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I love you, O LORD, my strength. Psalm 18:1 ESV

Monday Mantra – O Lord, My Strength

Pam and I just finished our spring break travel.  What a wonderful trip, but exhausting.  Our trip to Plant city and back, Pensacola and back, Corinth, MS, and backlogged 2000+ miles of automobile travel. We experienced the Plant City Festival with Jonathan, Melissa, and the grands, celebrated Pam’s birthday with Melody and Katy at Seville Square, and the dueling pianos after Meghan’s wedding and participated in David and Elizabeth’s baby, Zeke’s, dedication.

So, as the alarm went off to get to work this morning, I knew I needed the strength of the Lord to interact with the children today. I have the privilege to read a Bible verse over our bus radios and pray for the drivers each day.  Psalms 18:1 was the verse for this morning’s prayer. God provides strength that is different than my own ability to muster up the strength.

How do you activate faith to receive the strength that God provides?

  • Living in sync with God’s purposes rejuvenates our bodies.
    • Jesus told the disciples after the visit with the woman at the well, “I have food that you know not of. My food is to do the will of the One who sent Me.”  His ministry time, of being where God wanted Him and doing what God wanted Him to do, renewed his strength.
  • Ask for Joy from the Holy Spirit
    • The joy of the Lord is your strength.
    • Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit – it is spiritually acquired but physically enjoyed
  • Sing songs of praise and worship
    • Singing elevates your spirit
    • Paul and Silas sang while locked up in prison…unfavorable circumstances cannot squelch worship
  • Pray in the spirit and with understanding.
    • Prayer refocuses your thoughts from the pain you feel to the eternal things.
    • Praying in the spirit edifies your spirit.

Speak life over your aches and pains.  Give thanks for the parts of your body that are working well.  All of these ideas stimulate your faith. Strength, your thoughts, and your faith are intertwined when it comes to influencing your well-being.

Actually, I read both Psalm 18:1 and verse 2 this morning.  May you take some time to meditate on these.  

I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. Ps 18:1,2 ESV

On this Monday Mantra, May God give you the same strength He gave Samson -make sure you don’t knock down any pillars or pick up a donkey’s jawbone. You will need His strength to accomplish His agenda for your day.

Blessings, Love y’all