ever needed the reminder that you are God’s beloved? Do you seek him in his love letter to you, the Bible? What will you do to stay close to him so he can speak his words of love to you?
Prayer Power: Dear Lord, thank you for this reminder that we are your beloved. Help me to truly understand that nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from you. Help us to seek you in prayer and in your Word. We love you, Lord. Amen.