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Bad news takes the starch out of our knees.
I don’t know why public bathrooms are my go-to in a crisis. They just are. Maybe it’s because I travel a lot, but when I look back at some of the worst news, I received it away from home. At a conference. In an airport. Standing in a group of women waiting for me to share encouragement or teaching.
When we receive bad news or we face hard things, we feel it physically. We want to sit down. We want to release those tears. We crumple inside, which makes us feel like we’re crumpling outwardly.
And if you are in a public place, you aren’t going to swoon to the floor. You find a bathroom. You pray it’s clean. If not, you perch. (You know what I mean.)
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This summer has been a crazy whirlwind of bad news. I’ve done a lot of bathroom time, me and the Lord hashing it out. Me reaching for him. My Savior’s presence crowding in that stall with me, because He’s all in during the hard times.
After months, it seems that we are finally moving out of the hardest places. There are scars — literally. There are bills. There are a stack of cards that show how people wrapped around us. Yet the most symbolic evidence of this battle comes when I look at my knobby knees, and those of our loved ones.
And we are all still standing.
That makes me want to dance. You know, an old people dance with your hands in the air and slightly off rhythm hip move to the right as I twirl around.
What I love about faith is that even when our knees are knocking, and our hearts are beating fast, scripture shows us what to do. All throughout scripture, we are told to “stand firm.”
Standing firm is a belief that God is fighting for you. You stand firm as you trust that God is on the scene. You stand firm as you pray and know that your words really do reach his ears.
I never thought of my knees as an outward reflection of my inward faith, but it’s a beautiful thought.
But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you! 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NLT)
When God spoke those words to Jehoshaphat, he called him out of the “bathroom.” He was aware that his knees were crumbling under him. God wasn’t asking this warrior not to do anything. Jehoshaphat had a part to play in the battle. We all do.
Yet his (and our) strongest move is finding a position, and standing firm while God does the heavy work. As a nation we’re in a battle. Some of you are waging private wars in your marriage or closest relationships. Our family had three diagnoses of cancer in three months and it’s been overwhelming.
We will have some bathroom time where we cry out to God, but then we’ll find our position and we’ll stand firm.
If God is with us, we can rest even in a hard place.
If God is with us, we can take our position in the battle.
If God is with us, we can rest inwardly even as it appears the world is falling apart.
Standing firm is trusting. It’s acting. It’s praying. It’s believing. It’s loving. It’s trusting.
I can almost hear it now. All those knees knocking in harmony and then dying away as the rhythm of our faith starts humming louder.
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Hi this is my 1st time here can u please🙏 pray for me that I lean on God in the hard times and the good times thank u and God bless you I would love to win your book
I came here to your blog through the Proverb31 devotional tonight. I am living a stage of my life where I want to find God’s presence and plan in everything. I have struggles but want to stay-stand firm in order to walk in the path He has for me.
Thank you for the chance to win your new book, I look forward to read it!!
Standing firm to me means the most frightening and exciting things all at once. It’s like free falling from a cliff, knowing that all will be alright at the end. It’s hard sometimes for me to take that “leap”, because the brain likes to know the plan first, but the heart wants to follow Jesus, so that’s what I am going to do!!!
I feel as though the devil has been attacking me mentally and emotionally over the past year and a half. I often feel unworthy and unqualified as a mother and a wife… As if I’m doing everything wrong. Please say a prayer for me to stand firm in the Lord against these feelings and attacks. Thank you.
Dear Heavenly Father, I uplift sweet Amanda in your hands of love. Pour your presence over her as she walks in days of feeling unworthy and unqualified. Help Amanda remember those words and feelings of negativity flowing through her are not your Truths, but ones of the Liar. Your words flow of love, encouragement, and promises. Place a big hug around her today. Amen.
Hello, I happened here from your post in Proverbs 31. I plan to purchase this devotional, but I would love to win one for a young mother who is currently in alcohol rehab. Her husband recently accepted Jesus as his Savior, and while she has been away for almost 30 days, I’ve been praying that God would open her eyes to the freedom, hope and love that we have in Christ alone. God bless you.
Hopped over from proverbs31 devotional. I love the quote from Gamaliel!
I have been on a quest to learn about God and my role in his plan. I would love a copy of your book. I love that you are helping out the ladies in prison. If I do not win I will purchase a book so someone else can also be helped.
Thank you for this timely word! I’ve been waiting all summer for you to announce your next series! Looking forward to September.
I’d love to read this devotional. I feel a bit in the dark now. There are a couple of big life situations that I thought I heard a confirmation from God on, but the way it’s been developing so far it looks confusing and not at all how I thought it would. I’m trying to trust God with these because nothing is impossible for Him, but my fear is not to misunderstand Him and His will in these two situations.
And I admire your perseverance and strength, Suzie. I pray that in return for months of bad news and hardships, now God will shower you with abundant blessings and restoration.
For me, at this moment, standing firm is questioning God instead of closing the conversation with Him. I’m hurt. I don’t understand His plan. I want to turn my back and close my heart but I know there is a purpose in my pain. There has to be. I am struggling to draw close when I want to turn away. I believe this devotional would help in this journey. Thank you for sharing your story.
Wow. Sometimes standing firm is hard. But I know that is what needs to be done. I have a couple of situations going on right now that I know Satan is trying to get ahold of. So in order to stand firm, I must pray more, and continually repeat God’s Word in my mind. I forget to do that quite often and that’s when Satan sneeks in and says “just give up. It would be so much easier.” But after I stop and think, I realize who is putting those thoughts in my head, so that’s when I have to be strong and courageous. AND STAND FIRM!
I just started doing yoga again this week and am excited to “stand firm” in mountain pose differently each morning after reading today’s devotion – thank you! I am looking forward to reading your new book before my yoga each morning to help focus and center my day and my life, following Jesus more closely.
I recently started reading come with Me and I have to tell you I’ve been punched in the gut a few times by these questions –all in a good way.
My favorite question you’ve asked so far that has carried with me especially in testimony is when did you know God was real ? I posed the photo of that question in my Facebook and Instagram and the answers were uplifting. I love your writing and books, when you were considering who you were writing for and only thought maybe that one lady it wasn’t. A 28 year old married mama with a nursing management job needs those words from you. I’m so thankful have found this blog to enjoy your writing daily
Thanks for the devotion.. Standing firm to me is knowing who our Lord and Savior is so that I can trust and rely on Him no matter what. Through the years as I went through all the trials, challenges, and joys He has been right beside me like the poem”Footprints in the Sand”. He gives me the assurance and love to be able to stand firm in Him even when I am wavering and can barely keep my head above the water.
Thank you for this very timely devotion. I am preparing for a missions trip in the Fall. So many details to attend to. Thank you for this reminder that if God is in it, I need to do my part and then let Him do what He has planned. Thank you so much!!!!!
Wonderful! I’m looking forward to standing firm!
I am excited to join with your group! I am ready to grow deeper in my faith!
Standing firm on His promise and path for my life. Not sure how all the parts work together and how I can do it with my current job, but I know if it’s His way it will all come together! Please pray for wisdom and direction. He’s given me the what, just not the how. Thanks!
Standing firm is surrendering to his perfect will for my life and believing his promises even when my feelings contradict…
I really needed this today! I am a teacher and there is a difficult situation in my classroom this year. I know God called me to be a teacher, and I need this child in my life. I have to stand firm and wait/rest. Thank you!
This lesson today goes along with another devotional that I read this morning. God is certainly tying to drive home the lesson for me- he wants me to get it and stand firm. Thank you for the chance to win your book.
Growing deeper in my faith and would love to have your daily devotions to start my day
My life depends on my lifeline My Jesus! I am a train wreck without the word of God. I am a troubled woman trying to be a mom and live with MS. Defensive due to my invisible disease. I sometimes feel invisible and I need encouragement daily. My creator is the only thing I have that keeps me sane. I don’t work I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I had just adopted my little girl. I am a mom reaching for this giveaway because honestly I have been seeking my purpose I want to help others who feel invisible I want to be the voice of Jesus and give back to the hurting and helpless. I want to help people know there is still good in this world. Please know I’m not trying to be a sorry case I am just being honest. I need this I need all of Jesus I can get. Thank you for your love.
Alicia, your words have touched my heart this morning. It saddens me to think you feel you might be looked like a “sorry case” because sweet sister you are brave and seen in this community. I love your words, “I need this I need all of Jesus.” Beautiful. You are never invisible in God’s eyes. Never. He loves you deeply. He knows you. He looks at your beautiful self and says,”God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27. Alicia, you are created in God’s own image. Hold to His truth of love. ❤️
Alicia, will you email me from casualconversations.net? That is my blog site. I would like to ask you something. Hugs.
I have emailed you from your blog. God is amazing you lifted me up when I felt defeated thank you. I love these opportunities to meet God’s army and experience true friendship thank you
Alicia, I just emailed you back. ❤️ Michele
Suzie, I have been reading your book, Come With Me, over and over again these past two years. I have learned so much and my faith has been increasing. I have been standing firm with our God to heal my marriage and He is! I would love to share this new devotional with another struggling woman. Thank you for your God-inspired words. They heal.
I hopped over from the proverbs 31 email as well … I so needed today’s encouragement from that email and from your blog. I have let the “messy” get in the way of my faith lately due to some physical pain I have but your words have allowed me to see that God really is there and loving me through this time. I am going to try to not allow the messy to rob me of my joy any longer.
I would live to in a copy of come with me, for self and then to pass or buy for my aught ear and my son’s girlfriend
“Standing firm” brings a really visual image to my mind. Like being on the deck of a ship and maintaining balance by keeping my feet grounded on what’s solid- Jesus. All the whi!e, in often unseen ways, He is the One actually holding me steady. So grateful!! 🙂
Thank you for this devotion! I was blessed by it!
I came over from Proverbs 31 Ministries. Your devotion today, “If God Is in it, I Can Rest”, was inspiring to me as I begin a new journey as a financial advisor, serving as God leads. Thanks for the encouragement and focus.
I am a new convert and to me standing firm means to place all own ways at His feet and just rely on his methods and his will. It’s not easy. Thank you for this devotional and I thank you for giving away copies of your book to women in need, what an inspiration and blessing you are!
Come with me, the book was a big part of my life over the past couple of years and gave me great encouragement during a very dark time. I will always be grateful for you writing that book and I look forward to including the new devotional in my morning quite time with the Lord.
Please pray for my daughter who is trying to stand firm while dealing with abuse.
LOVE this new devotional!!!
I’m looking forward to this devotional Suzie. I love being able to read the First5 app and the Proverbs31 emails, and a few others, every morning, but I also really love to hold physical devotional books and my Bible. The online devos are often uplifting. I frequently see scripture from a new viewpoint, but as far as spiritual growth goes, I feel that kicks in more (for me) when I’m reading a hard copy Devo or Bible study. To me, “stand firm,” isn’t always having the right Christian phrase to say, but it’s making sure people know that you’re okay with waiting on God when he seems silent or slow or harsh. Suzie, I will be praying for your family. I see your face every day when I log onto Compel to see what’s new. I will ask God to remind me to pray for your family every time I see your picture.
I am so excited about the new book. I needed guidance to let go and let Jesus guide!
My knees have knocked a lot lately and I have had many long talks with God. I’m standing tall and firm again and thanking Him for always being there. It’s so comforting knowing my Heavenly Father is wrapping me in His loving arms!
Our summer has involved a move that is a huge step of faith for our family of 6. We are trusting that God is in every detail and believing Him for big things. It has been a daily battle to chose faith over fear! Looking forward to this devotional!
Standing firm to me is trusting without reservation the promise of God being there and helping us when our walk is weak. My word for this year is “Strength”. I am in search of all things that point me to a stronger relationship with God. Your giveaway ” Come With Me” would be a great tool to grow on. God bless your ministry. We are blessed by your obedience to God.
I recently lost my dad. I could stand firm knowing God would never leave me or forsake me. I was heartbroken, but yet had a peace and joy through it all. God is so faithful!
Hi. I am praying my kids would stand firm. They are all young adults and I am entrusting them to God’s care, but still I worry. I pray for them to not abandon their faith, but for a desire to grow in their love and pursuit of Christ and to be an ambassador for him.
We just moved so I’m dealing with a whole lot of change right now. This booksounds great!
Standing firm for me simply means believing what He says, and who He says He is.
TO STAND FIRM MEANS TO KEEP BELIEVING WHEN ALL ELSE SAYS ITS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN WE COULD REALLY USE THE HELP OUR FAMILY HAS BEEN AND STILL IS GOING THROUGH ALOT OF SUFFERING AND HARD TIMES PLEASE HELP US OUT !
To stand firm is to not really stand at all, but be held by God thru the crisis.
I found your blog through Proverbs 31 devotional. Thank you for your ministry. At this point in my life, I am going through some major changes, what I feel like will be the best for my family, but other family members are struggling with our decisions which requires us to move. We feel the Lord has opened up this opportunity for us and it’s time for us to make a change. We are close to our family and don’t won’t to upset any of them. Please pray that we can stand firm on where God is leading and that our family will understand. Looking forward to your new devotional. May God send healing and strength to you and your family.
Stand Firm in Jesus Powerful and Might Name today!!
I am all about standing firm but I would add (because I have learned the hard way) that we must also be wearing the full armor of God while we stand. The enemy does not like when we stand firm, and God has given us the equipment necessary to do it. We need only to put it on.
Needed this reminder & refreshment today!
Thank you for this devotional. God’s timing is perfect. When I feel week and confused He is strong in His Word and gives me the faith to have the courage to stand strong, do my part and then lay it at His feet and surrender the situation and myself to Him. In His loving arms, I in Christ and Christ in me. <3 God bless you ~
Standing firm to me means staying in Good’s Word and being faithful in praying in thanksgiving as well as in need. I’m praying for you and your family. I’m so sorry for the struggles you all have been going through. Stand firm💙🙏💙
I found your blog through the Proverbs 31 devotionals. They have been such an encouragement to me. Standing firm to me means claiming God’s promises at all times—when on the mountain tops or deep in the valleys, or when traveling the level roads. It is knowing that He is who He says He is and believing He will do what He says He can. Thanks again for your inspiring message. I would llc to win one of your new devotional books.
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I really enjoyed reading your blog today and am so very glad I discovered it. I ask for prayers for myself and my family as we deal with the stress of trying to care for my father-in-law, who is in deep depression after losing his wife, and does not want to take care of himself. It is very hard but we are getting through it-you can’t have too many people praying for you though, and prayer works!
Beth, Praying for you and your family as you take care of your precious father in law. Grief is such a real and hard process-lifting your FIL up to out Heavenly father for comfort, peace and to open his eyes to all he has to live for and love.
Stand Firm is to rest in His promises even when you can’t see how the end will work out. In the scared and the hard. As He asks you to walk away from all you have ever known. Sometimes in a very real and physical way. I don’t always understand what I am doing but I am familiar with knees knocking as I look at the steps of obedience required by God knowing that He is about to deliver me from the things that hold me back, even as it includes a severing from my family in very real ways. I can’t see my way and yet I know that God has a plan and I simply have to choose to trust.
Perfectionism is my jail. I just realized how free I can be if I truly know that God is in charge of the results, not me. I don’t have to be!
Mmmm, this is powerful, Sue. Praying for you!
Standing firm to me means never losing sight of God’s unwavering strength, wisdom and love, even in the midst of the most unbearable situations. I have “Come With Me” and I loved it!! Would love to have a copy to give to a friend!
Standing Firm….trusting His promises, His love and His view from beginning to end. It is Good!
Standing firm is taking one day at a time and trusting God with that day. We have been going through hard times the past year, but as I look back I see how faithful God has been one day at a time. Praying for you and your family too!
To stand firm means to persevere & pray & lean on & trust God thru it! I deal with chronic migraines & other health issues. I want so to be a shining light for Gods glory and feel I’m failing terribly. Would love this book to help me on this journey.
Standing firm by faith means knowing that God is in control of everything and there is purpose and providence through Him and not coincidence because of mankind.
This has provided a specific answer to prayer. Thank you so much!
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I love that you mentioned the cards. What a gift to have friends and family lifting you up.
I can relate to the public bathrooms. Ewww, but when we’re desperate for alone time with our Savior, he understands.
Many times I have been praying through my sobbing. Sometimes with no words but why or please Lord…luckily the Spirit reads our hearts and knows our questions and desperation, but also our faith that even though we’re a blubbering mess of questions, HE is preparing us for battle. We are His no matter what.
Praying for healing and strength in your battle right now.
Standing firm in faith is not hoping that the Lord Jesus Chist will be there for you. Its KNOWING!!!
Standing Firm is something I am very familiar with… as well as knocking, scratched up and badly bruised knees!!! Standing Firm to me means NOT giving in to whatever is running after you trying to knock you off balance and move you out of God’s will!
I can really be a “Martha”. Trying to give up control over a situation is hard for me. Standing firm means that I let it go and let Him handle it.
Enjoyed your devotional today. Many points hit home. Thank you
Standing firm is believing what your eyes cannot see! Believing God will do what only He can do. Standing firm is to be unmoving, unshakeable and resolute.
Suzie, yet another powerful word today. Wow.
“I can almost hear it now. All those knees knocking in harmony and then dying away as the rhythm of our faith starts humming louder.” LOVE THIS!
Standing firm is trusting. Looking up. Keeping my eyes on HIM.
My knees have been knocking all week. Finances for a medical trip… an A/C that went out… a dryer that went out… a dislocated wrist… new symptoms… a returned payroll check, which resulted in several returned auto-payments… I waved my white flag and told Him I was surrendering. Life becomes too much so easily. So, I looked up. After my total surrender, breakthrough. The A/C unit was a simple (and low cost) fix. The dryer (which wouldn’t come on) randomly came on and has stayed on (better than staying off!). Provision. Grace. We’re sitting in His presence this morning in awe over His works. Not that we should be surprised, right?!
I so love your transparency. Your family is in my prayers as you heal and mend and begin to hear that beautiful rhythm of faith!
I found your book in our small town’s bookstore the other day, and I am reading it with thankfulness…it’s like God knew the words I needed to read 😉
Hoping to order more to share with my women’s bible study group.
I loved your blog today. It was such a good reminder for me.
So that you’ll be able to stand your ground, stand, stand firm. I love this image of courage and strength and hope that God’s Word gives us. Sometimes an image is all we can muster at the moment, yet all that we need in that moment. Lord, help me to put on your armor and follow your leading.
Standing firm…I picture a person leaning into a very strong wind with things blowing all around. Although it’s difficult for them to remain, they grit their teeth, hold onto their coat and lean straight into the wind. When we stand firm. We must be willing to persevere under anything that blows our way. God is our rock. He will never be moved.
Stand firm – standing on the Rock, I will not be shaken…praying my Armor over me and my family, declaring the Word/Sword of the Spirit…speaking Truth to myself…
Thank you so much for your blog and sharing your faith walk with all of us – may the Lord cover you and protect you with His Wings and may His angels guard and watch over you and yours…
Standing firm is staying in the word and standing strong in the Armor of God. I just got back from camping where I was cloaked in world of peace. I get home and the reality of the fallen world hit me like a bulldozer. Living in constant prayer is no longer an option but a means of survival. Prayer allows me to hear the steps of Jesus walking along side me.
Thank you Suzi for being so open in your faith walk. It inspir
Standing firm is trusting…. love it!
Standing firm to me means never waver in your faith and your belief that God is with you and for you.
Standing Firm in your belief that Jesus is right with you wherever you are, the bathroom or somewhere else! He never leaves us….with us in easy & hard times to rejoice with us! Thanks for your daily encouragement, Suzie!
Please pray for my precious Aunt Jennie who was placed in Hospice yesterday. Aunt Jennie is a very strong Christian and prayer warrior. My heart is breaking for her as she is 94 and is in pain.
Please pray for healing for my Aunt Charlotte who has bronchitis.
Please pray for my sister Diane who is having a rough time healing from a total knee replacement surgery.
Please pray for my brother-in-law Loyd who had bleeding from his brain and the doctors don’t know why.
Please pray for my son Chris for his heart to hear and obey the voice and will of God.
In the midst of all of this heartbreak I call on God to help me. Lately, my prayers have become one word-“Help”. I feel His presence and I see Him working in our lives. Standing firm in the midst of sorrow with God’s help.
This past year has been one trial after another. Through it all, God has been faithful and has given me peace. I am cancer free now and praise the Lord for His loving care! Standing firm on His promises!
Standing firm to me means resting in the peace and comfort of the truth that you shared today…that our Savior is ALL in during the hard times. We are not alone…and we are strong because of Who stands with us.
Standing firm is knowing, believing God is with me always 🙏😇
This year has been a blow-after-blow year. And it’s looking right now, as though the holidays…my favorite time of year…is when the worst of things will hit us. But, standing firm is believing that God’s got this, in spite of my fears. Being open and raw with Him, but reminding myself to trust. (Which is so. hard. for. me) He is the parter of the Red Sea, after all.
To me, standing firm is never giving up. Never losing trust, faith, or hope. Giving the battle to God, knowing He will fight & produce the best outcome, to fulfill His will & purpose for you. I am in major need of prayers for my marriage & an extensive situation, branching into many complications, regarding myself & my immediate family.
What a great burden that is lifted from us when we trust in Jesus and know that we do not have to handle things on our own. We are never alone, He is always there to help and carry us.
Standing in the gap for my children as the first one went off to middle school this week! Starting a prayer ministry for our schools. Trying to be faithful in what God has called me to but feeling, so often, so unqualified but standing firm and believing that He will do great things!
Standing firm is knowing that my loving God is always wrapping his arms around me and is there with me. I know he is right there at my shoulder where I can feel his presence and pray about everything. It is so simple. Our God is a loving God and we always stand firm in that.
Standing firm is knowing that God has me in every situation. Having time with God every morning has given me strength I never thought I could have.
Standing firm means to me that many trials and tribulations come my way, but I have the Bible to read daily, and meditation to hear Gods words to me. I would love to read your new book and devotional, this would be my first!
Standing firm in my faith is to totally surrender my mind, emotions and will to the Lord. It is important to realize that we are only vessels and made of clay. The Lord wants us to be transformed into His image and by total surrender or consecration, can that be accomplished. Life can be full and enjoyable when we are walking in His ways and enjoying His presence.
We stand firm when we continue down a hard path because we know that’s what God wants, we stand firm when we make hard choices and trust in the Lord, we stand firm when we do the right thing, not the easy thing, we stand firm when we say Not today Satan!!
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Stand firm and put on the full armor of the Lord: girdle of truth, breastplate of righteousness, footwear of the Gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, and stand on the Rock that is higher than you. Smile and watch Him work wonders; for the battle is the Lord’s.
Our blessed Father, Thank You for these dear readers. Fill them to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. Give them peace and rest in You. Father, I pray for Your healing touch upon them and their families. Empower them to stand firm and watch You work in their lives. Thank You, Father, for this beautiful community of believers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
It is a wonderful reminder to know I don’t have to depend on my feelings but to solely depend on God for direction when I can’t see the way clearly. Sometimes my feelings get in the way. I need to focus on the Father as he sees the entire picture clearly and knows best. Praise Jesus!
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This is such a beauty reminder. And so freeing. He’s got it all figured out.
I can’t wait for this devotion!!!
Trusting God daily no matter what is going on around me.
Standing firm in God’s arms but I am not in the dirty bathroom. I am so glad you have a place to go, but oh I am praying God might reveal a cleaner place for your tears and prayers. I love the words of the verse, “then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” I keep moving thinking it is in my control, but I must stand still. Thank you for your wise words.
Continue prayers for you and your family.
Great read for today!
I have had my share of bathroom times too and I know I was not there alone. I’m sure you were not too.
Suzie today’s post spoke to my heart. (Yesterday’s did too. Thank you). For me standing firm is trust. Trusting so deeply that I find peace in the situation and it’s that peace that lets me know God has me. Thanks so much again.
The LORD’s been teaching me to trust Him – stand firm – do what I can do, what He’s enabled me to do, and leave the rest to Him. Unless it’s a situation I’ve planned for or rehearsed in my mind, I’m not a forward-thinking person; my brain just doesn’t work like that. And it’s been a cause of contention within myself my entire life – that negative self-talk, out of the heat of the moment, and I replay it all: “Why didn’t I say that”, or “That’s what I should’ve done.” Then the Holy Spirit reminds me, “You did your part. You were faithful with what I equipped you, and obedient to My prompting. Remember, some plant, some water, but I give the increase(see 1Corin. 3:6-11). ‘Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf…’2Chronic.20:17.” I realized that, although I don’t have the wealth of money, I do have a wealth of time, because I have osteoarthritis and am unable to work. So my disability enables my availability. Thanks, Suze, for the encouragement- I’d be grateful if I won a copy of your new book!
Standing firm is a faith step. It is holding fast to God’s promise that He is with me and I can rest in Him as I walk in step with Him.
Standing firm means to focus on Jesus. Don’t look to the right or left. Plant your feet on solid ground and don’t let anything or anyone move you except Him. For I know who I have believed!
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Standing firm to me means being persistent not wavering,faith.
Thank you for these words and this opportunity to grow in the Lord.
Standing firm to me means following in the way of the Lord.
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Thank you for your inspiring words and encouragement; they are such a blessing!
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Standing firm in the Lord means not being swayed by the wags of the world and not letting the enemy drag you down when youre emotional or worn down. I feel like I give so much of myself that it takes me an entire day to recharge. Asking for prayers that I will stay strong emotionally through all the enemy is trying to throw at me. Thank you. ♡
You devotional for P31 today came at just the right time for me! Thank you Holy Spirit for the words of confirmation and encouragement!
Standing firm means that you recognize and call out the enemy’s tactics as lies and distractions, and then you hold on to what you to know to be true based on God’s truth.
Standing firm in God’s word always!
When you stand firm in the LORD you know within yourself what He wants and then you follow it. We are to learn what our Groom wants and how He likes things. We are to do everything we can to please Him. He is our Bridegroom, our Healer, our Redeemer, our Restorer, our LORD, our Master, He should be everything to us! We should stand and protect what and Who we love. He can fight for Himself if that is what He needs to do but most of the time He lets us stand in what we truly believe and not give in to the ways of the world, or the things the world wants us to do. He is looking to see who is willing to stand up for Him and the cause He has set before us. He can handle anything but He lets us go through the fire and be refined to show our perseverance and sometimes to show ourselves that yes, we will follow Him in everything. He is an awesome God and there is none other like Him! Praise be His Holy Name!
Standing firm…knowing what or whom (GOD) you stand for. No matter how high or how low. No matter life’s circumstances.
Standing firm means doing what God has called you to do – regardless of the challenges, regardless of obstacles, or the joys, or the sorrows. Standing firm means standing in your faith that if it is God’s will it is HIS will, and it is good, even if you can’t see it at the moment!
Standing firm means knowing who Jesus really is.The personal & intimate friend who is for us, We must come when we have failed Him to humbly settle the matter between us.& grow in Him daily.
To me, standing firm means belief that is unwavering, no matter what.
This is sooo good, Suzie. We have to let go so God can work. If we don’t, He cannot work His best. I’m so sorry for the heartaches that have surrounded your family. I pray the Lord’s best for you all.
Standing Firm is your faith in God.ITIS knowing he never leaves you in hard times he is there holding you up Standing firm is believing in God’s grace.
You have my attention, this is what we need reminding of! My 1st response to problems or bad news is to toil, making phone calls or emergency plans! But then I remember WHOSE I am, and what He has told us, to STAND FIRM! I CAN TRUST HIM with it all!!! And He proves it again and again! And each time I gain a little muscle to trust Him more and more!!!
What powerful truths about standing firm Suzie! You write with such conviction and faith. You’re such a warrior for Christ. I love your writing. I’m sorry it’s been a difficult season for you and your family but glad that you all remain to stand firm in Christ. Praise the Lord! I love that you’re sharing copies of your devotional with women in need! I think that’s wonderful! What blessings those will be! I’ll be keeping you and your family in prayer.
We are good, Susan. Thank you for that. I’m sitting her with new stitches, but also renewed determination. <3 God is good. Yes, he is.
Amen! You are an amazing woman and warrior for Christ Suzie! I pray for His healing upon you. Renewed determination sounds great. He brings about the greatest things in the most unexpected places!!
My Mom was just diagnosed with cancer. It has been a whirlwind. I cannot imagine going through this with additional people in my family at the same time. My heart goes out to you. Praying for your family. May God bless you with a season of joy and refreshing.
Right now my life feels overflowing with the needs of others. I am so tired and feel unable to meet all these needs. Thank you so much for your words that encourage me to keep my eyes on the provider of my strength and to stand firm where He has called me and where I know He stands with me.
Standing firm is trusting God and emptying my cup of fear so I am able to receive His blessings and grace. Let go and let God!
Thank you for the encouragement. Standing firm means to me that no matter how bad the storm around me looks like, if I keep my focus on God, I will not “sink.”
You have reminded me in yesterday’s and today’s devotionals, that doing what God has called us to do is not about us, but about Him and we reflect Him as long as we are following His ways and not our own ways. Thank you for your encouragement.
Thank you for reminding me that though I live in my world of physical pain and chronic fatigue God hears my prayers.
Thank you also for standing up in your blog against these horrible, hate filled days.
God is in control, we just have to trust Him.
Praying for you and family. Standing firm with our Savior brings such comfort to me, knowing no matter how hard things are He’s always near. Loved your book Suzie, looking forward to your devotional. God bless you🙏🙏🙏
I love your openness and realness. As a minister’s wife, i really do! Your writings encourage me so much & get one deep into Jesus and His way of living, responding. An absolute gift from God.
I so needed this today, my son is in jail and maybe looking at prison time. He’s only 21 years old. Im struggling emotionally and physically with this. I need to release it to God, letting him be in control of this situation. God knows whats best for my son and he will take care of his needs. Letting go is easier said then done especially when its your child. Thank you for your devotion and your words of faith. I am blessed by them today.
You are so right. There’s nothing easy about this, Patricia, especially when it’s your child. Standing firm isn’t saying that it’s easy, but that you are determined to let Jesus be the lead in this hard valley. Praying with you today that your son will be made whole, and discover God’s love in a beautiful new way.
I always find encouragement with this speaker and I really need some now. My husband of 15 years has left home leaving our daughter and myself with nothing–but the Lord that is. He can’t take HIM away from us.
Elaine, there is so much safety and love in Suzie’s blog site. Her heart pours out God’s truth and love on each of us. I am sorry for about your husband leaving. It is hard and sad. But yes, your words are so true…no one can take HIM away. No one or situation can separate you from our Father. He is with you and protecting you and your daughter.
Lord, I pray for Elaine today. Be close to her and this sweet daughter. May she sense your presence, your wisdom, and your leading in this hard place. Speak to her husband, Lord, and draw him back to you. May he find what really matters, and become the man you have called him to be.
Cannot yell you how timely this post was for me. As an adoptive mom going through some really tough times this touched my heart thank you
Stand firm means looking at your life and current situation and knowing that no matter what is going on , God is working. It is an incredibly peaceful feeling to know this is happening, and to share it with others who may have anxiety in their own lives.
Standing firm means turning and facing the wind, knowing you are not alone and God is with you.
Standing firm means to know that it’s not about us, it’s about Him. He never fails, he has always, been there and endures forever.
Standing firm in His word!!
Thank you for the giveaway and the great devotional on Proverbs 31!
I’ve been in a season of wait for a while now, and it’s really taking its toll on me. But I stand firm knowing that His plans are far higher than mine, His timing is pefect, and He is bringing even more than I can hope for. I have to ask continually for the Father to help keep me standing, and He does…even if my back hurts from the duration.
I came over to your blog from ibelieve.com. My husband and I have spent the last few months living in stress and doubt, as the home we were renting is now unexpectedly for sale. God has brought only good for us in this situation (glory!), but I find myself fighting and worrying ugly thoughts and feelings throughout. This season has no doubt taught me a new meaning of what it means to stand firm, and (for me) it is synonymous with integrity. Stand firm, be strong, have character, treat your ex-landlord as you would like to be treated. Take care of the home while it is yours–knowing you will not likely see the benefit. Patch the nail holes, clean for open houses, mow the yard for real estate photos. Stand firm in your integrity, in your faith, knowing that God will not leave us.
You are a blessing. I love how you stand firm in your integrity and in your response. You are shining, my friend!
Standing firm to me means staying strong through the storms of life with God at my side.
Thank you for your encouraging words. My husband and I have been going through some rough times last year he was diagnosed with throat cancer and we went through the whole treatment thing and he also had a trach and a feeding tube in for months. Even now he has trouble swallowing and eating certain foods (his fav which is steak). I also had a back surgery that ended up having hardware removed and now I’m facing another worse surgery to fix my vertebrae which collapsed when the rods were taken out. I have prayed and the church I was going to have prayed and my friends are still praying. I look forward to your words in the future. God bless.
Oh Linda, that is so much. I’m sorry. Father, hold Linda close. Heal her husband in the name of Jesus. Help his body recover quickly, in the powerful name of Jesus.
As the wife of a marine, God has been challenging me to give up my desire for control and rely more on Him so I can truly understand that He has a wonderful plan. This year has brought many struggles and standing firm has become an hour by hour task. The verse from your Encouragemnt for Today devotional, I was exactly what I needed to hear! Thank you!
Stephanie, my husband is a retired Marine. I understand your challenges and struggles. So, I want to say “thank you.” The ones left behind do not receive that enough. Thank you to both you and your husband for serving our country. Your sacrifice might seem unnoticed at times but God notices it, and He is grateful for you both. Keep standing firm on our Rock. He is always with you. Hugs, Michele
Standing firm means to stay planted and rooted in God’s Word. Trust Him, believe in His Promises. It also means to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We can only do this if we stand firm on our faith in Jesus !
Standing firm and keeping my eyes in Him.
I appreciate your sharing this devotion! Knowing that Jesus is there for us makes it easier to handle lives unexpected challenges. He is our hope and easily available through prayer to help us cope with our emotions during these times! I praise his holy name and appreciate his loving me unconditionally! I find comfort in knowing he is there for me whenever I need Him!
Standing firm means praying about something and letting God have it. I am trying to stand firm in a situation with one of my adult children.
Father, strengthen and give guidance to Sue as she works to stand firm for her child. You entrusted this miracle – this life – into her hands, and now her child is grown and is making life decisions. Guide those decisions and keep them anchored in Your will. Remind Sue of the great love you have for each one of us . You hear her prayers. Help her to release all things into your hands – because you are able! In Jesus’ name, Amen. Keep standing firm! xoxoxo ~Rebecca
Standing firm that God has got this! I’m trusting in Him to lead me where He wants me to go and to be who He wants me to be. I know that He has a plan and purpose for my life and I am ready to walk in this truth on my journey. “If God is in it, I Can Rest” is exactly what I needed when I needed it, in His perfect timing! I do declare and pray”Heavenly Father, You invited me to partner with You, and I’ve made it all about the external. I’ve wrapped it around feelings or results or what I think it should look like. I shift the focus back to You. If You are in it, that’s enough for me. Thank You for allowing me to partner with You in Your plans. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”
To me stand firm means to be unwavering. Solid. Steadfast. A rock as opposed to sand.
Standing firm means to trust and stand on his solid promises. To be patient and focus on Jesus.
Standing firm on the promises in Psalm 27:13. Waiting on the Lord.
I stand firm by looking at Jesus, the author of my faith instead of the circumstances that the world throws my way. It’s an every day journey and every second decision to stay fixed on Jesus and His promises so I won’t get sucked into the whirlpool of crisis.
I thought i had been standing firm for so long that i became firm in my weakness. I take everyday to learn how God wants to stand firm with him. Not easy for me but I am a work in progess.
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How exciting! Congratulations!
I stand firm by keeping my eyes focused on Jesus to know matter what the circumstances
What a generous gift!! For me standing firm means that I stay rooted in the Lord. I recall His faithfulness daily, I know who I am and whose I am. That when the high winds blow my roots are deep and I weather the storms. I may loose leaves or a branch but I stand firm, rooted in Christ.
I used to get overwhelmed and breakdown when things were tough. I know have a relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and Stand Firm in his presence..knowing he is in control, not me.
The bathroom is indeed a safe haven to spill our tears. My car parked in the driveway is sometimes my go to place as well–I’ve spent many a tear there. It’s just me and the Lord. I can hash things out with Him; spill my guts with Him; ask all the questions in the world of Him; and while there may be no verbal answers from Him, I know He is right there beside me, holding my hand, and working every teeny, tiny detail out, as only He can. Some times things are tough, messy, and downright out of our control, but I take comfort knowing that the Lord is right there with me. Thank you for sharing Suzie.
To not waiver even when the masses are telling you to!
To be known as a Jesus girl, even when it is not the ‘in’ thing to be!
Stand firm means to me to never give in to my fears, doubts, worries. When the waves of my insecurities overwhelm me I keep my trust in God as I know He will help stand firm. Without Him I am lost!
Standing firm to me is not giving into the overwhelming feelings of worry, fear or dread but instead living life as normally as possible while believing God’s got me!
I need to get better at standing firm. If any and everyone who sees this could pray for me?
Jennifer, you are seen this morning and prayed over.
Father, I pray for Jennifer as she desires to lean into you more, to trust you more, and to stand on your solid Rock. Wrap your love and presence around your daughter. Remind her you are all she needs, even when life hits hard. You are the one to walk her through it. Help her see you today and know YOU see her. Thank you, Lord, for your unconditional love. Amen.
Lord, I do see this just as you see your daughter. Help her to stand firm and not accept less than your best for her. Your best love. Your best life. Your best hope. As she reaches for you, may it be with the understanding that you’ve never stopped reaching for her. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I can definitely relate to the hit of several bad things in just a couple months. Good timing for a bit of encouragement!
I’m glad you were encouraged today, Tiffany! God is with you and will not forsake you. He is working good things for you — even though they aren’t fully seen yet. Rest in the care He’s taking to nourish the soil of your life — to grow new fruit for a new season. xoxoxo ~Rebecca
Standing firm means we live for Jesus every single day. Some days are good and others bad. But with Jesus by our side we can make it through all of them. One of the verses I turn to when things get hard is John 16:33. These things I have spoken to you, that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Excited for your new devotional! Love your perspective and writing. Couldn’t believe someone from NWA was writing for First 5! Dream come true! 🙂
I wrote for them for a short season, but primarily write for the P31 Encouragement For Today. ❤️
Good morning, I am new to this conversation. My 31 yr old daughter has a reprobate mind! She is married, tried to fight her mother n law, came to stay with me and is now pursuing a relationship with my neighbor’s son. She has no respect of person, she is rude, disrespectful, and says whatever she wants, she has no remorse. When I found out that she was planning to get an apartment with him. When I expressed my dismay she attacked me physically and verbally. She thinks her wrong is right. The boy’s mother allowed her to move in with them. Right across the street from me. This is very hurtful. She has disowned me and says his mother treats her like a daughter. I am concerned about my son n law when he finds out. Through reading your blog. I have been able to to Let her Go. I have placed her in God’s hands, I realize I can not do anything. Please pray for my Son n Law. His a Goo father. I don’t know when is the last time she has seen/spent time with her son.
I just got my come with me book in the mail. I’m excited to delve into it. We are going thru it now in the Southeast as Irma is upon us but God stand firm in its path and will stand with us! Which brings 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 to mind ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.’
“Standing firm is a belief that God is fighting for you. You stand firm as you trust that God is on the scene. You stand firm as you pray and know that your words really do reach his ears.”
I have never felt God all over a situation as I was this last week. So many people praying and I am awed at what God orchestrated; people, situations, places and the many blessings bestowed upon me. Thank you for writing.