Have you ever felt like all you can do is stand? Life kept rushing by with hurricane-force winds, but you felt stuck? Have you ever felt alone? Or without hope? Sometimes going to a whole 'notha level means standing up and gripping the hand of Jesus with all your might.
Life comes at us fast. People don't respond how you want them to. Words sting. In the midst of it all, can we still be confident? Content? Filled with hope? Absolutely. That doesn't mean it's easy. Standing tall and living an unshakable life is hard. Sometimes excruciatingly hard. But there is a way we can do it...no matter what comes our way.
Without You I just can't get by so I'm hanging on to every word You speak 'cause it's all that I need. Hanging on to every word You say to light up my way. Even every little whisper I'm hanging on as if it were my life. I'm hanging on.
Rascal Flatts sings, "When push comes to shove you taste what you're made of. You might bend 'til you brake cause it's all you can take. On your knees you look up, decide you've had enough. You get mad, you get strong, wipe your hands, shake it off then you stand." Standing in the midst of life's circumstances is hard....it is tough....but we can do it.....when we are on our knees.
James 4:10 says, "Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet." If we want to be able to stand tall, we have to get on our knees. I'm learning this in my life right now. We all have days where we just feel like if we hear discouraging words one more time or face rejection one more time, we won't be able to go on--but we can! If you and I will choose to consciously hang on to every word that Christ speaks to us, then we can stand--and stand confidently--no matter what anyone says or does to us.
And when the darkness falls, I can't see what's before me. Your voice is like the dawn always there to guide me.
I love those above lyrics. God's voice is "like the dawn always there to guide me." Have you ever gotten down on your knees before God and just surrendered? Whenever I have bowed in His presence and completely surrendered what I am going through, I have felt His whispers and shouts of love just totally invade my life & help me stand strong! We can't control life, but we can choose to let the Creator of life guide our steps.
I don't know what you are going through, but my prayer for both you and I is that we will choose to surrender every hope, dream, disappointment, failure, and rejection at the feet of Christ. I pray that we will hang on to every word that He says and allow His loving guidance completely and radically take us to a whole 'notha level. I am confident of this: when we allow His voice to be our healing & His words to be our strength, there is no way that we can walk unchanged.
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