Some scripture become so familiar to me that I no longer experience the power of God’s word. Philippians 4:13 was one such verse.
Today started off pleasantly enough. I was able to go to the gym by myself (woohoo!) From there, the day took a turn to that which I did not plan. Jazmine has been on antibiotics for a few days now and is happily on the mend however, Baby Grace woke up with a cough. Oh I can not explain how sad that made me. So my day of finally getting out of the house turned into ‘what essential oils can I use to help her kick this cough/runny nose combo’?
I was handling things well until I got snappy. (Praise God for the Holy Spirit showing me that I was being snappy.) Baby Grace wasn’t sticking to her schedule. She nursed a lot and barely ate her breakfast. Did I mention she is teething too? Yeah, fun times.
Jaz and I are pushing through school and all Baby wanted to do was play with her sister. Fine with me. I adjusted the order of our day (which is code for the order of which I wanted to get things done) so Baby and Jaz would play. I took a shower. It wasn’t until Baby G FINALLY went down for her nap that I reflected on the day so far.
I couldn’t figure out where I had gotten off track. I prayed first thing this morning so, I’m thinking, the day should not have gotten away from me like that. Jazmine and I are in the habit of putting on the full armor of God each morning during devotionals or in the car before I start driving. We didn’t put in on this morning. So, while nursing Baby Grace down, I did just that. After putting on the armor, we also say an affirmation I got from Beth Moore’s Believing God when she talks of the Shield of Faith. Part of it says, I can do all things through Christ. When I said it today, I paused. It finally occurred to me the totality of this verse. Not that I get it all but until then, I had only applied this verse for big things. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me to: talk to this person about Jesus, call someone I barely know to see how they are doing after they had surgery, asking a complete stranger if I can pray with them. I never ever applied it to my little day-to-day needs. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me: to smile when I want to fuss, listen when I want to respond, exercise patience when I’d rather force my will.
In my glider, with my prayed, long-awaited, baby on my lap, I let the full power of this verse wash over me as I repeated it over and over. I really can do what is required of me because Christ strengthens me.