Monday, August 27, 2012

Strength to Stand

A Guest Post by Lynn Huggins Blackburn

Deuteronomy 33:25 ~ Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength be. (ESV)

Right now, I don't feel like my bars are iron or bronze.

I feel like a half-way decent puff of wind could knock me over. I'm in serious need of a vacation. And a massage.

Each day, my to-do list taunts me. Housework, laundry, cooking, shopping, packing lunches, trying not to eat chocolate (and failing), playing with my kids, hanging out with my husband.

And let’s not forget that there are flowers that need watering and relationships that need nurturing and neighbors who need Jesus.

I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

But these words from Deuteronomy, the blessing that Jacob gave to the tribe of Asher, remind me that there will be enough strength to accomplish what God wants accomplished.

Not necessarily what I want accomplished.

So I'm planning. I'm praying. And I'm trying to hold my goals out in open hands.

I'm starting each day asking God to rule and reign over my day and my calendar. Then, I'm talking to Him about my to-do list and asking Him for my next step. I'm choosing to believe that what truly needs to get done will get done and I'm trying to stay open to the Spirit's leading as I go through my day. (This method comes from Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver).

Some days start this way, but by 7:13 a.m. (more or less), I've grabbed the reins and I'm running the show. Those days always end in exhaustion and aggravation.

Some days I make it until noon. It's a rare day that I make it past supper before I start trying to do things in my own strength. I have to surrender - repeatedly - throughout the day.

I'm not sure what your life is like right now. My guess is you could teach me a thing or two about hectic lives and crazy schedules.

So join me. Don't wait until tomorrow.

Ask God to take the reins right now. Ask Him as many times today as you need to. And then watch as He gives you strength to do what truly needs to be done.

You'll have to repeat this process again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.

But when the winds blow and life threatens to take you down, you'll feel His strength.

And you will stand.

Day by Day, sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir

Lynn Huggins Blackburn has been telling herself stories since she was five and finally started writing them down. She blogs about living life at the intersection of fear and faith on her blog Out of the Boat.

Lynn is a member of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and Word Weavers, Greenville. She lives in South Carolina where she hangs out with three lively children, one fabulous man, and a cast of imaginary characters who find their way onto the pages of her still unpublished novels.

She drinks a lot of coffee.



  1. Lynn, reading your post makes me want to read Having a Mary Heart all over again, but more importantly, your words have encouraged me to take my calendar as an "offering" with me to my quiet time (and throughout the day).

    Jamie, welcome back and thanks for having Lynn start our week off in such a special way this morning.

  2. I love "Mary Heart" and could use to pull it out and re-read it! Thanks for the encouragement, Lynn. I need a boost to kick-start my week!

    (Sweet Jamie, so glad you have your computer back!!)

  3. Cathy & Susan - I'm with you - I probably need to re-read it once a year at least. As for today, my calendar and my to-do list were completely re-ordered by 5:55 a.m. :-). I've had give my day back several times already! But I know His plans are best!

    Jamie - Thank you for having me here today! And I am so very glad your computer is back!!

  4. I agree with Cathy and Susan, Lynn! I loved "Having a Mary heart". As I read your post, I couldn't help but think about the day I took my walk and surrendered my life and day to the Lord by imagining I was "standing in an offering plate". I wish I could give credit for who wrote those words, but it really impacted my thinking for each day...even those days I have to keep repeating it...aarg...the cost of being human!!
    Thanks for sharing your post today and thank you Jamie for sharing Lynn with us!

  5. Thanks ladies for stopping by and leaving a comment! And thanks Lynn for posting for me today! Apparently, I'm the only one who hasn't read Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." I can't find it in audio or in braille, or I'd read it! Love you all!