One of my mentors reminded me recently of God's promise to provide the strength we need. While it's a truth I "know," in that moment it sank in a lot deeper into my soul. In the throes of life it's easy to become overwhelmed and flustered with the ebb and flow of it all. I'd been drifting into survival mode, creeping into tunnel vision, just like fighting a 3 minute match in my jiu-jitsu class the other day when we were so occupied with ourselves we didn't even hear the timer buzz. Focused on survival.
But as I considered the provision of God's strength, I realized how much I depend upon it, and also how I'd been relying on myself to make it. Then Psalm 73 came up in my devos and I could truly confess, "my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Ps 73:26).
Stepping through chaos isn't uncommon for our journey in this life, but we don't have to stay in survival mode, we can rest in the strength He provides.
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This helpful article from my friend Marissa equips you to tell the difference.
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Not yet in the throes of the teenage years, I still found this helpful in considering my own parenting.
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