Author: Danette Spiers
“Haven’t I commanded you: Be Strong and Courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (HCSB)
God always meets us right where we are, whether it is at our best or in our most trying of times. This I know first hand. The Lord has lifted me up in moments I didn’t understand; moments where my own strength wasn’t enough. But, it took me having to truly let go and turn to the Lord for help. This is where victory comes in: when we realize we are not expected to live every day in our own strength but through the strength He provides.
"God always meets us right where we are..."
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out this life on my own, even after experiencing God’s love and faithfulness. This past year was no different.
"After experiencing a mass shooting in 2017, I told myself I should be strong enough to deal with the post-traumatic stress that kept hitting me."
I sat in church one evening having a panic attack, telling myself to keep it together. Being in such a large group setting with loud music was now too much for me. I was trying so hard to be strong, but I was becoming discouraged, wondering why I couldn’t shake this feeling of fear.
At that service, I knew there was no way for me, alone, to heal the damage I was carrying. I told the Lord I would be strong and never give up, but I needed His help. I asked for His strength and for His guidance. The next service I attended, I was nervous and reluctant to go in, but God showed up. As worship started, I could feel a weight lift off me. The Lord was with me. He was always with me. I realized I had lost sight of what He already told me … to depend on Him, to keep moving forward with Him.
I returned to what I know to be true which is that God is with us in whatever we face.
I declare this year that I will stand strong with the Lord by my side. And because of this, every step forward will be a victory.