“. . .so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you,
being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend. . .
Ephesians 3:17-18a

At last Sunday’s service, my pastor challenged the congregation to read through Deuteronomy 1-8. Quite a challenge, but I’m up to Deuteronomy 7! I hadn’t been reading for long, when I was struck with the lightning of the Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 1:6 says, “The Lord our God said to us at Horeb (Mt. Sinai), ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance. . . ” Today, I am thankful for the times when God has given me strength to comprehend (Ephesians 3:18a) the difficulties of a sustained period of difficulty and I am even more grateful when he says, “Janell, you have stayed long enough at this mountain.” Oh, the jubilation when a trial lifts. When the fog dissapates and clarity comes. When heaviness of heart lightens. If you find yourself in the midst of a sustained difficulty. . .take heart, today. It will pass. Press in and pray for the strength to comprehend. God is faithful, friend!

A Silent Second

Lord, I pray that today you will give strength to comprehend.
Strength to endure. Strength to press on and put one foot in front of the other.
Strength to look up. And, dear Lord, hasten the day when you speak those words,
‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough.’ Amen.”

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