Jackson Five Friday: A Different Kind of Fight

Hey Friends,

Well, the world is full of problems, isn’t it? It always been a fallen world, and it always will be, but the intensity of hurting seems greater than ever, at least in my lifetime. How do you personally try to stay the course, to not get overwhelmed? I pray, read, chat with friends. I sometimes meditate on Scripture, especially Psalms. I always benefit from laughing with my four favorite guys. Just tonight I had such a good laugh with my husband and it really is balm for the soul. I wish it was something that could be shared because I’d love to give you the gift of a great laugh, but alas not all things are blog-appropriate.

But really, no matter what comes your way in life, the bottom line is that we are called to trust God, His plan and His timing.

I adore this wisdom from Hannah Whitall Smith:

We are to fight the “good fight of faith,” as Paul exhorted Timothy; and the fight of faith is not a fight of effort or struggle, but it is a fight of trusting…It seems so unsafe to sit still, and do nothing but trust the Lord; and the temptation to take the battle back into our own hands is often tremendous.

I don’t know if you can relate to this. If there is an area of your life where there is nothing whatsoever to do, but to trust God. It is hard though. And of course there are other areas where we are called to be agents of change, and to be resolved in the face of every obstacle. That’s hard too. And although we could apply these principles to today’s world in general, in my own mind I am thinking of tangible, personal specifics.

I am praying that wherever we need to let go and let God, we’ll let go in trust. I am praying too that wherever we need to keep doing what we are doing despite the opposition, that God will gird us up to press on.

No matter what kind of fight you are facing, don’t give up.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Hebrews 12:1 NIV

The race is marked out, may we run it with perseverance.

With Love,


One thought on “Jackson Five Friday: A Different Kind of Fight

  1. Julie Reinink says:

    I can totally relate. I had a situation just this week in which I was completely frustrated and utterly helpless. And guess what? When I stepped back and “let” God handle it (haha) he resolved it better than I would have. And the fact that I was so pleasantly surprised reminds me how weak my faith is.
    I’m praying for your family!

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