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Monday, June 13, 2011


Today I’m reading Exodus 15:1-3. "Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD:
I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. 
Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation. 

He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The LORD is a warrior;
the LORD is his name."

I've been getting physical therapy for a bum elbow, and when I began doing some exercises with the therapist she started me off with one pound weights. One pound? Could there be anything more humiliating? I might as well be lifting air. But there's a method in the therapist's madness - start small and work your way up.

I was a skinny kid growing up. Very skinny. My pinstripe pajamas only had one stripe. I could stand in the shade of a telephone line. etc. etc. My older brother always used to say I could get a job as a "before" for Charles Atlas. (See ad above). He nicknamed me "spaghetti boy." That hurt. So, physical strength wasn't my gift and I was pretty self-conscious about it. Body image is something lots of people (men and women) have struggled or still struggle with.

I'm still not a Charles Atlas grad - but I have discovered that there are many different kinds of strength, even different kinds of physical strength. That's probably why I was attracted to martial arts like judo and aikido that have a very different understanding about how to create and use strength. Sometimes softer and lighter is stronger than harder and heavier. Speed, balance, focus, alignment, flow all make a difference.

One of the strongest people I can think of is an older woman who, because of childhood polio, goes everywhere with the help of a walker. Seeing her tiny arms struggle with that walker is amazing, and she doesn't quit. She is one tough hombre. Tougher than any body builder you'll ever meet.

So, what's your definition of strength? How does God give you strength? When have you felt the strength of God flow into your life?There is so much in the Bible about God's strength and how he gives strength to his children.

So, let's be conscious of how God is doing that this week. Maybe Psalm 22:19 should be your prayer this week. "But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me."

Have a great week!


Today's prayer: Lord, sometimes when I look in the mirror I’m not too happy with what I see. Please let me see me the way you made me, beautiful and perfect just as I am. Help me to hold this image in my mind and heart as I follow my life’s path. Allow others to witness your light shining through me as I walk with confidence, grace and a smile on my face. Amen.

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