The other day my husband and I felt as though we took another “hit” from all things 2020.  He made a reference that I thought was great. He compared us all to boxers – fighters that keep taking unexpected blows. Such a man thing.  😉  There were no “Rocky” quotes thrown in there, but I could clearly picture his analogy. 

This year. All of us. We are boxers in a ring and are all just a little wobbly. We are trying to get our barrings again, but it seems as though the hits keep coming.  

The question is then, how do we keep standing?

Recently my sweet friend was talking about a verse that spoke to her. She said, “This verse is something… write it down!” I think you should, too, because it’s the best answer I have as to how to keep standing.

1 Chronicles 11:16 “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”

Does that oversimplify things?  Maybe. But in the end, the only strength that we can fall to is His. We can’t do life on our own. We can’t stand in our strength when the big hits come. 

There have been times in my life where I can barely lift my head. My sorrow or worry is too great. It’s in these times when the image of God lifting my head with his mighty right hand sustains me. He never tires. He never gives up. He wipes our tears and says, “keep going.”  

Below I have included a Psalm that it such an encouragement to me. Read it. Pray over it. Keep it for the next time you feel struck down. This world is not perfect, and we all feel the pain of disappointment and hardships at different times. How do we keep standing? We seek His face and His strength. Again and again. 

HLLF – Melissa

Psalms 18: 30-36

As for God, His way is perfect. The Word of the Lord has stood the test. He is a covering for all who go to Him for a safe place. For Who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock except our God?  It is God Who covers me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. And He sets me on my high places. He teaches me how to fight, so that I can use a bow of brass. You have also given me the covering that saves me. Your right hand holds me up. And Your care has made me great. You make the road wide for my steps, and my feet have not tripped.

Melissa Cheatham