This week's Blog Hop is your favorite quote, spiritual passage , life lesson, saying, PHOTO or encouraging thought. Post your favorite or most meaningful, and then include a sentence or two about what it means to you personally, and how it can encourage other people in their lives.
This week is easy for me. There has been one line that I have repeated over and over to myself that has provided encouragement to me in the most toughest of times.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
This particular line in Scripture has remained with me during times of both trial and tragedy. I have memorized and recited Philippians 4:13 more times than I can even remember. One of those times that I remember vividly was during the birth of both of my children. I was determined to have a natural, drug free delivery with both of my girls. Of course, with my first I had no idea what to expect. With my second I knew exactly what I was getting into.
After laboring for hours and feeling like my body was about to shatter into a million different pieces, feeling immersed in pain and agony, I lowered myself into the hot tub and began to chant - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I kid you not. It sounds corny. But I remember asking my husband to step out so I could chant in silence. After 14 hours, 4 hours of pushing, 1 dose of medicine, and God's strength, I delivered Mattea Morgan.
Same scenario occurred with my second daughter who was taking her own sweet time arriving. Of course knowing how intense the pain was going to be, I began again calling on God. Lord - I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Again, after 14 hours but only 4 minutes of pushing, my sweet Paloma was born.
This has become my life verse. I live and breathe by it. Call on Him who will provide you the strength you need when you physically and emotionally cannot go on.