Strength

Steeping

We’re in hot water

Hold on a little longer

God’s patiently waiting for us to get stronger.

Tina S.W.

April 4, 2020

Another Cup

When my cup is empty, Lord, fill me up

You are my portion

The one I love

For in Your presence there is fullness of joy

When my cup runneth over

I’m overjoyed.

Tina S.W.

April 6, 2020

I forgot what I was doing. I knew I was waiting for tea, however, I couldn’t remember what stage I was on. As I turned to check on my progress I saw that the kettle was unplugged and assumed that I’d forgotten to plug it in again. However, the kettle was warm to the touch. Realizing that I’d already boiled the water I opened the lid of my tea pot to see that my tea was already steeping.

I don’t know where my head was at. No doubt I was pondering what I’d just read in Scripture or thinking something through. I often operate on auto-pilot when my head is in the clouds.

I said to Andrew, “It looks like I’m just waiting for it to get a little stronger.” That’s when I heard it. It’s funny how God speaks. It’s strange when He uses your own mouth to get a message across, but at the same time It’s amazing. Of course, I had to immediately write this one down. It’s like those funny moments with Andrew that I just have to share. They’re so special.

As for our strength, we’re made strong by the good words of faith and good teaching that we’ve been following. (1 Timothy 4:6) God hasn’t forgotten about us. He’s still speaking, He’s still steeping, and He’s still inviting us to come sit a while with Him so that He may refill our cups.

We may feel as if were in hot water, but we’re not in so deep that God’s deeper love can’t reach us and bring us peace. We just have to sit a little closer to Him. (James 4:8) We do this by reading and meditating on Scripture, praying and seeking His presence continually.

Hearing God’s word is just as important. If you don’t have a great online church I would highly recommend New Hope Church. God lead me to this church about a year ago now. Their senior Pastor is British, however, New Hope is located in Georgia in the United States. Andrew and I really love Pastor Rhys. He’s very down to earth, has a good sense of humor, but he also doesn’t mess around. He speaks the truth. All of New Hope’s sermon series can be found under the video tab. Follow the live stream on Sunday or choose a series that peaks your interest. The Moses series below was very good!

Where our hearts (or minds) are set matters. It makes a huge difference. (Collosians 3:2)

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“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!”

–1 Chronicles 16:11

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

–Psalm 73:26 (ESV)

“And my portion for ever – The source of my happiness. Not wealth, then; not honor; not earthly friends; not fame – will be my reliance and the ground of my hope; but that which I shall regard as most valuable – my supreme joy and rejoicing – will be the fact that God is my friend and portion”

–Barnes Notes on the Bible 

(Title photo credit goes to Pixabay.com user Foundry and the silhouette is credited to Mohamed Hassan.)

20 thoughts on “Strength

  1. Well said, Tina, and so very true. It can get uncomfortable steeping in that hot water sometimes, but the Lord knows exactly when to pull us out and when that tea He was creating from our experience is ready to be poured out, when it is ready for others to share.

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  2. We have to set our focus on God His strength and His Word. I often think of this passage during our current difficulties. As you said in your post: (Colossians 3:2)Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. 💐🌼

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    1. Yes, that’s the only way not to stress. Knowing that God is there, that He can help, will help in our time of need whether it’s to make a way, or comfort us in our grief, is our strength forsure. It helps us to let go of our worries. But if we don’t know Him we won’t trust Him so God’s word is so valuable, and growing in understanding brings us peace.

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  3. I agree God hasn’t forgotten us! He is active every moment of every day even now during this crisis. He is constantly at work. He gives us our daily strength. Thanks Tina!

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