Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”! Looking over 2013 it has been a huge change for my life. I often feel like a 20 year old stuck in a 30…no wait 42 year old body! Watching my family change and going through those transitions have made my journey interesting. My wife has face some pretty crazy health issues, watching my family grow up. A son who is in middle school, a daughter who is now in high school, a nephew who I once held in my arms is now graduating college. Me facing health issues that made planning Christmas more of a challenge! (a result of being 42)
Then right after Christmas we received a phone call that they called hospice in to take care of my Aunt who had been struggle over the past years with many surgeries and health issues! They asked us to come to Cleveland because they are not sure how much longer she will be her with us. So this past Thursday we drove right into the storm called “Hercules” towards Cleveland! “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. We visited and shared stories, we laughed and we cried and then we said good-bye…maybe for the last time. I am not used to this new phase in life, BUT “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”!
As I reflect on my life and realize the legacy of faith that I had and have the privilege to be a part of is amazing! Jesus is the foundation that I have been challenged with all my life. There were many times that I chose not to allow Him to be my foundation and there were many times I did. Life is difficult without Jesus or with Jesus…it is difficult! But with Jesus I have hope. I have hope and I look around me day after day, face after face, and there are so many who do not have the hope I have in Jesus!
Don’t give up…don’t ever give up, even on your death bed DO NOT GIVE UP!! “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH!”
Unleash Your kingdom’s power
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
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We are the hope on earth.
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