I want to be strong in the Lord.
Sarah doubted that at her age and stage in life that she could bear a child. And she’d be right, except for the Lord.
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”Genesis 18:12-14, NIV, emphasis added
I want to run like Lot in the warning and coming destruction, and not look back like his wife did.
23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.Genesis 19:23-26, NIV
I want to trust in the Lord because of what he’s said.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.Luke 5:4-6, NIV, emphasis added
Oh to be strong in the Lord, and know that he can do what seems impossible, even through me.
12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.Luke 5:12-13, NIV, emphasis added
When people are watching and failure awaits, I pray that I would be confident in the Lord, like David.
1 Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep;Psalm 3:1-6, NIV, emphasis added
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
Lord, I want to be strong and live strong in you. You are the one who equips, who provides, who protects, who sustains. Many other verses come to mind when I think of all that you can do and all that you are. And this gives me confidence as your daughter. Thank you for loving me.