“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
It’s the start of a new academic year here in France, and where we live there’s been a peak in Covid infections so we all have to wear masks everywhere.
And I hear God say, do not be anxious about anything. Pray! Ask me what you want. And my peace will guard your heart and mind. Only think about what is true, right, pure, lovely… And God, this sounds so simple. You know me so well. I’m not strong enough to do this – to dwell only on You, Your word and the good things I see around me. To not be anxious about anything – is that even possible? Yes You say, it is, just lean on me. Rest in me, I will give you the strength you need today, don’t think about tomorrow. I will teach you the secret of being content in every situation. You don’t need to do things in your strength – I am your strength and I am enough for you right here, right now.
God is in the bus, in the train, in the classroom, the shop, the office, the home – He is there where we are and He is mightier than we can imagine.
Prayer of Response
“Lord, as we approach you hesitantly with our anxious thoughts, our less than pure hearts, may you indeed direct our minds and souls to Your holiness and power and Your peace that passes all understanding, that we may say with confidence, ‘I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.'”
—Submitted by Lis Ho
Lis is living in Lyon, France, with her teenage son. Currently preparing the Lifesprings School of Ministry with the Lyon team. She is a portrait photographer and teacher of English as a foreign language. In a world of busyness, her ‘rhythm of life’ verse is ‘Be still and know that I am God’, Psalm 46:10.