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LEAN ON HIM

Lean on Him

by Jan Cox

Am I living in my own strength or God’s?

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NIV).

I read this passage and wondered why I don’t do it all in His strength. What is holding me back? I took a closer look at what happens when I do something in my strength and something with God’s. Here is what I found.

What’s the difference between doing something in my own strength or doing it in God’s strength.

Physically:

On my own I get tired – first I may feel exhilarated and excited – but as I progress my body can wear out.

With God – there is something extra – a push through – a deep fire underneath – an extra boost of power – and a body at peace through it all.

Mentally:

On my own – I have been blessed with a reasonable brain; I can think most things through to a satisfactory conclusion. But I use what I have stored up in my brain to rethink things. And that is not much.

With God – my thoughts expand. I can think beyond what I already know. Clarity and inspiration abound. My mind can soar to new heights.

Emotionally:

On my own – I am excitable; I can jump to conclusion; I can think of myself only and lose control easily.

With God – tempering, yes I think He can help me know when I might react falsely to a situation. I know He can bring me down from an overreaction before it gets too out of control. He can keep me at peace through turmoil.

So why don’t I always live in His strength. Because I forget. I let ME and I get in the way. They are always there and they want control. They want to show what I can do.

I continue to learn each day to trust Him more and more. The words of a secular song come to mind:

“Lean on me when you’re not strong; I’ll be your friend; I’ll help you carry on” (Bill Withers, 1972).

Will you join me in leaning on Him this week?

Prayer:

Father, I try to do things in my own strength. But when I do my body fails me. Help me to remember to lean on You, more and more. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List – counting to 2000. I am at 1308.

  • clear head to get all computer entries done
  • excited to see family this weekend
  • got TV to work through Apple TV
  • sunny sunny day but below 0 Celius
  • summer is coming – our community docks are in
  • love to use a crock pot – made more chili
  • quick afternoon revival naps – 20 minutes
  • grandchildren!

the gang

  • playing games
  • lots of chatter, laughter and noise
  • putting together a barbecue – thanks boys

Where does that part go?

  • Wayne and I taking 3 grandchildren to church
  • a band in church where I can move, dance and worship
  • cold weather but sunny
  • cuddles with new grandbaby
  • giggles smiles and energy in one small package
  • playing in the park early Sunday morning with daughter and 2 grandchildren

Riding Bikes

Over the Bridge

  • first long walk with Snowball since coming home
  • safe trip to and from Barrie even in foggy, rainy, dark night
  • hugs with my sister
  • sorting through my Mom’s things
  • seeing God’s Hand in little things like opening time slot at bank
  • doing my life more and more in His strength
  • remembering to say THANK YOU to God for each minute of living
  • not being caught in a thunderstorm while driving
  • meeting and studying with my women friends after 6 months away
  • studying Moving From Fear and Freedom Bible study with 11 women friends – awesome!

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Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.

2012 – THE YEAR OF ?

2012 – the Year of ?

by Jan Cox

As we put away our creche scene for another year, I thought how wonderful that Jesus isn’t “put away” after Christmas; how our Lord lives with us every day. The Christmas Season may be over but “God is with us – we are not alone.”

This is the time to reflect on who we are in Christ. That means our prayers and quiet times before God can be eye opening.

Some people pray for a word for the year. Grace Fox has chosen the word JOY. Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience has picked 2012 as The Year of Koinonia. Koinonia is a Greek word meaning “communion”.

I used to search and ask God for a plan – a goal. Although this might be good, we must remember that our goals may be changed by Him. I wrote this past Tuesday at Inscribe Online about Losing Hope for our Own Solutions.

This year I am praying to TRUST in HIM. I’m praying my body and mind can work together in complete relaxation and peace – knowing that He is at work, even when it feels like everything is crumbling. I want GOD solutions.

And I plan – yes I plan to work toward openness and trust that will move me closer to God. But I can’t do it on my own. NO – I CANNOT DO IT. I will rely on God to move me forward as I pray, no longer for “THE PLAN” but for the “knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding”.

Once again I see my problem is an issue of CONTROL. I make a plan. I want it to move forward. I do everything to make it work. WHAM@!! Something hits and I fall apart.

Do you see the “I’s” in that plan?

This year – I will still plan – but knowing that the plan made be side-lined according to His will. I will be praying to be ready to bend, to turn around, to stop … as He orchestrates my life’s symphony.

For me this year 2012 – is the YEAR OF TRUST.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And lean not on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

Prayer:

Father, I acknowledge I like my own way. I know that is not necessarily Your way. I will try to learn this year to have less of me and more of You. But I know I need Your help to do that. Fill me with the knowledge of Your will. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

What will this year be for you? Ask God to reveal a word, a Scripture or idea for your personal growth.

Counting My Gifts from Him – Counting to 1000 – I am at 889

  • Starting my day praying, journalling and studying God’s Word and listening to Him
  • Good visit with family – hugs from grandchildren
  • Walking in drizzle in Toronto where it was warmer than in Mesa
  • Snowball is a good traveller on airplane, train and car
  • Decorated Christmas trees
  • The first snowfall – a white winter wonderland
  • Being able to help family
  • A loving understanding husband
  • Grandkids’ laughter
  • Bing Crosby singing Christmas songs
  • God’s Holy Spirit keeping me calm
  • The Alphabet prayer when I can’t sleep
  • Playing games with grandchildren
  • Remembering to have a Mary heart in a Martha world
  • My grandson’s 6th birthday – donations to Free the Children instead of gifts. Feel free to help.
  •  A God-incident where I can speak His Word to someone
  • Peace, and joy found through Jesus
  • Knowing God has a plan and learning to trust in Him
  • Wayne gaining confidence to drive after his accident
  • A concerned sister – who is always there and trusts in God
  • Equal opportunity health care in Canada
  • Encouraging notes from friends
  • De-icing machines for airplanes
  • Warmth of Arizona on our return
  • Making Russian Borscht in a crockpot
  • Putting away the creche but knowing He is always with us – we are not alone.

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.