This verse has been the source of comfort for so many, myself included. When we see that Paul was able to endure any trial, because of his faith in Christ, it gives us hope. I know this verse by heart, and maybe you do too. A helpful studying tip is to ask questions about the verses you read, especially the ones you are very familiar with. With this verse, we can take its opposite. This would be that 'I can do nothing apart from Him who strengthens me.' Does that hit you any differently?⠀
We may cling to this verse as we seek to serve God, bring glory to Him, and face the many trials of life. However, we can unknowingly find ourselves working to do so in our own strength. While focusing so much of our attention on the "I can do all things," we might bypass "through him who strengthens me." In truth, we are weak without Him. We have no hope of overcoming anything apart from Him. It is prideful to think that we can. ⠀
As believers, we strive to live a pleasing life for God, to share the Gospel, and to encourage the Body of Christ. As we attempt to do these good things, we may begin to believe that we can accomplish them for the kingdom, solely because we are 'sold out' for Him. We are zealous, yet zeal alone is worked from our own power. This will not yield fruit that actually glorifies God. If anything, it will glorify ourselves. We can wear a t-shirt, a hat, a backpack, and carry a journal with this verse on it, but our life is what proves what we actually believe.⠀
If you are finding yourself failing at your attempts at serving God and seeing fruit, it could be that you are not actually abiding in the One who provides. If you are disconnected from the Vine (Jesus), you can't expect to see much fruit. Be encouraged, you can do all things through Christ, who provides you with His strength, for His glory. You can weather any storm and can withstand any suffering you might be experiencing. If you are hurting, anxious, fearful, or feel hopeless. Be still, the Lord is on your side. Abide in Jesus! Although you can do nothing apart from Him, He will give you strength in all things.
That moment when it hits you. When you realize what you just did and all the emotions come out. I could not stop smiling, and crying, all while standing in the road. No big deal right.? But really, I was so overwhelmed with joy! Wednesday I set a little mini "goal" for myself to get 5 miles each day this week. 5 miles for 5 days in a row. And this picture clearly shows that I did it. And today was my fastest of the 5 days! How in the world?! I'm sure so many of you are like 'Really? You get that emotional over 5 miles?' And my answer is dern right! I was born emotional (😂) but this run streak has me in awe more days than not. Heck, running in general has me in awe! My body is a machine, pushing my girl each day, and I don't take a second for granted! I know God is using this streak for something far greater than just simply running each day, and it's an HONOR to bring Glory and Light to you all by doing something I love so stinkin' much! So yep, I stood there in the road post run and cried and cried and thanked God over and over. Oh, and have I mentioned I have a cold? Yet God is giving me strength to do this every single day inspite of said cold! Holy crap that's SO COOL! 5 #strollermiles [9:09, 8:46, 8:38, 8:16, 7:17] for run streak day number 5️⃣2️⃣9️⃣, ✔️. •
Custom handlettered signs: daunting work for two gals without a clue how to operate high powered tools, but SO totally worth it! Stoked with how this Bible verse turned out, & even more excited for our clients’ reactions! 💗 #philippians413#woodsigns#rusticdecor#handlettering
These pictures were taken last year before my graduation by @lilyhayes1401
Today marks the one year gradversary of my graduation from UT Dallas! I am so thankful to God for helping me graduate with a degree in psychology from UT Dallas in spite of many, many trials and tribulations! He made what I felt many times, impossible, to become possible in 2.5 years! Learning each day to trust in Him to help me rise above all of my difficulties and hoping and praying He will use me to inspire others and encourage them to seek Him.
James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
CZFITNESS Annual Christmas Party!!! 🎅🏼🎄This woman right here has forever changed my life. I'm so grateful to have found her. Apple, thank you for being you, incredibly knowledgeable and transforming my body! I literally wish everyone I know could sign with you because you know exactly what you are doing and make "clean eating" sooooooo goooood! 🤤🤤🤤 I absolutely love what I eat and always look forward to seeing you every Friday morning for my check in's!!!! Oso is an extra bonus 🐶💙 Please check out @czfitness if you want to learn how to eat the proper way for your body, blood type and lifestyle, whether you are training for a show or just want to look good! Her and her husband Pete are amazing and want what's best for you, I promise that. This year I'm truly grateful for you!!! Love you!!! 💪🏽💋 #nutrition#czfitness
I can do all things through Christ who is my strength. Irrespective of the circumstances at hand, I know He has got me and I know that He will provide me with the grace and strength to endure, to get through and to give all glory, honour and praise to His name 💛🙏🏾 #beecrowned#thankyouFather#philippians413
We tend to focus too much on what others think of us because we want so badly to be liked or loved, and we lose sight of the one who loves us unconditionally and gave his life for us. Focus on God and you will find true love. When you experience true love from the father you will understand what true love is and won't be fooled by the wrong people. You will have better judgement and it will lead to a real relationship.
For the first time, like ever, I'm sort of at a loss for words. Key words: Sort of. I ran 5 miles again today. That makes for 6 days in a row of 5 milers! And today was my fastest! I did NOT set out to get 5 again today, nor did I ever even feel like I was working super hard. I have NO EARTHLY CLUE where this energy is coming from lately, especially considering I have a cold right now. Well, it may be allergy/sinus related, but regardless, I am overwhelmed with GRATITUDE for the energy lately! Today is windy as heck too! Yet I ran faster? How? Whatever this awesomesauce is that God has coursing through my body is insanely wonderful and goodness I'm so HONORED to be able to use (run with) it to bring Him glory! 5 #strollermiles [9:06, 8:42, 8:35, 8:18, 7:14] for run streak day number 5️⃣3️⃣0️⃣, ✔️. •
Because she’s my favorite in the fitness industry AND it’s her birthday!! Happy birthday @noelarevalo_!! Thanks for being an amazing inspiration! ❤️ you!
After four and a half years of late nights, group projects, and countless hours of studying, I can finally call myself a college graduate! I couldn’t have done it without my family, friends, professors, and most importantly, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. #graduation#unialumni#philippians413