When I clicked on an email today, written by Candace Rose,I was so blessed I wanted to share it with you. She spends a few moments encouraging us, her family, with the words of Psalm 18:29 (NIV):

“With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale [ESV says, “leap over”] a wall.” 


Candace Rose practicing her etiquette at a High Tea in Christchurch, New Zealand!

She writes,

“hello, my beautiful family,

i will first begin by saying tuesday was a rather good day, so i hope
the same can be said for all your tuesdays, whether eastern or western

i just mentioned to dad a poignant verse that struck me from verse 18
and while i thought i wouldn’t have time to send out a full-fledged
email on it until this weekend, i figured now might be an especially
good time for us all to hear it:

“For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a
wall” (proverbs 18:29, ESV).


what awesome imagery, ay?? to me, that was just an automatic shot in
the arm (shot of an energy-boosting IV, that is!) it was an instant
confidence booster, a kick in the butt in regards to anything i am
doubting God over.

personally, i feel all of us have walls we need God’s help to leap over.

dad – the situation at work, lack of big kitchen jobs, lack of new
customer contacts
mom – the direction of ministry, your return to academia
brooke – the situation with your missions trip support, needing $880 more
grant – the situation of needing a summer job, of not being able to
sleep at night

and i think the list could go on….

and the walls don’t have to be quite as literal as needing a certain
amount of money or a certain number of kitchens. they can be more
vague, something intangible, like a wall of discouragement, a wall of
doubt, a wall of lack of purpose, a wall of anger…

there’s not much else i want or need to say – i think the verse speaks
for itself and echos philippians 3:14, “i can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me.”

today, my family, i encourage you to run against the troop that’s
pressing against you. i encourage you to leap over the wall in front
of you. and if you don’t think you can make it, think of God kneeling
down beside it, locking his fingers together in an upside-down basket
to give you a leg-up.”

Candace encourages us to envision God’s fingers together 
in an upside-down basket; giving us a lift in order
to scale the wall. Go ahead—with God’s help, you will get to the other side of 
the wall in front of you. Please let me know how it looks on the other side.
I’m praying for you!


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