If you joined me today from Encouragement for Today, welcome! In today’s devo I shared about “gathering peace”. I invite you today to “gather peace” as you depend on God right where you are. 

I also invite you to join me for daily encouragement in Live Free, a Facebook group with a weekly video Bible study, community, and daily encouragement.

I was talking with my sister-in-law and friend, Sherri. We reflected on the years when we became new mommas. We were comprades of sort. New babies were arriving constantly. She, one year. Me, the next.

“I wish you would have let me help you more,” she said.

She was right. I was so independent. I had three babies in less than 19 months (twins!) and was overwhelmed. We had a farm and as a city girl turned country girl, I was over  my head in that department too.

I can do it myself.

Sleepless, sometimes irritable, determined, happy, in love with my babies but exhausted, I just plowed ahead.

How much easier would it have been if I had waved the white flag and asked for help on occasion?

Sometimes we do that as believers. We put on our happy face, our determined face, and we plow ahead. Sometimes that works. Other times it fails miserably.

We were never expected to live our faith life alone.

To live free: In our culture dependence is seen as weak, and yet in God’s economy, depending on God is a measure of maturity. #strength

Scripture: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Quote: Don’t trust to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting. ~ Hammer William Webb-Peploe

Just you and God: Today, it’s okay to depend on Him. It’s okay to say it’s bigger than you. That’s not a sign of weakness, but honesty, and a signal to God that you trust Him, rather than feelings. His plan doesn’t go away because we feel overwhelmed. It doesn’t go away because we need Him. It’s saying that I fully believe and trust in You, and what You see in me.

Today one person will receive an audio CD of a message titled Dancing Shoes: Turning Crossroads into Turning Points, a message that reveals how our uncomfortable moments can become pivotal moments.

I’ll choose the winner from the comments below and share the person’s name on Monday! I’m so glad you dropped by today. ♥